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Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Reveal Something Meaningful

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Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Reveal Something Meaningful - Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog BannerIn 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: Although there are subtle differences in what each school asks for in a personal statement, in general the personal statement is a straightforward essay question that asks you to explain to the admissions committee why you are applying to law school. To maintain the integrity and authenticity of this project, we have not edited the personal statements. 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. The names of identifying individuals and organizations have been changed for privacy reasons. Sign up for your own Free Personal Statement Review!

The Statement

My name is Min-Jae but I go by MJ. I am not trying to Americanize my Korean roots with this nickname. Read more

Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Don’t Just Tell Your Story; Tell What it Means

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - jdMission 2 - Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Don't Just Tell Your Story; Tell What it MeansIn 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: Although there are subtle differences in what each school asks for in a personal statement, in general the personal statement is a straightforward essay question that asks you to explain to the admissions committee why you are applying to law school. To maintain the integrity and authenticity of this project, we have not edited the personal statements. 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. The names of identifying individuals and organizations have been changed for privacy reasons. Sign up for your own Free Personal Statement Review!


The Statement

Suddenly, there I was, twenty-three-years old and standing in line at CVS with a giant, conspicuous box of adult diapers. When I got to the check out, the pretty blond behind the cash register looked at me quizzically. “For my grandma,” I said. Read more

Real Law School Personal Statements Reviewed: Your Story is only as Good as It’s Told

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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: Although there are subtle differences in what each school asks for in a personal statement, in general the personal statement is a straightforward essay question that asks you to explain to the admissions committee why you are applying to law school. To maintain the integrity and authenticity of this project, we have not edited the personal statements. 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. The names of identifying individuals and organizations have been changed for privacy reasons. Sign up for your own Free Personal Statement Review!


The Statement

After I graduated from [Undergraduate College], I was given [a fellowship] to teach English in rural China. The January before I left, I attended a three-day retreat with other prospective fellows. There were about half a dozen of us, young leftist [students] desperate to travel, seeking adventure and an opportunity to change the world. It was for this reason that the director of the program explained the following: Read more

Great News! Interact Honored by Wharton, QS as Top Innovative E-Learning Platform

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We started our week in Philadelphia. No, we weren’t eating cheesesteaks or trying to steal the Declaration of Independence—we were at the Reimagine Education Conference & Awards 2016!

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Law School Admissions Tips with Stratus Prep – Part 3: Hitting Submit and What Comes Next

Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Law School Admissions Tips with Stratus Prep - Part 3: Hitting Submit and What Comes NextTrying to get into law school this year? Most schools’ applications are open by now, which means it’s time to get your materials together! Our newest partner, premiere admissions counseling firm Stratus Admissions Counseling, wants to help make this confusing process crystal clear for you. To that end, they’ve authored this Law School Admissions Tips series.


In the first posts in this series, we discussed how to approach law school applications as a whole, and went into detail on the personal and diversity statements, the two major written components of the application. In this final installment, we’ll address what to do after you hit the submit button.

Let’s dig in… Read more

Law School Admissions Tips with Stratus Admissions Consulting – Part 2: Your Personal and Diversity Statements

Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Law School Admissions Tips with Stratus Prep - Personal and Diversity StatementsTrying to get into law school this year? Most schools’ applications are open by now, which means it’s time to get your materials together! Our newest partner, premiere admissions counseling firm Stratus Admissions Counseling, wants to help make this confusing process crystal clear for you. To that end, they’ve authored this Law School Admissions Tips series.


In last week’s post, we took an overview look at the law school application process, focusing on what law schools are looking for in their applicants, the components of a law school application, and what your overall application strategy should look like. This post will focus on the two biggest and most important written components of the application: the personal and diversity statements.

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Law School Admissions Tips with Stratus Admissions Counseling – Part 1: Your Application Strategy Overview

Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Law School Admissions Tips with Stratus Prep: Part 1: You Application OverviewTrying to get into law school this year? Most schools’ applications are open by now, which means it’s time to get your materials together! Our newest partner, premiere admissions counseling firm Stratus Admissions Counseling, wants to help make this confusing process crystal clear for you. To that end, they’ve authored this Law School Admissions Tips series.

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LSAT Live on 9/23: Don’t Make These 10 Mistakes the Day Before the LSAT!

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Don't Make These 10 Mistakes the Day Before the LSAT! Join Us Live This Friday on FacebookThe next LSAT will be administered this Saturday, September 24. If you’re taking the test, then you’ve likely put in months of preparation in the lead-up to this fateful day. Read more

Announcing Free LSAT Crunch Time Workshops! Register Now!

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Manhattan Prep LSAT Blog - Free LSAT Crunch Time Workshops! Get Your Last-Minute Prep On

The September 2016 LSAT is on the 24th. It’s officially Crunch Time. That’s why we’ve put together a series of three free LSAT Crunch Time Workshops to help you brush up on LSAT Strategy, Logical Reasoning, Logic Games, and Reading Comprehension leading up to the test.

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Taking the September 2016 LSAT? Matt and Mary Have Some Study Advice for You

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