Law School Discussion

Applying to Law School => Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation => Topic started by: ReywaL2011 on February 24, 2011, 08:56:43 PM

Title: Are contractions acceptable?
Post by: ReywaL2011 on February 24, 2011, 08:56:43 PM
For instance, can I say, "I'm rather than I am?  Or, There're  instead of there are, etc., etc.?
Title: Re: Are contractions acceptable?
Post by: lawstudent2011 on February 24, 2011, 09:10:49 PM
What are you in an english as a second language class? ???

Yeah, dude contractions are fine. Once you let LSR you will learn that not only that, but you can start a sentence with And/But.

Give it a few years and "legal writing" will be in pure urbonics.  ::)
Title: Re: Are contractions acceptable?
Post by: BikePilot on February 25, 2011, 06:54:08 AM
You shouldn't use contractions.  You should actually start sentences with And/But despite what the above poster might have learned in elementary school.  Justice Roberts does it all the time and done properly it can be quite useful.
Title: Re: Are contractions acceptable?
Post by: writetrack on July 22, 2011, 01:53:42 PM
Formal and polished English should comprise the content of your personal statement.  Therefore, contractions are not acceptable, and furthermore, evidence a lack of professionalism.  There are exceptions: for instance, if you are using a quote.  However, veer far from using contractions.

Please contact me directly at info@writetrackadmissions.com, if you have any further questions about the personal statement, or the admissions process at large. 
Title: Re: Are contractions acceptable?
Post by: Burhop on September 21, 2011, 02:06:53 PM
The personal statement is not meant to be a formal piece of writing - it's meant to shed light on your character. Avoiding contractions could affect the tone of your essay in an adverse way, depending on the topic at hand. If it is a light, or friendly topic, contraction use is perfectly okay. The goal is not to sound too serious. Don't use contractions in your resume/CV, however - Dani