« on: July 26, 2004, 10:44:53 AM »
I can't speak for everyone, but I know on mine all she did was fix grammatical errors (a comma here or there, etc.). It would be stupid to not have someone read over your statement for grammatical errors, its very hard to catch your own. I think she may have reworded a sentence or two, not to change the meaning, but to make the sentence flow better. The Essay Queen is actually a friend of mine from college, so she was just a friend I used to read over my work and catch mistakes. I see no problem with this, my professors always encouraged us to have a friend or two proofread our work.
Everyone wants to put their best foot forward in their law school PS, so I would recommend using every resource you have to make it better. I don't advocate letting someone else actually write it, or change it dramatically, but do what you can to make your PS the best it can be. If it was that taboo to use editing services for your PS then places like Kaplan, Princeton Review, etc. wouldn't offer editing services.
Bottom line is, you know whether or not you're a decent writer. If you're not, and you constantly need lots of help, then law school is probably not for you. No one is going to be there to hold your hand and help you write your briefs. However, you should take advantage of services the school offers where TAs read your work before you turn it in, or professors offer suggestions on drafts. Its all about using the resources around you and doing things just a little bit better and smarter than other people.