Learn How to Write a Personal Statement for Law School

Posted on 2/22/2016 1:24:04 PM

The "Writing a Law School Personal Statement Workshop" will help you write an outstanding personal statement to include with your law school application.  The workshop is 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

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, but most law schools provide little guidance as to what to include in a personal statement.  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 (or thousands) of other applications being reviewed by an admissions committee.

In this workshop, 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 wor hop also includes a brainstorming session and other exercises to help you come up with and develop a theme for your personal statement.

To Register:

The workshop is free, but you need to register by sending an e-mail to torges@iup.edu by Thursday, February 25, 2016.

This workshop will be taught by Political Science faculty member Gwen Torges.  The workshop is sponsored by the Political Science Department, the Pre-Law Program, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.