The two most important things law schools evaluate when selecting among applicants (and determining merit-based scholarships) are (1) LSAT scores, and (2) cumulative, undergraduate grade point averages. And, of those two factors, the LSAT tends to be the one that is weighted most heavily.
But how do law schools choose among law school applicants whose LSAT scores and grades are similar? They rely upon an evaluation of your “soft factors,” including your personal statement, letters of recommendation, undergraduate University, undergraduate major and answers to application questions.
While the undergraduate University you attended will matter, the “soft factor” that a law school is likely to be most interested in – and often is the basis for being accepted or rejected in close-call situations – is your personal statement. Do not ignore this vitally important part of your application. It is your chance to sell yourself, and there are several things you should think about when writing it. Here are just a few questions you should ask yourself when preparing your personal statement:
- Who is the “audience” you are writing to, and what things do they care about?
- What aspects of your background are likely to impress an admission committee?
- How can you combine the things you want to say with a coherent theme?
- What impressions do you want the committee to take away about you?
- How will you add to the diversity of the law school?
Writing about yourself is never easy. Writing your personal statementwhen you don’t know what admission committees truly are interested in is next to impossible. For that reason all of my LSAT Prep courses include a FREE and detailed, one-hour video analyzing the key factors to consider in preparing your personal statement. I also offer various personal statement packages for students seeking 1-on-1 assistance.
Take the LSAT and your personal statement seriously, and plan to reap the rewards of your diligence later!