I'm in PS-process, and am having some trouble deciding on the most appropriate/successful tack to take. The first draft I wrote turned out to be a "what I learned from my mentor" essay, and while I think I managed to write enough about myself, it ended up coming across as pretty idealistic and Big Picture oriented--not grounded enough in what I've actually done.
This new draft is beginning to shape up as a filling-out of my CV--how what I've done demonstrates my talents and training, how all of that will then benefit both me in law school and the community of students I hope to enter, and then of course how all of those activities/abilities have led me to move in this particular direction.
My concern is that while the first was too lofty, the second will seem redundant--after all, they will be getting all of the hard info, including a copy of my CV, and I'm sure they can make their own inferences as to what those things say about me. I have a background in literature and philosophy, so am wary of trying a creative tack, especially because my numbers are only mid-range (3.65/165 average on prep-tests).