Category Archive: Personal Statements

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Law School Personal Statement Advice: CAPS LOCK EDITION

Today is NATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY, so go to town in the comments section. After all, how are people going to know that you are YELLING AT THEM THROUGH THE INTERNET if you haven’t utilized that oblong button sitting just next to your left pinky?

In reality, there are only four reasons to use the caps lock key:

1) Someone is WRONG ON THE INTERNET! And you have to set them straight.

2) You recognize that you are AN IDIOT AND WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW IT THROUGH YOUR TYPING.

3) You’re writing out the lyrics to Kenny Loggins’ DANGER ZONE.

4) You’re writing your law school personal statement.

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Cracking the Law School Admission Essay Question Code

Today’s guest LSAT blog post is from Anna Ivey, founder of Ivey Consulting — which has partnered with Blueprint LSAT Prep to take over all of our law school application consulting. Blueprint students get a discount on all 1-on-1 application consulting packages, so check them out now.

Before you start writing your law school application essays, it’s important to pay attention to the precise wording of each essay question and make sure you are answering that question — not that other school’s question, and not the question you wish were being asked. (Unless, of course, a school invites you to ask and answer your own question, as Georgetown was recently doing in an optional essay.)

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What to Write About in Your Law School Personal Statement

Today on the LSAT blog: a guest post by Law School Expert Ann Levine, the former director of admissions for two ABA-approved law schools and the author of The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert and The Law School Decision Game: A Playbook for Prospective Lawyers.

Your law school personal statement is your chance to be more than just your numbers, more than your transcripts. This is the substitute for meeting you face-to-face, this is your opportunity to share your best self, best experiences, and best stories. It’s your chance to be impressive. Feeling the pressure? You’re not alone. The most open ended part of your law school application presents the most questions:

What do law schools want to know? What are they looking for?

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Write a Law School Personal Statement You Can Be Proud Of

Today on the LSAT blog: a guest post by Law School Expert Ann Levine, the former director of admissions for two ABA-approved law schools and the author of The Law School Admission Game: Play Like an Expert and The Law School Decision Game: A Playbook for Prospective Lawyers.

With the October LSAT soon to be a thing of the past, it’s almost time (and time if you took the June LSAT) to get your law school personal statement in tip-top shape. Here are some of my best tips for crafting a personal statement you can really be proud of.

I know you’re sitting down right now, trying to write the most brilliant, persuasive, powerful law school personal statement ever written, but your fingers are paralyzed on the keys.

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Top Grammatical Errors on Law School Personal Statements

Ah, grammar.

You’ve brought down the mightiest of empires, possibly.

While that’s probably not true, grammatical errors in your law school personal statement certainly cast you in a negative light. It’s important to avoid them at all costs, but most people don’t have a firm enough grasp of grammar to properly edit their own essays.

That’s where we come in.

Here are the most common errors (by far) that I see in personal statements every year:

Most Common Law School Personal Statement Grammatical Error I: Watch out for your homonyms

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Book Review: The Art of the Law School Personal Statement

We’ve written dozens of blog posts about law school personal statements here on our helpful little LSAT blog, and I know you’ve read every one of them. But believe it or not, there are other resources out there that can help you craft the perfect law school admissions essay.

One of them is a new e-book called The Art of the Law School Personal Statement, by Michelle Fabio. Fabio is the former About.com Guide to Law School who became a Personal Statement Artist. Her latest work checks in at 89 pages, but manages to cover all the bases of writing an effective law school personal statement.

The book’s first point is that students should never underestimate the importance of the law school personal statement. Reading a book about how to write a 2-page essay is a good start in taking it seriously.

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These Law School Personal Statement Clichés are so Cliché

A while ago, I wrote an article listing some clichés to avoid on your personal statement. And yet I still read statements all the time that include these, and other, clichés.

To put it simply, do not include any cliché in your law school personal statement. If you can imagine it on a fortune cookie or greeting card, it has no place in your personal statement. No, you don’t get around this with the phrase, “I know it’s cliché, but…” Why not? Because that, itself, is a cliché.

Not all clichés are phrases repeated through the ages. Some are just topics that have been beaten to death, on top of not being that compelling to begin with. Let’s look at a few more.

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Top 5 Law School Personal Statement Mistakes

It’s crunch time, people. Many of you are awaiting patiently (drunkenly?) for your October LSAT results, and that’s put somewhat of a ticking clock on your law school personal statement.

You should all know by now that applying earlier means a better shot at the school of your choice. The Letters of Rec are out of your hands by now (at least, they should be). The applications take a few minutes each (thank you, CAS!). But the law school personal statement…now that can take a bit of time.

While you’re working on it, here are five common mistakes made on the law school personal statement that are easily avoidable.

Law School Personal Statement Mistake #1: Trying to do too much

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How to Avoid the Missteps of the Law School Personal Statement

Unless you’re one of those people who have, paradoxically, a thousand things on your resume and too much time on your hands, you haven’t yet started your personal statement. And that’s fine. You have all summer to work on it, and you don’t want to be one of those people who, when talking about law school applications, makes everyone else feel dumb with a snide, “You mean you haven’t started your essay yet?”

However, the earlier you start on the essay, the more polished it will be.

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Things to Avoid on the Law School Personal Statement

Two pages. That’s how long you have to sum up your life in a personal statement. Law schools already have your GPA and LSAT, so those four years of school and three months of study are already covered, but what about everything else? Hell, it took 240 pages for whoever ghost-wrote ‘First Step 2 Forever’ to sum up Justin Bieber’s life; how can they expect you to get your story into 500 words?

Whether you’re just starting on your first draft or you’re trying to edit out those last few third-page sentences, here are three quick tips to ensure that the finished product is all killer, no filler.