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Personal Statements

Podcast Highlight:

This week’s podcast discusses the law school application personal statement. The personal statement is a vital part of the law school application. It allows students to tell stories taken from their life and personal experiences and present multiple facets of their personality to law school admissions officers.

Our guests today are Paul Bodine, admissions consultant and author of Great Personal Statements for Law School and Perfect Phrases for Law School Admissions; Alan Gelb, Author of Conquering the College Admission Essay in 10 Steps; and Linda Abraham, founder and CEO of admissions consulting company Accepted.com.

Our first guest, Paul Bodine, believes that all personal statement should demonstrate authenticity, self-awareness, vivid writing, hard work, and creativity. He also suggests some topics that students shouldn’t write about when brainstorming their personal statement. He suggests that these “do not use” topics are frequently employed by applicants, and can often become repetitive and unimpressive for admissions officers.

Alan Gelb voices opinions similar to Bodine’s, and suggests that students should focus on what makes them unique when writing their personal statement. He stresses that giving yourself enough time to write, edit, and brainstorm your personal statement is crucial.

Our final guest, Linda Abraham, believes that, although creating an impressive personal statement is important, it is not as important as solid LSAT score and GPA. However, even though the statement doesn’t hold as much as weight as numerical indicators, students should make sure to remain focused and distinctive in their personal statement, since a unique and insightful essay can definitely make you stand out above the rest of the applicant pool.

Guests:

Alan Gelb - Author of Conquering the College Admission Essay in 10 Steps
Paul Bodine – admissions consultant and author of Great Personal Statements for Law School and Perfect Phrases for Law School Acceptance
Linda Abraham – Founder and CEO of Accepted.Com

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