For a time, I struggled with properly putting this out there. I’m not one to make requests like this, but desperate times call for desperate measures, and this is where I am now.
I can’t do this without you.
My name is Ricky J. Marc, and I need your help. Before I explain, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am a student at St. Thomas University School of Law, seeking a Juris Doctor and Master of Science in Sports Administration. I am in my final year and I am scheduled to graduate this May. I am the eldest of four children, and the proud son of Jamil and Guylene Marc, two hardworking Caribbean immigrants.
My passion for the legal profession was born as an ever-curious child, when my mother and I spent Sunday evenings watching a show called The Practice on ABC. As I grew older, I began to realize how necessary the law was as a crucial pillar for society as a whole. As time wore on, I also observed how the law, while wrought with a bad reputation due to unethical conduct, could bring forth justice to those that deserved it the most; I saw how the law could enable me to help my fellow citizen or refugee, fight a righteous battle against the forces of inequality and injustice, and one day leave this world better off than the one I was born into.
I always wanted to know why things were what they were, or how rules came to be. This desire for further knowledge led me to pursue a legal career. So I am seeking an LL.M. in European Law at Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas (Paris II). As it is written, as iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another. I know how much I will be able to grow not just as a student of this program, but as a human being, living and immersing myself in French culture. After spending the last five combined years in law school and The White House, I was able to learn not just a substantial amount about legal systems of both the United States and Europe, but about myself.
For three straight summers, I had the honor of attending the Paris Summer Institute, hosted by Cornell Law School and Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. Sitting in those courses, I felt something stirring within me that I never felt before. I felt the passion of a legal education in Paris emerging in a way that transformed me into a completely different human being. I know that I must use my life as a means by which I can help others.
I am thankful for the opportunities that I have been given to succeed. I understand the importance of taking advantage of opportunities when they appear. I believe that this LL.M. program will provide a stimulating intellectual environment that I will flourish in as I continue to develop my legal skills, as well as the opportunity to learn under a specialized focus of the law as it stands in Europe.
I believe that I was put on this earth to change the world, and I fully intend to do so. I will challenge the scourge of social injustice and inequality. I will challenge a status quo that unfairly divides billions of human beings according to race, class, color, income, origin, religious beliefs (or none at all), and so on. I will speak for those that cannot speak for themselves, and I know that by improving my critical skills at this esteemed institution, these challenges will be overcome.
Friend, I’m happy to announce that I’ve been admitted into this program. I remember weeping tears of joy at the initial news. But here’s the problem: At present, I lack the financial means to undertake this move. Financial Aid won’t cover me, and scholarships are lacking. I’m doing what I can on my end, but things aren’t looking good.
This is where, I hope, you come in. I’ve budgeted out a two-year period in which I will be able to pursue this degree and complete a required internship and/or apprenticeship. Amazingly, were I to do this here in the United States, this would cost me significantly more money. There’s a strange irony to this, but that is neither here nor there.
Alas, here are my two-year calculations adjusted to the USD-EUR exchange rate.
$13,929.30 (Tuition + Administrative Fees)
$44,081.52 (Housing + Utilities x 24)
$23,215.52 (Food + Living/Emergency Expenses x 24)
$87.06 x 24 = $2,089.44 (Public Transit + Travel Costs x 24)
Estimated Total: $83,315.78
Would you invest in the life of a hungry law student and aspiring public servant seeking the means by which he can earn the skills to change the world?
Here are some great (and clickable) ways to help out:
- GoFundMe: http://www.GoFundMe.com/RJMLLMParis
- PayPal: https://rickyjmarc.com/donate
- Venmo: @RickyJMarc
- Cash: $RickyJMarc
Friend, I am eternally grateful to you for assisting me along my academic journey.
You will not be forgotten.
Ricky J. Marc
Juris Doctor & M.S. Candidate
Alumnus, The Obama White House
President, Public Interest Law Society
St. Thomas University School of Law
Official Website: http://www.rickyjmarc.com