PowerHungry wrote:I haven't known I've wanted to be a lawyer forever. I didn't really decide that until later in life and even then, it's an idea with advantages and disadvantages for me personally.
How can I take that and still craft a meaningful personal statement when I don't have a lot of "why law" in my background?
I have good news for you! Your personal statement does not need to be all about why you want to go to law school! They'll teach you the law in law school, so don't worry about not having much in your background. I've said it before that there really isn't a bad topic for a personal statement, but just about every topic can turn into either a well written PS or poorly written PS. (OK, I can think of a few bad topics, like torturing puppies or things of that ilk, but in general, this is true).
Think about some characteristics about yourself that you want to highlight to the admissions committee and think about how you can showcase those qualities into a narrative that can be demonstrated to the reader. In other words show them you are (insert quality/characteristic here) - don't tell them. It is not an easy task to write about yourself - most people find it incredibly difficult to strike the right tone and content, so you are not alone!
We have a few blog posts on this topic that might be helpful to you, so rather than rewriting some things here, I'll just post the links:http://spiveyconsulting.com/blog/the-to ... -mistakes/http://spiveyconsulting.com/blog/the-3- ... statement/