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Law School Admissions / Optional Essays
« on: September 09, 2008, 11:53:24 AM »
I noticed the thread about "What Do You Need to Go Complete" is a little outdated and was hoping to get an idea of what has changed since then, especially in the way of Optional Essays.  When people talk about "diversity statements" - I assume these are optional essays?  I have yet to see a regular statement require that the subject be diversity.

From my research, only Penn, Northwestern, and UCLA have optional essays (I have not looked into Yale, Michigan, Cornell, or Duke) - can someone confirm?  I've also noticed that Penn does not clarify whether it is possible to write one or multiple of the options.  Let me cut and paste for you:

If you wish, you may write an additional essay on any of the following topics. These optional essays allow you an opportunity to provide the admissions committee with additional relevant information that you were not able to include in your personal statement. Please limit optional essays to one page, double spaced. When transmitting electronically, use the electronic attachment option.
1. Why are you interested in pursuing your legal education at Penn Law?
2. Describe how your background or experiences will contribute to or enhance the diversity of the Penn Law community (e.g., based on your culture, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, ideology, age, socioeconomic status, academic background, employment experience, etc.).
3. If you do not think that your academic record or standardized test scores accurately reflect your ability to succeed in law school, please tell us why.
4. Discuss a time when you voiced an unpopular opinion.

Should the writer, if he/she can think of a good experience/story for each write all of these optional essays?  What do you guys interpret this as?

Law School Admissions / Law school resume question...please help!
« on: September 07, 2008, 12:51:09 PM »
I noticed that Berkeley requires a supplemental attachment that can be facilitated through a resume.  The requirement is (quoted):

Please provide the following information on a separate attachment. You may submit a resume to facilitate providing this information.
1. List academic and non-academic honors and awards received, including fellowships, prizes and memberships in honor societies.
2. List your extracurricular activities since entering undergraduate school, the hours per week devoted to such activities, and the dates of the activities.
3. List your positions of employment since high school (either full- or part-time), the number of hours per week devoted to each position, and the dates of employment.
4. List your care of dependents (children and adults) while in undergraduate, graduate or professional school, the number of hours per week devoted to dependent care, and the dates of such care.

A few questions:
- This seems like a comprehensive list. Does this mean I have to add all menial jobs to my resume (e.g. I worked as a waitress at 3 different restaurants)?
- Should I create a separate response to this and include a separate resume of the "most important" items in just one page?

Can anyone shed any light into this?

Choosing the Right Law School / Advice
« on: September 04, 2008, 05:40:20 PM »
Hi all,

This is probably a very tired question, but (1) I'm paranoid, (2) I keep hearing conflicting opinions, and (3) I haven't heard much about the boost work experience soft factor gives...

I have a 168 (only took it once) and a 3.99 LSDAS GPA (3.92 UGPA).  I have a major in Finance and Accounting (Accounting is consistently ranked #1 or 2 nationally at my school) and I will have had 2 years work experience at a large consulting firm by the time I enter law school.

My LSAT (which is constantly stated at the most important factor) is on the low end of the LSAT ranges for almost all of the T14.  So in this situation, doesn't the statement/recs/soft factors really come into play?  I am aiming to apply to around 10 schools:

Is it even worth it to apply to Stanford/Harvard?  What safety schools should I apply to?  I was thinking just UCLA, so I can focus more on the T14, but at the same time, like I said I'm paranoid about not getting in anywhere.  Any advice would be much appreciated.  Thanks!

I noticed that Stanford has a supplemental questionaire for recommenders, but did not find any such form in any other application for a top 20ish school.  Am I missing them, or have most schools eliminated this from the requirements?  If possible, can someone post a list of schools that require this?


I just finished a first draft of my personal statement and would like to get some honest and critical feedback.  I'd be happy to look at yours as well - e-mail me at if you are interested.  Thanks!

Law School Admissions / Targeted Letters of Recommendation
« on: August 28, 2008, 08:25:51 PM »
I would like to select my letters of recommendation as "targeted" so that I can direct one letter to a few schools that I want to see ABC aspect of me, and direct another letter to a few different schools that I want to see XYZ aspect of me.  I was going to choose the "targeted" option, but after reading the LSDAS LOR information more carefully, it seems as though if I select the "targeted" option for a letter, I can only direct that letter to ONE school.  Is that true, can a single "targeted" letter be directed to multiple schools?  Or am I required to have my professors send multipe copies of the same letter to the LSDAS/LSAC?  Thanks in advance for the advice!

Law School Admissions / Resume
« on: August 18, 2008, 05:25:26 PM »
Hello - So I've spoken with some of my friends in law school about my resume and I have received conflicting feedback.  One friend said that there is no official limit to the length of your resume and that 2 pages is not a problem.  Another friend said that unless I have had significant (e.g. more than 1.5 years) of work experience, I should try and limit my resume to only 1 page.  I figure, my resume is the best place to show what is not on my transcript - that I have held many leadership positions, etc.  What does everyone suggest as far as 1 v. 2 page resumes?

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