Law School Personal Statement Requirements

Here’s the list of Personal Statements for Law Schools:

Do you need a new personal statement for each law school you apply to? No. But do you need to change  your essay slightly for different schools? Probably. To help you figure out what you need to do (because following the directions provided by each school is part of what you are being tested on when you apply to law school – rule following is slightly important for lawyers), we’ve put together a chart with a link to the current personal statement prompt for each law school.
See below for links to each law school’s personal statement requirements and instructions. I am listing it by school ranking because most people apply to schools that are similarly ranked and I thought this would make it easiest for you to find the schools you are looking for. I hope this is helpful!

(Rank based on 2018 U.S. News & World Report Data)

RANKSCHOOLLINK TO REQUIREMENTS
1YaleYale Law School Personal Statement
2StanfordStanford Law School Personal Statement
3HarvardHarvard Law School Personal Statement
4University of ChicagoUniversity of Chicago Law School Personal Statement
5ColumbiaColumbia Law School Personal Statement
6New York UniversityNew York University Law School Personal Statement
7University of PennsylvaniaUniversity of Pennsylvania Law School Personal Statement
8University of Michigan-Ann ArborUniversity of Michigan-Ann Arbor Law School Personal Statement
8University of VirginiaUniversity of Virginia Law School Personal Statement
10Duke UniversityDuke University Law School Personal Statement
10Northwestern UniversityNorthwestern University Law School Personal Statement
12UC Berkeley (Boalt)UC Berkeley (Boalt) Law School Personal Statement
13Cornell UniversityCornell University Law School Personal Statement
14University of Texas-AustinUniversity of Texas-Austin Law School Personal Statement
15Georgetown University Georgetown University Law School Personal Statement  
15UCLAUCLA Law School Personal Statement
17Vanderbilt UniversityVanderbilt University Law School Personal Statement
18Washington University in St. LouisWashington University in St. Louis Law School Personal Statement
19USCUSC Law School Personal Statement
20University of IowaUniversity of Iowa Law School Personal Statement
20University of Notre DameUniversity of Notre Dame Law School Personal Statement
22Emory UniversityEmory University Law School Personal Statement
23Boston UniversityBoston University Law School Personal Statement
23University of Minnesota-Twin CitiesUniversity of Minnesota Law School Personal Statement
25Arizona State UniversityArizona State University Law School Personal Statement
26Boston CollegeBoston College Law School Personal Statement
26University of AlabamaUniversity of Alabama Law School Personal Statement
28UC IrvineUC Irvine Law School Personal Statement
28Washington & Lee UniversityWashington & Lee University Law School Personal Statement
30George Washington UniversityGeorge Washington University Law School Personal Statement
30Indiana University-BloomingtonIndiana University-Bloomington Law School Personal Statement
30Ohio State UniversityOhio State University Law School Personal Statement
30University of GeorgiaUniversity of Georgia Law School Personal Statement
30University of WashingtonUniversity of Washington Law School Personal Statement
30University of Wisconsin-MadisonUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison Law School Personal Statement
36Fordham UniversityFordham University Law School Personal Statement
36University of Colorado-BoulderUniversity of Colorado-Boulder Law School Personal Statement
36Wake Forest UniversityWake Forest University Law School Personal Statement
39UC DavisUC Davis Law School Personal Statement
39University of North CarolinaUniversity of North Carolina Law School Personal Statement
41College of William and Mary William and Mary Law School Personal Statement
41George Mason UniversityGeorge Mason University Law School Personal Statement
41University of FloridaUniversity of Florida Law School Personal Statement
44University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Law School Personal Statement
44University of UtahUniversity of Utah Law School Personal Statement  
46Brigham Young UniversityBrigham Young University Law School Personal Statement
46Southern Methodist UniversitySouthern Methodist University Law School Personal Statement
48Florida State UniversityFlorida State University Law School Personal Statement
48University of ArizonaUniversity of Arizona Law School Personal Statement
48University of MarylandUniversity of Maryland Law School Personal Statement
51Baylor UniversityBaylor University Law School Personal Statement
51Tulane UniversityTulane University Law School Personal Statement
53Temple UniversityTemple University Law School Personal Statement
54UC Hastings Law SchoolUC Hastings Law School Personal Statement
54University of ConnecticutUniversity of Connecticut Law School Personal Statement
54University of HoustonUniversity of Houston Law School Personal Statement
57Seton Hall UniversitySeton Hall University Law School Personal Statement
57University of KentuckyUniversity of Kentucky Law School Personal Statement
57University of Nebraska-LincolnUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln Law School Personal Statement
57University of RichmondUniversity of Richmond Law School Personal Statement
57University of Tennessee-KnoxvilleUniversity of Tennessee-Knoxville Law School Personal Statement
62Case Western ReserveCase Western Reserve Law School Personal Statement
62Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Rutgers Law School Personal Statement
62University of Nevada-Las VegasUniversity of Nevada-Las Vegas Law School Personal Statement
65Georgia State UniversityGeorgia State University Law School Personal Statement
65Loyola Marymount UniversityLoyola Marymount Law School Personal Statement
65Northeastern UniversityNortheastern University Law School Personal Statement
65Pennsylvania State University-DickinsonPennsylvania State University Law School Personal Statement
65University of KansasUniversity of Kansas Law School Personal Statement
65University of Missouri-ColumbiaUniversity of Missouri-Columbia Law School Personal Statement
65Yeshiva University Benjamin N. Cardozo School of LawBenjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Personal Statement
72Pepperdine UniversityPepperdine University Law School Personal Statement
72St. John’s UniversitySt. John’s University Law School Personal Statement
72University of CincinnatiUniversity of Cincinnati Law School Personal Statement
72University of OklahomaUniversity of Oklahoma Law School Personal Statement
76University of DenverUniversity of Denver Law School Personal Statement
77University of Arkansas-FayettevilleUniversity of Arkansas-Fayetteville Law School Personal Statement
77University of MiamiUniversity of Miami Law School Personal Statement
77University of New MexicoUniversity of New Mexico Law School Personal Statement
77University of San DiegoUniversity of San Diego Law School Personal Statement
77Villanova UniversityVillanova University Law School Personal Statement
82Loyola University ChicagoLoyola University Chicago Law School Personal Statement
82Pennsylvania State University-University ParkPennsylvania State University Law School Personal Statement
82University of PittsburghUniversity of Pittsburgh Law School Personal Statement
82University of TulsaUniversity of Tulsa Law School Personal Statement
86American University Washington College of LawAmerican University Washington College of Law Personal Statement
86University of OregonUniversity of Oregon Law School Personal Statement
88Brooklyn Law SchoolBrooklyn Law School Law School Personal Statement
88Indiana University-​Indianapolis (McKinney)Indiana University-Indianapolis Law School Personal Statement
88St. Louis UniversitySt. Louis University Law School Personal Statement
88University of South CarolinaUniversity of South Carolina Law School Personal Statement
92IIT Chicago-Kent College of LawChicago-Kent College of Law Personal Statement
92Syracuse UniversitySyracuse University Law School Personal Statement
92Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M University Law School Personal Statement
92University of LouisvilleUniversity of Louisville Law School Personal Statement
96Louisiana State UniversityLouisiana State University Law School Personal Statement
96Michigan State UniversityMichigan State Law School Personal Statement
96Stetson UniversityStetson University Law School Personal Statement
96West Virginia UniversityWest Virginia University Law School Personal Statement
100Florida International UniversityFlorida International University Law School Personal Statement
100Lewis & Clark CollegeLewis & Clark Law School Personal Statement
100Marquette University Marquette University Law School Personal Statement
100University of HawaiiUniversity of Hawaii Law School Personal Statement
100University of New HampshireUniversity of New Hampshire Law School Personal Statement
100Wayne State UniversityWayne State University Law School Personal Statement
106Catholic UniversityCatholic University Law School Personal Statement
106Drake UniversityDrake University Law School Personal Statement
106SUNY BuffaloSUNY Buffalo Law School Personal Statement
109Albany Law SchoolAlbany Law School Personal Statement
109University of IdahoUniversity of Idaho Law School Personal Statement
109University of MississippiUniversity of Mississippi Law School Personal Statement
112Drexel UniversityDrexel University Law School Personal Statement
112Gonzaga UniversityGonzaga University Law School Personal Statement
112New York Law SchoolNew York Law School Personal Statement
112University of BaltimoreUniversity of Baltimore Law School Personal Statement
112University of Missouri-Kansas CityUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City Law School Personal Statement
112University of WyomingUniversity of Wyoming Law School Personal Statement
118Hofstra UniversityHofstra University Law School Personal Statement
118Texas Tech UniversityTexas Tech University Law School Personal Statement
120Creighton UniversityCreighton University Law School Personal Statement
120DePaul UniversityDePaul University Law School Personal Statement
120Howard UniversityHoward University Law School Personal Statement
120Pace UniversityPace University Law School Personal Statement
120Seattle UniversitySeattle University Law School Personal Statement
120University of MontanaUniversity of Montana Law School Personal Statement
120University of St. ThomasUniversity of St. Thomas Law School Personal Statement
127Cleveland State UniversityCleveland State University Law School Personal Statement
127CUNYCUNY Law School Personal Statement
127Duquesne UniversityDuquesne University Law School Personal Statement
127Quinnipiac UniversityQuinnipiac University Law School Personal Statement
127Washburn UniversityWashburn University Law School Personal Statement
132Santa Clara UniversitySanta Clara University Law School Personal Statement
132University of ToledoUniversity of Toledo Law School Personal Statement
134Chapman UniversityChapman University Law School Personal Statement
134Mercer UniversityMercer University Law School Personal Statement
134University of AkronUniversity of Akron Law School Personal Statement
134University of Arkansas-Little RockUniversity of Arkansas-Little Rock Law School Personal Statement
134Vermont Law SchoolVermont Law School Personal Statement
139University of MaineUniversity of Maine Law School Personal Statement
140Suffolk UniversitySuffolk University Law School Personal Statement
140University of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Law School Personal Statement
142Loyola University New OrleansLoyola University New Orleans Law School Personal Statement
142University of North DakotaUniversity of North Dakota Law School Personal Statement
142University of South DakotaUniversity of South Dakota Law School Personal Statement
142University of the Pacific- McGeorgeUniversity of the Pacific-McGeorge Law School Personal Statement
142Willamette UniversityWillamette University College of Law Personal Statement
147Samford UniversitySamford University Law School Personal Statement
148Northern Illinois UniversityNorthern Illinois University Law School Personal Statement
148Widener University- CommonwealthWidener University Commonwealth Law School Personal Statement
RANK SCHOOLLINK TO REQUIREMENTS
RNP Appalachian School of LawAppalachian School of Law Personal Statement
RNP  Arizona Summit Law SchoolArizona Summit Law School Personal Statement
RNP  Atlanta’s John Marshall Law SchoolAtlanta’s John Marshall Law School Personal Statement
RNP Ave Maria School of LawAve Maria School of Law Personal Statement
RNP  Barry UniversityBarry University Law School Personal Statement
RNPBelmont UniversityBelmont University Law School Personal Statement
RNPCalifornia Western School of LawCalifornia Western School of Law Personal Statement
RNPCampbell UniversityCampbell University Law School Personal Statement
RNPCapital UniversityCapital University Law School Personal Statement
RNPCharleston School of LawCharleston School of Law Personal Statement
RNPElon UniversityElon University Law School Personal Statement
RNPFaulkner UniversityFaulkner University Law School Personal Statement
RNPFlorida A&M UniversityFlorida A&M University Law School Personal Statement
RNPFlorida Coastal School of LawFlorida Coastal School of Law Personal Statement
RNPGolden Gate UniversityGolden Gate University Law School Personal Statement
RNPJohn Marshall Law SchoolJohn Marshall Law School Personal Statement
RNPLiberty UniversityLiberty University Law School Personal Statement
RNPMississippi CollegeMississippi College Law School Personal Statement
RNPMitchell Hamline School of LawMitchell Hamline School of Law Personal Statement
RNPNew England Law SchoolNew England Law School Personal Statement
RNPNorth Carolina Central UniversityNorth Carolina Central University Law School Personal Statement
RNPNorthern Kentucky UniversityNorthern Kentucky University Law School Personal Statement
RNPNova Southeastern UniversityNova Southeastern University Law School Personal Statement
RNPOhio Northern UniversityOhio Northern University Law School Personal Statement
RNPOklahoma City UniversityOklahoma City University Law School Personal Statement
RNPRegent UniversityRegent University Law School Personal Statement
RNPRoger Williams UniversityRoger Williams University Law School Personal Statement
RNPSouthern Illinois University–CarbondaleSouthern Illinois University–Carbondale Law School Personal Statement
RNPSouthern UniversitySouthern University Law Center Personal Statement
RNPSouth Texas College of LawSouth Texas College of Law Personal Statement
RNPSouthwestern Law SchoolSouthwestern Law School Personal Statement
RNPSt. Mary’s UniversitySt. Mary’s University Law School Personal Statement
RNPSt. Thomas UniversitySt. Thomas University Law School Personal Statement
RNPTexas Southern UniversityTexas Southern University Law School Personal Statement
RNPThomas Jefferson School of LawThomas Jefferson School of Law Personal Statement
RNPTouro CollegeTouro College Law School Personal Statement
RNPUniversity of DaytonUniversity of Dayton Law School Personal Statement
RNPUniversity of Detroit MercyUniversity of Detroit Mercy Law School Personal Statement
RNPUniversity of La VerneUniversity of La Verne Law School Personal Statement
RNPUniversity of Massachusetts – DartmouthUniversity of Massachusetts – Dartmouth Law School Personal Statement
RNPUniversity of San FranciscoUniversity of San Francisco Law School Personal Statement
RNPUniversity of the District of ColumbiaUniversity of the District of Columbia Law School Personal Statement
RNPValparaiso UniversityValparaiso University Law School Personal Statement
RNPWestern Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolWestern Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School Personal Statement
RNPWestern New England UniversityWestern New England University Law School Personal Statement
RNPWestern State College of Law at Argosy UniversityWestern State College of Law at Argosy University Personal Statement
RNPWhittier CollegeWhittier Law School Personal Statement
RNPWidener University-DelawareWidener University Law School Personal Statement
UnrankedConcordia University Concordia University Law School Personal Statement
UnrankedInter-American UniversityInter-American University Law School Personal Statement
UnrankedLincoln Memorial UniversityLincoln Memorial University Law School Personal Statement
UnrankedPontifical Catholic UniversityPontifical Catholic University Law School Personal Statement
UnrankedUniversity of Puerto RicoUniversity of Puerto Rico Law School Personal Statement

7 thoughts on “Law School Personal Statement Requirements

  1. Hi Anne,
    This is irrelevant to the blog topic, but I am planning to apply to law schools in a couple of years and I was wondering what books you would recommend to beef up my knowledge on the LSATs/law school admission process (besides yours, of course).

  2. Hey Ann,

    Thanks for sharing this listing of the new personal statement of law schools. My wife was looking for the same stuff from past few days. This will be definitely helpful for her.

  3. Andrea L on said:

    Hi Ann,

    I have a totally random question but hope you’re able to answer:

    When you apply for C&F in 3L, does the Bar look at ALL your law school applications or just the one for the school you attended? I ask because I realized I might need to amend a date on my resume and (possibly) a C&F thing (it’s pretty minor). Do I need to contact every single law school I have no intention of attending? I have the feeling I’m just being paranoid.

    Thank you for this wonderful resource!

  4. Mark Marquez on said:

    Hello Ann,
    I am presently researching how to write an effective personal statement. Most tutorials emphasized an honest approach regarding personal experience . Experiences which led to the decision of going to law school . My experience however, is that of a criminal past. I am presently in the process of applying for a certificate of rehabilitation, AKA , a governors pardon. Would it be wise to offer up in a general way what my life used to be like , what happened and what its like now?

  5. Hanna Y. on said:

    Hi Ann!

    I understand this blog post is about changing your personal statements relative to particular law schools. I have a question regarding your stance on additional essays or diversity statements that prospective law students submit in addition to the personal statement. According to your book, The Law School Expert, you specifically mention that pre-undergraduate education experiences shouldn’t be included in the Personal Statement- with a few minor exceptions. Does this rule apply to additional essays or diversity statements, in your opinion? Thank you!

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