Claire O’Keefe, Dean of Admissions, shares insight on what resonates with her when reading through hundreds of law school applications that come across her desk:
I am always interested in the personal statement. The majority of the application is factual, so I look to the personal statement as a way to learn about this applicant as an individual. It’s their opportunity to tell me something about themselves that I am unable to glean from the application itself. It helps me to learn what is important to them, what they hope to achieve or accomplish or what they feel has been their biggest accomplishment or obstacle overcome. I am always impressed with applicants who have given of their time to help others, as I think it says a lot about them. Given our profession and our mission, I am always struck by those willing to give back.The other standout in applications are any misspellings or reference to a school other than Ave Maria Law! That tells me that this candidate is careless or and hasn’t proofread their application, neither of which is a good attribute for someone going into the professional world as an attorney.