One way to view your personal statement editing process is from the eyes of the person who will be reading it and considering your application—an admissions dean. Take on their viewpoint, and think about what they might be looking for.
Now, let’s get realistic. Of course, they want high quality, well-written, personal statements. They want people who can demonstrate that they are ready for law school, and people who can demonstrate that they will bring something interesting into the classroom. But they are also people like you and me… They get bored, they get tired, and they read lots, and lots, and lots of personal statements.
With that in mind, now you are in a proper mindset to think outside of the personal statement box. What does that mean?
Well, it means that you need to do something that will grip them in an interesting way… something that will shake the law school admissions dean from their routine and make them say “wow, let’s admit this person.” You need to stand out.
So, here are a few things you can focus on:
- Your attention grabbing introductory sentence. It has been said before, but this first sentence needs to be money.
- Something other than “Why I want to go to law school.” Unless it is unique, trust me—its been done.
- Tell a story. People love stories. It is part of the human condition.
- Use vivid imagery and anecdotes that put the reader into your shoes.
- Consider a new approach to an oft-done topic
All of these things will help you grip your admissions dean and sell yourself as a strong candidate for their law school.
And, once you’ve got a draft written. Go ahead and contact us. We’d love to help you get started editing your law school personal statement or admissions essay.