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Law School Applications / Typo on personal statement
« on: December 07, 2004, 06:22:21 PM »
I have sent off close to 14 applications in the last two days and just discovered a typo. I can't believe it. I must have not saved my changes or used an older version as a template for all the others.
It's not a big mistake. I wrote "the blah blah law school is of particularly interesting to me because..."
What should I do? Ignore it? Put a corrected copy in the mail tomorrow?
I'm so pissed off.

Studying for the LSAT / Another LR Question
« on: August 10, 2004, 09:24:49 AM »
Please help me with this one too.

Preptest 27 Section 4 #25 (page 307 in 10 More...)

All any reporter knows about the accident is what the press agent has said. Therefore, if the press agent told every reporter everything about the accident, then no reporter knows any more about it than any other reporter. If no reporter knows any more about the accident than any other reporter, then no reporter can scoop all of the other reporters. However, the press agent did not tell every reporter everything about the accident. It follows that some reporter can scoop all of the other reporters.

The argument's reasoning is flawed because the argument fails to recognize that which one of the following is consistent with the facts the argument presents?

A) The press agent did not tell everything about the accident to any reporter.

B) Even if some reporter knows more about the accident than all of the other reporters, that reporter need not scoop any other reporter.

C) Some reporter may have been told something about the accident that the reporter tells all of the other reporters.

D) The press agent may not know any more about the accident than the most knowledeable reporter.

E) No reporter knows any more about the accident than any other reporter.

Answer: E

Studying for the LSAT / LR Question
« on: August 10, 2004, 09:09:24 AM »
Please explain this to me.

Preptest 27 Section 2 # 7 (page 302 in 10 More...)

If you know a lot about history, it will be easy for you to impress people who are intellectuals. But unfortunately, you will not know much about history if you have not, for example, read a large number of history books. Therefore, if you are not well versed in history due to a lack of reading, it will not be easy for you to impress people who are intellectuals.

The argument's reasoning is flawed because the argument overlooks the possibility that

A) many intellectuals are not widely read in history

B) there are people who learn about history who do not impress intellectuals

C)it is more important to impress people who are not intellectuals than people who are intellectuals

D) there are other easy ways to impress intellectuals that do not involve knowing history

E) people who are not intellectuals can be impressed more easily than people who are intellectuals

Answer: D

Personal Statement / Alcoholic
« on: June 19, 2004, 07:23:41 PM »
on: June 11, 2004, 07:51:16 AM    

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I have been preliminarily thinking about possible topics.  For my safety schools I will plan to write a conservative, ordinary personal statement.  But for my reach schools, I am thinking of ways to grab their attention.  I have an Alcohol Related arrest which has since been expunged.  But an explanation at some point will probably be necessary in the application, so I have thought of playing the recovering alcoholic card.  I believe I can justify things such as criminal history and meteocre grades while presenting an intriguing story.  Furthermore, I will be able to touch on my weaknesses without highlighting them.  So even though I may be an alcoholic, I am in no means recovering.  Admissions doesn't need to know this.  But nevertheless, it can make for an eye-catching PS.  But the question I have is, will admission look down upon alcoholism?  Or will they accept recovery and see it as a positive attribute to my character?  I would appreciate any input.
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I have thought about mentioning alcoholism in my statement too.  I was a raging alcoholic all through college and for a few years afterwards (I drank all day every day- no lie). I did well as an undergraduate until my senior year (when I just lost it) but I managed to graduate with a 2.8.

After I had suffered enough I got sober and decided to try graduate school. I did very well on my GRE but my grades were not good enough to get in. I scheduled a meeting with the Director of the program to try to see what I could do. When he asked about my grades I was vague about my past but said enough for him to infer what had happened. I got in and did well, earning a Masters.

Now I am thinking about law school and have considered going into detail about my past. I have decided against it .

For one, I am sure that you and I are not the only ones that have thought about doing this. I can just see the admissions committee reading my statement and saying "Oh God, another 12-stepper!" I'm sure it's nothing new to them.

Secondly, while being in recovery is admirable, being an alcoholic is not a good thing. It's an illness, but an illness that can be controlled. You should be proud of changing your life, (ok, I know that you are not but for the sake of aguement), but you should not have let it get out of control in the first place.

Third, law school is very stressful and it is common knowledge that stress can lead alcoholics to start drinking again. You do not want a law school to turn you down simply because they believe that admitting you would not be in your best interest.

And finaly, people that are really in recovery don't try to benefit from their illness. God forbid if the person reading your essay is a recovering alcoholic himself and sees right through you.

I know that in my statement I will allude to a less than glorious past but stress what I have accomplished.

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