Four years ago, I came to Canada as an international student. The life I experienced here differs greatly from that of Nigeria. The law is fair, and the legal system does its best to protect the rights of Canadian citizens. I am aware now that the law is not a pseudo-institution, but one that actively upholds justice.
Since high school, it was my dream job to be a lawyer. Over the years, I experienced doubt concerning how prepared I was and if I could handle the time and effort it required. I realized that nothing is easy and straightforward, and the hard work and time invested in a project always pays off. I wanted my career to be something that would impact the lives of others in a positive manner. Then I asked myself, why law exactly? And my response is to fight for the rights of others. There are individuals who do not possess certain resources that enable them to fight for own their rights. There are those who sit idly as their employers infringe on their basic human rights. People should have faith in knowing that the legal system will be on their side when addressing any claim. I want to be the lawyer that offers a voice to these marginalized individuals. It sounds chivalrous; nonetheless, the law was intended to guarantee justice when needed. Victims of sexism, classism, racism (amongst other oppressive social structures), should know the law would be on their side in pursuing any legal a...
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...services they offered. I have also worked with the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, which required research of statistical data on the Canadian population. Finally, I worked with Live Work Play, an organization for the intellectually disabled, which arranged recreational activities for its members.
Every educational and volunteer endeavor I have taken has required me to work closely with others. The law has real impacts on real people when it is not administered fairly. I am driven by a selfless desire to defend others and uphold the law, not because of the prestige and earnings that come with being a lawyer. My social location as a migrant woman of color would play a vital role in administering justice in a multicultural country, such as Canada. I see law school as a stepping stone of ensuring justice in Canada, and my home country, Nigeria.
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