this is just my common sense talking, but it seems to me that if a school wanted to judge your writing or if it were a close decision, then that school would use your personal statement, not the writing sample.
I'll repost what I wrote in another thread:I'm wondering if I'm the only one who believes this- does anyone else think that the writing sample might actually be a better test of a person's aptitude for law school than the personal statement. It's under time pressure (like law school finals), it's a strictly analytical, argumentative essay that forces you to assess both sides of an argument carefully and explain persuasively why one side is superior. This seems to me to be far more relevant to law school and future legal success than a personal, emotional, generally non-analytical essay that you can spend months on, have dozens of people edit, hire consulting services for, etc. Anyone else agree?