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Choosing the Right Law School / Criminal Law -- Which School?
« on: April 22, 2007, 06:43:53 PM »
I'm sure there aren't that many people out there planning to do Criminal, but it's the area I'm most interested in.

Right now, I'm trying to decide between Colmubia, NYU and Penn. Anyone have any insight as to which of the three is stronger in this area?

I am sure that several other posters on this board have pondered the decision of going to law school in States or remaining in Canada. As I am likely to be in a position to make a similar choice soon, I'm curious as to what the consensus is about the main differences between attending a Canadian law school and an American law school.

How similar/different is the syllabus? Which classes are mandatory at each?

Is the approach to teaching the same, or does it differ? Are class sizes different?

Is American law more exciting? Why/why not? I'm particularly interested in this question from an academic standpoint; it's obvious there's more money to be made in the U.S.

Is law school more stressful in the U.S?

For those of you who have already decided, what ultimatly made you pick one or the other?

Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation / PS/DS help
« on: December 21, 2006, 08:11:42 PM »
So, I have two drafts that I'm written.. but I'm not sure which to use as a personal statement and which to use as the diversity statement, or whether I should use both at all (most of the places I'm applying to don't specifically ask for a diversity statement) Anyone willing to read them and give me an opinion?

Personal Statements, Resumes, and Letters of Recommendation / Yale 250
« on: November 19, 2006, 11:18:22 AM »
I've written two Yale 250s that I would like some feedback on. Anyone wanna give them a look and tell me which would work better (or if I should start from scratch)?

First, thanks for all the people that have looked over my personal statement. The advice has been very useful, and I'm currently in the process of constructing a new draft.

I've also started work an a diversity statement, and need some help. Are there a few people willing to read it and give me opinions? How long are diversity statements supposed to be, anyway? And can you send them to school that don't explicitly ask for them? (Specifically YHSCCN?)

Anyway, post here or PM me if you're willing to give it a quick read.

Ok, so in light of previous comments, I've chosen a new topic for my personal statement. I need a few lucky volunteers to rip it apart!

I've read Britomart's PS and MauraudingJ's DS, both of which I think are excellent. Anyone else have a personal statement that they're particularly happy with? I could use some inspiration as I sit down for my.. um, what is it now, 5th try at it?


I'm just going to post it. Hopefully I'll get the most reaction this way.

A few pinpricks of silver clung stubbornly to the indigo sky when I asked about the scythe. The September air was chill and crisp; I sat bundled in a blanket in the back of the ox-drawn wagon, eyeing its sharp blade. It was the first day of the harvest.

“Grandpa, can I do the cutting?”

He looked back at me and shook his head. In the east, the red eye of the sun crested the low hills. Poplars stood sentry on either side of us, some so tall that they could’ve been planted by the Roman soldiers who first laid the road. I was five years old. My cousin and I were there to stook the hay.


A different September morning, half a decade removed. Lost in a crowd of hundreds, I roamed a skyscraper canyon, marveling at the gleam of the sun off the panels of glass. My family had just emigrated from Romania, and I was seeing downtown Toronto for the first time. 


The air was chill and crisp during my last night at Herstmonceux Castle, and I’ve never seen so many stars blanket the sky. Twenty years old, I sat on an East Sussex hill beneath the Royal Greenwich Observatory, reflecting on my experience at Queen’s University’s International Study Center. I had spent my freshman year immersed in British culture. Before returning to Canada, my field studies would take me from Ireland to France, from Germany to Spain.


I will be twenty-four years old next September, when I start studying law. Wherever I find myself, it will be far from where I started. I hope that the cosmopolitan perspective I’ve gained along the way—and the insights into human behaviour and technology imparted by my undergraduate degree—will enhance class discussions, and expose my peers to ideas they may not have encountered before.

Well, I thought I'd try a completely different personal statement than the last one. Anyone willing to give it a read? Initial impressions are greatly appreciated. It's a first draft, so I'm sure it could use a lot of polishing.

So, I've been trying to get some good perspective on this draft of my personal statement, but most people I talk to up here don't have a good notion of what's expected in a statement for US law schools.

This board seems to be chalk full of smarter-than-average applicants though, so I feel like you guys would do a really good job of pointing out the problems. I have been reading up on a lot of the threads, and honestly, it's helped -- but if a few people were willing to give my statement a good critical read, I think that would help more.

Anyone interested?

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