The personal statement for law school
is a document that law school Admissions Committees read with great
interest. The more effective personal statements tend to be in the
form of anecdotal, personal histories which lead the reader to
believe the writer might be an interesting and valuable addition to
the new class. Contrary to what you may have heard, law schools DO
read the personal statement. It is an important piece of
your application materials.
What is a personal statement?
It is the story of you. Before we get
into content of the essay it is important to be aware of, or
at least have some guidelines about, the purpose of the essay. The
following are some components that the personal statement must
What should I write about?
In a word, you. The Admissions
Committee will have your transcript, GPA, and LSAT score (your
“numbers”), resume, and application. What they don’t have is a
sense of who you are. Often, the personal statement is what makes
one application be selected for admission over other
candidates with equal, or better, “numbers.”
Try to think of your application as a
whole and how an Admissions Committee would view it. Can you spot
any issues or areas that should or could be further addressed?
Address such issues clearly and make your argument convincing;
summon facts and present them in a clear, organized, and convincing
manner. For example, if your interest is public sector law it makes
perfect sense that your personal statement support this by writing
about your experience(s) in the non-profit arena. Personalize your
essay by telling a story about yourself.
Despite what many law school
applications will instruct regarding the personal statement, you do
not have to write the entire essay about why you want to go to law
school. (Admissions Deans know you want to go to law school – they
have your application in front of them! What they don’t know is who
you are as an applicant to law school.)
Sample Personal Statement Topics:
DOs and DON’Ts
DO be concise. Law School Admissions
Committees read literally thousands of these statements, so an
economy of phrase is appreciated. Can a sentence or two be cut
without compromising your meaning?
DO be relevant. Your statement should
convey information which the reader doesn't have. That information
should be about you. Writing about things you have no personal上一篇：乐心ZIVA plus体验