Since I first started posting prelaw videos on YouTube in 2011, I’m always surprised to hear that this one is people’s favorite.
In this video, I basically call bullshit on prelaw students who tell me they don’t have a sad, tragic story to tell and so they can’t write a good personal statement.
If you watch this video, you will probably think that I am pissed.
You’re right. I am.
Maybe that’s why so many people like it? Maybe some people like seeing a prelaw adviser say “crap” and “bullshit”? Maybe others find that my message resonates with them? For whatever reasons people like this video, I am glad.
I am glad because I tried to be as honest as possible while recording this video. I wanted to get through to the thousands of prelaw students who actually think this way. They actually think that because they’ve lived a so-called “normal” life without any sad tragedy that they can’t write as good of a personal statement as those “other” people.
Do people not realize now privileged that sounds?
Do people not realize how entitled they sound when they say that?
Perhaps they do and perhaps they don’t. But it’s been said to me so many times that I had to make a video about it back in 2011, and sadly, this sentiment still gets said today in 2015.
If you think your life is so “boring” and so “normal,” that you don’t have anything to write about for your personal statement for law school, I have two options for you.
Don’t go to law school right now. Work full-time for three years. If after that time period, you still can’t think of a good topic for your personal statement, work full-time for another year. Keep repeating this until you think of a good topic. Why do I recommend this? Because if you can’t think of anything to write about, it’s very likely that you haven’t worked enough and experienced life enough. Get out there and work…and live!
Some of you are thinking, there’s no way I’m going to work full-time for three years. I need to go to law school NOW. For you, I’m going to be as brutally honest as I am in the video. Stop making excuses. Take off the blinders. Do the work. Sit down and write down everything in your life that makes you mad, sad, happy, or all of the above. Write it down. Write it ALL down. From the past to the present. If you want a more organized and structured way to do this, take my class. If you still can’t find a topic, take a break for a day and go back at it. Repeat until you figure out a topic.
There’s reasons people keep asking me to help them with their law school applications year after year. It’s not just because I’ve been doing prelaw advising for 12 years. It’s because I’m honest with them. It’s because I want the best for them. And sometimes, the best thing I can do is to be honest and give tough advice that’s wrapped in love.
And that’s why I call bullshit on some prelaw students.