Personal Documents

Personal Statement

A required personal statement gives the committee a view into the non-academic world of the applicant. Your personal statement should discuss any significant personal, social, or academic experiences that have contributed to your decision to study law.  Applicants should identify how they might enhance our community and use his or her legal education to have a positive impact.

This is critical in our ability to enroll a diverse class. We ask that you keep your personal statement to no more than two pages double spaced.


We require applicants to submit a current resume, as this will highlight a broader view of your achievements. The resume should include all full-time and part-time employment, both paid and unpaid, and all extracurricular activities and honors. Please do not include activities or awards from high school.

Optional Essay(s)

Applicants may choose to add additional information to their application to provide further context regarding any aspect of their application or their future in law. We ask that you limit each addendum to two pages double spaced.

  1. Applicants may choose to submit an addendum regarding their intent to engage in law-related work on behalf of a community or group, however described, which is inadequately represented by the legal profession, because too few lawyers are drawn from that community or group, because members face challenges in access to justice, or for some other reason?  Please describe in what way you believe the community or group is inadequately represented by the legal profession, what inspires you to do this work, and how you think you can contribute to addressing the problem.
  2. Applicants may choose to submit an addendum containing additional information they would like to attach to your application to help the admissions committee make a decision on their file.
  3. Applicants may choose to submit an addendum containing any personal background factors or circumstances have caused your LSAT scores or undergraduate grades to not reflect your academic ability to perform successfully in law school?  Such factors might include, but are not limited to, disabilities, English as a second language, quality of primary or secondary education, maturing non-academic experiences such as work, or other social or cultural factors.

Character & Fitness Addendum

The legal profession requires its members to behave ethically in the practice of law at all times, in order to protect the interests of clients and the public. You must understand that those who aspire to join the legal profession will be held to the same high standards for truth, full disclosure, and accuracy that are applied to those who practice law. If you answer “Yes” to any of the Character & Fitness questions, you must attach an addendum highlighting the situation(s) as well as the outcome. Failure to disclose this information could result in being barred from admission to law school.