« on: March 11, 2007, 10:27:02 AM »
On a related note: should I be worried since I did humanitarian work this summer in India, wrote about it in my personal statement, and got accepted to a T5?
I really did, I swear!
Sure you did, Slow Children At Play...if that's your real name.
Seriously though, Personal statement are just like resumes, and anybody who has to read abunch of resumes will tell you that most of them contain some fluff. That's why objective numbers that you can't distort, alter, etc. determine 90% of your admission chances. Beside, even if the guy did lie about India, his story may have been so well written that it impressed the adcomms. Lawyers often have to create alternate scenarios to impress the judges.
So this person gets my feminine product award, but if he had a high GPA and High LSAT then I'm not going to fuss.
fluff, slight embelishment and polish are all much different than outright lying. Most anywhere you work will fire you if they find out you lied about something significant on your resume. To assume that the person got in on the merits of how well written it was versus what the law schools perceived he did is naive. No law school will let that slide if they find out about it. Whatever your perceptions of the law profession, ethics is something that is at least given heavy lipservice.
Numbers don't justify lying.
I agree- they will fire you if they find out. However, they won't bother to find out if the quality of your work justifies your hiring, and if someone tells them anyway (as would be the case in this example), they would give you the benefit of the doubt- again, if your work justifies your hiring. Plus, not to appear cold-hearted or cynical, but if you read the personal statements available through this site, you would think everybody's parents are divorced, their girlfriend died, they were victims of racism or poverty, and/or they helped starving third world children. So how does an adcomm choose one of these candidates over another- quality of writing and numbers. From what I gather, this guy wasn't even a bubble candidate so his personal statement wasn't even read or wasn't given much importance compared to his numbers. Again, lying's wrong and I wouldn't advocate it, but if the guy's numbers alone justify his admission then I wouldn't put up a fuss, especially based on hearsay evidence.