The personal statement that got me into the Birmingham Law School

It took a fair amount of internal debates before I had made the decision to move to the United Kingdom. All the conclusions that I’ve come to were once again challenged when I had to do my personal statement on UCAS; each belief that I held for myself suddenly had to be exposed to the University of Birmingham’s Admissions team. An external factor had been introduced to my decision process, as I had to reconsider my goals and desires in order to be sure that they are objectively compatible with the course that I wanted to do. Below, you will find the entire personal statement that I had used to apply for studying International Law & Globalisation at the University of Birmingham.

If you are considering starting law school, I hope this text will assist you in formulating your own personal statement. If you are interested in my qualifications, feel free to e-mail me. I’ll be happy to send you my full CV. Alternatively, you can look me up on LinkedIn.

Growing up in Croatia, I have witnessed various changes in everyday life throughout my childhood. I would later learn that they were a result of the changes that had to be made to the Croatian legislation for it to be harmonised with the acquis communautaire. This has led me to realize that law can shape societies by deciding the conditions under which economies will develop, and under which people will live. I want to study law because I believe that knowledge of law can allow me to contribute to improving the standard of our society. 

I have studied electrical engineering for four years, during which I have gained a plethora of transferable skills. Learning technical documentation has taught me how to be concise in my writing and easily project my ideas to other people. I have developed my creative side in 3Dmodelling. When learning how to code, I also learned how to reach a goal in multiple different ways. Preparing for the national English Language competition I have gone through scores of literature. Consequently, I can analyse anything from a casual text message to doctoral dissertations. Studying Politics and Economics has provided me with an understanding of international entities, and the frameworks necessary for keeping them stable. History classes have taught me how to conduct quality research and be critical of my sources. 

I have spent one spring break attending an elementary mediation training Mala škola medijacije. This course has equipped me with a foundational knowledge of empathy; Nonviolent Communication developed by Marshall Rosenberg; conflict resolution, and active listening. Volunteering at NGO Europe House Slavonski Brod has introduced me to numerous people with high capabilities. Amongst them, I have constantly broadened my horizons. While facilitating events and mentoring a group of foreign attendees at the eight-day European Bricks and Pieces youth exchange in Zadar, I learned how to overcome language barriers and recognize the needs of a community. I have learned how to prioritise tasks and manage time while coordinating an international promotional campaign Clicking With Voters. I had to plan and distribute activities amongst organisations from eight different countries, which has taught me that a different approach is required in different environments. Attending Election Day 2019: Voting in the Upcoming European Elections in Bulgaria has improved my knowledge of the impact of the institutions of the European Union. I was further impressed by Law when learning about the Court of Justice of the European Union. I see its mission to ensure that the law is observed in the interpretation and application of the Treaties as of paramount importance. While attending International Training For Setting Up Of Local Youth Parliaments in Krakow I have learned how to be argumentative and influential in presenting a cause. Visiting the Philippines for the Keep Your Eyes Open closing seminar has taught me the importance of multidimensional networks, and how they can be used for cooperation and exchange of knowledge.

I was able to apply all of the aforementioned when participating in a simulation of the work of the European Parliament during an International Youth Parliament Session and Debate. Working in travel agencies in Dubrovnik as a sales advisor and as a marketing specialist has made me more persuasive, capable of living independently, and proficient in all forms of verbal and non-verbal communication. I believe that studying law at an undergraduate level is the optimum path I can take on my journey of becoming consummate in legal proceedings. It will prepare me for studying international law at a graduate level. Considering that over a third of the world has a legal system based on English common law, I see the UK as the matchless country for studying law.

– Leon Mihelcic, as submitted on UCAS in January 2020