A Journalistic Strategy

Usually people who feel as though they have no voice either A. find solace in shutting up (we nicely term it being shy) or B. find a way to be heard and find it hard to be ignored. I fit in the latter category. I’ve had much taken from me in my childhood and as an adolescent being the youngest of 7, but as an adult I realize that I can help people in my past situation or worse by speaking for voiceless and fighting for the powerless that’s what a lawyer does. Now understandably one might think that my time would have been better spent as a Pre-Law major but my decision to go into Journalism was both strategic and self-fulfilling. To be a good lawyer I need the trifecta of great communication skills: reading, writing and speaking. Speaking is my strong suit, reading is manageable and with a legalese dictionary briefs are no problem but writing posed a threat to my future plans. I was applying for college when I learned the proper way to organize an essay; I can only image the amount of spelling errors and run-on sentences in my admission essays. Even though I love to write (and I always have) important skills like correct verbiage were never groomed so entering State I started at the bottom with English 51. Rather than taking it easy I chose to challenge myself so I would be confident in what I know and be strong in both academics and life. Today I’m a senior, the first ever in my family to ever go to college, so 5 years from now I want to working as an attorney (hopefully still writing too) and be in a position to bring my mother piece of mind financially. Have a family of my own and start up a non-profit for teens caught in the juvenile court system, I’ll be happy with that. Lawyer job description: Education and Training Advanced degree Salary Median—$94,930 per year Lawyers serve as both advocates and advisers. As advocates, they speak for their clients in court by presenting supportive evidence. As advisers, they counsel their clients on their legal rights and obligations. Lawyers—also called attorneys and counselors—can interpret laws, apply laws to specific situations, and draft new laws. Much of their work involves researching precedents, which are earlier interpretations of laws and the history of judicial decisions based on that law. Lawyers use precedents to support their cases in court. Many resources—from law libraries and public documents to computer databases and the Internet—are available to lawyers for research. Source:

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