I think there is another reason why these things tend to be formulaic --It's such an important piece of writing for most people, as it affects LS admission, and probably most people don't want to branch out and get "too cute" with it. Which isn't to say that more people couldn't write more gracefully, but that a majority of people who could be more adventurous probably play it safe.Plus, law students come from all academic and professional backgrounds. Some are English, Poli Sci, and Journalism majors who can write, sure. Others are engineers, bio majors, professional economists, and for lots of people in this category, they have maybe only written 2-3 pieces of this nature in their whole life to this point -- they may not be capable of anything much more complex than something like the "hamburger" style essay.
I think what we've got here is a formulaic vs organic dichotomy--does the initial idea naturally come full circle, or does the writer cram it back in there because "that's how it's supposed to be?" It's like the 5th grade 'hamburger essay'--you remember--bun, lettuce, tomato, beef, bun--this simple structure can be used beautifully, but it can also serve as a crutch to poor writing--as if connecting these basic dots is *all* it takes to create an essay. One doesn't have to write a three-sectioned iambic tetrameter montage in second-person to stand out, but it would behoove a candidate to do a little strength-searching & acknowledge the most common essay patterns before committing to a PS wholly.We're not all brilliant writers, but I'd argue we all have our moments of brilliance. It's the right energy, the right tone, the right story--all those intangibles. I'd rather help writers find their own moments of brilliance than say to everyone "well, you'll never be all that brilliant, so just do the basic essay tango and call it a day." We know we're not Ken Keseys and Toni Morrisons. But you don't have to be, to be fairly interesting and engaging for two pages.I'm so pleased there's so much input in this thread! Y'all are gonna be some kickass lawyers.best,~Dani
TITCRAlthough I could've done without the "y'all".
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