Personal Statement

The personal statement is your opportunity to tell the admissions committee about who you are as an individual and what makes you unique.  Given all the information already included in your application packet (i.e., test scores, transcripts, etc.), the personal statement is your chance to tell the committee something about yourself that they would not know otherwise unless you tell them. 

The narrative that you present in the personal statement is what will help set you apart from other applicants.  You may consider telling a story or finding a theme for your personal statement.  Focus on a significant experience or choose a few key themes and demonstrate how these relate to your preparation for law school.  Be sure to make the personal statement interesting.  

Reviewers will look to glean from your personal statement things such as evidence of maturity, motivation for pursuing a legal education, interesting personal attributes, independent thinking, ability to thrive in a rigorous academic environment, and whether you would be a good fit for the school.  

The personal statement is also a sample of your ability to write, so be concise, write in a clear and direct style, and avoid jargon or pretentious language.  Remember to proofread the statement carefully to avoid any grammatical or spelling errors.  You may consider asking friends, family, professors, and advisors to review your personal statement and to give you feedback.  

Also be sure to adhere to each school’s instructions and follow the required page limit (usually no more than 2 pages).