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Personal Statement Example – Law School

Personal Statement Example – Law School

I came across this personal statement on Madhath Hussain’s Blog.@madmath122 It tells the story of her decision to both wear and to stop wearing the Hijab (a head covering worn by Muslim women).  It is a beautiful example of how to make a personal statement, truely personal. The picture on the left is from 2006. The picture on the right is from 2012.     Why tell this story for your law school application? “The law school admissions process typically does not require interviews. Most decisions are made based on the bulk of information sent to the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), including LSAT score, GPA, personal statement, letters of recommendation, etc. Most law schools provide similar prompts with limitations varying between 2 and 3 pages… In all honesty, my understanding of the schools’ expectations was vague. My primary goal was to write about something unique that would stand out to admissions officers out of hundreds of similar applications. I chose an event that changed my life and expanded on how it motivated my desire to attend law school and pursue the career path of an attorney.” Hijab: A Personal Struggle By Madhath Hussain Muslim American: Two polarized worlds that converged to produce my identity today. Because of my religious background and my “Americanized” lifestyle, I have faced a multitude of challenges that I would have otherwise failed to experience. My parents raised their children strictly following Islamic teachings. Adhering to prayer five times a day, fasting, and regularly attending Friday prayer and Sunday school were mandatory activities in our household, and later when I came of age, the hijab. The literal meaning...