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To include or not to include: that is the question. There are varying opinions on the subject of whether or not the name of the law school should be included in the personal statement to "personalize" it. I'm not referring to writing about a law school's specific details, rather, just including the law school's name in the text of the personal statement at some point. Some argue that law schools frown on this because it appears as though the applicant is sending a general purpose statement and copy-pasting the school names. Others argue that law schools recognize students are likely to be sending the same personal statement to multiple schools and therefore the inclusion of the law school name is not a detriment. An argument can be made that a law school statement with no reference to the law school is lacking a significant piece of the essay while others will say that placing the law school name in generic text can make the applicant look superficial. So what do you think? Does including the law school name in a generic context improve, detract from, or not make a difference in the personal statement?
I only did it for Duke and I felt dirty afterwards and didn't do it again. I took a shower and vowed to stay clean. I only did it there because they mentioned something about wanting to know why you want to go to Duke. However, tons of other people got in who didn't mention anything specific. I think if you have something important to say then write a separate essay. Otherwise I would say don't do it. Not a hard and fast rule of course.
The appropriateness of Perpetua would probably depend on the tone of the writing. When I used it, I (half playfully) thought the extra space made the words sort of resonate.