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How long should a writing sample be?

How long should a writing sample be?
« on: February 13, 2008, 08:01:52 AM »
Also a question that will be going to the CPD office, but would like a "second" opinion -

How long of a writing sample should be included when it is requested?

A paragraph?

A page?

A whole memo? (Hah, I would think not)


Thanks!

Re: How long should a writing sample be?
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2008, 08:44:28 AM »
about 10 pages

Re: How long should a writing sample be?
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2008, 09:15:52 AM »
about 10 pages

Hah ... good job being snarky.

Re: How long should a writing sample be?
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2008, 10:00:20 AM »
the one I used was 7 pages, I wouldn't go over 10

Re: How long should a writing sample be?
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2008, 10:08:41 AM »
I dont think that was snarky...mine is 12 fwiw

Re: How long should a writing sample be?
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2008, 10:25:42 AM »
not sure if this is a serious question....

From my experience, 10pgs seems to be the average limit, unless the employer says otherwise.  I had a few that had a 5 page limit.  so yes, a "whole memo", depending on # of pgs is normal.  your should try submitting one paragraph though, i'm sure it would give rise to a few chuckles. 

Re: How long should a writing sample be?
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2008, 12:38:16 PM »
Wow ... 5-10 pages just seems really long ... are they really going to read all that?

Guess I'm just surprised!

Re: How long should a writing sample be?
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2008, 02:55:57 PM »
Mine was 7.

Re: How long should a writing sample be?
« Reply #8 on: February 13, 2008, 03:11:08 PM »
Wow ... 5-10 pages just seems really long ... are they really going to read all that?

Guess I'm just surprised!

Yeah, given the length of time it takes a 1L to write a memo, it is surprising from that perspective, but an experienced attorney can probably scan it and get a good idea of the quality of your writing in a minute or two.  Make sure you have the bluebooking down perfectly, and make it as concise and well-organized as possible.  Good luck.

Re: How long should a writing sample be?
« Reply #9 on: February 13, 2008, 03:31:19 PM »
mine was 5 ish, i used a memo, cut out the crap (facts, etc), then did a brief cover letter summarizing it and stating i had permission to use it.