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How to write a law school personal statement

Legal careers very much are based on a person’s ability to reason and communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, so a personal statement becomes more critical to a law application than for other career pursuits. However, the questions often tend to be the most general because the University is looking to see what the candidate is capable of doing with such a vague personal statement prompt.

Here are some common examples of topics for a law school personal statement:

  • How have you endured adversity?
  • How can you fulfil the role of a diversity applicant?
  • How have you matured?
  • What have you learned from a mentor in your life?
  • What event or issue has held importance or value for you and why?
  • What are you passionate about and why?
  • How have you used any leadership skills to handle a problem or issue in your life?
  • What coursework, experiences, or research related to law has motivated you and why?
  • What law school or programme fits your goal?
  • What was the most important course or professor that has influenced you and why?
  • What personal skills, hobbies, or activities can make you an asset to the legal community and why?
  • What pivotal experiences or life events have influenced you to pursue a legal career?
  •  How has helping the community or volunteering been an important part of your life and what experience in particular has motivated you?

Click here to see an example Law School personal statement.