For prospective law students a big part of being successful with your application is writing a good personal statement. It can make or break your application so don't skip over this part of the process. _ Firstly some brief advice on writing your personal statement. This should be followed whether you're making applications to Oxford or Cambridge, or just a foundation year course at a university out of the top 100. _ What points should a law personal statement put across? Your personal statement should tell your future law school why they should admit you onto the course. For this you need to do two things: _ Give them reasons to admit you. _ Don't give them reasons not to admit you. So you need to demonstrate that you hold some key legal skills and you have a real passion for the law. A law school doesn't want drop_outs. So be honest and genuine about why you want to study the law. Do you want a challenge? Do you think you're good at it? Do you want to become a solicitor? Tell them. As for point number 2, you simply can't give them reasons to decline your application. Even if you have good academics, a personal statement riddled with errors could really mess up your application. So all that needs to be in a personal statement for law is reasons the law school should admit you. Talk about your skills, work experience, hobbies, interests and ambitions in an eloquent manor and you should be fine. Now read our top 5 tips.
Tension is one of the second most important elements in writing, closely allied to suspense _ the "what happens next" ingredient. The problem for many students is to try to condense the personal statement into 600 words. Obviously, the admission officer knows you only have this limited space, but nonetheless does judge you on the four minutes it takes to read your personal statement, if your personal statement includes tension and suspense _ it is sure to be a winner. The secret to a good personal statement is not to give away too much to quickly, keep us guessing, hanging onto every word, thus building up tension and suspense. In order for there to be tension in your personal statement, there must be (or have been) something important at stake. Perhaps this was your family life or what you believe is your future. Perhaps the reason why you chose the course you wish to study. Whatever it is, by not divulging the outcome too soon, you will maintain the reader's interest for that much longer. The following personal statement starts with a powerful suspense filling introduction: