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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

Law School Application Timing: Ready, Set, Apply!

Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Law School Application Timing: Ready, Set, Apply! by Stratus Admissions Counseling

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The fall months of September and October can feel drastically different to prospective J.D. applicants, depending on where you see yourself in the application process. Many are either studying for an upcoming LSAT or awaiting their results, while others don’t think they should apply yet. If these scenarios sound familiar, why not give yourself a head start in the process?

Here are some actions to consider when deciding on your law school application timing. Read more

Telling Your Story: Include Emotional Thinking

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Telling Your Story: Include Emotional Thinking 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.


Remember in elementary school when you would return to school in the fall, and your teacher asked you to write about your summer break? Your essay would read something like this:

First we went to see my grandma. Then we swam. After that, we came home, and I had to help my dad clean out the garage. Then I… Read more

Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Use Extreme Language Only in Extreme Circumstances

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Use Extreme Language Only in Extreme Circumstances 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.

Personal Statement

Everyone said it would be a mistake to keep my baby. My mother, my father, my teachers, my guidance counselor. Seventeen when I got pregnant, I would not even have a chance to graduate high school before he was born. Instead of going to the prom, I’d be going to the maternity unit. Instead of putting on a cap and gown, I’d be putting diapers on another human being. Read more