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Coming from a poor country like India, predicted to overtake China with the largest population in the world by mid-century, I am familiar with the great challenges that are present in the area of justice and the law. I hope to earn my LLM Degree at the University of XXXX because of the sheer excellence of your program as well as its location. I see your especially distinguished and rigorous LLM Program as the ideal springboard upon which I might realize my dreams of working towards greater justice for the common man in my troubled country. I appreciate the importance to your mission and curriculum to issues of gender and social justice, sexual orientation, freedom, and oppression. I look forward to contributing to discussion of diversity and social justice at the University of XXXX as an Indian woman who is very passionate about issues of social justice and equality, and painfully aware of the great challenges that we face in India in the legal arena, especially as concerns women.

The Indian constitution provides all citizens the right to free legal aid if they cannot afford it; nevertheless, illiteracy is a major hurdle which keeps people from utilizing the legal resources that are made available to the people. In an effort to bridge this gap, I spent most afternoons of my undergraduate years planning and setting up bi-annual awareness camps for our local rural community to increase awareness of their legal rights and to provide them with free legal services. This way, I was able to put into practice on a daily basis, many of the valuable things that I was learning in college, taking courses such as “Public Interest Lawyering, Legal Aid & Paralegal Services” and “Human Rights and International Law.” My professional as well as personal identity has been defined by multiple volunteer work positions with non-profit organizations. Studying “Women and Law” as an undergraduate helped me to realize my womanist mission as an integral part of the contributions that I hope to make in the arena of social justice, always seeking legal remedies for the special problems or challenges faced by women. I began my journey at a non-profit called “Sadhna Sewa Vihar”, working for the professional/academic development of women and taking action against atrocities committed against women – sexual harassment, domestic violence, etc. The two months I spent with the organization were a life changing experience for me in many ways, and further reinforcing my passion for community service. There were at least 20 to 30 cases reported every day to our organization and I found most of the victims had almost no clue about the legal options available to them. I was working as part of a team of five people and my job was to talk to the victim, write their complaints down, and file reports to our supervisor know. In some cases, the victim went to the police but the police refused to write the complaint, thus providing us with a legal opportunity to do so – referred to as a First Information Report - in conformance with Indian Law.

Sometimes we had to send a letter to the Superintendent of Police informing him that the police station had refused to register the complaint, requesting that strict action be taken immediately. This was usually helpful but not always effective. I also served as part of a special project conducted by this NGO, where we set up a camp in a local village in India to make the locals aware of their rights and to help them find remedies or to seek redress for cases of violation of those rights. Some of the stories of these women were so horrific, I couldn’t help but think that, although we have a legal right to gender equality, there is still a long way to go in India before this will fully translate into practice.

Though child marriage is illegal in India, it is still being practiced in some backward areas. It is also illegal in India to accept a dowry, but there are a number of cases where the women or girls have been tortured by their in-laws for the dowry. A 13-year-old girl who was constantly tortured by her in-laws for dowry, was denied her rights by the police when she tried pressing charges. We helped her to file the complaint and we also filed a case in the civil court challenging the validity of the marriage, rendering it null and void. I also worked on a number of cases where the women were tortured because of giving birth to a girl child. One woman was forced to abort her child because the child was female. Since prenatal sex determination is illegal in India, we filed a complaint in the local police station against the ultra sound clinic which did that, and also helped the girl to file a complaint against her husband for domestic abuse.

Since I graduated in 2013, I have held various volunteer positions with “Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital”, “Gramin Vikas Seva Sansthan”, “Delhi State Aids Control Society”. I have also worked with two NGOs in Morocco, Voice of Amazigh and Prometheus, where I helped with the writing of grant proposals. I wrote a research paper that was submitted to the United Nations, a study of two different cooperatives and the work they are doing, how they are meeting the UN Millennium guidelines. Morocco has 12,000 co-operatives with 450,000 small businesses for locally produced products providing much needed employment for women in particular. Gender inequality is one of the major issues that Morocco is facing and I prepared outlines for workshops on this topic. Girls end up leaving school before completing their educations in order to fulfil other obligations such as getting married or helping their families. We have the same problem in India and I was able to understand the issue and connect with them.

Earning the Master’s in Human Rights in the LLM Program at the University of XXXX will provide me with the optimal springboard for advancement as a human rights advocate and legal professional. At U of X, I will develop and refine the analytical skills and expertise that I need for working in the NGO sector. I have an experience with NGOs working in the field of upliftment of the poor, the economic empowerment and legal protection of women, and taking actions against exploitation; thus, I hope to have interesting examples of issues to share with my fellow students as well as professors, contributing to class discussions.

I believe I would be a good fit with your program because I am most excited about taking courses concerning human rights, public education and gender equality; always searching for increasingly effective ways to safeguard human rights in these areas. I am especially moved by the work of organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch and would be especially honored at some point to serve as a human right educator for such an organization. In my experience, the most common reason why people are denied their rights is a result of lack of knowledge. I want to educate the public about human rights by organizing public awareness events and campaigns.

My experiences as a volunteer for various NGOs have reinforced my faith in the importance of the fullest respect for human rights possible, and the potential of our legal systems to protect it. During the program at U of X, I especially look forward to involving myself in research in the areas of gender equality and public education – with as much field work as possible.

I thank you for considering my application to your distinguished LLM Program at the University of XXXX.

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Statements of Excellence for Admission to Law School

For more than 20 years, I have been assisting applicants from all over the world to get accepted to Master's and Doctoral Degree programs Law and related areas, most frequently the LLM and JD Degrees.  If you are in a hurry for your statement and you want me to give you prompt attention and priority service, please make your payment as soon as possible. Often, I am able to finish your statement within 24 hours, no more than 48, after I have the information that I need to work with.

It is always a special privilege for me to draft statements for clients whose story excites me, applicants that I feel strongly are in a unique position to give something of importance back to the profession of Law.

I want to help you get admitted to Law School!

While my PHD is in the area of Religion, I like to think of myself as more of a historian than a theologian. My focus has always been on moral theory and thinking as it relates to politics and international relations; yet, I have always been aware of how all of this invariably takes place on the foundation of Law. It is our legal system and its enforcement that makes moral thinking, dialogue, and, subsequently progress possible.

I wrote my doctoral dissertation on the subject of conflict in Central America, most particularly the role of women. But I had to put all of this in the big picture. Thus, I analyzed Central America in the context of its role as one of the last and most important theaters of the Cold War, which was still winding down when I wrote the dissertation. But it is not just questions of international law that command my special interest. I have been drafting expert statements on behalf of applicants for law school now for the past 15 years and I do so for applicants whose special interest and long term career goals lie in a broad range of areas. I have done a lot of work, for example, in the areas of commerce, intellectual property, family, and most of all criminal law. It would be an honor for me to help you to get accepted as well.

Law School Admission Application Statement Help and the Developing World

As a historian of Latin America and someone who has now spent more than a quarter of a century living and working in the Developing World, I take special delight at helping applicants to LLM and JD Programs who are themselves originally from the Developing World and seek ongoing professional education in Law so as to contribute to the political and economic development of their societies of origin.

 Excellent law schools provide a solid foundation of interdisciplinary theories and practices to improve the quality of life for populations in the developing world and I am especially fond of working with the themes of sustainable human development, leading to societies that are environmentally sustainable, economically viable, and socially just.

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The Heroines of Law

Google search the best female lawyers, and a lot of rather sexist results come up. So we wanted to make a list that reflects reality: there are countless wonderful women lawyers in the world. And they deserve celebrating.

But first, why do women love being lawyers? Here are the top five reasons why women love being lawyers.

1. The Work is Great

One of the best aspects of being a female attorney is the satisfaction and reward that comes from the substantive work involved. Across disciplines and industries, the practice of law is challenging and usually very fulfilling.

Lawyers are an essential component of the most significant matters in everything from business to government to the nonprofit sector, and the process of analysis involved in examining a legal issue and evaluating a constantly changing framework of laws and regulations is mentally stimulating and personally gratifying.

The impact of our work is also incredibly significant. Keeping our clients secure through the advice and analysis we provide, guiding them through litigation, whether big or small, structuring deals and business transactions, securing justice for those who require a voice—for many of our clients, our services are vital to the most significant events in their businesses and lives.

2. The Profession Continues to Support Women More and More

The growing support for women in the legal profession is an increasingly beneficial aspect of this career. Many firms, as well as local and state bar associations, have diversity initiatives in place aimed not only at hiring, but also toward support for professional development, and for workplaces that allow for differing career goals and family structures.

Law firms are more conscious of the benefits of having a diverse workforce—they know that uniformity in a group may lead to staleness in analysis and results, while building a diverse workplace (in whatever categories that entails), with exposure to people with different backgrounds, experiences and perspectives, can result in change and progress. This means that in addition to greater opportunities for women in the legal profession, there is also a reduction in the pressure to work or behave in the same ways as our male counterparts (or in “traditionally-female” ways).

3. The Community is Real

The friendship and camaraderie among female attorneys is one of the best things about this profession. Where you might expect to see advice directed and offered to female attorneys within a given firm, mentorship and relationships from female partners to newer female attorneys at other firms is truly wonderful.

Even within a litigation practice, which by its nature is adversarial, you find female attorneys who may be adverse to your client and your position on a given case, but they will still offer career advice or friendly encouragement about a presentation or initiative we have undertaken, over lunch or coffee.

Local and state organizations also target women. Women lawyer organizations in your area may offer everything from career advice to tips on salary negotiation. They usually conduct annual confidential surveys on job satisfaction among female attorneys to provide data to local firms about what they can and should be doing for their workforce, provide workshops on business development and rainmaking, and even offer non-work-related information that is useful to any professional, male or female – like referrals for nannies, contractors and the like.

4. Flexible Work

Candidly, a professional degree provides us with choices regarding when and how we work. This truth is especially evident in law. You probably spend much of your time meeting clients at off-site locations, answering emails, and drafting documents.

While some aspects of litigation still take place in an office or the courtroom, the vast majority of what you do can be done anywhere. This sometimes means answering emails from bed at 11 P.M., but it also means the freedom to structure work around the other things in our lives.

Many female lawyers know many men and women in the legal profession who adjust their days to coach their children’s soccer games or train for a marathon. This flexibility is the rule and not the exception in this field. This flexibility is one of the truly great perks of the law.

5. The Pay

Working as a lawyer has essentially endless income potential, and while associates typically make good salaries, for those driven to work hard and bring in business, there are no upper limits on income potential.

The fact that a law degree has good earning power can also benefit those of you who elect to take a less-intense career path, because lawyers can earn more for the hours they do work than many other professionals. This means that a lawyer working at a 75% level will probably earn far more than someone working at the same level in another profession.

Women Lawyers We´d Like to Celebrate

Here are some of the female lawyers we´d like to celebrate.

Mary Edwards

Mary Elizabeth Anania Edwards, who sadly passed away on December 7, 2010, was an American attorney, a best-selling author and a health care activist.

Edwards was married to John Edwards, the former U.S. Senator from North Carolina who was the 2004 United States Democratic vice-presidential nominee.

Edwards lived a comfortable and private life until her husband's rise as senator and ultimately unsuccessful vice presidential and presidential campaigns. But she welcomed the changes that occurred in her career. She became his chief policy advisor during his presidential bid. This work was instrumental in pushing him towards more liberal stances on subjects such as universal health care

She was an advocate of gay marriage. And she was against the war in Iraq (both topics about which she and her husband disagreed).

In the final years of her life, Edwards publicly dealt with her husband's admission of an extramarital affair and her breast cancer. She wrote two books and made numerous media appearances. 

She separated from John Edwards in early 2010, and on December 6, 2010, her family announced that her cancer had spread and her doctors had recommended that further treatment would be unproductive. She sadly died the following day, but she will be remembered.


Kristine Lefebvre

Kristine Leigh Lefebvre is a lawyer, and was a contestant on NBC's reality show The Apprentice. She made it into the final group of six contestants before being fired.

The credentials which got Lefebvre a spot on the show include her education and career as an attorney. Her undergraduate degree is from the Metropolitan State College in Denver. Her law degree is from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

As a professional, she has represented celebrities like Shaquille O'Neal and Dan Marino as well as the Staples Center sports complex and the Los Angeles Kings hockey team.

Following her appearance on The Apprentice, Lefebvre appeared nude in the June 2007 issue of Playboy as well as on that issue's cover.

Incidentally, Lefebvre was a member of the winning team on the second episode of The Apprentice, in which the task was to design and manufacture a line of swimwear for Trina Turk. Lefebvre modeled one of the team's swimsuits at a fashion exhibition at the end of that task. The reward for winning was a trip to the Playboy Mansion and the opportunity to meet Hugh Hefner and enjoy one of his infamous mansion parties.

Lefebvre has provided legal expertise and written contracts for several women who have posed for the magazine, including Pamela Anderson and Debbie Gibson.

Lefebvre now holds the position of Vice President of Business Development and Legal Affairs for AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour and she serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit foundation, C.H.A.S.E. for Life, an organization striving to make the education of infant/child CPR and choking maneuvers free and readily available to anyone that has their hand on a child. Lefebvre is a cervical cancer survivor, and a strong woman we respect greatly.

Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Bouvier Kennedy was born on November 27, 1957. She´s an American author, attorney, and diplomat who is currently the United States Ambassador to Japan.

Kennedy is a prominent member of the Kennedy family, and the only surviving child of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.

She is one of Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy´s nieces and older sister to the late John F. Kennedy Jr.

Caroline Kennedy was just short of her sixth birthday when her father was assassinated in 1963. The following year, Caroline, her mother, and brother settled on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where she later graduated from Radcliffe College.

She worked at Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she met her future husband, exhibit designer Edwin Schlossberg. Kennedy went on to receive a J.D. degree from Columbia Law School.

Most of Kennedy's professional life has spanned law, politics, education reform and charitable work. She has also acted as a spokesperson for her family's legacy and co-authored two books on civil liberties (alongside Ellen Alderman).

In the 2008 presidential election, Kennedy and her uncle Ted endorsed Democratic candidate Barack Obama for president. 

After Obama's selection of then-Senator Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, Kennedy expressed interest in being appointed to Clinton's vacant Senate seat from New York. She later withdrew from consideration, citing "personal reasons." In 2013, President Obama appointed her as ambassador to Japan.

Barbara Jordan

Barbara Jordan passed in 1996. She was a lawyer, educator, an American politician, and a leader of the Civil Rights movement.

Democrat, she was the first African American elected to the Texas Senate after Reconstruction. She was also the first Southern African-American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives.

Jordan was best-known for her eloquent opening statement at the House Judiciary Committee hearings on the impeachment of President Nixon, and as the first African-American woman to deliver a keynote address at a Democratic National Convention.

She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among numerous other honors during her life. She was a member of the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors from 1978 to 1980 and was the first African-American woman to be buried in the Texas State Cemetery.

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