Is your law school personal statement ready?
Now is the time to get in high gear if you are hoping to submit law school applications this fall.
But where and how do you start your law school personal statement, when faced with a very general personal statement prompt?
“Share more about yourself, your background, and your qualifications, so that the Admissions Committee can get to know you better.”
I get it. Writing the law school personal statement can be tricky. It doesn’t have to be!
Here are some law school personal statement Dos and Don’ts to help you get going!
DO: Brainstorm! Who are you and how to do you think?
First, you need to brainstorm what you want law schools to know about you. Admissions readers want to know how you think and what you will bring both to the school community and, later on, to your legal practice. Can you relate some experiences or interests that have shaped your perspective on the world? Can you illustrate what makes your point of view unique with vivid anecdotes featuring you in action—taking initiative, being thoughtful, learning a lesson, pursuing a passion?
DON’T: Repeat your résumé.
Think beyond your résumé – they will read that, too. When you describe your work experiences, show yourself in action with great examples rather than just describing your general duties.
DO: Keep a good focus!
Create an essay that will keep the reader engaged throughout. I recently wrote a blog post about finding your hook which describes how to start your essay by grabbing the reader’s attention. Then, you need to keep them reading. Remember – “show” don’t “tell.”
DON’T: Tell them what they already know.
Avoid general statements about what makes a good lawyer, or paragraphs retelling a Supreme Court case that fascinated you. You are going to law school to learn about these things and don’t want to come across as arrogant. Instead, use your limited space to let the reader get to know you.
DO: Write and re-write.
A good statement goes through multiple drafts. Usually one statement can fit for all law schools, though of course it is better to personalize each one, referencing what it is about each school in particular that attracts you. When I work with my clients, we go back and forth on multiple drafts of the statement, refining and improving language and content. Be sure to give yourself enough time to revise carefully – you can’t rush a polished essay!
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