Justice: Defining My Desire to Attend Law School

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The sound of a neighbor's door slamming awoke me from a daydream of ivory tower life--a life that had sheltered me from hard realities and allowed me to simply read what I wanted and think about what I wanted to think. Through my apartment window, I saw that neighbor whose weekly garage sales were symptomatic of the hard times she and many others on my block experienced. An agent from the state or the bank planted a foreclosure sign in her former lawn. This sign was the punctuation mark abruptly concluding her story of chasing the American Dream. Although I had grown acquainted with her during her weekly sales, when she displayed her bargain basement priced memories on battered folding tables, I knew nothing of who she was. Was her story like those of so many others whose tales of financial disrepair I had read about, or was hers especially unique? Was she like the grandmother I read about who had forgone mortgage payments to pay for a grandchild's cancer treatments, or was she like so many who had signed up for mortgages too good to be true? I wondered if she blamed the bank or herself. I wondered if she had a place to stay now that her home was no longer her own. If she had nowhere to stay, I pondered, what would she do? Assigning blame to anyone would accomplish nothing to her benefit; blame would not buy her house back, her sense of security. I began to question whether justice had been served, and wondered whose decision it had been that had culminated in the suffering now playing out before me. I asked myself, "What is justice?" At my book case, I browsed through a copy of Alasdair Macintyre's Whose Justice? Which Rationality? The effort left me with a hollow feeling. All of these books, which had long appe... ... middle of paper ... ...only for those in need or for the little guy, the underdog, but also for the goliaths he faces; justice exists for the benefit of all levels of society. I hope to one day take up consumer law in order to aid consumers fighting against giant corporations, but at the same time, I realize that those corporations also must receive adequate representation if there is to be a fair balance. My desire to provide justice for the grandmother across the street would be and can be no different in intensity or sincerity than my desire to provide justice for the bank who foreclosed on her home. While I by no means think that contemporary American jurisprudence is flawless, and that all outcomes are ultimately fair, I have realized that as a lawyer, I can do my best to help ensure that they will be. For all the reasons outlined above, I now submit my application to law school.

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