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Personal Statement for Law – Writing Guide

Wondering how to write your personal statement for law? Take a look at our writing guide for advice on how to write a personal statement that stands out from the crowd!

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Writing a stand out personal statement for law is not just about what you say; it’s how you say it.

Spelling and grammar mistakes must be avoided at all costs, for obvious reasons. Another cardinal sin is to employ someone else to write your law personal statement for you! Your personal statement should be written by you – admissions panels want to hear the voice of a young person, not their parents or a family friend.

Writing style is unique to each and every one of us, and rightly so. This section is just designed to provide some key pieces of advice that you can apply without compromising your individuality.

Personal Statement For Law – Avoid Spelling and Grammar Mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes. The best way to guard against these is first to write your law personal statement in Microsoft Word, making full use of the spellchecker, before cutting and pasting it into the UCAS/Lawcabs/BarSAS form, as appropriate.

By reading your personal statement for law slowly and out loud, you will catch more errors than you will by reading quickly and silently in your head. Try it: it also helps you to get the best wording, with the best linguistic flow. Another good way to check for spelling and grammar errors is to print your work out: it will read differently on paper and you’ll catch those small errors.

Finally, get others to check and proofread your work. A fresh pair of eyes will never go amiss!

Personal Statement For Law – Getting the Right Tone

Use short, sharp, polished sentences, rather than long cumbersome ones. Keep the language simple. You only have a short space to make your point, so it is vital to be clear, while communicating your enthusiasm for law. Using superfluous words will only detract from the power of your personal statement for law.

Keep to the advice of Kings College London’s Director of Admissions: ‘don’t write your personal statement and then use a thesaurus to make it sound more grandiose.’

Use empowering and active language that demonstrates pro-activity – for example, turn difficult or negative situations and problems you have encountered into challenges that you rose to, explaining any positive outcomes.

Personal Statement For Law – Language to Avoid

Avoid negative language on your personal statement. Keep everything active and don’t use passive forms.

You shouldn’t be too informal. This can make you seem quite casual and set the wrong tone for your application. It’s all about striking the right balance!

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Personal Statement For Law – Word Bank

The table below is a list of ‘power words’ that can help with development of your personal statement for law to demonstrate your commitment and enthusiasm for studying law.

Researching Creating Managing
clarified
collected
diagnosed
evaluated
examined
extracted
identified
inspected
interpreted
interviewed
investigated
organised
reviewed
summarised
surveyed
acted
created
designed
developed
directed
established
founded
illustrated
instituted
integrated
introduced
invented
originated
performed
planned
revitalised
shaped
attained
consolidated
coordinated
developed
directed
evaluated
improved
increased
organised
oversaw
planned
prioritised
produced
recommended
strengthened
supervised
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