My LSAT students often ask me to read over their personal statements.
When giving feedback, I try to place myself in the position of the admissions committee. I look to see whether the personal statement answers the following questions:
1. Do you have the discipline, focus, stamina, and commitment to successfully complete the law degree?
2. Do you take initiative and have a proven aptitude for self-motivation?
3. Have you demonstrated the ability to work under difficult conditions or through obstacles, hardship, or other distractions that might arise and potentially hinder progress in law school? (It’s not required, but share your story if you have.)
4. Do you have long-term plans (even though such plans can and probably will change more than once during your time in law school) that require a law degree? Do you aspire to become a leader in society and/or in the chosen specialty (again, even though the current chosen specialty might change)?
5. Have you become involved in extracurricular activities because these opportunities have supplemented the college/post-college experience and/or strengthened leadership abilities, rather than just making you look busy and providing padding for a law school application?
6. Why are you interested in this particular law school, rather than the many other excellent schools out there?
7. What will you offer this particular school that they wouldn’t get if they selected someone else instead?
For further personal statement advice, see these:
Personal Statement Triumph: A Comprehensive Guide to the Law School Personal Statement
The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert