I love my ps I wrote on firebreathing. In my opinion, it is perfect and I am ready to submit it to law schools.
I met with my pre-law advisor, however, who says my ps is crap. Yes, he is the head of all law schools in the south, head of a bunch of other law school-related leagues in the nation and claims to know every law school admissions officer on a first name basis, but something tells me his opinion might not be the only one out there.
He wants me to steer away from this particular topic/ps and go for a more "i studied this ... grew up here ... been exposed to ... worked for ... therefore law school" type ps. But coming straight out of undergrad, I think this kind of narrative is not so convincing.
Also, this dean vehemently insists that Anna Ivey is crap. Is this true?! I wrote my firebreathing essay after reading Ivey's book.
I am this close to calling up law schools and asking point blank what they make of the firebreathing essay.
A few things:
- the ps is the one place you can make a real and immediate difference in your application. You've already earned the grades and the LSAT is a tough test. The PS is the way you can tell your story and make an impact. It is your chance to make the case that you will be an interesting and productive member of their alumni.
- make sure that you bring it around to reflect not just what makes you interesting, but how that translates into why you make a good law school candidate. Firebreathing is cool, but if it doesn't illustrate why you would be a good law student, good lawyer, and good citizen, it isn't going to do.
- Have you had other people read the essay and comment? I found that by letting my father and brother read it, I was able to carefully craft my PS to be as compelling and focused as possible without eliminating or changing my creativity and story. Also, if you know any lawyers, judges, law school professors or law school students, it wouldn't hurt to let them read it as well. Remember that you will probably get a lot of feedback - if not, you either write well or the people who read it don't care - some good and some bad. It's ultimately your PS. Remember that.
-It is your personal statement. If you like it and think it is strong, that is your choice. Just consider the following question:
are you writing this to get into law school or are you writing this with your ego and don't care if it gets you in or not? Seems like a simple question, but it seems like you may have misjudged your pre-law adviser or misunderstood his commentary. Then again, he could be a dope. My pre-law adviser was a moron. He didn't help anyone get into law school. He gave me the name of the last student he worked with, I spoke with him, and he told me he ignored his advice after having met with him once. He got in to law school.
It isn't that I don't think you want to go, but you have to ask yourself if it is your pride or if your pre-law adviser is a putz. Chances are good he's a putz.
That said, you are only going to know if you reach out to other people (especially lawyers, parents, professors, etc.) and get their feedback as well.
My personal belief is that it sounds promising as a topic. Law School Admission panels read over 3600 ps's a year. Making yours different is a good thing, as long as it makes sense.
Remember to be sure to double, triple check grammar and spelling. This is the most important essay in your life to date, even if you don't believe this, deans of admission do - if you turn it in with spelling errors and grammatical issues, some admissions deans will deny you because they think you don't care.