Law School Personal Statement Requirements

LAW SCHOOL PERSONAL STATEMENT REQUIREMENTS

Do you need a new personal statement for each law school you apply to? Probably not. (Except for the University of Florida Levin College of Law and the University of Colorado-Boulder).

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 “kinda” important for lawyers), we’ve put together a chart for each 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 to you.

(Rank based on 2015 U.S. News Data)

RANK

SCHOOL

LINK TO REQUIREMENTS

1

Yale

Yale Law School Personal Statement

2

Harvard

Harvard Law School Personal Statement

2

Stanford

Stanford Law School Personal Statement

4

Columbia

Columbia Law School Personal Statement

4

University of Chicago

University of Chicago Law School Personal Statement

6

New York University

New York University Law School Personal Statement

7

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania Law School Personal Statement

8

Duke University

Duke University Law School Personal Statement

8

UC Berkeley (Boalt)

UC Berkeley (Boalt) Law School Personal Statement

8

University of Virginia

University of Virginia Law School Personal Statement

11

University of Michigan-Ann ArborUniversity of Michigan-Ann Arbor Law School Personal Statement

12

Northwestern University

Northwestern University Law School Personal Statement

13

Cornell University

Cornell University Law School Personal Statement

14

Georgetown University

Georgetown University Law School Personal Statement

15

University of Texas-Austin

University of Texas-Austin Law School Personal Statement

16

UCLA

UCLA Law School Personal Statement

17

Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt University Law School Personal Statement

18

Washington University

Washington University Law School Personal Statement

19

Emory University

Emory University Law School Personal Statement

20

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

University of Minnesota Law School Personal Statement

20

USC

USC Law School Personal Statement

22

George Washington University

George Washington University Law School Personal Statement

22

University of Alabama

University of Alabama Law School Personal Statement

22

University of Iowa

University of Iowa Law School Personal Statement

22

University of Notre DameUniversity of Notre Dame Law School Personal Statement

26

Boston University

Boston University Law School Personal Statement

26

Arizona State University

Arizona State University Law School Personal Statement

28

University of Washington

University of Washington Law School Personal Statement

29

William and Mary Law School

William and Mary Law School Personal Statement

30

UC Irvine

UC Irvine Law School Personal Statement

31

UC Davis

UC Davis Law School Personal Statement

31

University of Georgia

University of Georgia Law School Personal Statement

31

University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School Personal Statement

34

Boston College

Boston College Law School Personal Statement

34

Brigham Young University

Brigham Young University Law School Personal Statement

34

Fordham University

Fordham University Law School Personal Statement

34

Indiana University-Bloomington

Indiana University-Bloomington Law School Personal Statement

34

Ohio State University

Ohio State University Law School Personal Statement

34

University of North Carolina

University of North Carolina Law School Personal Statement

40

University of Colorado-Boulder

University of Colorado-Boulder Law School Personal Statement

41

University of Illinois

University of Illinois Law School Personal Statement

42

George Mason University

George Mason University Law School Personal Statement

42

University of Arizona

University of Arizona Law School Personal Statement

42

University of Utah

University of Utah Law School Personal Statement

42

Washington & Lee University

Washington & Lee University Law School Personal Statement

46

Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University Law School Personal Statement

47

University of Florida

University of Florida Law School Personal Statement

47

University of Maryland

University of Maryland Law School Personal Statement

47

Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University Law School Personal Statement

50

Florida State University

Florida State University Law School Personal Statement

 

RANK

SCHOOL

LINK TO REQUIREMENTS

50

Tulane University

Tulane University Law School Personal Statement

52

 Pepperdine University Pepperdine University Law School Personal Statement

52

 Temple University Temple University Law School Personal Statement

52

University of Richmond

University of Richmond Law School Personal Statement

52

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

University of Tennessee-Knoxville Law School Personal Statement

56

Baylor University

Baylor University Law School Personal Statement

56

Georgia State University

Georgia State University Law School Personal Statement

56

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Law School Personal Statement

59

Case Western Reserve

Case Western Reserve Law School Personal Statement

59

UC Hastings Law School

UC Hastings Law School Personal Statement

59

University of Houston

University of Houston Law School Personal Statement

59

University of Missouri-Columbia

University of Missouri-Columbia Law School Personal Statement

63

Seton Hall University

Seton Hall University Law School Personal Statement

63

University of Connecticut

University of Connecticut Law School Personal Statement

63

University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky Law School Personal Statement

63

University of Miami

University of Miami Law School Personal Statement

67

University of Denver

University of Denver Law School Personal Statement

67

University of Kansas

University of Kansas Law School Personal Statement

67

University of Nevada-Las Vegas

University of Nevada-Las Vegas Law School Personal Statement

67

University of Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma Law School Personal Statement

71

American University Washington College of Law

American University Washington College of Law Personal Statement

71

Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University Law School Personal Statement

71

University of New Mexico

University of New Mexico Law School Personal Statement

71

University of San Diego

University of San Diego Law School Personal Statement

75

Loyola Marymount

Loyola Marymount Law School Personal Statement

75

University of Arkansas-Fayetteville

University of Arkansas-Fayetteville Law School Personal Statement

76

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law Yeshiva University Personal Statement

78

Brooklyn Law School

Brooklyn Law School Law School Personal Statement

78Chicago Kent College of Law

Chicago Kent College of Law Personal Statement

78

Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Chicago Law School Personal Statement

78

University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh Law School Personal Statement

82

St. John’s University

St. John’s University Law School Personal Statement

82

University of Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati Law School Personal Statement

82

University of Oregon

University of Oregon Law School Personal Statement

82

University of Hawaii

University of Hawaii Law School Personal Statement

82

University of Tulsa

University of Tulsa Law School Personal Statement

87

Northeastern University

Northeastern University Law School Personal Statement

87

Rutgers-Newark

Rutgers-Newark Law School Personal Statement

87

St. Louis University

St. Louis University Law School Personal Statement

87

SUNY Buffalo Law School

SUNY Buffalo Law School Personal Statement

87

Syracuse University

Syracuse University Law School Personal Statement

87

University of New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire Law School Personal Statement

87

Villanova University

Villanova University Law School Personal Statement

94

Lewis & Clark

Lewis & Clark Law School Personal Statement

94

Louisiana State University

Louisiana State University Law School Personal Statement

94

Michigan State

Michigan State Law School Personal Statement

94

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University Law School Personal Statement

94

University of LouisvilleUniversity of Louisville Law School Personal Statement

94

University of Mississippi

University of Mississippi Law School Personal Statement

94

University of South Carolina

University of South Carolina Law School Personal Statement

 

RANK

SCHOOL

LINK TO REQUIREMENTS

94

 West Virginia University West Virginia University Law School Personal Statement

102

Florida International UniversityFlorida International University Law School Personal Statement

102

Indiana University—​Indianapolis (McKinney) Indiana University—​Indianapolis Law School Personal Statement

102

Rutgers UniversityCamden Rutgers University—Camden Law School Personal Statement

105

Marquette University Marquette University Law School Person Statement

105

 Stetson UniversityStetson University Law School Personal Statement

105

Wayne State UniversityWayne State University Law School Personal Statement

108

Catholic UniversityCatholic University Law School Personal Statement

108

University of WyomingUniversity of Wyoming Law School Personal Statement

110

Gonzaga UniversityGonzaga University Law School Personal Statement
Howard UniversityHoward University Law School Personal Statement
110University of MaineUniversity of Maine Law School Personal Statement
113Creighton UniversityCreighton University Law School Personal Statement
113Drake UniversityDrake University Law School Personal Statement
113CUNY Queens CollegeCUNY Queens College Law School Personal Statement
113Seattle University Seattle University Law School Personal Statement

113

University of MontanaUniversity of Montana Law School Personal Statement

118

 Duquesne University Duquesne University Law School Personal Statement

118

Mercer UniversityMercer University Law School Personal Statement

118

Texas Tech UniversityTexas Tech University Law School Personal Statement

118

Willamette UniversityWillamette University Law School Personal Statement

122

DePaul UniversityDePaul University Law School Personal Statement

122

Hofstra University Hofstra University Law School Personal Statement

122

University of BaltimoreUniversity of Baltimore Law School Personal Statement

122

Vermont Law SchoolVermont Law School Personal Statement

122

Washburn UniversityWashburn University Law School Personal Statement

127

Chapman UniversityChapman University Law School Personal Statement

127

Cleveland State UniversityCleveland State University Law School Personal Statement

127

Drexel UniversityDrexel University Law School Personal Statement

127

New York Law SchoolNew York Law School Personal Statement

127

Quinnipiac UniversityQuinnipiac University Law School Personal Statement

127

University of AkronUniversity of Akron Law School Personal Statement

127

University of Missouri-Kansas CityUniversity of Missouri-Kansas City Law School Personal Statement

135

Loyola University New Orleans Loyola University New Orleans Law School Personal Statement

135

University of Arkansas-Little RockUniversity of Arkansas-Little Rock Law School Personal Statement

135

St. Thomas University  St. Thomas University Law School Personal Statement

135

Albany Law School

138

 Pace University Pace University Law School Personal Statement

138

 University of North DakotaUniversity of North Dakota Law School Personal Statement

138

University of San FranciscoUniversity of San Francisco Law School Personal Statement

142

University of MemphisUniversity of Memphis Law School Personal Statement

142

University of ToledoUniversity of Toledo Law School Personal Statement

145

William Mitchell College of LawWilliam Mitchell College of Law Personal Statement

145

 Hamline UniversityHamline University Law School Personal Statement

145

Ohio Northern UniversityOhio Northern University Law School Personal Statement

Last 50 schools are listed in alphabetical order.

SCHOOL

LINK TO REQUIREMENTS

Appalachian School of Law
Appalachian School of Law Personal Statement
Arizona Summit Law School
Arizona Summit Law School Personal Statement
Atlanta’s John Marshall Law SchoolAtlanta’s John Marshall Law School Personal Statement
Ave Maria School of LawAve Maria School of Law Personal Statement
Barry UniversityBarry University Law School Personal Statement
California Western School of Law
California Western School of Law Personal Statement
Campbell UniversityCampbell University Law School Personal Statement
Capital UniversityCapital University Law School Personal Statement
Charleston School of LawCharleston School of Law Personal Statement
Charlotte School of LawCharlotte School of Law Personal Statement
Elon UniversityElon University Law School Personal Statement
Faulkner UniversityFaulkner University Law School Personal Statement
Florida A&M UniversityFlorida A&M University Law School Personal Statement
Florida Coastal School of LawFlorida Coastal School of Law Personal Statement
Golden Gate UniversityGolden Gate University Law School Personal Statement
Inter-​American University Inter-American University Law School Personal Statement
John Marshall Law SchoolJohn Marshall Law School Personal Statement
Liberty UniversityLiberty University Law School Personal Statement
Mississippi CollegeMississippi College Law School Personal Statement
New England LawNew England Law School Personal Statement
North Carolina Central UniversityNorth Carolina Central University Law School Personal Statement
Northern Illinois UniversityNorthern Illinois University Law School Personal Statement
Northern Kentucky UniversityNorthern Kentucky University Law School Personal Statement
Nova Southeastern UniversityNova Southeastern University Law School Personal Statement
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto RicoPontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico Law School Personal Statement
Regent UniversityRegent University Law School Personal Statement
Roger Williams UniversityRoger Williams University Law School Personal Statement
Southern UniversitySouthern University Law School Personal Statement
Southwestern Law SchoolSouthwestern Law School Personal Statement
St. Mary’s UniversitySt. Mary’s University Law School Personal Statement
St. Thomas UniversitySt. Thomas University Law School Personal Statement
Suffolk UniversitySuffolk University Law School Personal Statement
Texas Southern UniversityTexas Southern University Law School Personal Statement
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolThomas M. Cooley Law School Personal Statement
Thomas Jefferson School of LawThomas Jefferson School of Law Personal Statement
Touro CollegeTouro College Law School Personal Statement
University of Detroit MercyUniversity of Detroit Mercy Law School Personal Statement
University of Puerto RicoUniversity of the Puerto Rico Law School Personal Statement
University of the District of ColumbiaUniversity of the District of Columbia Law School Personal Statement
University of the PacificUniversity of the Pacific Law School Personal Statement
Valparaiso UniversityValparaiso University Law School Personal Statement
Western New England CollegeWestern New England College Law School Personal Statement
Western State UniversityWestern State University Law School Personal Statement
Whittier Law SchoolWhittier Law School Personal Statement
Widener UniversityWidener University Law School Personal Statement

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