« on: February 17, 2005, 11:14:22 AM »
Why should the op have to justify herself to anybody else? I just don't get it - she didn't 'take your place'. She is obviously deemed good enough by the adcom. The selection process is scupulous, they obviously found spark, and that's often not quantifiable even by lists of extra-curricular activities.
I believe the personal statement is the main thing at Boalt, to be honest. They really do read it, and I can tell you a spent months on mine. I can't emphasise how much of a difference it makes. Everyone I know who has been admitted really made a special effort with that part of the application. After all, they allow you 4 sides - more than, I think, any other school. So it's important to tailor it and get it right.