personal statement from law school
Personal Statement of Travis A. Wise
Near the end of OCI’s, I was discouraged that I wouldn’t find a summer position that fit me. Then I interviewed with Community Legal Services. I felt the attorneys enjoyed their work, and that is more important to me than the high salaries and fringe benefits. I volunteered at CLS for several months, and was promoted to a summer law clerk position. I plan to stay with CLS through my third year of law school, and then apply for NAPIL and Skadden fellowships in order to remain at CLS after I graduate.
At CLS, I work on the Economic Security & Health unit. I do community outreaches and presentations, help clients resolve their public benefits problems, and represent clients at administrative hearings. This work fits me very well, because I have always been involved in public service work. Whether it was volunteering at a soup kitchen in the 8th grade, sorting canned food every week during high school at Second Harvest Food Bank, or more recently, volunteering for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, I understand that serving the public interest is something that I find rewarding, and plan on doing full-time during my career as an attorney.