This line between statement of purpose and personal statement is very burry. Ideally, you’d probably want an essay that does both. If that’s not possible, it may be better to lean towards statement of purpose. It seems to me that despite law schools insistence that they don’t want another “Why I want to be a lawyer?” personal statement, many actually want that exact question answered.According to Montauk (2004):“It’s always good to see an applicant who knows what he or she intends to do in the future, based upon solid evidence.” Georgetown Admissions“The question we’re always asking ourselves when we read their files is, ‘Why law school?’ If we don’t have a clear understanding of why, it is difficult to make a strong case for admission… If we don’t understand why law school, and why now, that admissions offer may not come since we are looking for clarity and focus at this point. This is true even for someone with a very strong undergraduate record and ninety-ninth percentile LSAT scores.” Stanford Admissions“When I read an essay I ask myself, ‘What does the applicant know about himself and about law that leads him to think that this is the direction he wants to go in?’ I want to be sure that choosing law has been thoughtful decision, not a reflexive one.” Columbia Admissions Should you write statement of purpose essays for these schools?