Top 10 Tips for your Best Personal Statement

Here are our Top 10 Tips on how to prepare your best possible Personal Statement:

  1. Review the instructions on what to include in your Personal Statement, and its purpose in your application.
  2. Treat your Personal Statement as a professional interview done in writing.
  3. Tell us the stories behind your accomplishments, so we can get to know you.
  4. Explain how your skills and experiences have prepared you for Law School.
  5. Tell us why you want to study law.
  6. Explain why the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law Section is your first choice.
  7. Use your Personal Statement to show us that you are a persuasive writer.
  8. Leave yourself lots of time to write, review, proofread, and revise.
  9. Pay attention to punctuation and formatting, and use paragraph breaks; a solid wall of text is difficult to read and shows an inability to structure a piece of writing.
  10. Be authentic, sincere, and genuine—a personal statement should be personal!
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