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2 pages double spaced, 12 point font????

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2 pages double spaced, 12 point font????
« on: October 09, 2007, 07:03:13 PM »
Yeargh!!! I am tearing out my hair here. I have 3 pages at 11 points, and I feel like I am barely scratching the surface.

Are we applying to Law school or writing a 4th grade book report here?

Does anyone have any advice?

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Re: 2 pages double spaced, 12 point font????
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2007, 10:39:59 AM »
I'm struggling the same way. At first I thought two pages would be perfect, but then I found out that it was double spaced and suddenly I had to weed out words and rephrase things to make sentences shorter.

That's my best advice. Ask if every word or sentence is necessary.

I'm not finished with my PS yet, but that's the process I'm working on now. Good luck!

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Re: 2 pages double spaced, 12 point font????
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2007, 10:43:54 AM »
Remember, part of the reason for your PS is for them to judge your writing ability. Legal writing is no frills and to the point. I am not suggesting that you should write your PS that way, but it is something you should keep in mind.

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Re: 2 pages double spaced, 12 point font????
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2007, 11:06:48 AM »
Remember, part of the reason for your PS is for them to judge your writing ability. Legal writing is no frills and to the point. I am not suggesting that you should write your PS that way, but it is something you should keep in mind.

You are right, but writing an emotionally evocative biographical statement takes a bit more space than writing a dry legal memorandum.

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Re: 2 pages double spaced, 12 point font????
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2007, 11:11:54 AM »
Agreed. But be VERY careful of page/length/formatting requrirements. It is something they are very strict about in law school and I wouldn't want to push it on the applications either.

If you want help shortening it, PM it when you are ready.

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Re: 2 pages double spaced, 12 point font????
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2007, 01:07:41 PM »
Use better words.

Ok. I will try.

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Re: 2 pages double spaced, 12 point font????
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2007, 01:12:23 PM »
Hi bearly,

If you need an extra set of eyes to try and trim it down, PM.

Re: 2 pages double spaced, 12 point font????
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2007, 01:13:52 PM »
Often times the problem is that your topic really is too big, and you need to think more specific. Food for thought.

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Re: 2 pages double spaced, 12 point font????
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2007, 01:22:08 PM »
My topic is definitely too big, but I have a lot to say! :(

Thanks for your offers to review it. I will put it through one more draft, and get in touch with you guys.