2 _ Get extra curricula _ If you're still in secondary school think about writing your personal statement after college. Think about something which will make you stand out. A lot of students won't have any legal work experience at this stage; you can really set yourself apart if you can get some. Even if you're in the second year of college it's not too late _ ask for some work experience at your local firm, even if it's for 2 days. You should really try and get at least one extra curricular law activity on your CV. You can also arrange a court visit at your local court. This could be a good chance to make contacts too. It could open the door to a shadowing opportunity _ shadowing any court staff will be exceedingly valuable.
2. Make excuses _ Lots of applicants have weaknesses in their application files, especially in their transcripts. Maybe you got low grades your freshman year. Maybe you had to leave school and work for a while. Maybe you got an F in that statistics class and had to retake it. Or maybe you got a degree in one field and are applying to grad school in a different field; or you didn't pass your medical residency exams the first time. Whatever your weakness is, do not offer excuses and do not bad_mouth anyone. So it wasn't your fault that the professor lost your final exam and flunked you, or jobs dried up in your original field of study, or you had the flu when you took the GRE. Don't say anything that sounds like an excuse or sounds like you are blaming someone else for you failing to achieve a goal. Even when it is true, it may make you seem whiny and unable to accept responsibility for your actions. Instead, address the weakness at the end of your statement, and explain how you have overcome it, learned from it, and are a better candidate now because of it.