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« on: December 27, 2006, 07:07:56 PM »
how do you guys feel about this as a guidance?  my PS is about HOW a romance affected me (gist: we broke up, and i felt a lot of betrayal so i busied myself with work and school work and thus found my way to law).  but this site list romance as an inappropriate topic.

hmm  ???

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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2006, 07:10:23 PM »
yeah
I wouldn't
just seems immature, don't you think?
I mean...

we broke up, and i felt a lot of betrayal so i busied myself with work and school work and thus found my way to law). 

what is the message, that you like law because you like doing alot of work?
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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2006, 07:12:07 PM »
how do you guys feel about this as a guidance?  my PS is about HOW a romance affected me (gist: we broke up, and i felt a lot of betrayal so i busied myself with work and school work and thus found my way to law).  but this site list romance as an inappropriate topic.

hmm  ???

I would say no, unless you were married for 20+ years and found your hubby cheating on you with a goat. It broke your heart and yadda yadda.

The adcomms are usually older and will believe a young broken heart to be something everyone goes through. Happened to me as well.
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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2006, 07:17:50 PM »
how do you guys feel about this as a guidance?  my PS is about HOW a romance affected me (gist: we broke up, and i felt a lot of betrayal so i busied myself with work and school work and thus found my way to law).  but this site list romance as an inappropriate topic.

hmm  ???

I think the guidance is pretty on target. As for your specific PS:

I think it depends how many sentences you're spending on the romance: if it is just a sentence that sets up the context for your academic/intellectual journey, OK. But I wouldn't dwell on your feelings about the break-up, the sense of bretrayal, etc. -- what is important is what you did with yourself in school.

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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2006, 09:14:24 PM »
Don't do it.  It'll make it sound like you viewed school and your pursuit of the law as an afterthought/distraction.

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« Reply #5 on: December 31, 2006, 10:37:58 PM »
Quote from: www.top-law-schools.com
6. Lawyers write professionally. You must demonstrate exceptional writing skills.

But dear www.top-law-schools.com, what do you mean by "exceptional"? Could you provide an example for me?

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« Reply #6 on: January 01, 2007, 02:30:17 AM »
how do you guys feel about this as a guidance?  my PS is about HOW a romance affected me (gist: we broke up, and i felt a lot of betrayal so i busied myself with work and school work and thus found my way to law).  but this site list romance as an inappropriate topic.

hmm  ???
Along with what others have said, there's also an implication (depending on how it's written) that if you find yourself in a new romance, law goes by the wayside.

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« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2007, 02:49:30 AM »
To share my 2 cents, I think that guide was a combination of things that are obvious, and quite a lot of things that aren't necessary nor relevant at all. That being said, from what I've seen of top-law-schools.com, pretty much all their info is crap, and I suspect these people who keep bringing up their urls are doing so because of a connection to the website, trying to fish for new users.

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« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2007, 01:25:32 PM »
To share my 2 cents, I think that guide was a combination of things that are obvious, and quite a lot of things that aren't necessary nor relevant at all. That being said, from what I've seen of top-law-schools.com, pretty much all their info is crap, and I suspect these people who keep bringing up their urls are doing so because of a connection to the website, trying to fish for new users.

That may be possible, but I think avoiding romance in a PS is a valid recommendation. We've all had romances gone awry and I'm guessing that adcomms would consider it to be a fairly juvenile/unsophisticated topic. It's better to focus on a more unique aspect of your life/personality and how it has influenced you. 

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« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2007, 12:56:43 PM »
for what it's worth, this topic was briefly addressed in my PS and my admissions have been going fine/as expected so far.  i knew it was risky, but i made it relate to my growth as a person, blah blah blah.  if done right, i think it should be okay.