Example Personal Statement
Below is an example personal statement written by a student that was successful in gaining admission to law school for the LLB degree.
Law touches almost every aspects of our life, and is constantly evolving to keep up with current society, to which we all belong. I want to study law to help people to overcome inequity, as well as having a sound understanding of the laws which govern us by harnessing the powers of analysis, criticism, persuasion, problem solving, oral and written communication.
In the summer I went on a Rugby Tour to South America. It helped me to develop both as a rugby player and as a person. The Tour of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay gave me a unique insight to another culture and way of life. Living within families for the majority of the tour allowed me to understand their values and society.
Whilst I was there I came to understand the huge divide between the rich and poor and the injustice in the society found throughout South America.
I have a part-time job at a busy local restaurant where I have worked for over two years in a lively kitchen. Working has developed me in several ways; I have increased confidence, excellent communication, the ability to work under pressure, and the skills necessary to work as part of a team.
Gradually over the last two years my responsibilities have increased, as I am responsible for the wages of junior members of staff during my shift, as well as having to make sure the kitchen is clean, organised and secure at the end of each shift. I am a currently a prefect, having been selected by our Head of sixth form for additional responsibilities.
I assist students in the lower years with their school work, prevent any issues that may be arise between class hours and contribute regularly to events held at school. This has considerably improved my inter-personal skills as I am required to interact with personnel of all ages, whether younger students or visitors to the school.
I have been a member of the school rugby teams for six years, and I currently play wing for the school first XV. I have recently been awarded senior school colours, which adds to my previously awarded junior school colours for commitment to school rugby throughout my school career.
The team have enjoyed a successful tour to South America, and managed to get to the quarter-finals of the Daily Mail Vase Cup. Ultimately, I wish to become a prosecutor at the International Criminal Courts. I see university as a way for me to learn the processes of law required for such a position and to help me grow as an individual.
I feel the added responsibility that university brings will put me in good stead when eventually seeking employment, possibly in a foreign country as well.
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