Over the past decade I have written and/or edited scores of medical residency personal statements for MDs applying for medical specialty residency positions at dozens of teaching hospitals. Although it was never my intention to become an expert on writing these documents, that qualification just sort of evolved naturally over the years. Not long after I set up my two main "writing help" websites and started to create my series of writing_help how_to books, MD's from all around the world started inquiring as to whether I could help them write or edit their medical residency personal statements. As a professional business writer who had already published a book on how to write college admission essays, I found the transition to medical residency personal statements to be pretty straightforward. That's because, in the final analysis, it really IS all about how best to communicate a specific message in writing, regardless of the particular application. It wasn't long after I started receiving these draft residency personal statements and personal letters from MDs, until I noticed that there were three areas in particular where a lot of the applicants were missing the mark when drafting their statements. Consequently, the following are what I have come refer to as:
3 _ Demonstrate ambition _ What is your end goal? Do you want to become a solicitor or a barrister? Do you want to study law as an academic? Or do you want to go into law for the great skills it teaches you? Law schools will want to to know where your end goal lies. If you have your heart set on becoming a solicitor, and this passion comes across in your personal statement, it shows a great drive to succeed. And that's obviously something which will be beneficial during your degree.