Schools do tend to have those kinds of reputations, though their reputation isn't necessarily what they're looking to see reflected in application materials. For instance, U of T has a reputation for being "corporate" but the school itself likes the idea that it is a pathway for people who want to further access to justice and lots of people emphasize their interest in the schools' legal clinic opportunities and reputable International Human Rights Program in their personal statements.
It really depends on the story you're trying to tell about yourself. In my view, "tailoring" your personal statement just means connecting your past experiences together in a narrative, expressing your plan for the future, and making the school look like the next logical step in your path. There are probably a lot of other ways to think about the personal statement, but this was how I thought about mine when I wrote it (admittedly over three years ago).
If you're looking to target your personal statements to the law schools you're applying to, I would suggest thinking about concrete and practical things that each school has to offer, and how those things relate to your reasons for wanting to be a lawyer. For instance, if you know that one school has a legal clinic which does bird law and you're interested in bird law, then you'd want to point out that clinic as part of why you're applying to the school/ why the school fits into the overall narrative you're trying to put forward in your personal statement. You can do the same sort of thing with profs (i.e., if school A has Canada's top 3 scholars in bird law, you can emphasize your interest in bird law and whatever bird law-specific courses School A offers in that area).
You can get information about this from schools' websites and by asking current students about what they think of their schools' programs in your areas of interest.
Hope this helps!
They just mean that they’ve tailored their statements to the specific strengths, concentrations, and/or missions of the school. Some people will also discuss how they’d want to practice in the market where the school is located. Schools like uOttawa also have particular components that they look for when reading personal statements. This info is available on their Common Law website. Here’s the link:
Best of luck to you!
O-Week (or shall I say o-WEEKS) happens during the two weeks of legal methods that all 1Ls do. Real classes start the week after. Traditionally there’s been Legal Methods class until 3pm or so Monday-Thursday with orientation events occurring mostly on Thursday evening, Friday, and Saturday both weeks. On the other days there’s little mingling events after Legal Methods. I have no idea what it’ll look like this year cause of COVID, But Aug 24-September 4th is Legal Methods, so you can expect the Oweek activities to go until Sept 6th.
Hi, I've been trying to see how to approach writing some of my personal statements and I have noticed that a lot of people say for example for Windsor "Social Justice Related" or "geared towards Ottawa" and I was unsure of how people figured this out? Any advice?