I’d like to think this advice is unnecessary, but I also know how stressed out applicants get during the application process. Between the stress and all the misinformation (promoted in part by companies trying to make a profit from your stress), you could begin to believe that the best personal statement is that one out there somewhere that someone else used to get into law school.
But it’s really not true. Once you’ve read a good number of statements, it becomes pretty easy to tell the difference between the genuine and the faux (or stolen)—and admissions committee members have read a LOT of statements. Now, though, some are going a step further and beginning to use plagiarism detection software on personal statements.
I assure you: your statement will be more persuasive if it comes from the heart. Which doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get feedback on it—send a draft my way, and I’ll be happy to give you feedback on what works and what doesn’t, and why. I don’t line-edit, proofread or ghostwrite, of course, but I do offer blunt advice on your statement and any optional essays.