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Law Personal Statement

Whether you’re applying for undergraduate LLB law degrees via UCAS, Legal Practice Courses (LPC) via LawCabs or Bar Professional Training Courses (BPTC) via BarSAS, you will be required to provide a law personal statement.

When preparing a law personal statement, the aim is to persuade the reader that you are a great candidate to study and/or practise law. This page includes some key information on how to write a law personal statement before offering a step by step guide on what you need to do to get ahead.

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What is a Law Personal Statement?

A law personal statement is essentially your big chance to promote yourself to universities (in the case of UCAS) and law schools (in the case of LawCabs and BarSAS). Given the limitations on the number or words/characters you can use when creating a law personal statement, it is vital that you are precise and use your unique selling points as well as you can to gain an edge over the competition.

What Should My Law Personal Statement Include?

Broadly speaking, your law personal statement needs to cover three main strands:

Your law personal statement needs to be written in a clear and precise way. Why not take a look at our Law Personal Statement Writing Style Guide for more hints and tips?

Structuring Your Law Personal Statement

Of course, this is a matter of personal preference. But you need to make sure you have a clear and logical framework. We would suggest that following the guidance below gives you a strong foundation on which to showcase your attributes. In brackets, we state the main function of each segment.

Step by Step Guide: Writing a Law Personal Statement 

  1. Keep your reflective diary up to date. You can do this by using your free personal portfolio. This will prove to be a goldmine of material for your law personal statement.
  1. Plan your structure properly. This might follow our guidelines above but it doesn’t have to. Just make sure it is clear.
  1. Start drafting. Make notes for each section in your structure. Don’t worry if you are writing too much – you can always edit it down to the best bits later.
  1. Edit and refine. Begin honing your draft down into something resembling the final form in the appropriate writing style.
  1. Get advice. When you’re fairly happy with your personal statement for UCAS/LawCabs/BarSAS, give it to parents, tutors, friends and family. Get feedback and make improvements.
  2. Get a law personal statement review. Send your personal statement for university (UCAS) or law school (LawCabs/BarSAS) to The Lawyer Portal for professional feedback. Incorporate this feedback and repeat step 5.
  1. Upload and submit. Transfer the final version from Word onto your UCAS/LawCabs/BarSAS application form.
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