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Applying to Law School => Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation => Topic started by: Dreamer77 on September 02, 2011, 05:32:20 PM

Title: How long should PS be if no parameters are specified?
Post by: Dreamer77 on September 02, 2011, 05:32:20 PM
My law school of choice gives vague PS instructions and does not specify how long it should be.  I don't need a specific word number but 1 page? 2 pages? Single spaced or double spaced?
Title: Re: How long should PS be if no parameters are specified?
Post by: FalconJimmy on September 03, 2011, 08:55:51 AM
My law school of choice gives vague PS instructions and does not specify how long it should be.  I don't need a specific word number but 1 page? 2 pages? Single spaced or double spaced?

Strictly opinion, but no more than 2 pages, single-spaced.

No less than 1 page single-spaced.

Those are broad parameters, but the main thing, I think, is that you have a tight, coherent PS that flows well, grabs attention and comes to a satisfactory conclusion at the end.  Think of this in terms of writing a story.  (Enlist the help of one of your fine arts friends if you need to.)  Give the story an arc.  Demonstrate writing skills.

That's all I can contribute from my considerably non-expert opinion.  I do know that I submitted a packet and was accepted and the PS was optional.  However, when I applied for a scholly, they required the PS.  I ended up nabbing a half-ride, and my grades and LSAT didn't really justify that, IMHO.
Title: Re: How long should PS be if no parameters are specified?
Post by: Burhop on September 21, 2011, 01:59:30 PM
You won't go wrong if you keep it to around 750 words. Schools that want you to write more, like Berkeley, will explicitly ask you to write more. - Dani
Title: Re: How long should PS be if no parameters are specified?
Post by: Amicus Curiae on December 18, 2011, 05:36:29 PM
Hey, I've looked around a bit and it seems that no more than 2 pages, double spaced.

I hope that helps...

Good luck!