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Shaun Vines Candidate for J.D., May 2024


Shaun Vines

Candidate for J.D., May 2024

Why I Want to Be a Lawyer

Till I was about 19-20 years old I had several different ideas of what I “wanted to do,” none of which involved pursuing a juris doctorate or even working in the legal field. Growing up I believed the idea that I was simply a “math and science kid” who would pursue engineering in some facet, but I ultimately decided to achieve my associate’s and bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Once I knew that I could take the skills and knowledge from this degree and put them towards a juris doctorate, I decided that law school would be my new challenge.

Fortunately, I always had a knack for public speaking, problem-solving, and challenging myself in various ways. My interest in law school was typical, I had this belief I would be arguing on behalf of someone else in the middle of a courtroom as I convince a jury, and judge, that I am the attorney they should side with. But law school and working at a law firm has opened my eyes to, in my opinion, more intriguing challenges that will allow me to give a promising future to my family. With this profession I will provide helpful advice and guidance to absolute strangers, meanwhile, I will have the opportunity to support my friends and family too.

Ultimately, it is a profession that speaks to my innate call to service. I believe it is a profession that will continue to challenge me as an individual and member of a team working in a business environment. Becoming an attorney will also guide me towards meaningful work and building relationships that will last a lifetime.


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