My friends and family, I’m still in my first year of law school.
I love it.
I know that I’m a very smart, hardworking, hard-working person.
I can handle myself, I can think critically, I have a lot of experience in the legal system.
But now I have to decide whether or not I’m going to be a lawyer.
I have friends who are in their 20s, and they’re looking at their careers, and I’m like, “I don’t want to be that person.”
I’m the one who decides that I want to get a lawyer’s license.
The reason why I’m staying in law school is because I’ve spent a lot time thinking about the profession.
I’ve read a lot, I’ve watched a lot.
I’m really happy about my decision.
I like being a lawyer, and when I get a chance to go, I want my friends and colleagues to know that.
I want them to know I have their back.
But when I decided to not join the profession, I knew that it would be a really difficult decision.
Because it would mean being forced to do a lot more work and be involved with the legal world.
I didn’t have a good job in law enforcement.
I don’t think I would have made it if I was in the same profession.
But I had an incredible support network in the community.
And so I wanted to put myself in the shoes of those who weren’t able to do that and to put my experiences there.
I wanted people to know how they can reach out and find support for themselves and their family members.
I thought it would help me understand why I decided I was not a legal professional and why I chose to leave it behind.
I got a chance [to join the notary profession] when I was 20.
I was 18 at the time, and my parents decided to put me in the notarial room.
My mother was a notary, so I was like, I think I want a job.
So I had a good understanding about the notaries, but I didn`t know anything about them or how to do anything.
I also didn`ve done my research.
My friends were telling me about legal education, so my mom, who was a lawyer herself, said, “You know, if you want to go to law school, do it.
Get a law degree, you know, go and get a law job.”
So I was excited to get in.
My first day, I was at the courthouse, and the notarization desk was open.
I had never been in the office before.
I went in, and there was a man who was notary and he was working in the front desk.
He asked me, “Do you know what your first job is?”
I was just like, okay.
I already knew.
I knew I wanted a notarial job.
The notarizing job was not my first choice, because I had always thought about law school more as an education, but it`s something I really like.
I think it`ll make me more knowledgeable about the law and more involved in the process of doing my job.
I get to go up against a lot smarter and more experienced people, and it`d be great to be part of that.
It would mean I would be working with a lot less people, I would work with a better staff, and that would make me a better person.
That is what I wanted.
My mom was like the first person to give me that opportunity.
The next day, my mom said, you want a lawyer?
And I said, sure.
I asked my mother what her first job was, and she said, a notarist.
And I was really excited because she told me she was going to take me to a notario.
My job was to be in the room where people would sign notarizations.
I would sign all the notaria.
That was my job, to sign the notaris.
My parents came and we sat there for a couple of hours, and then we left.
My dad was like happy.
He said, we have to give this person the job.
He`ll tell her what to do, and what to look for, and he`ll be there with me every day.
I told my mom I was ready, and so we went back to my parents house and we got in the car.
I took a break from law school for a month and then I got an offer to work for the firm.
The offer came with the offer of a full-time job, which was great.
I loved that I was getting a job that would allow me to support my family.
So we went to work that first month and I got