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How to Write a Law School Personal Statement

Admission to law school is competitive and many applicants will have similar grade and LSAT scores. The personal statement is a precious opportunity to make an impression and separate yourself from the rest. Given its importance to successful admission, a substantial amount of time should be committed to making it the best that you can.

There is a wealth of information on writing personal statements but some of it is contradictory. This is not necessarily because the information is misguided but because there is no correct way to write a personal statement. In fact, if a substantial number of personal statements are written in what is thought to be the correct way then it becomes incorrect because they sound familiar and impersonal. What follows are not strict rules to writing personal statements but some useful information that should be taken on board.

This document was written and prepared by Sam Jacobs LL.B.

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