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When you go into the applications section of the LSAC website, you will first choose the school's application that you wish to strt working on first. Fill out their basic application forms, save them, and then there is an option below these forms to attach documents. this is where you can attach resumes, addendums, PSes, etc. Once you upload them to one application, the same documents will be available to attach to other applications as necessary, so if you have different PSes for each school, make sure you label them appropriately so you don't get confused. Good luck.

Try 1.5 spacing (I think it looks better anyway), and then cut 1/4 out of your statement. Or to be safe (since I don't know what I'm talking about), you could call the schools and ask them if it's ok to single space.

"At my peril?"  You know Freak, you've struck me before as a bit of twit.

My "friend," Bryan Garner, wrote The Redbook.  If you haven't heard of him, you're entirely unqualified to talk about legal writing.

Yeah, Bryan Garner is awesome! I love his books. It's so nice to read the writing of a lawyer who actually knows how to write well. Even though he's an advocate of Plain English, the important thing that he emphasizes in his books is that writing plainly is not the same thing as dumbing down the language. Still, though legal writing may be difficult, that doesn't mean it can't be done well. There is beauty in clear, concise language.

I like to think about Stephen Hawking when I think about plain language. He takes very difficult concepts and expresses them in ways that make them accessible to everyday folk. I think being able to express yourself plainly is a good sign that you actually understand what you are trying to say.

Here's to writing legal plainly!

I'm planning to apply for acceptance to law school in 2009. Right now I'm interested in intellectual property law, specifically in the music industry. Any suggestions on schools that might benefit me in this area?

I'd start with the second one, but revise it some more. The dedication's returns thing doesn't work for me. I'd reconstruct the portion of the sentence following the comma to read something like "and this token will forever remind me of the rewards of dedication." But in your own words, of course.

Check out Bryan A Garner's "Legal Writing in Plain English" for great tips on how to write well generally, and specifically in the field of law. Garner likes contractions because they sound less stilted and forced than the uncontracted counterparts can sound.

Also, let me point out there is nothing inherently wrong with contractions. In French, contracted forms are generally preferred, for instance.

As for formality, some contractions are less formal than others. The main point, I think, is to try to not draw attention to the words you are using. You want your reader to focus on your meaning instead. Sometimes not contracting can draw too much attention to the language. Do you not understand what I mean?

A comma in this situation is a matter of preference. Simple English sentences are structured as SVO -- subject verb object, and anything preceding the SV is usually offset by a comma. However, this rule is more important when the information preceding the SV is rather lengthy, and as a matter of personal preference, I find that some commas in this position can upset the flow of the sentence. I think that's the case with this sentence, and I'd leave the comma out. But this isn't a huge grammatical issue, and no one will think less of you either way.

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