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I know there are a lot of these threads this time of year, but I was wondering if anyone could take some time to read over the final draft of my personal statement and tell me what you think.

Let me know if you can, any comments would be appreciated.   :)

Law School Admissions / Annoyed at filling out apps?
« on: August 11, 2006, 11:39:45 PM »
Anybody else finding it very tedious to fill out all these applications?  And it takes so long to type anything because the screen prints stuff slower than you can type it!  If I have to list my "Honors" one more time, I'm going to *flip out*. 

Law School Admissions / Marketing an application?
« on: August 02, 2006, 11:01:07 PM »
I've been reading Montauk and Ivey's books about law school admissions (because it is summer and I have nothing else to do  ;)), and they both talk a lot about "marketing" yourself to top schools.  Like many many other law school applicants, I am applying straight out of undergrad, majored in government/polysci, and have no permanent "real world" employment experience.  So how do we distinguish (or market) ourselves?  I've done some interesting stuff (like starting own business, worked for Enron defense, lots of political stuff), but I doubt it is any more outstanding than a lot of these other applicants to top schools.  I realize my numbers might be enough to get me into most schools, but I'm aiming mainly for the top 5/6.  Am I worrying over nothing?  Any tips on "marketing"?  Help me out.  

I've pretty much finished my personal statement now, and the comment that I get from most people who read it is, you are applying to law school?  I've read a lot about personal statements (like from Ivey guide), and I usually get the feeling that law schools don't really care why an applicant wants to be a lawyer, but is it a bad idea to leave it out entirely?  The rest of my application will have plenty of stuff about my having the skills to be a lawyer (recs, transcripts, LSAT, etc.), but nowhere do I really mention what I want to do with the law or why I am applying. 

By the way, I wrote my personal statement about music, mostly because I thought that this was an interesting part of me that could not be conveyed through other parts of the application; however, it has nothing to do with the law.  Am I OK?

I was wondering how long everyone is spending on his personal statement.  I've read that people spend weeks/months on them, but come is only two or three pages.  I spent three hours last week doing mine and ended up with something I was pretty happy with.  Over the next couple months I'll certainly have people read it, and I'll make revisions accordingly, but it will hardly be all-consuming (like LSAT prep, hah).  Anyway, my point is that I just don't understand how you can "put a lot of work" into your PS.  On such a short essay, when do diminshing returns start to kick in?

Studying for the LSAT / MASTER RC LIST...GO!!!
« on: June 12, 2006, 07:49:44 PM »

Politics and Law-Related News / duke players cleared by DNA
« on: April 10, 2006, 03:11:24 PM »
Is anyone really surprised by this?  Do you think the stripper just made the whole thing up?  Why would she do so?  Will the fact that the she was probably lying ease racial tensions in Durham, or will it make them worse?

Politics and Law-Related News / Paris Protesters
« on: March 28, 2006, 04:24:41 PM »
What is the deal with these people?  Supposedly most universities in Paris are shut down, and transportation is also becoming subject to strikes--all because the government is trying to make it easier for companies to fire workers WITHIN TWO YEARS FROM WHEN THOSE WORKERS GRADUATE FROM COLLEGE.

First of all, that doesn't seem like a big concession to make.  Second of all, when are Europeans going to wake up and realize that they have to work for a living?  The welfare states that European countries have been forming for years cannot survive forever without investment, and companies won't continue to invest in countries that make it so difficult to hire/fire workers. 

If every measure toward economic freedom is met with such violent opposition, how can France and other semi-socialist European countries ever improve their ailing economies?

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