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« on: July 29, 2004, 09:48:41 PM »
I'm not an English major, but my teachers have always drilled it into me that I shouldn't start sentences with coordinating conjunctions. Then again, they also beat the passive voice out of me, and I've never really understood that one.
Ditto. My whole family is in the printing business and I've had proofreaders read over my work hundreds of times...no starting sentences with "but" or "and," and my other pet peeve...no contractions (don't, I'm, can't). This is formal writing people...unless you have a reason to break the rules (for effect or something I guess), I'm against breaking them in the personal statement.
« on: July 28, 2004, 07:39:54 AM »
Good luck to all of you who are in Iraq. I dated a guy for about the last year since he got back from Iraq, but met him before he left and had kept touch with him while he was gone. I really learned a great deal about what you go through over there, and have seen videos and pictures that blow my mind. I'm just about to finish reading Thunder Run, and I've gained such an appreciation for what you all do.
If any of you ever just need someone to chat with, feel free to email me: Kristi_Ann81@yahoo.com
. I know sometimes you guys just need a friend to vent to!
Good luck and be careful!
« 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.
« on: July 26, 2004, 09:41:09 AM »
Cliche? In what way? I'll read through it if you like. You can email it to Kristi_Ann81@yahoo.com
« on: July 25, 2004, 03:27:21 PM »
Glad you all have gotten help from her! She's great, huh?
I think my PS turned out fabulous last year, so I continue to endorse her!
« on: July 24, 2004, 10:25:43 PM »
If you're really interested in human rights law (or some other public interest even), then I personally think the China topic is a good one. If you're not genuine, though, they'll know it..
Magellan's PS wouldn't be critical of Chinese people or Chinese culture, it's only a perspective on a government and their policies. If anything, it's in support of the individual liberties that every human being in every culture on Earth deserves. It's no different than the millions of people around the world who protest American foreign policy. They don't "hate America" or "hate Americans", they just disagree with a government's policy. We all need to remember that sometimes.
I second this. I think its an excellent topic if you play it right. Make sure you research your schools and find out what programs they have in this area, or even just classes offered, and mention your interest in the school based on this. I think it always pays off to tie your interests to each school specifically, they want to know you're interested in their school for a reason.
« on: July 22, 2004, 11:05:50 AM »
I say write about your mom's condition. You can talk about how it taught you responsibility and maturity, etc. You'll be able to show the AdComm that you can handle law school. You could also talk about how your mom's legal battle over her illness has inspired your interest in law school and talk about why you're interested in pursuing this. It seems easily tied together to me, if you do it right. You have strong numbers, so as long as you can make a coherent statement that expresses who you are, I think you'll do just fine.
« on: July 15, 2004, 07:55:43 PM »
Congrats!! I'll be attending Whittier this fall as well. I saw you signed up for our Whittier message board...good to have you!
As far as Whittier's apps being up, they issued a press release in June that they were up by 1/3!
See you in the fall!
« on: July 15, 2004, 07:51:52 PM »
That is small time, ask anyone in a frat- the greeks save all their old papers and tests for each other, and have been doing that for years.
How is this any different than law schools keeping old tests on file in the library? Not to mention that lots of student organizations in law school offer their members access to old tests and outlines.
Edit: As far as saving old papers...I do NOT condone the "re-using" of papers.
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