How long is a "Brief Statement?"

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angiej
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How long is a "Brief Statement?"

Postby angiej » Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:11 am

I'm applying to IU-B and they ask for:

Please write a brief statement that tells us about you. The best statement will highlight the special strengths and experiences that you would bring to
our law school and the legal profession. These may include leadership, responsibility, creativity, commitment to social justice, international and/or
cross-cultural experience and significant work experience, including care-giving. You may use this statement or a brief addendum to tell us how your
presence would make the class more diverse. Statements/addendums should be electronically attached.


My draft PS is 2 pages 11pt cg times font single space (1,571 words). Is this brief enough?

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Re: How long is a "Brief Statement"

Postby smov_operator » Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:14 am

I'd say that is too long. 2 page double-spaced is fine, but 2 page, single-spaced (with 11 point font) is definitely not brief.

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Re: How long is a "Brief Statement?"

Postby philosoraptor » Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:18 am

Cut it in half (at least). Seriously.

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angiej
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Re: How long is a "Brief Statement?"

Postby angiej » Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:19 am

OH crap - wow I guess I'm way over. IU Indy says up to two pages, so I went off of that. I realize it probably has lots of fluff, but of cours to me, it all seems important. Would someone mind taking a look at it and letting me know which parts seem less important? Please PM me if your willing to help.

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Re: How long is a "Brief Statement?"

Postby philosoraptor » Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:24 am

If you're OK with blunt feedback, I'll take a look. It'll give me something to do at work today.

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Re: How long is a "Brief Statement?"

Postby angiej » Sun Jun 27, 2010 9:41 am

philosoraptor wrote:If you're OK with blunt feedback, I'll take a look. It'll give me something to do at work today.


That would be great, I sent you a PM. If anyone else would like to look let me know. The more the merrier!

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Re: How long is a "Brief Statement?"

Postby CanadianWolf » Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:54 am

In this instance "brief" probably means a maximum of two pages that are well written & succinct. Essentially the application is seeking quality over quantity.

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Re: How long is a "Brief Statement?"

Postby angiej » Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:01 am

Great - I just saw an application (Valporaiso) that asks for 500 words. I'm screwed! :roll:

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Re: How long is a "Brief Statement?"

Postby sarahd » Sun Jun 27, 2010 11:15 am

I'd be happy to look at it for you. (at work as well today, and bored)




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