I'm a 1L helping a friend polish his personal statement. Can someone remind me- how long is too long?His is currently at 1200 words- which is nearly four pages double-spaced, 12 pt. font.Yeah, I should know, but I think mine was about 1000 words- which seemed long at the time...
I think the most important thing to remember in the law school application process is that, in 99.999% of cases, you're not special. Everyone thinks they have a fascinating story that can't possibly be pared down below 3-4 pages. In the same way many people think they need 3 pages for their resume, it's heresy to suggest that they could exclude things to get it down to one. These people think they're the exception to clear guidelines that pretty much every expert suggests. But in the vast majority of applicants' cases, one only needs a one page statement and a two page personal statement. As Cheese suggested, many people have a lot of flab in their writing and are probably doing themselves a favor by being forced to cut out some content. I know mine was better. Even if you think your PS is the finest thing you've every written, cutting out the worst of your best will leave only the best of your best, the most interesting, informative content that would otherwise be buried under less quality writing.
How long should my personal statement be? We recommend 2-3 pages, anything longer should be so fascinating that we forget how long it is.
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