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Building Your Law School Application: The Personal Statement

A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post about the first step in the law school application process–collecting letters of recommendation. If you thought that sounded terrible (and believe me, you’re not alone in thinking that), then you’re in for a rude awakening. This post is about a far worse part of the application process–the personal statement. As if writing a personal statement for undergrad wasn’t bad enough, you have to write another, more heavily scrutinized personal statement for your law school applications ( “hello darkness my old friend…”).

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Getting Personal On The Personal Statement

I have a confession to make: My personal statement was awful. Just ridiculous and awful. I got into the school I wanted to nonetheless because of my LSAT score, and really only because of my LSAT score. With three years of law school since and many years after guiding students in the admissions process, I’ve learned a lot about what a winning personal statement looks like and what doesn’t.

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Personal Statement Myths, Debunked

There are some prevalent myths about what a winning personal statement must look like. Aspiring law school students often do themselves a disservice by adhering to these myths. It’s not just that buying into them is not helpful; buying into them may turn an otherwise solid effort into something that makes admissions committee members groan and roll their eyes. That’s not a recipe for success. So, let’s take a look at just two of these myths and see how you can avoid them.

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From the Vaults: The Biggest (and Most Obvious) Mistakes to Avoid in Your Personal Statement

Writing a law school personal statement is hard. Your job is to tell law schools about yourself and about why you want to and should go to law school. It’s a challenge to come up with the right topic and figure out the best way to present it.

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A Brief Rundown of the Law School Admissions Timeline

“Tick-tock,” says the applications timeline clock. “Stop ticking,” says the law school applicant.

Today’s post is a rundown of when you should be doing what when it comes to applying for law school starting in Fall of 2017. (If you’re looking to start this coming Fall and have yet to get the ball rolling, this post is also for you, because you’re too late, bucko, and it’s Fall 2017 for you, also.)

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The Biggest (and Most Obvious) Mistakes to Avoid in Your Personal Statement

Writing a law school personal statement is hard. Your job is to tell law schools about yourself and about why you want to and should go to law school. It’s a challenge to come up with the right topic and figure out the best way to present it. Fortunately, there are some things you definitely don’t want to do in your personal statement, and they’re pretty straightforward.

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Logical Reasonings / 8.13.15

A) There’s still time to sign up for our October 2015 online LSAT prep course at a discounted rate! Blueprint LSAT

B) Something to consider for your personal statement: narrative structure. Pen and Chisel

C) The courtroom sketch artist for Tom Brady’s case has apologized for not making him as good-looking as he is. The New York Times

D) Important news just in the nick of time for the remaining weeks of summer: barbecue law is a thing. National Law Journal

E) There is a Ned Flanders-themed metal band called Okilly Dokilly. The Independent

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Hindsight Is 20/20: Reviewing My Own Personal Statement

Today we’re bringing back a classic post from the vault. This post was originally published on October 18, 2011 – and, much like a fine wine, has only improved with age. Matt Shinners is a Harvard Law graduate who taught and provided application counseling for Blueprint LSAT Prep. His application clearly turned out *okay*, but nevertheless, we can all learn from his successes (and failures, such as they are).

I applied to law school in October/November of 2006 with a 3.7/180 and the following law school personal statement. It was not even close to the strongest element of my application package.

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Logical Reasonings / 8.11.15

A) You can now get our awesome online course for the October 2015 LSAT for the low, low price of $650. Check it out! Blueprint LSAT

B) A federal judge upheld procedures that will make it easier to get disability accommodations on the LSAT. National Law Journal

C) Here are some tips on writing a great personal statement. U.S. News

D) A former intern of Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen is suing, saying she worked 50-hour weeks and didn’t get paid. New York Daily News

E) Tomorrow night will be your best chance in five years to see shooting stars. ABC