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My fascination in law has increased during my gap year, I worked with Madzimai Ladies- a group of women in Malawi who give (legal) aid to other women who are in forced marriages, homeless etc.  I spent a couple of weeks in Nsanje, a rural area in Malawi, a town without a proper legal system. I was allowed to observe a ‘case’ where a husband was given permission by the chief- who acts as a judge to publicly shame his wife for accusing him of marital rape, which is not perceived as rape in Nsanje This reminded me of ‘Eve was framed’ a book by Helena Kennedy which discusses the relation between gender and the legal system. Kennedy explains how women are disadvantaged by the legal system on issues such as rape and equal pay. I partially agree with Kennedy because despite laws such as Equality act 2010 inequalities such as gender pay gap exist, with men earning on an average 9.3% more according to the ONS. This experience helped further strengthen my resolve to study law in two ways. First it made me aware of the different attitudes that people have towards the law and how cultures and religions can influence the judicial system; this has ameliorated my understanding of certain laws and the benefits and weaknesses within. Furthermore, it made me question the impact Brexit could have on the UK legal system. Kennedy wrote her book before the Human Rights Act, an Act which has allowed fairer treatment in cases were (women’s) rights have been violated and therefore making the legal system more impartial. This has left me with questions such as ‘how will the UK’s judicial system provide adequate protection of the people’s rights after withdrawing from the EU?’ as well as ‘What implications will leaving the EU have on the UK legal system?’   During my A levels, I took an interest in the relation between politics, law and philosophy.  Topics such as ‘to what extent laws structure the government or how the government help structure the law?’ interest me as they demonstrate how law and politics are intertwined.  John Locke’s theory of Natural rights and Montesquieu theory of the Separation of Powers have become one of my favourite topics as they combine all three topics together and versions of their theories can be seen in current politics and laws which allows me to explore the topic in more depth. Living between three countries has helped me witness different political ideologies which has shown me how the government and its laws can influence an individual’s future, i.e. legalising same sex marriage.  The MYP Programme and A levels have taught me to apply my knowledge to unfamiliar contexts and be able to identity the strengths and limitation of each perspective, which is beneficial when writing essays. Being part of the athletics team taught me to be competitive and to always try and improve myself, traits that I like to apply to my studies. In the Netherlands, having helped children who were behind linguistically, by having reading sessions them helped me to improve my communication with different people from different backgrounds. Being part of the debate society at has helped me communicate effectively, learn to respect other people’s views and has taught me how to speak to persuasively and articulately.  Later this year, I will be working with Southampton City council as a Single Point of Contact Officer, I hope to gain a better understanding of the information governance legislation and data protection and practice of the legal systems within the council. This experience will also help me with time management, meeting deadlines, prioritising my work as well as handling a variable workload, which are all essential skills to being a good student.  To conclude, I hope that my personal statement supports my application. I am an assiduous individual who is determined to achieve success. I look forward to exploring familiar and unfamiliar topics within my subject.