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Law School Applications / Re: Typical Length of PS??
« on: August 10, 2007, 05:28:36 PM »
Haha, the low GPA was nothing really too extreme.  Just a rough semester where I took some hard classes in a field that I thought would be my major...but after getting the two C's I decided against it.  My gpa before had been in the 3.2's...and since has ranged from a 3.4 - 3.65.

I'll plan on working on my PS this weekend and hopefully have it revised by the start of next week.  Gpbne, do you think you'd be willing to look it over and give me a little advice?  I would go see the pre-law advisor on my campus, but she's gone until early September...perfect timing, huh??

Thanks again for the help!

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Law School Applications / Re: Typical Length of PS??
« on: August 10, 2007, 01:52:34 AM »
Sounds good.  Let me ask this as well.  I've heard conflicting views on whether or not to address in the personal statement any areas that are lacking.  For example, my sophmore year I had a bad semester gpa wise, and want to at least touch on it.  Is this the thing to do in a personal statement, or should I not even bother with it??

Speaking as someone who's applied successfully for a lot of stuff over the years, let me offer some advice:

Your PS should tell a story. That story should frame your decision to go to law school as the logical conclusion.

Your resume will have the nuts and bolts of what you've been doing these last few years

Your letters of rec. will explain why those things make you awesome

Personally, I think a personal statement should address the following:
1. How my past experiences have influenced who I am today
2. Why that person I am today is 100% sure law school is the absolute right next step in his/her life
3. The things that person you are today plans on doing later in life that he/she needs a law degree to do

Although the PS is not the place to try and "explain" a bad semester or year, if you can find some way to work that experience into 1. on the above list, you may be able to convert it into a positive, for it will contribute to the overarching narrative you are trying to create. However, be really careful about trying this...

A better approach might be to write an addendum explaining that semester, but write it in such a way as to make it seem like a footnote of your personal statement.

For example, if the theme of your PS is overcoming adversity, you don't need to mention the bad grades in the PS, but you can say in your addendum that you bombed that semester for X reason, but you learned from your mistakes, and you rededicated yourself the next year etc.

Remember: every single word in your application should increase the chances of your being admitted. If you can make an addendum function in this way, then it's a useful tool, and it would be a good idea to write one. However, if it feels superfluous/tact on/out of place/embarrassing, you shouldn't include it.

Also, always keep in mind that in these matters, there are no absolute merits or demerits. It's all a matter of interpretation. The key is being smart enough and careful enough to tell a good story.

Just a thought...

Darn, now that I look at my PS, it seems like more of a summary of my resume...except with more details.  Well, I guess that means I need to tailor it more towards what was suggested above.

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Law School Applications / Re: Typical Length of PS??
« on: August 09, 2007, 11:23:58 PM »
Would you say a 2.8 with 2 C's that semester qualifies as simply putting it in an addendum??  And forgive me, but I'm not quite sure how I'd go about writing an addendum.  Maybe a half page or so addressing that...and include it with each law school app, PS, and resume?

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Wow, thanks for the info so far.  I think it had been mentioned a few posts up that Pepperdine would probably rank #4 in the area.  Granted USC and UCLA are further up the list, but who do you view as #3??

In terms of SAT, I think I scored somewhere around an 1100 or so.  But that was without really any studying.  And it goes without saying that for the LSAT I'm actually putting some serious effort into it.

Thanks again for the help so far!

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Law School Applications / Re: Typical Length of PS??
« on: August 09, 2007, 09:01:57 PM »
Sounds good.  Let me ask this as well.  I've heard conflicting views on whether or not to address in the personal statement any areas that are lacking.  For example, my sophmore year I had a bad semester gpa wise, and want to at least touch on it.  Is this the thing to do in a personal statement, or should I not even bother with it??

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: Early Decision Law Schools
« on: August 09, 2007, 12:32:26 AM »
Last I heard, the University of Houston had an EA...but I'm not sure if it is binding or not.  I'd say yes, but don't quote me on it.

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Where should I go next fall? / What can you tell me about Pepperdine??
« on: August 09, 2007, 12:22:05 AM »
Hey all.  I'm going into my senior year of college here in Texas and am looking at several different law schools for Fall 08.  My GPA is about a 3.3, and I'm taking the LSAT in Sept.  I've got 3 letters of rec from really good professors, in addition to extensive leadership experience in a couple organizations on campus.

I am going to apply to a few law schools in Texas, but was looking outside of the state too.  I had been considering Arizona State, but stumbled across Pepperdine and liked what I saw.  Granted I realize tuition is a little steep, but thought I'd check with ya'll and get some thoughts.  Anyone have any comments/opinions about their law school?  Any experiences with admissions that you think I should know?

Thanks in advance for any comments!

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Law School Applications / Re: Typical Length of PS??
« on: August 08, 2007, 11:19:37 PM »
So then would you all say that the general rule of thumb would be around 2 1/2 pages or so??

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Law School Applications / Re: U of Houston Application Confusion
« on: August 08, 2007, 01:17:33 AM »
Congrats on getting into U of H.  If you could let me know how it is during the coming semester, I'd really appreciate hearing from a 1L firsthand.  I'm considering a couple schools for Fall 08, U of H obviously being one of them.  Good luck though!

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Law School Applications / Typical Length of PS??
« on: August 08, 2007, 01:11:00 AM »
How long do most law schools normally require a PS to be?  I've seen some say two pages double spaced, yet others don't mention any maximum requirement.  Is the rule of thumb generally two double spaced pages??

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