How do I write my Statement of Purpose?

How to write a great Statement of Purpose for your university application

open-notebook-with-color-pencils_1101-28A Statement of Purpose is your personal statement about who you are, what you have done so far, your professional interests and where you plan to go from here. A good SoP (Statement of Purpose)  need not be dry and boring. You can  write a great SoP through anecdotes, stories or by describing your hero or someone who has been an important influence on you. Regardless whether your SoP is subtle or to the point, it must be well written to be successful.

What NOT to write……..

I am applying to the Master of Laws program in at the University of Sydney because I believe my knowledge will blossom at your program since it is a place where I will be challenged and I can hone my legal skills.


The admissions committee knows you are applying to their Master of Law because all the applications they are reading are for the same course . The admissions committee will also know that your knowledge will “blossom” there since they feel they have a strong program. And of course the new grad student will “hone [her] legal negotiation skills ” — isn’t that the main purpose of the Master of Laws program?

Don’t state the obvious

Remember what you learned in first-year composition? You need a “hook.”

When I was eleven, I was strongly influenced by my great-aunt Annabell. She was a compassionate and hard-working lawyer who worked with poor people who could not afford legal representation when they were in trouble. This instilled in me a strong sense of social responsibility.  Since then, I have wanted to be a lawyer.

It is clear, it’s direct, it’s 50 words, and, most important, it tells the admissions committee about the almost life-long passion for studying law.

happy-group-of-friends-with-thumbs-up_1098-1279The statement of purpose is your chance to help them get to know you! Your statement of purpose should portray you as a person, not just an application among hundreds of others. Stand out from the crowd.  

Remember your statement of purpose should portray you as

(1) passionately interested in the field;

(2) intelligent;

(3) well-prepared academically and personally;

(4) able to take academic challenges

(5) able to get on with academics and fellow students

(6) able to finish the graduate degree in a timely fashion; and

(7) a potentially outstanding representative of that university in your future career.

Be sure to show your statement of purpose to several different people for feedback. Getting some academics/professors to look at it will be very useful.

Proofread your statement of purpose – at least three times!

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