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Here's a couple to start you off (these are some of the boiler plate questions, but writing out essays for both of these prompts may help uncover an interesting topic which may become your actual PS):

* Tell us about yourself in 750 words or less.

* Why law school, why now?

If, for example, you start answering the first one and one of your paragraphs is about running for office in the Student Government Association, and you really want to talk more about that, perhaps your real PS will use that as the opening paragraph to catch reader's attention, and then demonstrate how that has built your character, etc.

Or, talk about how your siblings all chose to go to law school and what their experience makes you want to do differently, etc.(I read your other post).

Go to your local bookstore and browse through a couple of admissions books - Richard Montauk and Anna Ivey come to mind.  They have sample personal statements of students who were accepted to top schools, and a lot of general admissions advice.  Just take it with a grain of salt.

Hope I helped.

Minority and Non-Traditional Law Students / Parents who scored 170+
« on: August 14, 2006, 10:28:52 AM »
How did you do it?  Did you spouse step up and give you kid-free time to just study on the weekends?  How did you manage to stay awake long enough in the evenings to study?  Did a lot of chores go unfinished while you were preparing for the LSAT?    Any advice would be great!

[some personal info edited]

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: My turn for a list of schools
« on: August 14, 2006, 09:18:11 AM »
Hmm, I say don't throw away your money on the two schools you have listed as safeties. You have a great shot at Houston and SMU, so maybe aply early in October to both and if you don't hear from them by December applly to TTU and South Texas.

You have a great LSAT and a very strong argument for discounting your GPA.  Your personal statement has to be really killer to get into UT and Northwestern, but you can do it!  Get lots of feedback on it, either on these boards or from your fiance and his teacher friends :)

How are your recommendations?  Anyone that can address your learning potential?  Writing skills, etc?

Best of luck!

Studying for the LSAT / Re: Powerscore LR Bible pdf???
« on: August 11, 2006, 01:25:54 PM »
speaking of which, I know a friend who has a friend who obtained their copy of the LRB illegally, and this person has sent me a message from underground (where they're hiding out from the feds) to ask me, "What's in Chapter 11?"  It turns out their copy is missing that chapter.  Can anyone tell me what's in the chapter AFTER "Resolve the Paradox" and BEFORE "Method of Reasoning"?  I'll pass the info along to my friend's friend's friend's friend.  Thanks in advance.

It's a formal logic primer that your friend's friend's friend would probably find useful - a condenced summary of how formal logic is used for LR.  Helped me for games as well.  See below for the full table of contents (from

1. Introduction
2. Logical Reasoning Basics
3. The Question Stem and Answer Choices
4. Must Be True Questions
5. Main Point Questions
6. Conditional Reasoning
7. Weaken Questions
8. Cause and Effect Reasoning
9. Strengthen, Justify the Conclusion, Assumption Questions
10. Resolve the Paradox Questions
11. Formal Logic
12. Method of Reasoning Questions
13. Flaw in the Reasoning Questions
14. Parallel Reasoning Questions
15. Numbers and Percentages
16. Evaluate the Argument Questions
17. Cannot Be True Questions
18. Point at Issue Questions
19. Principle Questions
20. Time Management

Acceptances, Denials, and Waitlists / Re: Berkeley DING
« on: February 28, 2006, 12:45:15 PM »

So it goes.  Better than a rejection, I suppose.  I didn't want to ask why they don't send out rejections sooner because I think that question needs to be asked by an admitted applicant, if anyone wants to try.

Sorry Jason :(  BTW, it's listed as an acceptance in your signature (unless I'm reading it wrong?)

Choosing the Right Law School / Re: Decisions after Deferred @ UT Austin
« on: February 23, 2006, 09:25:50 AM »
No info here, just speculation. :D

It looks like they are adhering to the same pattern they did with the Early Admission pool - accept the auto-admits first, then in-staters with numbers at or above UT medians, etc.  The only difference now is that UT seems to be making their diversity acceptances to applicants with lowish numbers and minority status.  Looking at LSN, they've gone through most if not all auto-admits and are now admitting right-around-median instate people and diversity candidates, sprinkled with some rejections.  The cut-off seems to be 166/3.7 right now - I guess UT is determined to raise their numbers?  From what I've seen, all non-URMs admitted so far have numbers above the cut-off, except for big splitters (all of whom were instate).

[end obsessive overanalyzing rant]

I guess the next waive will be out-of-staters with good numbers - both deferred and late applicants. 

Law School Admissions / Re: High GPA / Low LSAT Splitters Club
« on: February 16, 2006, 10:33:52 AM »
why do you presume that russian =/= slav?

Probably because not all russians are Slavs..

all ethnic Russians are Slavs, however, not all Russian Citizens are ethnic Russians.

Law School Admissions / Re: High GPA / Low LSAT Splitters Club
« on: February 16, 2006, 10:25:44 AM »
I got little <1000 on the SAT (in a second language, less than a year after coming to the States and with no preparation - school advisor told me the test measures "your natural ability", LOL).  In college, 4.0 in a double major while working 25-30 hours per week and involved in school activities.  Invitation to school's Ph.D. program, research papers with professors, etc.

Scores may, to an extent, show your "natural ability" to do certain type of work, but not how badly you want it and how driven you are to succeed.  JSIA.

are you russian or some sort of slav. i ask because your user name is sladkaya.

something like that ;) why do you ask?

General Off-Topic Board / Re: What are your favorite canceled TV shows?
« on: February 15, 2006, 04:26:46 PM »
My So-Called Life

Law School Admissions / Re: High GPA / Low LSAT Splitters Club
« on: February 15, 2006, 04:05:09 PM »
You guys are all f-cked. I was in your position last year.

Where'd you end up?

EDITED: nevermind - just looked at your profile and saw you go to Suffolk.  Was it your highest-ranked acceptance or did you take the $$$$?

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