When we read your file, we really read your file. We carefully look at your resume, transcript, recommendation letters, LSAT writing sample, and especially your personal statement. When you're writing your personal statement, remember that it functions, as much as anything else, as a writing sample. Lawyers and law students write a lot. They also edit and proofread constantly. Your personal statement needs to show that you are not only good at expressing yourself, but also at making documents perfect.
Obviously, one of the things this means is making sure you don't rely on your spell checker. Remember that spell check won't save you from mistyping from/form, to/too/two, their/there/they're, and others. There are other mistakes that we see pop up all the time. Just to offer a few examples, think before you choose between these words:
effect and affect (you effect change)
pore and pour (you pore over your books)
peaked and piqued (your interest gets piqued)
penultimate and ultimate (penultimate is the second-to-last one)
fair and fare (you fare well)
prescribe and proscribe (proscribe = prohibit)
principal and principle (principle is never an adjective)
Your personal statement should show you to be not only interesting, but erudite. Make sure you're saying what you mean, and don't hesitate to have another pair of eyes look at it before you send it to us.