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.
Being an Apologist _ You do not use your personal statement to explain why you lack certain skills or experience. The point of writing this short paragraph is to sell yourself and this involves highlighting your strengths instead of apologizing for your weaknesses which in itself is a sign of weakness. The time and place for discussing flaws in your suitability is the interview and at that point, you must focus on how you plan to overcome any holes in experience/skills etc.