50 Harvard Law PS Book

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50 Harvard Law PS Book

Postby corporatelaw87 » Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:51 pm

Granted I am pretty much done with my cycle, I just wanted people thoughts on this book. I do like the examples and even got some ideas from them, but as far as the critiques/reviews of them in the book go what does the Harvard CRrimson (all UG students) know about Law school personal statements?

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Re: 50 Harvard Law PS Book

Postby JustDude » Sun Mar 14, 2010 12:00 am

corporatelaw87 wrote:Granted I am pretty much done with my cycle, I just wanted people thoughts on this book. I do like the examples and even got some ideas from them, but as far as the critiques/reviews of them in the book go what does the Harvard CRrimson (all UG students) know about Law school personal statements?


Liked the book.


As far as critique goes. Well, dont take it as some sort of truth. They have good points and sometimes they highlight areas to which you would otherwise pay no attention.

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Re: 50 Harvard Law PS Book

Postby corporatelaw87 » Sun Mar 14, 2010 4:16 pm

acrossthelake wrote:
corporatelaw87 wrote:Granted I am pretty much done with my cycle, I just wanted people thoughts on this book. I do like the examples and even got some ideas from them, but as far as the critiques/reviews of them in the book go what does the Harvard CRrimson (all UG students) know about Law school personal statements?


They had to write personal statements for admission to undergrad and the two aren't that dramatically different.


They are though. Law school PS are suppose to tell them why are you a good candidate to become lawyer, or what you plan to bring to the school itself. UG PS you can write about anything. I wrote about how my group of friends isolated me junior year and how I overcame that. It doesn't show why I'd be a good UG candidate, it was just a compelling story. I had a friend who went to IVY league who wrote why he loved the number 3 for his UG PS. Really? Well he got into pretty much every school he applied. While they both are PS, Law schools and UG look for different things in PS.

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Re: 50 Harvard Law PS Book

Postby acrossthelake » Sun Mar 14, 2010 4:56 pm

corporatelaw87 wrote:
They are though. Law school PS are suppose to tell them why are you a good candidate to become lawyer, or what you plan to bring to the school itself. UG PS you can write about anything. I wrote about how my group of friends isolated me junior year and how I overcame that. It doesn't show why I'd be a good UG candidate, it was just a compelling story. I had a friend who went to IVY league who wrote why he loved the number 3 for his UG PS. Really? Well he got into pretty much every school he applied. While they both are PS, Law schools and UG look for different things in PS.


Getting into a school doesn't necessarily mean that one's PS was any good, since there are other factors. Both law school and undergrad PS answer the same question:
Law school PS: Why should we admit you?
Undergrad PS: Why should we admit you?

In order for excellence, both must be coherent, engaging, and relevant. Both must highlight characteristics that make you a great candidate. I have the same theme for both and highlight the same characteristics. I actually stole some sentences from my undergrad PS for my law school PS. The options of what one can do and bring to a law school aren't quite as open-ended as an undergrad one, so this does narrow topics (since law school prepares you to be a lawyer, and undergrad prepares you to be a citizen of the world), but the heart of both feels the same to me.




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