« on: July 29, 2008, 01:42:27 PM »
applying for next year but i have to commute and was curious what my day would look like.
At best, a "crazy" personal statement makes an applicant seem kooky and eccentric. At worst, it makes him/her seem like an obnoxious brat looking for attention. Law is a very conservative profession - things that seem unique or funny (like a PS in iambic pentameter) are more often than not perceived as misguided or foolish.
The PS is the applicant's one chance to set themselves apart from their numbers. The knee-jerk reaction is to be 'unique' in this ridiculous way, right? But that's not what works. The most effective writers are ones that can tell their stories without bells and whistles, who can relay humor or tragedy without dropping "aren't I funny?"-type anvils.
The best personal statements, like the best novels or short stories, stand out because of the story, not because of formatting tricks.