Saturday, December 19, 2009
There are two types of personal statements for applying to law school.
So, when I decided to go to law school once and for all more than a year ago, I felt like I was never going to be able to articulate WHY I wanted to go to law school without explaining that I prayed and felt like it was the right thing to do. That was originally my ONLY strong reason. However, when I finally reached this point where I'm applying to law schools and writing my personal statements it felt very different. So the different applications ask for subtly different things with the personal statement, and some of them have different length requirements. There are two main types of personal statements that I've been asked to write. One is the kind that answers the question: "Why do you want to go to law school?" I sat down to write that one the other night, and amazingly... it flowed from my fingers as easily as this blog-post is right now. I also wrote a more brief version of that one for various length requirements. So those two were surprisingly easy.
The other type of personal statement answers the question: "Why should we pick you for our law school?" I've stared at a blank Word document for over an hour total now, and I still just can't figure out how to write that one! I DESPISE bragging about myself in a professional setting. When I did my Sterling Scholar portfolio in high school I really really hated it. It's all about taking mediocre things you've done and trying to spin them to sound spectacular. It essentially turns me into a politician. I hate it. Perhaps this means that law schools really just shouldn't pick me, but I find it odd that I can't write it. It's funny that someone who can have such a self-serving blog as this can't figure out how to draw more attention to themselves. Blogging is all about ME ME ME!
Anyway, wish me luck. I'll get it written eventually, but I'm afraid that I'm no good at spinning things mediocre into spectacular. We'll see.
Side note: I decided that applying to Quinnipiac was totally a stupid idea because I know I'd never go there. So I swapped it out for St. Louis University. We'll see how that goes. (I'd pretty much only go there if they gave me a full-ride scholarship.)