⭐️How to Format Your Law School Personal Statement

Check the application of every school to which you’re applying, but in general, you should follow these guidelines.

Header

I prefer a one-line header. Put your name on the left, your LSAC number in the middle, and the words “Personal Statement,” followed by a page number, on the right. It looks like this:

Essay with One-Line Header

In case you’re not comfortable with Word headers, I’ve made a correctly formatted .docx file with a one-line header. Click here to download the sample text, then substitute your information for the placeholders.

You can also put all the information on the right-hand side, in three lines, like this:

Essay with Three-Line Header

If you use a three-line header on the first page, you may want to use a shorter header—name, page number—on subsequent pages.

The Essay Body

  • Don’t give your essay a title.
  • Use twelve-point, Times New Roman font (an eleven-point font is fine too if the application doesn't specify)
  • Use one-inch margins all around.
  • Double-space your essay.
  • Left-align or justify your essay.
  • Add half-inch indentations to each paragraph.
  • Don’t add an extra return between paragraphs.
  • Use one space after periods.

I’ve implemented this formatting in the personal statement format sample.

Note

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