Analyze yourself in order to develop the content of your application package.
Consider what your strengths are by asking yourself a series of questions:
- What makes you an interesting person? Highlight a career/association/activity that makes you stand out.
- Are there any work experiences that reflect what is interesting about you?
- Are you involved in any organizations or groups inside or outside law school that are particularly interesting?
- Have you any unusual hobbies or interests?
- What objective information about your educational training makes you an attractive candidate to the potential employer?
Consider whether any of the areas in which you have studied before attending law school may link into or apply to an area or areas of law:
- What have your academic achievements been before and at law school?
- What measures do you have of those achievements? (e.g., grades, academic awards)
- Have any of the programs you were enrolled in been particularly demanding? (For instance, if you completed a degree at an accelerated rate or combined completing a degree with a serious work, family or other commitment.)
Consider what experiences you have that show you have leadership qualities:
- Have you ever taken a key role in organizing a group of people in a workplace, school or other environment?
- What experiences do you have that show you work well with other people?
- Have you joined a group and worked with others to accomplish a task?
Consider what experience you have that shows you have a strong work ethic.
Consider whether your education, work or volunteer involvement demonstrates dedication to accomplishing something.
Consider what your weaknesses are:
- Can a weak academic performance in law school be explained by a third party? (For instance, if you misread the exam instructions and a professor can confirm that.) If some personal circumstance interfered with your academic performance, you may consider getting a letter from someone who has knowledge of this.
- If you don’t have extensive work experience, don’t be overly concerned. Focus on highlighting other activities such as extracurricular activities.
You should strive to be realistic about your opportunities and focus on student positions that you can realistically achieve. Consult the career development officer or other professionals at your school to help assess this.