Personal Statement Tips

“A lawyer who represents himself or herself has a fool for a client.” Many of my ScoreItUp students know the story of how I personally learned this lesson the hard way by foolishly representing myself in a traffic-ticket trial.  (I’m still recovering from that one!)

The point of that famous quote is that evaluating ourselves objectively is exceedingly difficult – which is why I see so many pre-law students struggle mightily when trying to write their personal statement.  Here are a few critical questions to ask yourself:

  • The purpose of your personal statement is NOT to tell the law school admission committees about yourself. While that is part of what you will be DOING, it is not your PURPOSE.
  • If you aren’t sure of the purpose, take a step back and think about that. Next to your LSAT score and gpa, your personal statement is the most important part of your law school application. If you don’t know its true purpose, how likely is it that you will write it effectively?
  • Have you developed a theme for your personal statement, and do you know why that is so critically important?
  • Have you considered the “subtext” (i.e., what is implied) of your personal statement, and considered what the committee members will be reading “between the lines”?
  • Do you know what law school admission committee members are looking for in law school candidates, and why? If not, you CANNOT write an effective personal statement. It would be like writing an essay on your final exam without knowing the question your professor is asking…and that is NOT an exaggeration.

All of my LSAT Prep courses include a detailed tutorial on the Personal Statement (for FREE) that discuss all of the above topics and much more in depth. I also offer individualized 1-on-1 coaching to help create a perfectly crafted personal statement for you. Whether you get guidance from me or another trusted source, don’t simply “wing it.” You want to take the time write a personal statement that effectively resonates with law school admission committee members. The first step in that process is having a clear understanding of the topics and questions discussed above. If you have questions, please email me at mark@scoreitup.com Good luck!

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