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When Applying to Law School, You Need to Be Unique

It’s what everyone asks: What do Admissions Committees look for?

There are the tangible elements, the predictors of success–high GPA, great LSAT scores, a track record of success. But there are also intangibles that can make you stand out from the crowd, make you unique from everyone else who’s angling for a seat or scholarship.

Here’s how to make your application unique:

Tell a story.
Your GPA and LSAT score are important, but your personal statement could put you over the top.

Admissions professionals read thousands of personal statements every year. Some are good… and some are bad. But the ones that get their attention–the ones that really, really stand out–are those that tell a good story.

Write your personal statement the way you’d write a short story. Make it compelling. Make it real. And make sure it has a beginning, middle, climax and end. Remember: it’s not a research paper; it’s got to have heart.

Tell them what makes you tick.
It’s not enough to say you want to g help people–nearly everyone who applies wants to help people. You have to go a step further and talk about why you want to help people.

What is it that makes you want to help people by becoming a lawyer? What is it about civil rights that gets your heart pumping? Were you or someone you love wronged? If so, tell them. Why do you want to be a litigator? Do you know someone who didn’t have an adequate defense? If so, tell them.

If you have a deeply compelling reason for wanting to help people, it will go a long way toward impressing the Admissions Committee. Otherwise, they may advise you to become a teacher or social worker.

Show a little personality.
Law schools love diversity. In fact, there are American Bar Association groups committed to diversifying the applicant pool at every law school in the country.

And believe it or not, everyone can fit into this category. Sure, law schools like to recruit from traditionally under-represented groups–minorities, LGBT, military veterans. But they also like people with diverse personal and professional backgrounds.

Were you a waitress? Are you an engineer? Maybe you were the son or daughter of teen parents. Your unique experience will bring diversity into classrooms and will allow the law to be viewed from different points of view, which is how it happens in the real world.

 

About the Author
Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connects law students with law tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.

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