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Law School Admission Essay: Personal Statement

Article courtesy of, admissions consultancy
By Catherine Cook Senior Editor

Law school applications are steadily on the rise, and your personal statement is the best place to make yourself stand out from the wannabe attorney crowd. What should you include in your essay to convince the admissions committee to stand up and take notice?

Law School Applicants Are Not All The Same

Law school personal statements do not follow a set formula or template to fit what an admissions committee is looking for. However, there are guidelines to keep in mind as you begin to outline and write your law school personal statement. Not only will the details be different, but also the focus of your essay depends upon where you are in your career and life when you are applying to law school. Keep in mind that you do not want to try to include every detail about your life, nor do you want your personal statement to be a resume in prose. You want to give the admissions committee a snapshot of who you are and what makes you a compelling applicant for admission to their school.

The College Graduate

You are getting ready to finish up at Big State U. and have decided you want to begin law school the following September. An effective personal statement from a recent or soon-to-be college graduate could have any of the following components, depending on where your strengths lie and on what you'd like to emphasize. It is not necessary to have all of these details, but at this stage in your life, any of these areas could be fodder for your essay.

Two To Six Years In The Workforce

Older Law School Applicants

Guidelines That Apply To All Law School Applicants

No matter where you are in your career or your life, there are a few points that every law school applicant should cover in their admission essay:


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