University of Iowa Personal Statement

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ttunsehc
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University of Iowa Personal Statement

Postby ttunsehc » Sun Aug 28, 2011 5:04 am

Hey all,

On the University of Iowa School of Law website they have a checklist. Their personal statement says this:

The personal statement is required for all applicants. The application form contains complete instructions regarding the personal statement. It asks that applicants write a personal statement (limited to two to three pages) that addresses the following topics:

Why do you wish to study law?
Why do you want to study at The University of Iowa?
What has been your most significant accomplishment?
How would you contribute to our law school community and the legal profession?
Describe any life experiences that would indicate your drive, determination, motivation, and/or leadership characteristics.

Does this mean I need to include all of these topics in my personal statement. Or does it mean I should write about one question which means my personal statement could be used.

Best regards,

ttunsehc

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typ3
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Re: University of Iowa Personal Statement

Postby typ3 » Sun Aug 28, 2011 10:06 am

ttunsehc wrote:Hey all,

On the University of Iowa School of Law website they have a checklist. Their personal statement says this:

The personal statement is required for all applicants. The application form contains complete instructions regarding the personal statement. It asks that applicants write a personal statement (limited to two to three pages) that addresses the following topics:

Why do you wish to study law?
Why do you want to study at The University of Iowa?
What has been your most significant accomplishment?
How would you contribute to our law school community and the legal profession?
Describe any life experiences that would indicate your drive, determination, motivation, and/or leadership characteristics.

Does this mean I need to include all of these topics in my personal statement. Or does it mean I should write about one question which means my personal statement could be used.

Best regards,



ttunsehc


You must answer all the questions or at least come close.

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Re: University of Iowa Personal Statement

Postby CanadianWolf » Sun Aug 28, 2011 10:50 am

Depends upon the precise wording of the essay prompt. For example, if the prompt directs you to "write an essay which addresses the following topics", then you should cover all of the topics; however, if the essay prompt uses words like "such as" or "or", then the topics listed are suggestions & not mandatory.

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mrtoren
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Re: University of Iowa Personal Statement

Postby mrtoren » Sun Aug 28, 2011 3:21 pm

Theres a personal statement forum for personal statement questions.

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Re: University of Iowa Personal Statement

Postby bp shinners » Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:05 pm

ttunsehc wrote:Hey all,

On the University of Iowa School of Law website they have a checklist. Their personal statement says this:

The personal statement is required for all applicants. The application form contains complete instructions regarding the personal statement. It asks that applicants write a personal statement (limited to two to three pages) that addresses the following topics:

Why do you wish to study law?
Why do you want to study at The University of Iowa?
What has been your most significant accomplishment?
How would you contribute to our law school community and the legal profession?
Describe any life experiences that would indicate your drive, determination, motivation, and/or leadership characteristics.

Does this mean I need to include all of these topics in my personal statement. Or does it mean I should write about one question which means my personal statement could be used.

Best regards,

ttunsehc


I would use an essay focusing on the italicized and bolded above to answer the other questions. Shouldn't be too different from the average personal statement.




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