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I would include it in an Addendum, and turn it into a description of why you knew you wanted law school (or some other alternative) instead of the phd program rather than why you didn't like the phd program.  Always emphasize the positive rather than the negative so schools can see that you are a positive and focused individual.

Alisa Greenstein | Veritas Prep Admissions Consultant | www.VeritasPrep.com/law
 

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I would DEFINITELY say the second.  The first one is nice and probably very interesting but the second one is much more original and would stand out in a crowd. I doubt many other people have written about that topic.  Law schools are looking for innovative and analytical thinkers and that second one demonstrates that quality about you.  I would be very happy to read it.

Alisa Greenstein | Veritas Prep Admissions Consultant | www.VeritasPrep.com/law

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I would definitely take this opportunity to make your application about why you want to apply to law school more than ever now.  I would emphasize how your new work experience has convinced you that you are even more confident than before that you would make an excellent attorney, how you have further honed your research and writing skills and are even more excited about attending law school.  I would also look into whether the school has any new programs or events going on and express your interests in those.

Alisa Greenstein | Veritas Prep Admissions Consultant | www.VeritasPrep.com/law
 

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It depends on what you are using them for.  If it is an appropriate and well-thought-out segway to a witty and well-planned personal statement, then I think it could be suitable.  If it has no connection to the rest of the personal statement then I would not bother.

Alisa Greenstein | Veritas Prep Admissions Consultant | www.VeritasPrep.com/law

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I would be happy to do so.  Please send a copy to me to your convenience.

Alisa Greenstein | Veritas Prep Admissions Consultant | www.VeritasPrep.com/law

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Sure, please feel free to send it to me.  I look forward to reviewing it.

Alisa Greenstein | Veritas Prep Admissions Consultant | www.VeritasPrep.com/law

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Yes, you should most certainly include the "why penn" essay.  There is nothing better you can do for your application than the customize it to show the school why it is you want to go there rather than any other school.  I graduated from Penn and Penn in particular values students who can demonstrate why it is they prefer Penn to another similarly ranked school and who will want to contribute to Penn in particular.  It is not overkill as long as each essay is of reasonable length and stays to the point where necessary.

Alisa Greenstein | Veritas Prep Admissions Consultant | www.VeritasPrep.com/law

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Law School Admissions / Re: Recommendation from sister?
« on: December 04, 2008, 09:37:18 AM »
Despite the fact that your sister is an attorney and probably does know you best, she is probably not the best person for you to ask for a letter of recommendation.  The Law School review such a letter would probably find it not to be objective or impartial and would look on it negatively as a result.  I would suggest trying to get a letter from a current or former employer or professor and if all else fails, maybe your sister has a colleague or another attorney friend who knows you well that you could use.  Good luck!

Alisa Greenstein | Veritas Prep Admissions Consultant | www.VeritasPrep.com/law

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You should only go where you feel comfortable! Harvard and yale are not for everyone and you want to go somewhere you yourself (and the law school rankings magazines or anyone else) will feel confident enough to excel for three years.  If financial considerations are a big concern, you should also take those into account.  Most schools have an accepted student program, I would suggest checking those out at your top choices and see how comfortable you feel there.  Also, you can call the school and ask if there are current students that you can talk to to ask any of your more specific questions.

Alisa Greenstein | Veritas Prep Admissions Consultant | www.VeritasPrep.com

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In your case, I think it would definitely be a good idea to include recommendations from your current employer.  In addition, since you are not applying until next year, if possible, I would try to see if you could have the old professors re-date the recommendations just so they are timely. I am sure they wouldn't mind doing so for you and you want your application to be as up to date as possible!  Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions. I am currently a Law School Admissions Consultant for Veritas Prep and we routinely provide guidance as to obtaining the most effective and strongest recommendations you can get.

Alisa Greenstein | Veritas Prep Admissions Consultant | www.VeritasPrep.com

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