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Your admission to law school requires the submission of three items in order for the school to make a decision. These are your LSAT score, your transcripts and your application itself. Of course, the better results you have on all three of these items, the better your chance of being accepted. By this point, your transcripts and LSAT score are set in stone, your application needs to be as good as or better than your grades and score. Even if you have a perfect grade point and high LSAT score, a half-hearted application can make the difference between getting into a law school you desire and settling for the one that will accept you. As most law schools do not conduct formal interviews, your application is your chance for them to see the subjective side of you, as opposed to the objective side that scores and grades represent. Your application has to paint a picture of you from a personal standpoint highlighting your good qualities, what you expect to accomplish in school and why you chose the school you did. You need to portray positive qualities in your application, as portraying yourself in ways that are seen in a negative light will end up with you more than likely being denied.
A school application is very similar to a job application as it is made up of several items. Most feature a cover letter, resume, the application form, letters of recommendation and a personal statement. You will probably be writing separate cover letters and personal statements for each school you apply to, especially if you are planning to specialize in a certain field of law and the school is known for that specialty. Although they are separate items you want to provide a transition between them all and form a common theme between them so they do not feel like separate thoughts. You want to maintain a consistent portrayal of yourself throughout all the documents. Do your best to anticipate questions that they may have and try to answer them in the best way you can. You also want to be sure that you write your personal statement in complete thoughts, as you do not want to leave any open ideas that may lead to follow up questions that your answers may not be what they are looking for.