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 CLEO Blog - The Voice! - Personal Statements
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February 8, 2012
  The Voice! - Personal Statements
The hit television show, "The Voice," can teach you how to connect using your Personal Statement - if you know what to listen for. Let CLEO be your voice coach. . . and let A.S.A.P. be your stage! (Apply to A.S.A.P. now!)
Just like on The Voice, your judges (law school admissions counselors) can't see you. You need to grab them with your talent, not your look. The talent in your statement will start them reading, the content will keep them reading; and if they connect with a piece of you, they'll want to add you to their team.

You are the talent: Your experiences, your insights, and the "promise" of your future make up the talent. If your statement doesn't sound like you, then it won't sound authentic. But, it takes time and practice to write from your heart. Don't let the voice of your high school English teacher get in the way. Try these three tricks to find your voice . . .



If you found your voice, now bring clarity from the confusion of life. A Personal Statement jumbled with thoughts and activities and goals is too distracting. You need to simplify your message.

Start with the building blocks. . . Take 20-30 minutes to fill-in the in the columns of this chart. Don't worry about editing your thoughts until later.

List any and all accomplishments, challenges, and struggles that resonate with "who you are".
Ask someone you trust to list what they know about you, and combine the lists.
Look for trends, critical moments, or cause and effect relationships across the columns. These connections will help you identify a theme for your Personal Statement.


Talent is raw. Talent gets you noticed. But just like on The Voice you need a coach to help you craft your talent. You need guidance from an expert. You need an insider to give you the Do's and Don'ts!

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