Writing a Personal Statement

Writing a Personal Statement

Your personal statement is an opportunity to set yourself apart as an applicant. Law schools are interested in admitting students for reasons beyond grades and scores. Your experiences, training, goals, or dreams can demonstrate who you are and your potential to succeed in law school and beyond. Most Law Schools do not hold interviews, so your personal statement is the best opportunity to showcase who you are and your strength as a writer.

What should I write about in my personal statement?

Any noteworthy personal experience or accomplishment may be an appropriate subject for your essay; however, be sure to do more than just state it. Describe your experience briefly but concretely and why it had value to you, whether it was a job, a significant accomplishment, or your upbringing. You are simultaneously trying to add information and create structure.

In general, your evaluation of actual experiences and past accomplishments has more value to the committee than speculation about future accomplishments. Also, if you have overcome a serious obstacle in your life to get where you are today, by all means let the admission committee know about it.

Be brief, be factual, be comprehensive, and be organized.

You are a storyteller here. You want the image of a living person—you—to emerge. The personal statement is your opportunity to become vivid and alive to the reader. It is also an opportunity to demonstrate your ability to write and to present prose in a professional manner.