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Applying to Law School => Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation => Topic started by: Profit on October 25, 2006, 04:16:08 PM

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Post by: Profit on October 25, 2006, 04:16:08 PM
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Title: Re: Margins or Font?
Post by: bill612mass on October 25, 2006, 04:29:16 PM
If you can't cut it down any further, i'd rather reduce the font a bit.  Papers with short margins stand out.  I've also seen other threads where people say they use 0.8 for their margin, so try it both ways.  See which one seems easier to read.  And don't forget to follow the directions.  If the app says 12 font, then keep it at 12 font.
Title: Re: Margins or Font?
Post by: queencruella on October 25, 2006, 04:31:33 PM
Most apps I've seen say no smaller than 10-point font, so I don't think shrinking the font a bit from 12-point will be a problem. I used 10-point and was just at 2 pages with 1-inch margins.
Title: Re: Margins or Font?
Post by: thestradgirl on October 25, 2006, 05:21:23 PM
11 should be fine.. plus 3 lines isn't much of an excess. When I went to the HLS info sessino the admissions officer said that you will be forgiven for going over up to about 2.5 pages. I think you are pretty good..
Title: Re: Margins or Font?
Post by: Pugnacious on October 25, 2006, 06:17:59 PM
You mean double spaced, right?
Title: Re: Margins or Font?
Post by: thestradgirl on October 25, 2006, 06:20:56 PM
Yes double spaced.
Title: Re: Margins or Font?
Post by: bass on October 25, 2006, 09:38:26 PM
you should cut it down further.  (But I CAN'T cut it down further!)  Yes, you can.  It's likely that even after revision, you can cut it by a solid 10-15% without removing any sentences, and it's also likely that you have at least one sentence that doesn't meaningfully contribute.
Title: Re: Margins or Font?
Post by: carboncopy on October 25, 2006, 09:45:18 PM
Try converting it into a different language and applying as a URM.
Title: Re: Margins or Font?
Post by: thestradgirl on October 25, 2006, 09:45:58 PM
Try converting it into a different language and applying as a URM.

:P
Title: Re: Margins or Font?
Post by: thestradgirl on October 25, 2006, 09:47:14 PM
you should cut it down further.  (But I CAN'T cut it down further!)  Yes, you can.  It's likely that even after revision, you can cut it by a solid 10-15% without removing any sentences, and it's also likely that you have at least one sentence that doesn't meaningfully contribute.

Yeah I suppose one could always be more succinct.

i.e. Ditto. :P
Title: Re: Margins or Font?
Post by: jer on October 26, 2006, 07:06:02 AM
going from 12 TNR font to 11.5 isn't a huge change but will free up those 3 lines.

going to 11 TNR font looks much smaller than 11.5

try 11.5 and see if that clears it up

/just click on the font size and type in 11.5 and hit return
Title: Re: Margins or Font?
Post by: Kencade on October 27, 2006, 06:31:13 AM
One other suggestion might be to change the spacing to 1.5 rather than double.  I did that on my resume (on the parts I wanted to stand out) to get it down to one page and it looks really good and its all on one page for easy viewing.