• Developing Your Personal Statement

  • Personal Statements are used to frame how you want the law admissions officers to view your application. The statement should make sense to the reviewer - the reviewer should not have questions remaining when they are finished reading. 

    Some people write about a legal-related internship or summer job they have held. Some write about courses they have taken, leadership positions on campus, or experiences studying abroad. I have read essays about helping Hurricane Sandy and Katrina victims, building houses through Habitat through Humanity, or other volunteer work. Sometimes I see essays that are not related to law at all — for example, essays about swimmers, runners, and musicians. Some write about travel; others have written about their families, or obstacles they have overcome in life.

    When you are thinking about what to write, think about something you are passionate about — It will come through in your essay. Don’t worry so much about what you think the admissions office wants to hear, or about trying to sound like a lawyer. Think about what they don’t already know about you from other parts of your application. What distinguishes you from the pack? If there were five other applicants with your same GPA and LSAT scores, they may be looking for what makes you unique.

    They really want to learn more about you, so you really can’t go wrong so long as you write about something important to you. Admissions officers tell me they read the personal statements carefully, so it’s worth the time crafting something you feel good about. If you can’t decide what to write about, write drafts on two different topics, and see which one you like better. The good news is that the essays are short, so once you hit upon the right topic; it should not take too long to write. When you are done, show it to your pre-law advisor, professors, and/or trusted mentors. 



  • Additional Resources

  • Example Personal Statements from former law students at The University of Chicago: https://www.law.uchicago.edu/news/their-own-words-admissions-essays-worked


  • Career Services

    Book an appointment with DU Career Serivces for Personal Statement/Resume Review

    Call to Make an Appointment: 303.871.2150

  • DU Writing Center

    Make an appointment wih the DU Writing Center to revive help in reviewing/editing your personal statement. 

  • Personal statement advice.pdf

This portfolio last updated: 18-Oct-2019 4:00 PM