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Personal Statement / march 1st deadline... send today too late?
« on: February 28, 2009, 05:32:05 PM »
lsat score came in today, i wasnt going to apply but i like my score. the schools i want to apply to have a march 1st deadline... would you say i can send it today even though lsac is closed?

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Personal Statement / what voice should i write in?
« on: February 27, 2009, 07:55:52 PM »
should it be casual conversational? or not? i dont want it to sound like a research paper on my life..

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Personal Statement / Re: How much detail should I put in (or not put in)?
« on: January 07, 2009, 01:53:39 PM »
Maybe you have to approach her about signing on.  I didn't use her, but I think that's where I got the questionnaire then. 

A lot of my friends from high school are on their fourth baby and fifth husbands; I don't deserve a medal for not have 6 abortions before the age of 22.  Again, it really just makes it seem like you want credit for doing the things that normal people who go to law school do without "the ethical struggle."  I can see if, maybe, you were writing about a grey area but "hey, I decided not to be a crack dealer!" or "I decided not to knife a bully in the cafeteria!" isn't a situation that requires a lot of moral clarification to a law school adcom.

Again I thank you for your response. I'm not looking for reward or special consideration by writing a statement such as this. I just thought it would be an interesting story (if implemented right) as opposed to another mundane story that gets lost in the shuffle of things. I have a 3.3GPA and have scored consistently 160+ on practice LSATS, but I know I'm going to need an essay with a kick. I'm just stuck in finding a story that shows growth or insight into who I am.

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Personal Statement / Re: How much detail should I put in (or not put in)?
« on: January 07, 2009, 01:14:28 PM »
Yeah.....
That doesn't sound like the makings of a great personal statement -- "At least I'm not in jail!" You don't really get bonus points for being a decent person and following the law.  I think that maybe you just don't know what your unique story is.  I seem to remember that Anna Ivey has a questionnaire that could help you figure out what your "story" is and write about that.  The one you used for undergrad is probably not a good choice either. 



Thanks for the reply. It not supposed to be an "at least im not in jail thing." It was more or less to show how I was able to make good decisions while those around me crapped on themselves and how it eventually lead me to decide to pursue a career in law.

Also, I googled Anna Ivey and found some stuff, but no questionnaire.

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Personal Statement / How much detail should I put in (or not put in)?
« on: January 07, 2009, 12:27:30 PM »
Hello,

For the sake of disclosure, I am a URM. I am having trouble with my personal statement. I have buckled down to a topic and decided on one which I call "it could have happened to me." The gist is, I tell stories of people I was close to and situations I was in that could have lead me down the wrong path. ie, selling drugs, in jail dead etc. Does this sound like a bad idea? Does it make me seem like I have the potential to be a corrupt lawyer or that I have bad people in my life and may not be able to conduct law ethically etc?

I have a small anecdote about one time where I almost brought a knife into school for protection from a bully. I also have another story of a time I was with a friend who planned on shooting someone, but fortunately things didn't go according to plan.

I decided on this because I don't really have a unique story. I used my class clown/slacker turned serious student as a personal statement at my current university and want to tread new waters.
Is this too much detail and does it make me look bad?

Thanks in advance

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