LLB Law – University of Essex Personal Statement by Dervis Duygun Fethi

I have to admit that my initial desire to study law was because I wanted to be a lawyer, which is not actually a good reason to do a law degree. Then, when I researched the subject as an academic discipline and looked at what the course would involve, I wanted to study law because it lies behind or regulates pretty much everything we do, and I thought that it would be a really broad, varied and interesting subject to explore at university level. I did not have any courses related to law during my college years, and I find it to be a much more thought-provoking subject than anything else. I find the idea of studying law to be a challenge and also think that it would provide me with a wide range of topics to specialise.

Lawyers are in a unique position to affect societal change. For instance, they have stood at the center of society through the centuries and they write the laws, rule the courts and hold influential positions in the government. Lawyers are supposed to be autonomous. They are able to choose their own working hours, set their own fees and choose their own clients and practice areas. 

It is of critical importance to recognize the skills in order to achieve a successful career, so we have to find out how organized we are. The concept of organization is the most important factor in law profession besides time management. Prioritization is another feature that it should be taken into account. Concentration and motivation are ultimate attributes respectively.

My fundamental hobby is martial arts such as Taekwondo. On the other hand, I like to play badminton and basketball. I am interested in watching movies and soap operas during my free time. I also have an admiration in playing darts and snooker when I am not occupied with studies. These kinds of sports can have an important role in shaping up someone’s character. In addition to these, I have a passion to travel to different countries around the world, especially the historical and traditional places. I love to buy gifts that represent that country such as a fridge magnet and postcard. I also fancy taking city-tour buses because that is the only way to recognize and conceive the shops, restaurants and the most important landmarks of the city.

In combination with my study experiences, I had been involved in several student activities in the past few years, including being a team leader in outdoor sport activities such as building a raft, canoeing, climbing and gorge walking at a Scotland trip. This position gave me solid experience and knowledge in teamwork, problem-solving and multi-tasking. 

It is obviously an excellent opportunity to study in the field of law in England to enrich the relevant knowledge as well as the personal experience through law studies. I strongly believe that I have the skills and motivation to finish a law degree at a reputable university in the UK. 

Due to my future plans, I would like to serve my country as a lawyer based on the international issues related to the Cyprus conflict since my country has a peculiar situation. Owing to this reason, Turkish Cypriot community needs well educated people to handle political and economic problems within the EU in the near future.