One of my law school admission consulting clients sent me an email this morning with 5 key questions about law school personal statements. The questions were so good (and so common) that I wanted to share my responses with all of my pre-law readers. In addition to the points below, please read these posts about
Here is a great post with advice from the University of Chicago Law School with tips about the personal statement (I concur with all of it)!
Whether you’re extremely proud of your LSAT score and GPA or hoping they fade into the background of the rest of your application, you and I both know you’re much more than those two numbers. Your resume, your diversity statement, your addendum—they all come together to help the admissions committee get an idea of the
If you’re sitting down right now, trying to write the most brilliant, persuasive, powerful personal statement ever written, but your fingers are paralyzed on the keys, you’re not alone. “I hate to write about myself,” some tell me. Others say, “my life has been pretty boring/sheltered/standard/privileged.” Still others say, “I went through hard times but
Reapplying to Law School A lot goes into the decision to take on the law school application process for a second time. You will probably lose a deposit. You will likely have to sit through the LSAT again. And you will graduate a year later than you originally intended. Still, by taking your time and
When I decided to apply to law school, I didn’t think I needed help to get through the law school application process. I was wrong. I absolutely needed help from Ann. Ann was there for me every step of the way from deciding if I should re-take the LSAT to figuring out where to deposit. … Continue reading →
A personal statement is your best opportunity to present yourself to law school admissions officers. Having read thousands of personal statements, here are the six words and phrases that make me cringe – and waste precious words in making your point. 1. Worldview I’m not convinced this is really a word, and if it is,
If you are struggling to find the right thing to write about in your personal statement, start by considering what you think your weaknesses are and then think of examples from your life that demonstrate that the opposite might really be true. I talk about this a lot in Chapter 10 from The Law