WRITING A PERSONAL STATEMENT (printable version)

What is the purpose of the personal statement?

The purpose of the personal statement is to gather information about you outside of your academic performance, LSAT score and extracurricular involvement. Think of it as a written interview, one where you have control of the questions and answers. The most important consideration in your personal statement, no matter what the topic, is the impression of yourself that you are creating. The personal statement is your opportunity to distinguish yourself.

Possible Topic Areas

  • Your motivation for a career as a law professional
  • The influence of your family/early experiences on your life
  • The influence of extracurricular, work or volunteer experiences on your life
  • Personal philosophies as related to your goals
  • How you’ve overcome an obstacle or disadvantage

Before You Begin

  • Brainstorm
  • Engage in self-reflection exercises
  • Free-write
  • Decide your approach in terms of content
  • Think about your readers and tailor your message
  • Write an outline

Writing Process

  • Get Started writing 1ST draft
  • Revise, Revise, Revise
  • Obtain feedback from others
  • Proofread

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