Discussing the Appeal of a Top-Choice Law School

A fundamental question that law school applicants should answer in their applications is why they are applying to law school. Some law schools go even further and offer applicants the chance to explain why they want to attend their school specifically. Schools may do this through their personal statement prompt, an interview question or even a school-specific “why” essay.

For example, the University of Notre Dame Law School offers applicants an optional statement of no more than two double-spaced pages “to express a specific interest in Notre Dame Law School.” The School of Law at the University of California—Irvine has a mandatory essay of up to 750 words about why you are interested in their school. In contrast, the University of Virginia School of Law does not have a “why” essay but interviews selected applicants, typically including a question about their interest in the school.

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