Law School Personal Statement Example

Below is a sample of a law school personal statement which illustrates the correct tone, language and emphasis of a real, successful statement. Recommendations and advice have been added in brackets so that you can see the reason behind specific omissions and word usage.

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Please note that the following sample is merely a construction to lead your own law school mission statement, and should not be taken as a definitive, finished product.

My name is Gregory Stevens, and I am currently in my final year of high school. I attend a very traditional, all boys school (provide details on the type of school), which has instilled in me a love of ancient culture; art and philosophy (allude to your interests). Thankfully I’ve been allowed to choose subjects that interest me, and I am currently studying English, Latin, Art, History, Mathematics and Geography (emphasize personal fields of knowledge). I think that these subjects, coupled with the opportunities to take them at my school, have stimulated my interest in law (Define where your interest comes from). I find it fascinating to think that we are still basing our laws, buildings, and art on Ancient models!

While I do enjoy the academic side of school, sport is also a big part of my life. I enjoy football the most, and even though I’m not the best, being part of a team has taught me lots of lessons (Show your diversity). I have learnt to be gracious in defeat, but also to do my best to make sure that we don’t lose! Being in a team was a challenge at first, but now I understand the benefits of working with other people.(Point to your maturity, and life lessons you have learnt)

Law is a subject that intrigues me and I think that I have learnt the skills that will make me a competent and successful lawyer. Passion, desire, and determination are all useful in a court room, and if I ever lose, which will inevitably happen, then I can handle this in a professional and mature way, although I really hope that I will never have to experience that situation! (Keep your tone light and quietly confident, and suggest reasons why you might make a successful lawyer)

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