2021 VLR Personal Statement Prompt

Please answer the following two questions to be considered for membership in the Virginia Law ReviewAnswering both questions by February 18th at 8:00pm is mandatory to be considered for VLR. Your answers will be kept strictly confidential and anonymous and will only be read by the seven members of the VLR Membership Selection Committee. 

To preserve anonymity, please do not use any personal identifiers in your answers. For example, instead of saying “as an engineer for Proctor & Gamble,” write “as an engineer at a large firm.” Or, instead of “I grew up in Chicago,” write “I grew up in a large city.” 

However, you are free to discuss identities, even if you are the only person with a particular intersection of identities. For example, even if you are the only queer Jewish woman in the 1L class, you are still permitted to discuss all three of those things in your responses. 

If you have questions about whether you can include something, please contact Jess Feinberg at jef9xc@virginia.edu. This will not violate anonymity, regardless of her answer, as she is the outgoing Membership & Inclusion Editor and therefore will not be reading personal statements.

Your personal statements should be formatted as follows:

  • Use 12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced and with 1” margins.
  • The name of your document should be your Tryout Number followed by “VLR PS.” For example, if your number is 012, your document should be named “012 VLR PS” (be sure to use all three digits). Tryout numbers will be distributed on February 15th at 8:00pm.
  • Use the “Header” feature on Word to include your Tryout Number at the top right-hand corner of every page. You must include your Tryout Number at the top right-hand corner of every page of your statement. 
  • You must also include the word count for each of your responses. Do not go over the word count; the VLR Membership Selection Committee will take your adherence to tryout rules into account.
  • Your statement should be entirely your work. You may not solicit feedback from others, whether or not they are students at the Law School.

Once you are completely done working, including adding your tryout number to your header, please remove all identifying information from your document before you submit it. To do this, please follow these instructions: 

  • Word 2010, 2013, 2016: Go to File, select “Info,” click on “Check for Issues,” click on “Inspect Document.” In the dialog box, click “Remove All” and close box. Save document.
  • Word for Mac 2016, 2018: Go to Tools, select “Protect Document.” Or click the “Protect Document” button on Review tab. Select “Remove personal information from this file on save.” Save document.

All answers are due by Thursday, February 18th at 8:00pm. This deadline is strictly enforced. Email your completed answers to uva_mb6f@sendtodropbox.com (please note the underscore) and uvajournaltryout@gmail.com with the subject line: VLR Personal Statement.

  1. Discuss how your unique experiences, perspectives, or skills would help you contribute in a meaningful way to the Virginia Law Review. (This may include, but is not limited to, your social identity, personal experiences, work experiences, or academic background.) (500 words or less)
  2. What is an important, unexpected, or interesting lesson you’ve learned? What makes it stand out to you? (250 words or less)