Planning Part A _ Flesh out the information you can provide including your experience/motivations. Writing prompts will give you cues for the content when you hit the writing stage. Here are some questions that you could use to formulate information: _ Who do I really think I am? Who do others think I am? (include characteristics and skills e.g. loyal, hardworking, born leader, attention to detail)_ What has caused changes to who I am over the years? How have I grown as a person and what caused these changes or growth? How did these experiences affect me? What makes me unique? This is an extremely hard question to ask ourselves without filling in cliché's. This is a great time for honesty and self reflection to kick in. You may in reality be like a lot of other people; however, no two people experience the same thing in the same way with the same results. Here is one of the great answers I have enjoyed in the past "Yes, I am unique, just like everybody else." add a BUT on to that and I am sure it will get you thinking. If you're really stuck it is time to do the trusted colleagues, friends and family survey _ you might be surprised with what comes up.
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.