How to Write a Good Personal Statement for Law School: Impress Your Board
Your school results help, but a good personal statement can seal the deal. Picture your personal statement as your written interview with the school. It needs to show your determination, passion, resilience, problem solving ability, leadership potential and ability to relate to people. In summary, you need to make a good impression and convince them to accept your submission.
Brainstorming relevant questions
Think about the types of things that you are asked in an interview - they want to get to know you. What you are your skills? What are your strengths and weaknesses? What do you enjoy doing? Why do you feel like you should be studying law? This is a start - get your ideas onto a piece of paper and read it through over and over again as you add items that come to mind.
Every single personal statement the school gets is a boring list about me, me, me; which is what they ask for. But try to give them something with a twist. Think about a particular moment in your personal history when you realised that you needed to study law. Include this story in your personal statement using it as a reference to your strengths and skills.
Now that you're writing about an amazing experience in your life, you can draw from this the passion and enthusiasm you have for the subject of law and life. Highlight the main subjects you are interested in mastering and use emotional words to express how you feel about them.
Experiences that link to your course
Do you have any work experience? Whether it was free work for a day or only or a part time job, share the details of why and how this would link to the course you have chosen.
Write a draft version first
After you've completed your brainstorming session you will need to put your thoughts together in organised paragraphs that flow from one to the next. Don't worry too much about the emotional wording and personal stories yet. Once this is together you can add the colour to your picture and re-write the final version.
Do not plagiarise
Never underestimate the board. They will have read hundreds of personal statements and have access to Google. They will know if you are copying someone's work or stories. Keep it original and highly personal.