Workshop: How to Write a Personal Statement for Your Law School Application

Posted on 10/28/2015 1:14:57 PM

Many law schools require that those applying submit a “personal statement.” Come learn what a personal statement is and how to write one that will get you into law school at a hands-on workshop, Saturday, November 14, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Aside from your LSAT score and grades, your personal statement is the most important part of your law school application. Nearly all law schools require that students submit a two-page personal statement along with their law school application. Admissions officials do read personal statements, and they matter . . . a lot. The personal statement is your one chance to set yourself apart from the hundreds of other applications being reviewed by an admissions committee.

In this workshop, taught by political science department faculty member Gwen Torges, you will learn:

  • the purpose of a personal statement
  • what admissions officials are looking for in a personal statement
  • what types of information you should—and shouldn’t—include
  • how to decide what to write about
  • how to banish writer’s block and get started writing!

Besides learning about the components of a personal statement and tips for writing one of your own, you will read and evaluate sample personal statements. The workshop also includes a brainstorming session and other exercises to help you come up with and develop a theme for your personal statement.

The workshop is free, but you need to register by sending an e-mail to by Thursday, November 12, 2015.

This workshop is sponsored by the Political Science Department and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.