The law school personal statement is important—probably the most important qualitative factor in your application. Admissions deans from the best programs in the country often point to the personal statement as their entry into a prospective student’s application. It is not a throwaway.
That means there is an awful lot of pressure on you to get it right, and it all starts with a great opening. Don’t worry, we will give you some helpful tips to get your law school personal statement started on exactly the right foot, but for now, let’s look at what happens when things go wrong.
The Best Personal Statement I Ever Read
Terrible personal statements are about a dime a dozen. As a result, law school admissions officers see too darned many of them. That’s just one of the reasons why a good personal statement can help your application to stand out, and a great one can sometimes turn what would have otherwise been a certain rejection into an offer of admission. As you might imagine, the great statements tend to stick in a reader’s memory for a long time.
One Kaplan Graduate Admissions Consultant vividly remembers the best law school personal statements they ever read–a personal statement that got the writer acceptance letters to several top law schools. Here’s how they described the personal statement: