Is your law school personal statement idea good?

Last time, I showed you some ways you could tell your law school personal statement might need a do-over. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, the next question is: How do you know when you’re on the right track?
It’s not always as easy as you might think. 

When you’re writing one of the most important essays of your life, you’re bound to have some doubts. 

So, today, I’m sharing a few tips to help you know when your law school personal statement idea is working, and that it’s what admission officers will want to read.

How do I know? Because I’m friends with the people who’ve worked in admissions offices like Harvard and NYU – I can stay up-to-date on the latest changes at a wide variety of top schools. (You can actually listen to and watch our conversations on the LSAT Unplugged podcast and LSAT Unplugged YouTube channel.)

The students I work with get complete access to all the insights I’ve collected from these schools (and many more).

If you want to be completely certain you have a strong 
law school personal statement idea, just reach out, and I’ll do what I can to help. 

In the meantime, here are two ways to tell you’re probably off to a good start:

#1: The words are coming easily. 

When you’ve chosen a main idea that works for you, writing will become less difficult. It will still require you to think carefully. But, because it’s a topic that means something to you, writing will be easier.

Let’s talk about Sarah again for a moment, who I mentioned briefly at the end of my previous article. After some brainstorming and one-on-one work with me, she decided to write about her experience with feminism throughout college.
She listened to a prominent feminist’s speech in her freshman year. In time, feminism began to take on an important role in her education and life overall. 

Soon, Sarah joined her school’s feminist society. She went on to become Vice President of the society. Finally, she became the club’s President.

Now, she can’t envision her future without feminism.

Sarah made this clear in her law school personal statement, and with some help from me, she did a great job of discussing how she’d apply her experiences with feminism to a future at Cornell.

It worked, and she got accepted.

Sarah still had to put thought and effort into her law school personal statement, but once she decided on her topic, the writing wasn’t so difficult.

We can find the topic that works for you, too. 

#2: You’re recalling clear memories. 

The right 
law school personal statement idea will require you to think back on experiences that shaped you into the person you are today.

Because these experiences were truly life-changing, you should be able to recall them with clarity

Let’s go back to Sarah’s law school personal statement. She opens it with that detailed memory of hearing a renowned feminist give a speech. Sarah includes details like hearing the speaker’s voice “vibrate through the auditorium.” She also says the speech drew her in so much that she didn’t even hear cameras clicking as they took pictures.

What are some of the most vivid memories you have from your time in college?

If they shaped you into the person you are today as well as the person you hope to be in the future, they might deserve a place in your law school personal statement.

Let me help you decide. I’d love to hear from you so we can work on getting you into the school of your dreams. It’s worked for my other students, so it can work for you, too. Just get in touch, and we can chat more about it.

Until next time,


P.S. Even though I talked about including memories in your law school personal statement here, not everything needs to go into your law school personal statement. It’s extremely important to include the perfect amount of detail in your law school personal statement. Look out for strategies in my upcoming article to help with this.

Recommended Resources:

1. Law School Admissions Coaching
Get personalized 1-1 help on every aspect of the law school admission process -- or just the law school personal statement.

2. Law School Admissions Guide
I've written a concise guide to the law school admission process with tips on completing every aspect of your applications from start to finish. It's a small price to pay for a whole lot of guidance, and it's short enough that you'll actually read the whole thing.

3. Law School Admissions Cheat Sheet
Quick-reference guide for the law school personal statement, the "Why X?" essay, and the law school résumé. (You can also get it with the LSAT Cheat Sheets.)

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