Politically charged... always a bad idea?

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Politically charged... always a bad idea?

Postby salvage » Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:33 am

I have almost 3 years work experience at an immigration law firm, and have written a PS that takes a definite advocacy stance. Is this a necessarily terrible idea? I feel if I am ambiguous and general on my PS, it will come off much weaker.

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Re: Politically charged... always a bad idea?

Postby bk1 » Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:43 am

I don't know if it is always a bad idea, but generally yes. If you feel you may be the exception, post your PS and have people critique it.

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Re: Politically charged... always a bad idea?

Postby salvage » Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:59 am

Thanks.
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Re: Politically charged... always a bad idea?

Postby bk1 » Tue Sep 28, 2010 1:07 am

I think it's not too charged except for the last paragraph which I feel is unnecessarily attacking a Republican talking point.

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Re: Politically charged... always a bad idea?

Postby tea_drinker » Tue Sep 28, 2010 1:33 am

If family values are this important, then they must apply equally to native-born and immigrant families alike.


Sentences like this can hurt you IMO.

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Re: Politically charged... always a bad idea?

Postby salvage » Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:14 am

Thanks for the insight, some other people have been telling me to avoid politics altogether, but that would mean writing a completely different story.

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Re: Politically charged... always a bad idea?

Postby bk1 » Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:47 am

I think it's a great story and isn't necessarily charged by itself. Your PS takes a fine stance until you shift directions in the last paragraph. Cut that out and I see no problem with it.

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Re: Politically charged... always a bad idea?

Postby KMaine » Tue Sep 28, 2010 10:55 am

bk1 wrote:I think it's a great story and isn't necessarily charged by itself. Your PS takes a fine stance until you shift directions in the last paragraph. Cut that out and I see no problem with it.


This. It is a good story. You just don't want to preach to people.

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Re: Politically charged... always a bad idea?

Postby salvage » Tue Sep 28, 2010 1:05 pm

I got rid of the last paragraph and am working on grammar, passive/active voice issues. Next step is cutting it down to suit other law schools. Thanks!




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