The law school application personal statement/essay provides schools with the opportunity to evaluate your writing and your ability to communicate an idea or theme in a clear and concise manner. It is also a great way for them to get to know you.
Get Organized. It is most important that your ideas be well organized and focused. Your theme choice is not limited to "Why do you want to attend law school?" but should be a topic that reflects personal values, decision making processes, significant contributions, accomplishments and/or special experiences that are not fully revealed elsewhere in your law school application.
Be Affirmative. Think of the personal statement as your opportunity to share your strengths in a positive, non-defensive way. This should not be viewed as an opportunity to explain, apologize for, or defend a negative issue or experience, such as a poor academic record or LSAT score.
Make It 'All About You'. Given that law schools do not usually provide interviews, the essay serves as an opportunity for admissions officers to get to know you. What would make an indelible impression and make clear who you are? In choosing a topic, take time to first analyze your personal history, evaluate experiences most relished, and determine the personal significance of learning or events in your life.
Law Is Process; This Essay Should Be, Too. Discuss the "hows" and "whys" of your experiences. Why did you make a particular decision? How did you benefit from the choice you made? What did you value or gain from your experience? Discuss the personal significance of an event.
Make Every Word Count. Two pages, double spaced, is sufficient for most schools, although some school requirements may vary. Generally, applicants can attach the same essay to each application, perhaps varying the last couple of paragraphs to address the particular issues a particular school would like you to cover. Use active language. Perfecting your grammar and spelling is a given. Vary your sentence structure and write engagingly.
Be Persistent. You will probably craft several drafts with many revisions and refinements. The pre-law advisor can critique your typed drafts. (Please allow 3-5 days for a thorough critique.