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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 of 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

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

Telling Your Story: Rephrase Those Clichés

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Telling Your Story: Rephrase Those Cliches 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 have finished a draft of your personal statement. You have read it over, looking for ways to make it stronger, and you have rewritten it a few times. Is it true? Yes. Is it compelling? Yes. Is it concise? Yes. Does it have an ending? Yes. Are you happy with it? Pretty much. What is left that could be improved? Read more

Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Take Care Not to Portray Yourself as a Fool

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Take Care Not to Portray Yourself as a Fool 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: Talk about Yourself on Your Personal Statement

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Telling Your Story: Talk about Yourself on Your Personal Statement 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.


Your personal statement is meant to be about you, not about how the world works. Of course, you may need to share some facts about the world around you and the people in your life to make your story clear and meaningful, but a good rule of thumb is that you should be writing much more about yourself than about anything else. Read more

Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Curse Only Sparingly

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Curse Only Sparingly 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