Getting into law school can be a long and strenuous process. There is much you must consider before applying. This includes what school you would like to attend, what type of law you wish to practice, and what you must do in order to make yourself stick out in the fray of the thousands of applications an admissions office receive every year. Such are the questions you must ask to find the best career choice for yourself. One way to make yourself stand out above the rest is to maximize your personal statement.
The personal statement is one of the documents law schools ask students to include in their applications. This allows a dean of admissions to get an idea of who, you, the student is, what kind of background you have, what your accomplishments are, and what makes you want to be a lawyer and what will make you a successful lawyer. The personal statement allows you to really sell yourself. By writing an excellent personal statement you are given the opportunity to explain other parts of your application, allowing the Dean of Admissions to better understand the who you are. When requesting a personal statement, law schools typically request you limit your statement to two pages.
For this reason, it is important that you keep your statement concise and to the point, only including what you think is important and will increase your chances of being admitted. What a you should include in your personal statement are things such as your cultural and economic background, personal struggles and how you have overcame these, and your academic achievements. Another thing a you should include in your personal statement is any work experience you have had, volunteering you have done, and any extra-curricular activities you were involved in. It also helps to mention any achievements you have had such as a high office you may have held on a student committee or in a club. All these things, if painted in the right light, will help your chances of getting into the school of your choice.
There are many things you are going to want to avoid including in your personal statement. The most important things to avoid are grammatical and spelling errors. Poor proofreading is no excuse for careless errors and such things will be frowned upon by a Dean of Admissions. It shows carelessness, laziness, and indifference. These three qualities are not the make-up of a professional and successful lawyer. Another thing you will want to avoid when writing your statement is anything that is going to make you look bad. If you have had a struggle during one of your undergraduate semesters try not to bring it to light in the personal statement especially if it’s going to take up much room.
You only have two pages to express yourself and they are better used concentrating on your strengths rather than your weaknesses. If you wish to explain any blemishes on your academic record you are better off attaching an addendum to your application. Finally, try to stick to prose when writing your statement. By getting too creative you will lose the interest of the Dean and appear superficial. By following these steps you can make a great personal statement and be that much closer to finding a letter of acceptance in your mailbox.