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Firebreathing, shot down by my pre-law advisor

Firebreathing, shot down by my pre-law advisor
« on: October 10, 2007, 12:11:29 AM »
Hi,

I love my ps I wrote on firebreathing. In my opinion, it is perfect and I am ready to submit it to law schools.

I met with my pre-law advisor, however, who says my ps is crap. Yes, he is the head of all law schools in the south, head of a bunch of other law school-related leagues in the nation and claims to know every law school admissions officer on a first name basis, but something tells me his opinion might not be the only one out there.

He wants me to steer away from this particular topic/ps and go for a more "i studied this ... grew up here ... been exposed to ... worked for ... therefore law school" type ps. But coming straight out of undergrad, I think this kind of narrative is not so convincing.

Also, this dean vehemently insists that Anna Ivey is crap. Is this true?! I wrote my firebreathing essay after reading Ivey's book.

I am this close to calling up law schools and asking point blank what they make of the firebreathing essay.

Re: Firebreathing, shot down by my pre-law advisor
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2007, 11:48:48 AM »
Anyone?? I appreciate your thoughts.


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Re: Firebreathing, shot down by my pre-law advisor
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2007, 04:03:22 PM »
you can pm it to me .Honestly, I've read 30 essays in the last week and I can say that topic would be quite unique so long as the process of learning firebreathing, practicing it, etc. can translate into positive qualities that make you attractive to law schools--I mean thats the whole point. I don't think it matters what you talk about so long as you translate that into why a school should accept you. So that is where I think your pre-law advisor is full of it. Just like in ivey's book if a prof professes he can write you the best letter, has an in, etc. He's probably full of it. same case here.

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Re: Firebreathing, shot down by my pre-law advisor
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2007, 04:16:55 PM »
It would help to get a sense of what schools you're applying to. Schools higher on the US News list tend to have prompts that invite more open choice of PS topic.

Re: Firebreathing, shot down by my pre-law advisor
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2007, 07:55:22 PM »
Don't listen to anything your pre-law adviser tells you.  In fact, you should avoid talking to him or her at all.  Read Ivey and Montauk and www.deloggio.com.  Just make sure you follow directions for each school and make it PERSONAL.

Re: Firebreathing, shot down by my pre-law advisor
« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2007, 10:59:25 AM »
Many prelaw advisors are clueless about law school admissions. 

As long as you connect firebreathing somehow to law school, as another suggested, you could have a great essay.

If you need a reader, I'm more than willing to look at it.  Good luck!

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Re: Firebreathing, shot down by my pre-law advisor
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2007, 09:07:06 PM »
i agree with the other posters. my advisor is an absolute moron who knows hardly anything about LS and i feel very sorry for anybody who takes to heart the BS that comes out of his ignorant mouth. so look on the bright side, even though he's wrong, at least he prob. knows something about LS.

Re: Firebreathing, shot down by my pre-law advisor
« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2007, 11:56:57 PM »
So anyone wanna read this PS? I have it ready!!

Re: Firebreathing, shot down by my pre-law advisor
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2007, 05:54:21 AM »
I'll read it ...

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Re: Firebreathing, shot down by my pre-law advisor
« Reply #9 on: October 14, 2007, 12:16:01 PM »
I'll give you feedback if you want another opinion!  I think unique is better as long as you explain in a sound way why it makes you a good fit for law school.  Of course I'm not an adcomm at a t14 or any law school for that matter so my opinion is just that.