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. We hope this article and
video help an
even larger number of law school applicants with this condition.
Without further ado, let's summarize our
top five tips to help you promptly break ground on that
admissions winning law school personal statement we know
you have hidden inside you.
1. Set an artificially short deadline.
Set this artificial deadline for no more than a week from now. The
abilities of law school hopefuls to write original copy when their backs are to
the walls are legendary. Think positive and you too will join the ranks of these
legends by producing a solid draft in such a short time after so much
2. Be heard. (But only by you.)
Don't want to inconvenience someone to be your sounding board?
Use that mirror. (It can serve more than one purpose after all.) Say it out loud.
It can be a bit rough but if you can say it out loud, you should then be able to
transfer those thoughts to paper.
3. Get away.
You now full well what your distractions are and how to stay
away from them. If your weakness is texting, leave the smart phone behind. If
the television is the normal source of your undoing, go outside (weather
permitting) or to the library.
4. It doesn't matter where you
If you have writer's block, then you are having trouble getting
anything started. To break the inertia, just jump in with the conclusion, topic
sentence, wherever and start. There will be time later to figure out how to best piece
it all together.
5. Treat grammar as another distraction to be avoided.
The first draft is not the place to worry about grammar. Or
wordsmithing. The first draft is instead when you should be brainstorming and
capturing your ideas. On a serious note, if you are trying to get everything
done in one revision, you should revisit your desire to attend law school. If
you only have time for one revision because of an impending deadline and the
school is any kind of reach, well then you should probably resign yourself to
reapply earlier the next year.
Are you struggling with writer's block? We can help you select the best topics for your
law school personal statements and ensure the
law school admissions committees see you in the best possible light. Please call us at 1.800.809.0800 (+1 703.242.5885 outside the
US and Canada)
us to get started.