Your Personal Statement

The term "personal statement" tends to bring a shiver to the spine of many potential law students. You should think of the personal statement, however, as an opportunity to showcase your accomplishments and abilities. It's really your best chance to convince the admissions committee that you have what it takes to succeed in its J.D. program.

Personal statements serve two basic purposes:

  • It is your opportunity to present a three-dimensional portrait of yourself, revealing your character and uniqueness.
  • It shows that you can write coherently, logically, and grammatically.

Tell your Story

What you choose to write in your personal statement should send a clear signal about what's important to you and what your values are. Explain why you want to pursue the law and outline how you can contribute to their program. Remember, a successful personal statement is going to capture your own unique personality and then align it to the mission/goals of the law school.