When writing your law personal statement, it’s important to think about how you can express your desire to study law, whether that’s an LLB law degree, GDL, LPC or BPTC.
You want to show the universities for law you’re applying to that the law course you have chosen is a good fit for you and that you are a good match for them.
Read on for more advice on how to wow admissions tutors at your chosen law schools and convince them that you’re serious about pursuing law.
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Think about why you want to study law, what is the main attraction of it as a subject? Do you like problem-solving and analytical thinking?
Once you have thought about this you need to express this through your past experiences and skills to show the keen interest you have. When and why did the interest in studying law develop? You can use these questions as a starting point.
Take some MOOCS (Massive Open Online Courses). They’re free and run by several institutions, such as Harvard online. They can be taken at your own pace and provide you with more knowledge, which will help you in expressing your interest in studying law on your personal statement.
These courses are also a great way to show that you have developed legal skills and that you are able to study law.
You can make your law personal statement shine by showing commercial awareness (putting law into relevant and wider context). The best way to do this is by watching the news, reading newspapers or online news websites.
You can usually sign up to a daily or weekly newsletter that will provide you with an active insight into the legal sector and the fascinating reality and implications on the world around you.
Reading plenty of books is another great law school personal statement tip will help you write better. By reading law orientated books you will add to your own knowledge, but also prove that you have the proactivity needed to study law and understand the theories of the core modules you’ll be studying during your degree.
There are many books that can act as an introduction to studying law and give you an idea of what to expect, such as: ‘What about Law?’ and ‘Letters to a Law Student’.
There are others you could read, so take the time to look and find ones which inspire you.
If you can attend a lecture in your local area it’s a good way to experience a snippet of what university lectures will be like. Doing so will also show that you’re willing to use your free time to learn something new.
TEDtalks can be found on YouTube and are an accessible way to show that you have taken time to find out about an aspect of law that specifically interests you.
Completing work experience and vacation schemes shows that you have an understanding of the path you would like to follow.
Work experience doesn’t necessarily have to be in a law firm. It can be acquired in other ways, such as visiting a local court and watching proceedings. Take notes because you can use specific examples of previous work to demonstrate your interest.
You could also volunteer at your local Citizens Advice Bureau during holidays whenever you are available. They always need volunteers and showing an active interest in the legal sector looks great on a law personal statement.
Think about what skills you have. How would they aid you with a law degree? If you have completed all or some of the above, as well as any other activities providing you with necessary skills, then you are in a good position to confidently prove that you would make an excellent law student.
Taking part in and utilising the suggestions above will help you to make a decision about whether law is the right degree choice for you.
Words: Lauren Campbell
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