(Original post by NDGAARONDI)
Yes but I thought it would be better to look for advice first. Looking at a few personal statements may or may not help you, it's really an individual thing.
When people ask about personal statements many (and I'm not implying those who have asked for help on this thread) just ask to look at others and try to 'match it up'. A lot of people are just plain lazy to think of their own ideas. This is all very well but I've known other people doing that and have found it better just to read the advice and give it plenty of quality time thinking and then edit the personal statement on the word processor on your computer.
What do you think?
Whilst I agree that it is almost cardinal for people to be so lazy about the personal statement as to just copy other people [saying a lot about their enthusiasm for university in general], I do feel that looking at a few approaches can help. Especially for law, where the task of opening the personal statement is particularly difficult, with most applicants having not studied law before.
I am currently on draft 31 of my personal statement, and only looked at five sample personal statements for the first 28 (by the way these five were medicine, english, chemistry, drama and art: great help my school offers!).
I then looked at several law personal statements, emailing students at cambridge who I have met if they could first of all just check what I've written and second of all send me a copy of their personal statement.
The result of their feedback and looking at their personal statement has given me a much greater appreciation [than I had already gleaned from my own working] of the importance of sentence structure and composition in the personal statement.
I can understand where your comments originate from, but it is my experience that few people here are lazy. I do think though that everyone has to do a large amount of the work for the personal statement before they look at other peoples as otherwise they can feel that they haven't reached a certain standard. My Biology teacher gave me a copy of her daughter's personal statement and asked for a copy of mine and said 'Well I guess her's wasn't much use', because she had a very different application to mine [lots of music, but not a lot of work experience/ uni stuff].
But looking at someone else's personal statement is generally very helpful. If for any reason more than anything, the reasons why people on this forum wanted to look at a copy of sunnyt's personal statement (which i guess we aren't going to now) is because he has places at the universities we desperately want to go to. If you go to a small comprehensive school you might not know anyone who has got in at a top university for law in the past few years. Consequently you are unsure of the standard you need to hit. Remember that more people who achieve 3A's don't apply to oxbridge than do- such is the percieved competition for places. [I think it is overexaggerated; everyone with the grades should give it a go if they like the course and place].