Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Capsuled autobiography

I had to write a brief personal memo for my clinical - Representing Charitable Organisations. Here is what I came up with.

An international education and cultural background are two traits that make me stand out at Temple Law School. I completed my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology (dual major program) in Singapore four years ago. Although at the time I didn’t think too highly of Sociology, it has come to shape and mould my view of life and specifically, the legal arena. I am intrigued by the social dynamics, complemented by the political aspects of the social climate, that impinge vastly on how laws are made and what laws are made.

Aside from that sociological interest in the law, I am very keen on the impact law has on the business world, and vice versa. To further my education in this regard, I have been taking classes that have to do with commercial and corporate laws. Since education without pragmatism, in my opinion, is rather incomplete, I chose this clinical to give me the requisite “human touch” – to be able to deal with real life clients and real world legal complexities. I interact better with people with the aid of words, rather than words standing alone, and hence this clinical.

I have worked as a summer associate in two firms in Singapore. One was a boutique corporate/commercial firm while the other was a local commercial/corporate litigation firm. I thoroughly enjoyed the work handed to me at both places and gained invaluable experience dealing with actual clients and their legal issues. I am confident that this experience will greatly enhance my performance at the clinical.

My non-legal writing skills need some polishing up.



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