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Your personal statement is a chance for a law school to see the real you—not for you to use the personal statement as an advertising campaign. Let your resume, GPA and LSAT score speak for themselves, while your personal statement is where your personality and character should shine through. Instead, use your personal statement as the opportunity to highlight your strengths.

Many law schools will allow an addendum to your application, and this is where you can try to salvage a detrimental aspect of your application. Surely every law school will appreciate the telling of your life-changing charity work, right? Not necessarily. Many law schools ask a specific question for their personal statement. If your piece only touches on the question or avoids it altogether, your personal statement will seem incomplete or disingenuous.

Not to mention that the practice of law relies heavily on attention to detail. If you just send a broad or generic personal statement to law schools, you probably will do more harm than good. Similarly, many law schools try to have a platform or unique aspect of their legal training or pro bono work.

Not all the law schools promote this heavily, so check their mission statement, social media, press releases, etc. If you can emphasize why the school is a great fit for you or what about the school appeals to you the most, try to do so seamlessly. And before your application is tossed straight to the rejection pile, be sure you use the correct name of the school in your application!

Enjuris wishes all law school applicants the best of luck! Quick Links. Writing the Law School Personal Statement.