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How Personal is a Personal Statement?

In order to better advise you, I frequently research Admissions standards for not just law schools but a variety of graduate departments. The Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society offers invaluable advice on personal statements, they really delve into the details of a good essay. For law school applicants, I think the following paragraph nicely summarizes what Widener Law seeks:

“Do not misinterpret the meaning of personal in the phrase personal statement! This statement is not a place for you to espouse your personal philosophy of life, to describe in detail your first romance, or to tell the story of the time you were bitten by the neighbor’s dog and subsequently developed an anxiety disorder. Instead, think of the statement as a professional statement. Write about the activities and experiences that led you to apply to graduate school and that have prepared you for its rigors. Provide concrete, detailed examples of your experiences and abilities when possible (see below for more information about content). Above all, write in a professional tone that conveys your self-confidence: You need to showcase your abilities and convince the reader that you are smart and driven to succeed. The personal statement is a chance to sell yourself–now is not the time to be overly humble, hiding your assets. Of course, you should not misrepresent yourself, and you should avoid sounding pompous.” – Quoted from http://www.kon.org/bottoms_nysse.html.

Although this page pertains to graduate psychology programs, you might find some information transferrable to a law school application.  These tips could be invaluable if you are considering our JD/PsyD program!

  1. July 17th, 2010 at 05:16 | #1

    Pretty good advice, i think that making sure you sound confident (but not too cocky) is the hardest thing to master when wriing a personal statement, but once you get it right you will be on to a winner.

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