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The subject of law fascinates me extensively. I am intrigued by developments in the law and the way that it adapts to an ever-changing society. I feel I would be suited to a law degree as I am at my best when challenged, relish the opportunity of lateral thinking and enjoy evaluating the microcosm of human relations...

Academically, I have always been a very determined and studious individual, hence why I knew that a degree at University would be the definite next step. I have a broad interest in many subject areas yet feel drawn towards a law or business orientated degree...

Law Personal Statement

I first realised I wished to study law whilst reading a newspaper, when it suddenly occurred to me that every article was somehow related to the law. I remember thinking how amazing it was that such a diverse range of issues could be linked back to a single word...

Law Personal Statement

The injustices of the world bother me since childhood and I always wanted to be able to make a difference by helping people around me to find the right way to deal with maze of life. Law is in fact the bedrock of society which allows society to maintain the process of societal order and therefore it has a big impact on everyone's lives...

Law and Politics Personal Statement

Laws, in my opinion, are the cogs in the machinery of society; they are guidelines and deterrents that are fundamentally essential for humanity to function. Law is the combined public conscience that tells us right from wrong...

The degree course that I have chosen to follow is Law. I have a great passion forthe subject of Law and thoroughly enjoy the subject; learning about different aspects of Law, how the English Legal System operates and its' impact on society...

Law/International Relations Personal Statement

Through my insight into the UN's work I have learned that having declarations about Human Rights does not mean they are obeyed and automatically enforced. Law is not static, but develops all the time. It is part of everyday life, as in Berlin everyone is confronted with the issue of asylum seekers...

Law Personal Statement

I was travelling in the Philippines earlier this year when I witnessed a public outcry against corruption break out. An audit had revealed that monies intended for developmental purposes had been misappropriated by government officials...

Law Personal Statment

The legal system continues to absorb my attention to this very day. Something which bought forward this eagerness was how the legal system protects our social rights, civil liberties and sets an absence of coercion, yet how we, as a society continue to abuse and violate all of these...

As I stepped up to the platform to complete the cross-examination, a softball-sized knot took shape in my stomach. I prayed that my vocal cords would not fail me. Preparing to question the prosecution's key witness, I knew that my performance would determine whether my team left the courtroom with the smiles of victors or the furrowed brows of the defeated...

Law Personal Statement

When I started work as a legal assistant, the job was a means to an end. I did not intend to stay in law; however, with time my interest grew, as did my admiration. With experience in public and private practice, I saw first-hand the benefits legal decisions rendered, from protecting the public to awarding the injured...

The spectre of global terrorism is prevalent. Fundamental civil liberties are under threat, not only by those who seek to destroy our society, but also by those who have been charged with the task of safeguarding it...

Law Personal Statement

My desire to study law at university is firmly rooted in my interest in world events and also with helping others. Law effects our everyday lives almost without us noticing. If we look at the news, there is always an aspect of law up for debate...

My work experience has been key to my choice to study Law. This in combination with my A-Levels, has allowed me to develop academic rigour with a strong spirit of enquiry and advocacy. I have worked with different types of legal professionals and dealt with important institutions during my gap year...

I consider myself to have the necessary qualities to enable me to be a successful lawyer. I am a confident speaker who can argue a case with efficiency and potency. I have participated successfully in the school debating society, covering an array of topics, including, Anselm's argument for the existence of God and whether Britain's future lies with America or Europe...

My interest in Law stems from a fascination with resolving conflict and the important contribution it makes to our society. I view Law as a career in which I will have the opportunity to improve the lives of others and be able to evaluate the nature of human relationships...

Law Personal Statement

Currently, I think of myself as a writer and a journalist. My next goal is to be an attorney. As a writer I like delving into abstract ideas and trying to wrap my mind around complexities that are neither black nor white...

History and Law Personal Statement

History and Law are critical to thedevelopment of society. The idea that the same mistakes will be repeated unless we learn to adapt and change, underlines the meaning of both subjects, As a civilisation we must find out where we came from and how we can and have changed...

Law Personal Statement

When the teacher said to stop debating, I understood that this is what I wanted to do. I never thought about doing something that would give me adrenalin even while I am working. As I spent my life in three different countries, I saw the enormous differences between Russian, Italian and English legal systems and I became more and more interested in finding out ways in which legislations could be improved or Parliamentary omissions by confronting countries and also see how the legislations were translated in Russian, Italian, Spanish and English language...

My aspiration to study Law comes from an appreciation I had of the subject stemming from my fathers' current and previous businesses. My involvement consisted of secretarial work which allowed me an insight in to how Law is imposed in a business environment...

Law Personal Statement

When I inform people of my intentions to study law at university, they tend to look at me with a look of shock, horror & dismay. I , however cannot comprehend why it is a “weird” for a unique & diverse Muslim male who happens to fashion green hair cannot have a profound interest in law...

My interest in Law stemmed from personal experiences in different foreign countries, especially with three years spent living in the Middle East. Living in foreign countries opened my eyes to different political and judicial systems within different countries of the world...

Business with Law Personal Statement

Exposure to my parents' restaurant businesses from an early age has given me an insight to the everyday running of the business. This has inspired me to follow in their footsteps and set up my own business one day...

Law Personal Statement

I read “The Colour of Justice” by Richard Norton Taylor which provided me with a better understanding of the complexities of the UK legal inquiry system. This inspired me to study Law. I was reassured by the outcome of the inquiry, although concerned at the flaws within the system given the length of time taken for the inquiry to take place...

The police in Sri Lanka torture, rape and kill. The justice system is nigh to breakdown, impounding the great societal depression. As long as I can remember my so far stable but monotonous life in Hong Kong has been broken up by visits to Sri Lanka...

English, being the most diverse language in the world in terms of vocabulary range and one of the most heavily influenced by other cultures, makes for fascinating study and usage. Drawing influences from Celtic, West Germanic dialects, Latin, Greek and French to name but a few make the English language riveting both in terms of use and etymology...

Law Personal Statement

My desire to study Law arose at the beginning of my AS level course in Sociology. This was the point that I realised the complexity of society in today's era, and that Law affected everything within this society from abortion, crime and even the structure of society itself...

Law & Politics Personal Statement

I am conscientious team player with the ability to inspire my co-workers to greater productivity and cooperation. I enjoy learning, and am always able to taking on few challenges. My track record in education speaks itself...

Law and Criminology/Sociology Personal Statement

From a young age, I have been fascinated by law and was thrilled at the possibility of studying it at A-Level. In August 2007, I was able to spend two weeks working at Neves Solicitors in Luton. Most of my time was spent in the Conveyancing department, where Andrew Orriss, a partner in the firm, taught me how to draw up commercial leases and business contracts, and about buying, selling and renting residential properties...

My desire to read Law stems from the fascination I have with its ability to evolve alongside society. However, my interest was initially sparked by reading the American Novel 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee...

I promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Years of developing my intellectual capacity for my academic interests, wanting to hold privilege jobs and leadership positions in the future, I have a sense of purpose and unwavering dedication in doing the most with the opportunities available...

Law Personal Statement

Throughout my school courier I have constantly harboured the ambition to study a course at university that was completely new to me and like nothing I had done before, this gave ammunition to looking into a degree in Law, after reading around the subject I discovered that the course was perfect for me, especially with opportunities to combine other topics such as communications within my university courier...

It is always challenging, attempting to remain impartial and attentive to detail in a murder trial over a relative. My ability to do so was tested greatly during the trial over the killing of my cousin, Christopher Alaneme...

I am a jingoist. India, the land of diversity is truly magnificent; it is the heartland for more than a billion people and it is here in this land, which was amalgamated by Gandhi that I have found love for the subject of law...

Criminal Law Personal Statement

Advanced Higher Modern Studies in my final year at secondary school. Over the duration of the course I became deeply interested in the way crime and disorder influence the society we live in. In particular, the ways in which the upbringing of young people so greatly influences their future prospects...

Great figures like Ghandi and Martin Luther King caused massive changes and few would deny their impact on the world in which we now live. Sometimes, however, change and making a difference comes in smaller, less distinct steps...

Law Personal Statement

My desire to study law stems back as far as primary school. It was at a very young age that I discovered that I wanted to become a lawyer and I have never wavered from this decision. Law is an area which I have always been fascinated by, mainly because of the vast array of topics covered and the massive implications law has upon our everyday lives...

Law Personal Statement

It was undoubtedly a courtship. As a child, Law caught my eye, shimmering glamorously in dramas and newspapers, piquing my interest. Lawyers outfoxed their opponents in dazzling displays of ingenuity, showcasing astute and discerning methods of legal enquiry...

Law Personal Statement

Studying law has always been my dream right from childhood. This dream was ignited by my aunt who became a judge while I was in Nigeria. My aunt's role in the judiciary has reinforced my enthusiasm for the legal profession as I had the chance attend court with her to watch some of her sessions...

To start with I shall point out that I have always been interested in Business and Legal studies. Even during my teenage years, I have seen myself as a person who is willing to prosper in the knowledge of modern Business and Legal studies...

In today's climate, an understanding of law is critical. The question of Scotland's independence and its legal repercussions; the European Treaty's effect on British law; the legitimacy of the war on terror and its effect on civil rights...

Growing up in a developing African country of Malawi, human rights was not something i had heard of, especially for the poor and the underprivileged. I often saw and heard of injustices being inflicted upon the poor and the underprivileged, yet no one seemed to do anything about it...

Law, for me, is a necessity to organise society and to maintain order. I view Law as a career in which I will have the opportunity to improve the lives of others and be able to evaluate the nature of human relationships...

Law Personal Statement

'Law'- this is a word that people in society makes use of everyday but do they know the actual meaning? I guess if they do then everyone would be as enthusiastic as I am about the legal profession. Law is a policy that regulates the attitudes and behaviours of individuals in a society; it is something that affects almost everything we do, right from just buying a bar of chocolate to committing an offence such as murder or GBH...

My desire to study Law developed initially from my genuine interest in the justice system. In recent years I have taken an interest in various cases of miscarriage of justice and property rights and have followed these cases right through to their judgements, trying to draw my own conclusions...

“I want to be a lawyer, I want to be a lawyer!”, is the phrase mostly heard from my child and adolescent self every time the age old question, “what are you going to be when you grow up?” was asked...

Eleven years later, I still remember the exact date. It was October 15, 1987 when I was asked to join Project Challenge, the honors program at Harris Hill Elementary School. I was in third grade at that time...

My study of law has enhanced my desires to work within the courts, and to pursue a career in commercial law. I have been involved in many extra curricular activities concerning law. I attended an LNAT workshop hosted by Durham University as well as law lectures such as that given by experienced lawyer Lynda Hall on fox hunting...

The 42 Day Detention, the National DNA database, the Lisbon Treaty, the Embryology Bill. Law surrounds us. It has evolved from the fundamental needs of society for structure and justice and it is part of our lives, whether we are aware of it or not...

Law and its complexities in being both precise yet open to interpretation; impartial yet sensitive to society's ever changing morals and philosophy has been of great curiosity to me. It is both an Art and Science...

Law is the foundation of every society. Professions in law are often depicted as glamourous and sometimes wrongly assumed to be simply fighting opponents in a court-room. It is hard work and, at the beginning, not well paid...

I decided to study Law some months ago when I visited Worcester Crown Court. A parent was alleged to have neglected his child. As I analysed the circuit judge's verdict, it seemed to me that to exercise discretion, and back up facts with Legal Precedent, using a solid knowledge base, shows a great intellect...

Law Personal Statement

Without laws then the low-life that was once a neighbour would have got away with murder seemingly innocent as the day he was brought to life. Without laws then the drunk that hospitalised my best friend would still be legal to possibly go one step further and see if going 5 miles faster would impress his so called friends or, cause an entire family a life time of sorrow...

Economics, Social Policy & Law Personal Statement

In today's competitive world, qualifications are of utmost importance. While that is indeed a factor that spurs me to take up higher education, the determining factor is my interest in the subjects. Admittedly, the only subject that I have had contact with is economics, but the fields of law and social policy intrigue me as well...

The world around us would be nothing like it is today if we did not have laws keeping society in line. My fascination with law has stemmed from reading of the Times law section every Tuesday helping me to gain crucial knowledge of the subject of law, and studying the subject at sixth form which has further enhanced my passion for the subject...

Law Personal Statement

I have always enjoyed the more qualitative and essay based subjects, where one is required to formulate one's own opinions and articulate thoughts. My A-level subjects have provided the ideal platform for me to advance both my analytical and investigative skills...

I consider myself an enthusiastic, hard working student who will do everything possible to achieve the best set of results possible. I have a very strong work ethic and get on well with teachers and my fellow pupils...

Criminology Personal Statement

Thinking about humanity nowadays and people's preoccupations made me realize the huge impact that crimes and criminal justice have on their decisions and the way they receive and react at the details and information about a crime...

I am a determined academic individual, leading me to believe that a degree course at university should definitely be in my life plans. I have always achieved high grades and I am confident that I can continue this success at university...

The decision to study Law lies deeper than a mere career choice, it has stemmed from my great belief that every individual in society deserves justice, and it is my genuine desire to help those individuals achieve it...

Law Personal Statement

Law. It affects everyone, regardless of race, age, size, or favourite football team. It isn't prejudiced; it doesn't expect you to break any rules. It's international; everywhere has laws. Law, in theory, is the essence of fairness, which is why it so interests me in a world that many deem unfair...

I have always been fascinated by the way police deal with stressful and demanding situations and find that when I always see them in the street in their uniform I want to be looked upon as an integral part of a community...

I developed interest in the field of law while doing my graduation in commerce. We had Business Law in B.Com . I found it so logical that after my Bachelor in Commerce.I could not think of anything but law...

Law Personal Statement

I've always been captivated by law and politics, from the time when I learnt of Rajiv Gandhi revolutionising the face of Indian government to John F Kennedy creating the peace corps to help underdeveloped nations...

To me the written word has always been the most effective medium of communication. It has acted as a reliable canvas for the great writers to express their ideas to me, no matter how fantastical, detailed or controversial, from Bronte's ethereal, vivid descriptions of the Yorkshire Moors during twilight to the terrifying realism of Orwell's vision of a totalitarian future in Nineteen Eighty Four...

Injustices exist everywhere. Current affairs daily reveal the devastating conflicts which have consumed certain peoples, but one does not need to scour the world to find these issues. I myself have been witness to countless cruelties on a more personal level, and together these experiences have served to strengthen my desire to work for the institution which brings about equity to all in our country...

Law Personal Statement

The legal system lays the bedrock of moral code for our society. Law influences every aspect of civilization, and I've become thoroughly enthralled and fascinated with the legal organisation and law system...

It often occurs to me how needs for rules and regulations are determined and fulfilled in today's ever-changing and emerging world? Take the example of internet, what copyright laws are there? How online dealings are regulated? What authority is there to manage all? Etc...

I dedicated my fist two years of high-school to studying mathematics and computer programming, in order to familiarize myself with progressive logical constructions and to gain a new type of awareness, one that improved my view towards work in general...

Law Personal Statement

I have wanted to study law from a young age largely because my grandfather is a well known judge in Pakistan. I have seen a lot of paperwork that he handles as a judge. While I was in Pakistan a few years back I was given the opportunity to sit in a court room and observe the law in action...

Law Personal Statement

My father is a prominent Islamic Law Professor, yet, I didn't receive his blessing to study law, according to him, I was destined for "greater things" in life. I never understood what he meant at first, so began my excruciating journey of discovering myself, I almost ended up studying medicine, but I have always find that, at least from my opinion, there exists an abstract reality which is neither right or wrong; a "grey" area that is never meant to be rigidly conformed...

Law Personal Statement

Law and justice are the ever-increasing sense of importance and self-respect of the individual. True, there are different conceptions of the idea of what is fair, but the concepts of law and justice are one of the same (Solomon 1995: “A Passion for Justice” pg...

Law Personal Statement

My desire to study Law is firmly rooted in my enjoyment of being involved in ongoing issues, as I feel that the Law is the bedrock of a nation. I believe the study of Law, and an eventual vocation in the legal system would be ideal for me, primarily due to my analytical personality and ability to accurately separate congruous information from the irrelevant...

Law Personal Statement

My desire to study Law developed initially from my genuine interest in the justice system. In recent years I have taken an interest in various cases of miscarriage of justice and property rights and have followed these cases right through to their judgements, trying to draw my own conclusions...

I have always known that my career path would be related to humanities. Out of the subjects I studied at school, Romanian literature, History and foreign languages have particularly appealed to me. However, I chose to study sciences too, aware of their contribution to the development of my intellectual abilities...

What really intrigues me about Law is the unflinchingly honest portrayal of society it provides. As Helena Kennedy states in ‘Just Law’, it is the ‘bedrock of a nation’, always changing to support and reflect society’s needs...

Law & Business Personal Statement (International Student)

From an early age, Law has always been number one priority in my vision of the future. Probably because of my father's profession (he is Head of the Regional Criminal Police), I have always been intrigued by Criminology and the idea of analyzing and solving tangled cases...

Law Personal Statement

I promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. My father had always told me my career destined in the profession of Law; I had of course been ignorant to this. Thinking the only reason he had told me so was to carry the family tradition, as he was one himself...

Through commonly accepted law, international organizations and sovereign nations establish and enforce vital laws and moral codes of conduct such as those relating to human and civil rights. Yet, despite many ratified agreements relating to principles that are universally accepted throughout the world, human and civil rights remain threatened in industrialized nations as well as third world countries...

Mature Student Law Personal Statement

I long recall having been amazed as to how law permeates every aspect of our lives. My career thus far has taken me to the City of London, as far away as New Zealand, and then back to Reading again and has served to cultivate my interest in law and made me yearn to study this fascinating subject at undergraduate level, and formally qualify as a solicitor, within criminal advocacy...

At the beginning it was infatuation, I was taken by the smart skirts the ladies wore and equally the men in their suits. But as I took more interest in this group of people it was not only the smart attire, there thinking, arguments and presentation of their arguments were equally “smart” and persuasive and reflected certain logic, deep reflection and considerable research on an issue they were arguing for or against...

The major of law has been always intriguing me as one of the most practical, useful tools in our life due to its broad coverage, fast rate of evolving and fundamental importance, I had already made up my mind to pursue my passion in legal study that could fulfill my dream, enables me to contribute to make the world a better place...

Law Personal Statement

I believe Law is relevant to everyday life as we live within a legal framework which controls every aspect and important decisions of our life. Due to my curiosity regarding the framework and how it controls and plays an essential role in the changing nature of society and its people, inspired me to pursue this subject at higher education...

English & Law Personal Statement

I enjoy being intellectually stimulated and challenging traditional views which is evident from my choice of A Level subjects- History, English and RE. These subjects have always been my forte, receiving the H...

I cannot remember a person in my life who has had a more significant influence on me than my father. Everything I have achieved with regard to academics, sports, or life in general, I am indebted to him for...

LLB Law Personal Statement

Human beings can only live in comunity with others, resulting a society. Societies can function provided they are governed by principles, regulations and laws that the majority of the people agrees with...

Law Personal Statement

Having grown up in a country where it’s hard for a woman to achieve a degree in such a well-respected profession such as the Law, my parents, understanding my aspirations to study and expand my talents, gave me the opportunity to study in Switzerland...

Law Personal Statement

From my middle school years I've looked to become involved with moral reasoning, especially regarding what is happening in our world today, in the news, newspapers, magazines. Stories such as the Guantanamo Bay prisoners make me question the injustice within today's society...

Law & German Personal Statement

I have always been fascinated by the structures of societies and how their laws are built. Due to the constant changes of the world, the ongoing conflicts, debates, and controversies, these laws are constantly evolving...

Law Personal Statement

I have always worked to reach beyond the highest standards I believe myself capable of across a challenging range of subjects. Because of this, I was unsure when first choosing a degree and it was not until I had begun studying Law that I realised my passion for it as it stretches me intellectually and also causes me to be analytical about everything around me and of myself...

LLB Personal Statement

Law has always been a subject which has fascinated me and since completing my degree in BA (HONS) Law and Management i have realised that i would like to progress my knowledge in this area and fulfil my ambition in becoming a fully qualified lawyer in the up and coming future...

Law Personal Statement

Law is ever changing, whether parliament is passing new legislation, existing legislation is being rewritten or the courts are interpreting laws in different ways. In the case of Anthony Bland the distinguishing of earlier precedents was vital...

Law and French Personal Statement

Law has always been a subject that has interested and appealed to me as an area of study. I believe that justice is the inherent foundation of our civilisation and find the application of it both a fascinating and vital field of learning, because of the central role it plays in the functioning of society and the diversity of areas it influences...

Law Personal Statement

I want to study and research Law at University because I thoroughly enjoy the subject and I really want to learn more. I have studied Law at A level for the last 18 months; it has challenged me with its complexity but I have found it stimulating and fascinating...

History and Law Personal Statement

Louis de Bernières writes in ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin` that history is fascinating `because everything [is] connected to everything else in the most elaborate, devious and elegant ways`. Perhaps this explains the importance of history in understanding the modern world; it governs the way in which we view society, dictates our actions and, perhaps most importantly, provides guidance to those who establish law...

Law Personal Statement (International Student)

I decided to read law in England because the country has one of the most historic and well developed educational systems in Europe. I chose courses at Universities with a great tradition, a tradition which can only be offered by English Universities...

I once attended a lecture by the late Barrister Gani Fawehimmi. He was a prominent human rights lawyer in my home country Nigeria. He spoke passionately about legal systems and human rights. I was particularly impressed by a man who helped the underprivileged and the cheated by representing them without asking for payment...

In terms of academic study, I have always been passionate about two subjects, law and Japanese language/culture. For the past year I have been pursuing the latter as an English teacher in Japan. At first, my life was quite difficult; however, as my Japanese improved, so did my comfort...

Law Personal Statement

As a hardworking, enthusiastic and responsible individual I am extremely fascinated and genuinely committed in working in the legal profession. My desire to study law stems from a growing fascination with world events...

Law Personal Statement

I have chosen a Law degree because it will enable me to study Criminal and Human Rights Law in more depth. This course has a practical and theoretical basis, which I find fascinating, and will expand my knowledge; it will also help me understand legal aspects of law and their impact on society...

Law Personal Statement

Throughout my school days, I was known by my peers as opinionated, confident, a good talker and being highly persuasive. My teachers knew me for my flair in Languages, Literature and Humanities, given my frequent participation and achievements in writing competitions...

Admissions tutors reading law applications aren't just looking for the sports captain who works part-time in a solicitor's office. Well-rounded applicants, with a firm grasp of current affairs and a genuine reason for wanting to study the law, are really who they're after.

"Schools of law know that not all candidates have had access to high prestige work experience," says Steve Jones of the University of Manchester, who recently conducted research into personal statements. "Focus on the skills that you do have. Think carefully about why you want a law degree and what you'll do with it. Everyone says they're 'passionate' about their subject – think instead about what makes you different from other applicants.

"Don't talk about your hobbies unless they're directly relevant to your chosen programme. Spend time researching the university departments and degree programmes for which you're applying. There's no big secret to the personal statement: universities just want applicants who are well prepared and have lots of potential."

So make sure you have done your research. Aled Griffiths, deputy head of the law school at Bangor University, says students must show an up-to-date understanding of the legal profession. "It's a bit naïve nowadays to say 'I want to be a barrister' unless you have some idea of how that might happen," he said. It's important to say which areas of law you're interested in, though it's fine for students to be undecided "as long as they understand what confronts them".

Reading newspapers is considered to be more important than reading law texts. "We want to know what turned you on to law, whether it's constitutional issues in Egypt or civil marriage," said Griffiths, adding that students should demonstrate a "knowledge of world events and the applicability of the law".

Griffiths said introductions should be about why you think you'll make a good lawyer or what attracted you to law. "Personal experiences which sparked your interest are great, but don't give us your whole life story," he added.

And it's no longer novel to mention your favourite law drama. The worst thing you can do is list your achievements without exploring their applicability to a law degree – even mentioning a placement at Jones Jones LLC is meaningless unless you say what you thought of it, Griffiths said.

Similarly, Deborah Ives, director of admissions for the University of East Anglia's school of law, recently rejected a 3 A* candidate who said "I want to be a lawyer because my father's a lawyer". Ives said that unless this has led to experiences which have generated a personal interest in law they are not interested "We are looking for an informed decision."

Some of the possible hobbies that relate to a law degree are public speaking, debating, languages and advocacy. Most admissions tutors, however, make it clear that there are many activities which teach transferable skills relevant to law.

Ives said that students underestimate how important sport is – any sport – especially if a student is good, because it shows motivation, diligence and determination. Work experience doesn't have to be directly law related either: "I was most impressed by a lad who was explaining about his interest in criminal law and how that had developed, and how he had gone down to the police station and volunteered to take part in identity parades," Ives said.

Every law school wants different things, however. Claire McGourlay, admissions tutor for the University of Sheffield's school of law, said the best thing to do is ring up the university and ask them what they are looking for. "I don't look for work experience that's just law related," she said, adding that she'd be just as impressed by someone who has got up at six every morning since they were 14 to do a paper round.

"As long as they can demonstrate that they have done something – a bit of an all rounder really," she said. "And they don't have to be an Olympic athlete, just as long as they have done something." Nor do applicants have to be clear on their career aspirations – it's OK if you don't yet know if you want to work in law.

McGourlay says every personal statement is individual. "Some are very creative, some are more concise. I don't mind either way as long as it shows them as a whole person and shows a general interest in the subject.

"The key is to write fluently. No spelling mistakes, no bad grammar, not plagiarised." The worst personal statements are always the ones that haven't been proofread, she said.

Daniel Attenborough, admissions tutor at the University of Leicester, agreed – saying that personal statements are a "sales pitch" and students need to express themselves in an eloquent and elegant way. He advised against simply stating that you like chess. Explain that chess has encouraged your independent thinking and competitive nature, and why this is relevant to a career in law.

If students mention something like enjoying the TV show Suits "it usually just makes me laugh," says Attenborough. "It doesn't necessarily go against the student at all." But he's more impressed by an interest in how the law interacts with broader social issues – how the law is shaped by capitalism, or the impact of UK law on asylum seekers.

And it's important to remember that the personal statement is only one part of the application. Neil Kibble, director of law admissions at Lancaster University, said he is reluctant to set too much store by personal statements as he's very aware that some students get more guidance than others.

"We don't want to privilege two or three types of extracurricular activities at the expense of others," he said. "We would ask students to reflect on whatever experience they have had, whether it's working in a shop or looking after a member of the family, and say what they have learned from it."

Kibble said he tends to pay more attention to personal statements during clearing, when a particularly strong statement can win him over to a candidate who has not achieved the right grades.

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