History and English major, personal statement largely about interest in government and public policy, but I think I should veer away from that to show well-roundedness. On the other hand, I think writing about a book I read might be irrelevant.
Here's the instructions:
Academic essay--Keeping in mind that we will have your academic transcripts and LSAT score as some evidence of your intellectual aptitude for law school, you should tell us in this essay more about the intellectual contribution you will make in the classroom and outside. You may choose to write about any subject that has engaged you intellectually, but this essay should not be a personal narrative. For example, you might discuss such subjects as a book you have read that had a profound influence on you, an issue in the current public debate, or an individual who has had an impact on your life.
Maybe a short history essay on recent american history, which I've had several courses on.