A Step-By-Step Guide to Brainstorming, Structuring, and Drafting Your Personal Statement 


A Step-By-Step Guide to Brainstorming, Structuring, and Drafting Your Personal Statement 


You've been working your whole life for this moment.

Even if you didn't always know you wanted to go to law school, that desire to make a difference, not just in your own life, but in the lives of others was there inside of you. 

And now that the moment to apply to law school is here...you don't really know where to begin.

Maybe you've tried asking friends or family members for advice.
Maybe you don't have anyone close to you to ask because you're the first person you know to embark on this journey. 
Maybe you've been searching for answers on Reddit only to find more confusion and discouragement. 
Maybe you've tried Googling, but you're not even sure what to put into the search bar. 

I get it.


As a first-generation and minority graduate of Harvard Law School, I didn't really have anyone to ask either. I didn't even know the questions I was supposed to be asking until it seemed like it was too late. 


You might know that you need expert guidance on this journey but (even with two jobs) between rent payments, student loan debt, and your responsibilities to your family, enrolling in private consulting or joining a small group boot camp just seems out of the question right now. 


I want you to know that I see you -- I see how hard you are working to keep all the balls in the air and make it through this law school application process successfully.
I also help financially support my family and my 16-year-old sister even with both of my parents working two jobs. 


That is why I created this course, just for you.


I care about accessibility and affordability and wanted to create a more affordable way to give you step-by-step guidance on this journey. I've intentionally designed this asynchronous course so that you feel like I am giving you that one-on-one attention every single step of the way.


With 30+ videos, plenty of examples, screen shares, templates, and instructions, you will get to experience what it is like working with me on this journey at a price that fits you and your family's budget.
If you are an LSAC Fee-Waiver recipient, you can receive this course for 50% off. If you are a member of the armed services, first-responder/frontline worker, current HBCU student, or Kappa Alpha Theta member, you can receive 10% off this course.
 Interested in combining this course with hourly consulting?

Buy 3 hours of hourly consulting and get access to this course for only $97.

To get into law school, you'll need to have a strong personal statement.

This course will walk you through from the very beginning of the brainstorming process to the end where you are fully drafting your first personal statement.

I will give you step-by-step guidance and show you through examples and screenshares how you can write an impactful personal statement using my proven Story Matrix brainstorming and outlining method.

The built-in feedback at the outlining and drafting stage will ensure you're on the right path every step of the way.

The personal statement is your chance to show the law schools that you're applying to:

  • Why you want to go to law school
  • What you’re passionate about, and
  • Why you would make a great addition to their campus.

While there are many strategies and opinions on what goes into a personal statement (and several different types that can be successful), I believe that a strong personal statement needs to address why going to law school is the logical next step on your journey, and what you plan to do with your law degree.

After reading your personal statement, the admissions officer should be convinced that you absolutely want to go to law school.

So how can you write such a persuasive personal statement? . . . By telling a story.

People love hearing stories, and law school admissions committees are no different. They want to get to know the person behind the application. Having a strong LSAT score is not enough on its own. Admissions deans routinely reject applicants with high LSAT scores but poorly written essays.


When you write your stories, you want to use narrative language and put the reader in the midst of the action. For example, check out these two ways of writing about yourself two different ways of writing your personal statement:

Option 1:

"I'm applying to law school because I have always wanted to be a lawyer. I am passionate about being able to use my legal skills to help those in need."

Option 2: 

"As the only South-East Asian woman and the only multilingual volunteer in a predominantly White hospital, I was often called upon to translate for Spanish speaking patients. One Sunday morning, a Latina woman overdosed out of anger and was brought to the Emergency Department. 'I have a son,' she responded to me in Spanish while in tears, 'I want to be there for my son. Even though I was angry, and I have problems, I did not want to harm myself.'"

Which option is more compelling to read, making you want to know more about the writer?

Chances are, it's option 2—because it's telling a story.

Your law school journey awaits.

Get step-by-step guidance on your personal statement today!


What's your story?

It takes effort and skill to craft good stories for a personal statement. Your stories need to illustrate your expertise and experiences in a way that influences the admissions committee into concluding: "We need to have this applicant." In my course, "A Step-By-Step Guide to Brainstorming, Structuring, and Drafting Your Personal Statement," I'll provide you with specific tactics and strategies for writing impactful personal statements, based on your life stories. Even if:
  • You have no idea how to get started (I'll show you how!)
  • You think you haven't done anything worth mentioning in your personal statement (just you wait—we'll tease those stories out of you!)
  • You're worried you can't express yourself well in writing (you don't need to be a published author to write a great personal statement)
 During this course, you'll learn my proven Story Matrix brainstorming and outlining method, and how you can use these to craft an impactful personal statement that will wow the law school admissions committee.

Why do I say my method is proven? 
  • As a professional law school consultant, I have worked with 70+ applicants on their essays and application materials 
  • 91% of my students identify as first-generation or minority applicants 
  • 78% of my students have gained admission into a Top 30 law school 
  • 56% of my students have received at least a half-tuition scholarship to law school
In this course, I'll also be sharing sample essays to help you see how to structure and improve your own essays. I will show you how essays progressed from an outline all the way to the finished draft, and I will show you the transformation essays went through before and after workshopping common mistakes. 

And that's not all. You'll also receive these free bonuses that I've bundled with the masterclass:
  • Review and feedback of your outline
  • Review and feedback of your personal statement draft by our essay coaches
  • Self-Check for Written Application Components 
  • Guide to Law School Letters of Recommendation 
 This is an online course which you'll be able to follow along, at your own pace, as you prepare to craft an impactful and meaningful application package.

Ready to make a statement with your stories?


What My Student Say About The Course


Must Take!

I was feeling so lost and overwhelmed by the idea of trying to explain who I am and my life story into two pages but with the help of this course, I was able to navigate through all my stories and create a more clear essay that explains who I am and my intentions for Law School. I highly recommend it to all - even those who already have a draft!

- Salma Y.

Here's what you'll learn

Chapter 1: The Foundation - Brainstorming Your Personal Statement
  • Introduction
  • An Overview of Your Law School Personal Statement
  • An Introduction to the Story Matrix Brainstorming Method
  • Story Matrix Examples from Real Students
Chapter 2: Crafting Your 'Why Law'
  • What is Your "Why Law" Statement and Why Is it Important?
  • Figuring Out Your Why Law -- a Deep Dive Conversation
  • What Makes a Good "Why Law" Statement
Chapter 3: Choosing and Organizing Your Stories
  • Choosing Your Stories
  • Organizing Your Stories
  • Creating Sentence Summaries
  • Examples 
Chapter 4: Structuring Your Essay -- Creating an Outline
  • What is Outlining and Why is it Important?
  • Case Studies -- How to Outline Your Essay
  • Adding in Details to Your Outline
  • Structuring Your Paragraphs

**Bonus -- submit your outline for feedback and review

Chapter 5: Drafting Your Personal Statement
  • Show, Don't Tell 
  • How to Center Yourself
  • Striking the Right Tone
  • Avoiding Common Mistakes
Chapter 6: Bonus!
  • More Sample Essays
  • Bonus: Submit your personal statement draft for review
  • Bonus: Guide to Letters of Recommendation
  • Bonus: Written Application Self-Check
  • Next Steps

Meet Sydney

Sydney Montgomery, Esq.

CEO and Founder
S. Montgomery Admissions Consulting

As the first lawyer in her family, and as a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School, Sydney has used her platform since 2012 to help students break down generational barriers and step confidently into their future. Sydney received her Bachelor of Arts in English and a Certificate in French Language and Culture from Princeton University, and her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.

Sydney pivoted from practicing family law to work with students full-time on their applications. The daughter of military and Jamaican parents, Sydney knows first-hand how daunting the law school application process can be, especially as a first-generation lawyer. Sydney is a "Distinguished Alumni" of the Independent Educational Consultant Certificate graduate program from UC Irvine. She is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and in 2021, the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admission Counseling named Sydney a Counselor of the Year.  Sydney is the current Graduate School Committee Chair and a member of the Ethics Committee of the Independent Educational Consultants Association which awarded Sydney one of seven inaugural "Making a Difference" Awards in 2020. Sydney was named one of Kappa Alpha Theta's 35 Under 35 and Women's eNews' 21 Leaders of the 21st Century.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your law school journey awaits.

Get step-by-step guidance on your personal statement today!