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Applying to Law School => Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation => Topic started by: $Bill on June 04, 2008, 08:02:36 AM

Title: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: $Bill on June 04, 2008, 08:02:36 AM
I'm having some trouble deciding, suggestions are welcome.
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: $Bill on June 04, 2008, 08:27:44 AM
Are you reapplying for 2009?

Do you have a super power in mind?

Yes, to state schools or schools I can get instate status to after a year, as well as suffolk pt.  Saving money is my new goal.

I was thinking the power to enter peoples dreams is pretty dominant, especially if used like Freddy Krueger.  Also, you can manipulate people into liking you, as well as affect their daily life.

That said, teleportation over long distances (with other people if you are touching them) seems pretty awesome too.
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: dekocards on June 04, 2008, 08:30:26 AM
You should write about how the works of Ayn Rand have made you empathetic to the needs of others.
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: $Bill on June 04, 2008, 08:33:13 AM
You should write about how the works of Ayn Rand have made you empathetic to the needs of others.

Others need services, I aim to provide at a reasonable cost, to the best of my abilities. No worries.
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: Ninja1 on June 04, 2008, 12:28:19 PM
The superpower one. While it will get you rejected everywhere else, I think it pretty much cements your spot at HYS next year, assuming you pick the right power.

Seriously though, maybe just something that is low risk/low to moderate reward. The elder care one doesn't sound too bad.
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: dsetterl on June 04, 2008, 12:41:25 PM
DO NOT pick x-ray vision. They will just think you are a perv.
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: $Bill on June 04, 2008, 01:51:16 PM
DO NOT pick x-ray vision. They will just think you are a perv.

Completely agree.  Dream powers can also be taken advantage of.  How about, "the Midas Touch", so I can provide for the poor (and devalue gold)
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: dsetterl on June 04, 2008, 02:26:32 PM
Nah then you wuoldn't need to be a lawyer to help people. I would pick the ability to fly. That way you help fight carbon-emmisions by  never having to drive/fly anywhere, and you save your future company money. You would be energy and cost efficient!!!!
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: $Bill on June 04, 2008, 02:31:11 PM
Nah then you wuoldn't need to be a lawyer to help people. I would pick the ability to fly. That way you help fight carbon-emmisions by  never having to drive/fly anywhere, and you save your future company money. You would be energy and cost efficient!!!!

BigFlight? economically viable?

I think I'll just write a safe, brief PS on the old people.
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: dsetterl on June 04, 2008, 02:33:56 PM
Your loss man, old people are not cool these days. I mean they are everywhere.
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: Ninja1 on June 04, 2008, 07:07:52 PM
Your loss man, old people are not cool these days. I mean they are everywhere.

And they're really not as cool as laser beam vision or invisibility or something.

And steer clear of the Midas Touch thing unless you swear to use it to "give something back" to the law school. Otherwise, they'll think that you might devalue the metric tons of gold that lawyers and law schools keep on hand.
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: vjm on June 04, 2008, 07:17:13 PM
#1: re: this thread. Love it.

#2: if you write about Ayn Rand you will be immediately be pegged as an immature a-hole. There, I've said it.

#3: old folks, FTW. It actually relates to law school, and who is going to be the male private part that says "Meh. He wants to help the elderly. I'm not really feeling it"? You automatically have them at "Hello".

4: Me- drunk posting.
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: $Bill on June 05, 2008, 06:16:51 AM
How would you describe in writing Carnage's powers?  Venom and Spidey are easy, but frankly, I'm at a loss to explain carnage.
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: $Bill on June 05, 2008, 07:36:12 AM
#1: re: this thread. Love it.

#2: if you write about Ayn Rand you will be immediately be pegged as an immature a-hole. There, I've said it.

#3: old folks, FTW. It actually relates to law school, and who is going to be the male private part that says "Meh. He wants to help the elderly. I'm not really feeling it"? You automatically have them at "Hello".

4: Me- drunk posting.

Do you think the gist should be, nursing homes are crumby, and the incapacitated elderly are the only group in america who cannot raise themselves up (having already been cast low), and with the expanding baby boomer market place I really think I can find a niche for myself in elder abuse cases and advocacy?
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: Willy Beachum on June 05, 2008, 09:38:18 AM
What is this "hypothetical" superpower you have in mind?
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: $Bill on June 05, 2008, 09:47:58 AM
What is this "hypothetical" superpower you have in mind?

We've listed a few, but I'm starting to think that stretch armstrong powers would be practical.
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: Ninja1 on June 05, 2008, 03:17:49 PM
How would you describe in writing Carnage's powers?  Venom and Spidey are easy, but frankly, I'm at a loss to explain carnage.

Sort of like a limited shape-shifting thing. Maybe he can do something else, but it seems like he's always turning an arm or a leg into some combination of an ax, spear, and sword. Plus the extreme strength and homicidal tendencies.

I think you could really tie this into the elder care thing. I see some real potential in a Carnage and elder care hybrid essay.
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: dsetterl on June 05, 2008, 03:38:52 PM
I would say how if you were carnage you would turn your hand into a bingo stamper so you could help the old folks  win their puddin'.
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: Ninja1 on June 05, 2008, 04:04:54 PM
I would say how if you were carnage you would turn your hand into a bingo stamper so you could help the old folks can win their puddin'.

Tag it and bag it. You now have a PS topic that is likely to get you a full ride + stipend at any T14.
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: El_Che on June 05, 2008, 04:07:40 PM
Elder care. Schools love that stuff.
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: $Bill on June 06, 2008, 06:02:03 AM
I would say how if you were carnage you would turn your hand into a bingo stamper so you could help the old folks can win their puddin'.

Tag it and bag it. You now have a PS topic that is likely to get you a full ride + stipend at any T14.

Now imagine if I could turn my leg into a dialysis machine.

Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: dsetterl on June 06, 2008, 07:12:16 AM
That's just plain silly.
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: dsetterl on June 06, 2008, 07:34:07 AM
For reals this time:
 I would write about Elder law. However, I would not come out "guns a' blazin'" in the essay. I would just say how some circumstance with old people led you towards the law.  I say this because a lot of the plaintiff attorneys are real scumbags and just want a portion of the settlement. If you are too forward they may see you as an attorney standing in front of a green screen of an office saying, "Come on down, free mattress with every consultation!!!" That could just be me though.
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: $Bill on June 06, 2008, 07:37:12 AM
For reals this time:
 I would write about Elder law. However, I would not come out "guns a' blazin'" in the essay. I would just say how some circumstance with old people led you towards the law.  I say this because a lot of the plaintiff attorneys are real scumbags and just want a portion of the settlement. If you are too forward they may see you as an attorney standing in front of a green screen of an office saying, "Come on down, free mattress with every consultation!!!" That could just be me though.

So you wouldnt point out that the upsurge in retiring babyboomers should be looked at as a business opportunity?
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: dsetterl on June 06, 2008, 07:41:11 AM
No not at all. I don't think it is ethically responsible to look at people as a business opportunity in any shape, form, or fashion. Treat people as ends in themselves not as means to an end. I like the advocacy part, and hope you believe in it. However, the nursing home field is really messy. I work on document production on cases like this and it is a huuuuuge mess.
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: dsetterl on June 06, 2008, 07:45:57 AM
You could say "There are more people that need representation than ever." Something to that effect. This thread has became so silly I can't tell if you are kidding are not? haha :)
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: $Bill on June 06, 2008, 08:10:09 AM
No, I get not to make old people look like a resource to exploit.  That said I'm nervous about following the unpleasantries I've experienced up in a PS because frankly, alot of it has a big grossout factor (neglect etc) which I'd like to avoid.  Also, it stinks of "plan to save the world" and an overly idealistic world view, which is one of Anna Ivey and Deloggio's big No-Nos.
Title: Re: Help me pick my PS subject
Post by: dsetterl on June 06, 2008, 08:18:57 AM
Its not wrong to be idealistic. I get the difference between living in a fantasy world but do not be afraid to be idealistic because somebody told you not to be in a book. I do not think that you will gross them out either. What sorts of things do you think attorney's deal with? It's not the nurses stealing their jewelery; it's the heinous neglect. I think the more real you could make it, the better they could understand your world view. Personal statements are a weird thing, amigo, and I was super paranoid about mine. I did a big no-no and opened mine up with the quote you see as my signature, but it was all okay.