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.
Address Your Weaknesses (If Necessary). The personal statement presents an opportunity to address weaknesses in your applications and offer explanations as to why things went wrong. Drawing attention to the low points in your application is a risky business, and pulling this off correctly can be tricky. If you feel it necessary to justify or explain something, first ask yourself the following two questions: a) Is this issue worth mentioning? b) Does your explanation legitimize the deficiency? For example, there is no need to address the fact that you received a B in physics. On the other hand, a failing grade in physics is something that is probably worth addressing. If you failed physics because you found it too hard or simply got lazy, it is better to leave the issue unmentioned. A deficiency resulting from circumstances beyond your control, such as an illness or death of a loved one, is something that the admissions committee and your interviewer should know about. When addressing a weakness or deficiency, strive to incorporate that section into your essay so that the essay maintains its flow and focus. Suddenly presenting an idea without connecting it to the rest of your essay will seem jarring and out_of_place to the reader. If the issue is important enough, you may in fact want to build your entire essay's theme around that point.