Law school candidates may write about an event that helped to teach humility, independence or self-confidence.
The best approach to writing the personal statement is to choose an interesting story to tell. Or, you can talk about an experience that changed the way you think about yourself or about the world, or that shows your motivation or personal style. You can write about an epiphany that you at some point (maybe even completely unrelated to law!), or something that you are very passionate about.
The most important idea to keep in mind while writing and editing the personal statement is that how well or how poorly it is written can play a critical role in the admission process. In addition to being focused, coherent, and interesting, the personal statement should be error-free and grammatically correct.
*If there are extenuating circumstances that have impacted academic achievement or LSAT performance, they can be addressed in the personal statement or as an addendum to the application. However, this should not be the focus of the personal statement.
Ann Levine has some excellent resources regarding the personal statement and compiles a very good list of other resources to explore. Below are some from her list and others that our team has found.