1. Structure _ If you can't write a personal statement which has logical ordering and structuring, then how are you meant to write a good essay? Or construct a good argument? It won't look good for your legal career. Plan your personal statement; don't just start writing it. Have clear beginning where you talk about why law interests you. Then go on to describe why you would be good at law. Include work experience and extra curricular activities here too. Next should be a section on your academics or other (relevant) qualifications (even if it's non official qualifications, like a first aid course). Then talk about the future. This could be your end career goal, or what you're looking forward to at university. Good foresight, as mentioned above, is an attribute law schools will look for. Lastly conclude your legal personal statement; try and encompass the main themes of your statement. If you want to become a barrister for example state how you can't wait to get started by joining the debate club. Say something optimistic, but not arrogant or over confident. _ Remember these are just examples of how you would set out a personal statement. It doesn't need to be structured the same way _ it just needs to be logical.
How to write a medical school personal statement: Motive _ Third is having a compelling motive. It's the underpinning of the whole essay. Unless you speak to a compelling motive, the default result from the reader's point of view is this student is writing a general medical school essay, but doesn't really know why. You've got to be willing to flaunt the motivation and be really willing to shout at the top of your lungs standing on a chair in the middle of a crowded auditorium. Be THAT committed to what you have to say. All of this sounds incredibly unrealistic and incredibly overdone, but once you put these concepts down on paper, the very act of reading mutes so much of the impact of language, that you've got to be willing to trust that you can be very committed and very over the top in how you articulate, and it will still carry off.