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.
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: