(Personal Statement Examples, Advice, Critique, . . . )
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I would imagine name dropping to be a no-no in a personal statement, but the reason I want to go to law school, and this school in particular is because a well known alumni inspired me to be. Scrap the story all together or go with it?
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Depends what you mean by name dropping. If the name pops up in an event that's truly relevant to your experience, I think there's no problem. (Sort of like admissible evidence, I guess...) I mentioned a big gun's name in my statement only because I had to. He was the litigator on a case I did some volunteer work on, the case was a big one, and the event was important to my statement. There was virtually no way not to mention him. I got permission from him first and referenced him only to a minimal extent. I got in everywhere I applied (no T14).
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I name dropped in my Why Michigan because what this alum had to say about the school made it one of my top choices. I got in, though who knows how much of an effect it had. I'd go with it if it's a tailored PS or a Why X statement and there is a compelling story with it (i.e, something the alum did or said made the school stand out vs. merely knowing an alum that's a cool guy).
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