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Personal Statement / Anyone want to take a look at my Yale 250?
« on: September 20, 2007, 09:18:01 PM »
I need feedback. It's a quick read, I promise:)

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Personal Statement / Re: Diversity statement topic?
« on: September 20, 2007, 09:16:20 PM »
I would look at what each school asks for...for instance, some schools will explicitly state that if you've overcome some sort of obstacle due to your race, socioeconomic status, sexual preference, etc. then you should include that in a separate DS. However, some schools (can't remember which off the top of my head) define diversity more broadly and will say something like..."if you have special skills, interests, work experience, obstacles overcome, etc. that you think would add to our school's diversity, then please discuss those in a separate statement. blah blah"

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Law School Applications / Re: Why the anonymity?
« on: September 20, 2007, 12:53:02 PM »
This is what Michael Machen, former Chicago Admissions Officer and now Admissions Consultant (he was the one answering questions on this board) had to say on this topic:

"March 27, 2007
On Message Boards, MySpace, and Anonymity

Recently, there has been a lot of coverage, criticism and commentary about an anonymous message board with a sometimes pre-law focus. Leaving aside the very interesting  first amendment and privacy issues raised by these types of boards, I thought it might be useful to discuss how an applicant's 'online presence' can affect his or her application.

The recent explosion of MySpace, Facebook, Friendster, as well as blogging and public photo sharing has made a ton of information available about applicants. The 'Googlestalking' of 5 years ago now seems quaint, since we can read poetry, see pictures of weekend exploits, and find out which schools you are really interested in on your blog or MySpace page. I would bet that most admissions officers have, on occasion, looked someone up online after reading their file, so be aware that what you or your friends put on these sites may come back to haunt you. We are also hearing that many legal employers are checking online sites during the employment process to assess candidates' maturity, discretion, and character.

Online message boards are also very popular with applicants, providing access to a community of applicants, law students, lawyers, as well as the randoms that any web community attracts. While most boards require at least a valid email to post comments, others are completely anonymous, allowing anyone to post. As with MySpace and Facebook, I would bet that many, if not all, law school admissions officers have browsed through these boards looking for their school, or applicants. Be careful how you represent yourself on these boards, because even anonymous applicants (and students) reveal themselves inadvertently, or are revealed by others. Message boards can be a wonderful place to meet fellow applicants and exchange information and viewpoints on law schools, but I would also urge you not to substitute internet opinions for actual visits and data."

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Law School Applications / Re: OMFG IN AT DUKE!!!!!!!!
« on: September 19, 2007, 05:14:40 PM »
Congrats! That's awesome. What a great way to start off your cycle.

Just curious, did you send in a Duke-specific PS? I'm so tempted to just send in my general PS but they clearly state that the PS should convey why I'm applying to Duke so I'm just trying to decide how much I need to modify my PS...maybe I'll just end the essay with "I love Duke". Bleh, I'm so PS'ed out

I did not write a Duke-specific PS but I did talk about why law a bit.

Ahh, good to hear. Congrats again!

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Law School Applications / Re: OMFG IN AT DUKE!!!!!!!!
« on: September 19, 2007, 03:02:42 PM »
Congrats! That's awesome. What a great way to start off your cycle.

Just curious, did you send in a Duke-specific PS? I'm so tempted to just send in my general PS but they clearly state that the PS should convey why I'm applying to Duke so I'm just trying to decide how much I need to modify my PS...maybe I'll just end the essay with "I love Duke". Bleh, I'm so PS'ed out

I'm not sure exactly what you mean. This is what Duke's instructions say about the PS:

"Personal Statement: You are required to submit a personal statement. If you apply via LSAC, use the electronic attachment. The statement is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the admissions decision maker and should include (1) what you think have been your significant personal experiences beyond what may be reflected in your academic transcripts and on your résumé, and (2) your personal and career ambitions. There is no required length."

Where does it "clearly state" that you should convey why you are applying to Duke?

Application instructions/FAQ...

"What is Admissions looking for in a personal statement?

The Personal Statement is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the admissions decision maker and should include (1) what you think have been your significant personal experiences beyond what may be reflected in your academic transcripts and on your resume, and (2) your personal and career ambitions. From your personal statement, we should be able to understand why you want to go to law school and why you have decided to apply to Duke."

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Law School Applications / Re: OMFG IN AT DUKE!!!!!!!!
« on: September 19, 2007, 02:29:42 PM »
Congrats! That's awesome. What a great way to start off your cycle.

Just curious, did you send in a Duke-specific PS? I'm so tempted to just send in my general PS but they clearly state that the PS should convey why I'm applying to Duke so I'm just trying to decide how much I need to modify my PS...maybe I'll just end the essay with "I love Duke". Bleh, I'm so PS'ed out

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I'm in a similar situation...I'm traveling from Oct-April. I've been looking forward to (and saving for) this trip all my life. I'm going to get my apps in before I leave but definitely NOT going to change my plans...

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Personal Statement / Re: Soliciting opinions on DS
« on: September 09, 2007, 11:10:02 AM »
I'll read, send it over

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Personal Statement / Re: Musician to LS? Help with my PS!
« on: September 08, 2007, 10:28:40 AM »
I'll take a look

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I'll read. Pm me

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