When applying to law schools, you will be asked to write one or more essays to submit
with your application.
This is your opportunity to give the admissions committee a better understanding of
who you truly are, and more importantly answer why you want to attend their Law School.
Take this essay seriously. Admissions committee's will read your statement when making
Where do I begin?
The first step is to read the instructions provided for you by the law school to which
you are applying.
The mission statement of the law school will provide good insight as to what the school
emphasizes and encourages.
Law schools look for a concise, well-written personal essay that shows that you can
Common themes found in Personal Statement's
These are common themes found in a large percentage of personal statement's. your
personal statement is certainly not limited to these areas. These are only suggestions
to give you an idea of what angle others have taken.
Academic tenacity and persistence
An understanding of and experience with the skills necessary for academic success
in law school
Personal growth and maturity during your undergraduate education
Motivation to study law
Personal, academic, and social connection to our ever-diversifying community
What tips and suggestions can I follow before writing my Personal Statement?
Organize information around a theme that allows you to present your ideas clearly
Narrowing your appeal allows for easier transition, a concise point, and a confident
Indicate what in your background suggests suitability for law school (if applicable).
Don't 'reach' for slightly relevant features or remind the school of its ranking.
Success in the face of adversity: You can use your personal statement to show the
law school admissions committee that you are able to perform well academically under
Remember that you are always answering the question, "Why do I want to go to law school?"
Leadership or employment: Remember that law school is an academic institution. The
leadership experiences that you describe should relate to your education (e.g. co-curricular
clubs) or from a professional experience (e.g. internships, significant employment,
military service, national community service, etc...)
Bring out unique features of your undergraduate curriculum if they are not evident
from your transcript or resume, such as independent readings, graduate level work,
official undergraduate research, advanced writing, study abroad, etc.
If you have any blemishes in your record such as a low GPA or LAST score, consider
writing an addendum explaining them. Do not offer excuses or blame others; instead,
explain how/why your record appears this way. If the problem is recent, carefully
indicate to the admissions committee why you would be a successful student.
Reviewing your Personal Statement
Your personal statement should be critiqued by more than one set of eyes.
Have a friend read your drafts for grammatical errors and consistency.
Have the Writing Center review your draft
Your personal statement should be able to concisely answer: How can Law School better
equip you for your goals in life.
If you are having trouble finding your concrete answer as to why you want to go to
law school try asking yourself why five times: this helps trim fat off of your answer
to find the root of your inspiration for attending law school.