For the latter half of this year, I have begun my journey as an aspiring disability rights lawyer by studying for the LSAT, and selecting and applying to schools.
Being a lawyer was never within my vision of my life, but since beginning this advocacy focus, the calling appeared before me two years ago to take this route. There are aspects of the legal world that appeals to me – being details-oriented; playing devil’s advocate to controversial issues; researching policies; understanding how laws and policies positively or negatively impact individuals, the broader society, and day-to-day transactions; writing; educating people about their rights and what they can do; and putting your own stamp on a profession that is misunderstood and making a difference, one case or client at a time.
Having the unique experience of being a lawyer and social worker will allow me to bring some warmth, personableness, and empathy to a profession that has the reputation of being exact, cold, and emotionless. The “soft” skills I have as a social worker from my training and education – communication, listening skills, documentation writing, seeing issues from all angles – are what future employers are seeking from law school graduates. In addition, I want my law degree to be an “add-on” to the career I am establishing and be expanded by offering an legal component to my advocacy and consulting work. Having a clear understanding of how I want my law degree to work for me is great motivation at this stage, and when I begin law school.