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Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Contextualize in a Sentence or Two

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Contextualize in a Sentence or Two by jdMission

In this series, a jdMission Senior Consultant reviews real law school personal statements. What’s working well? What’s not? If it were his/her essay, what would be changed? Find out!


Note: To maintain the integrity and authenticity of this project, we have not edited the personal statements, though any identifying names and details have been changed or removed. Any grammatical errors that appear in the essays belong to the candidates and illustrate the importance of having someone (or multiple someones) proofread your work. Read more

Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Even an Amazing Story Will Not Be Great Unless You Tell It Well

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Even an Amazing Story Will Not be Great Unless You Tell It Well by jdMission

In this series, a jdMission Senior Consultant reviews real law school personal statements. What’s working well? What’s not? If it were his/her essay, what would be changed? Find out!


Note: To maintain the integrity and authenticity of this project, we have not edited the personal statements, though any identifying names and details have been changed or removed. Any grammatical errors that appear in the essays belong to the candidates and illustrate the importance of having someone (or multiple someones) proofread your work. Read more

Telling Your Story: Too Clean to be Real?

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Telling Your Story: Too Clean to be Real? by jdMission

A personal statement is really no more than telling a story—one that illuminates the “you” a law school would be lucky to have in its student body. In this series, “Telling Your Story,” a jdMission Senior Consultant will discuss how elements of storytelling can—and should—be applied to your personal statement.


Once, when I was a kid, I (secretly) ate an entire bag of peppermint candies (not an individual bag—a party-size bag) then ran outside to swing on my swing set, where I proceeded to throw up the entire bag. I know, gross. But I have a point. Read more

Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Your Personal Statement Should Fit in Well with the Rest of Your Application

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Your Personal Statement Should Fit in Well with the Rest of Your Application by jdMission

In this series, a jdMission Senior Consultant reviews real law school personal statements. What’s working well? What’s not? If it were his/her essay, what would be changed? Find out!


Note: To maintain the integrity and authenticity of this project, we have not edited the personal statements, though any identifying names and details have been changed or removed. Any grammatical errors that appear in the essays belong to the candidates and illustrate the importance of having someone (or multiple someones) proofread your work. Read more

Telling Your Story: Writer’s Block Tip—Record Yourself Talking

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Telling Your Story: Writer's Block Tip—Record Yourself Talking by jdMission

A personal statement is really no more than telling a story—one that illuminates the “you” a law school would be lucky to have in its student body. In this series, a jdMission Senior Consultant will discuss how elements of storytelling can—and should—be applied to your personal statement.


This is a suggestion for those of you who are working on your personal statement and are truly stumped by writer’s block—wholly, super, mega-, try-anything stumped. (Or just stumped.) Read more

Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Do Not Just Say You Learned Something

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Do Not Just Say You Learned Something by jdMission

In this series, a jdMission Senior Consultant reviews real law school personal statements. What’s working well? What’s not? If it were his/her essay, what would be changed? Find out!


Note: To maintain the integrity and authenticity of this project, we have not edited the personal statements, though any identifying names and details have been changed or removed. Any grammatical errors that appear in the essays belong to the candidates and illustrate the importance of having someone (or multiple someones) proofread your work. Read more

Telling Your Story: Tell One Story, Not Four

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Telling Your Story: Tell One Story, Not Four by jdMission

A personal statement is really no more than telling a story—one that illuminates the “you” a law school would be lucky to have in its student body. In this series, “Telling Your Story,” a jdMission Senior Consultant will discuss how elements of storytelling can—and should—be applied to your personal statement.


You probably have many stories you could tell from your life, and that is great with regard to brainstorming for your personal statement. It is even great when you are drafting your personal statement(s), because you can write several versions—different essays based on different stories—and then choose which one you like best. Read more

Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Offering Substantive Evidence

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Offering Substantial Evidence by jdMission

In this series, a jdMission Senior Consultant reviews real law school personal statements. What’s working well? What’s not? If it were his/her essay, what would be changed? Find out!


Note: To maintain the integrity and authenticity of this project, we have not edited the personal statements, though any identifying names and details have been changed or removed. Any grammatical errors that appear in the essays belong to the candidates and illustrate the importance of having someone (or multiple someones) proofread your work. Read more

Telling Your Story: Specificity Wins

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Telling Your Story: Specificity Wins by jdMission

A personal statement is really no more than telling a story—one that illuminates the “you” a law school would be lucky to have in its student body. In this series, “Telling Your Story,” a jdMission Senior Consultant will discuss how elements of storytelling can—and should—be applied to your personal statement.


When writing your personal statement, using specificity wherever you can is always good. For example, writing the following is fine: Read more

Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Avoid Making Trivial Mistakes

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Avoid Making Trivial Mistakes by jdMission

In this series, a jdMission Senior Consultant reviews real law school personal statements. What’s working well? What’s not? If it were his/her essay, what would be changed? Find out!


Note: To maintain the integrity and authenticity of this project, we have not edited the personal statements, though any identifying names and details have been changed or removed. Any grammatical errors that appear in the essays belong to the candidates and illustrate the importance of having someone (or multiple someones) proofread your work. Read more