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Law School Personal Statement

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Law Personal Statement TipsAdmissions Video
     Writing your personal statement for law school can be one of the most important pieces of your law school application. The creative freedom creates a unique opportunity to add your own voice to your application, to add a different dimension beyond your academic record, and give admissions committees a sense of who you are. We answered a few questions about the most common mistakes applicants make in writing their personal statement in order to help you dodge the clichéd and craft the perfect essay.

What Not to Write in Your Law School Personal StatementAdmissions Video
     Getting started on your personal essay for law school can seem like the most daunting part of the application process. Choosing a topic, a style, and perfecting your tone are difficult enough for any essay, especially the one that will accompany the rest of your law school application. But with the right approach and a better understanding of what makes a strong personal statement for law school admissions committees, you will confident sending in your best effort.

Law School Personal Statement Writer's BlockAdmissions Video
     Every fall, we find that writer's block ranks in the top two for most stressful issues applicants face. (The LSAT is the other one.) Since 1996, we've helped several thousands of law school applicants overcome this psychological road block and produce high-quality personal statements that have helped them gain admission to their reach law schools.

Don't Rely Too Heavily on Spell Check for Your Personal StatementsAdmissions Video
     We always tell law school applicants to recruit a trusted proofreader to review their applications, especially personal statements, before submitting them electronically to their prospective law school's application website. This is one case where you will want to print out the materials you plan to submit for a thorough proofreading. And please do not trust an automated spell or grammar checker to catch all the errors. If you are not convinced, here are errors that most automated checkers will not catch:

The Hidden Dangers in Reading Sample Law School Personal StatementsAdmissions Video
     Law school admissions officers are looking for bright, focused applicants who can, among other attributes, think for themselves. While you may be all of these things, you also may feel like you need to look at personal-statement samples to help you get your bearings on developing the format and style of your own narrative.

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