Pennsylvania Attorney Scholarship Program
The Pearce Law Firm, P.C. in Philadelphia has announced a scholarship available to high school students in the state of Pennsylvania who have aspirations of attending law school. All lawyers remember that pivotal moment when they realized a future in law was their goal. Whether it was on the high school debate team, a government class, working part-time for a law firm or government agency, or even watching an episode of Law and Order or Judge Judy…all attorneys had that defining moment when they knew law school was on the horizon. Edith Pearce, the founder of the Pearce Law Firm, P.C. remembers when she realized she wanted to go to law school. “I was working for a law firm in high school and I thought it would be such an honor to represent people and try to help them with their legal issues.”
Benefits of Becoming a Lawyer
Perhaps the thoughts of becoming a lawyer have crossed your mind but you are intimidated by the road ahead. The pathway from law school to the Bar Exam takes a tremendous amount of dedication and hard work but the benefits outweigh the difficulty one hundredfold. Below are the benefits of the rewarding and exciting field of law.
Opportunity to Serve
Lawyers are in a distinctive position where their knowledge and expertise can be used for the general good of the public. In private practice, lawyers often do pro-bono work for individuals with low income, the elderly, or victims of domestic abuse. This work can be very rewarding. Many lawyers represent individuals or consumers in a dispute with a large company or insurance company. At The Pearce Law Firm, we represent individuals in personal injury lawsuits and employment issues battling against insurance companies and other large corporate interests or organizations. A lawyer allows an individual to level the playing field against a large company or insurance company who have unlimited resources. Many lawyers go into public service and even run for public office.
Learn How to Argue Persuasively
Law school will arm you with the tools to “think like a lawyer.” This includes how to understand there are two sides to an argument and how to persuasively present your side of the argument. Each time you’re able to make a difference in someone’s life, win a case, and convince a jury, you will gain a little more self-confidence in your ability to present your client’s point of view.
Work, Life, and Financial Benefits
Experienced Lawyers earn an average of $60,000 more than the national median income. This advantage alone has many young, prospective attorneys excited. Although it will take a lot of hard work to get there, experienced lawyers cannot only earn a nice income; they can become their own boss. Being a partner in a law firm makes you part owner. Some lawyers also decide to start their own practices. The combination of partnership and self-employment means that nearly 25% of all lawyers are their own bosses and have flexibility in making their own schedules.
Make a Difference in the World
In areas of law ranging from car accidents to civil rights cases, lawyers have always affected social change. Landmark legal cases such as the Ford Pinto case, have led to cars being safer in accidents. It took a lawyer to take Lois Jenson’s case to win the first major sexual harassment case in the United States, where a woman who endured a range of abuse while working as a miner filed and won the landmark 1984 lawsuit featured in the film “North Country.”
The list of recognized or implemented personal or civil rights because of lawyers is endless. However, lawyers have not stopped their fight for personal and civil rights with this country. The American Bar Association and its members have literally sent thousands of lawyers, professors, and judges abroad to help countries write or rewrite their constitutions, reform criminal justice systems, develop environmental regulations, and more.
The dream of becoming a lawyer is an ambitious one. At the Pearce Law Firm, we respect those ambitions and would like to extend a generous scholarship to encourage eager, young minds that are eager to embrace the field of law. “Representing individuals in personal injury lawsuits and employment discrimination and harassment has been so rewarding, and I am so glad that someone encouraged me to become a lawyer,” states Edith Pearce. If the above benefits appeal to you, do not hesitate to take that plunge into this career. Click the link below to begin the application process. We wish you great luck! For more information click the link below.