Can we put School's abbreviation in the PS?

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Crazycall2
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Can we put School's abbreviation in the PS?

Postby Crazycall2 » Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:14 pm

E.g. UVA instead of University of Virginia? Is that going to hurt my cause? It just seems redundant to write The University of Virginia three times over the course of two sentences.

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Re: Can we put School's abbreviation in the PS?

Postby username99 » Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:15 pm

I'm going with this rule for mine: First and last time you write the name, spell it out. Any other times, abbreviate.

dakatz
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Re: Can we put School's abbreviation in the PS?

Postby dakatz » Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:16 pm

You can absolutely do that. There is nothing informal or incorrect about using a school's abbreviation, especially when the school commonly uses the abbreviation themselves. For example, schools like Penn, BU, UVA, BC, etc. all use those abbreviations often. So there is no harm in you doing so as well. Plus it saves you valuable space in your PS. However, I agree with the post above me that it sounds good to write out the full name the first time you mention it.

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usuaggie
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Re: Can we put School's abbreviation in the PS?

Postby usuaggie » Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:18 pm

no, you must refer to Stanford as its full name every time: The Leland Stanford Junior University Law School.

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Re: Can we put School's abbreviation in the PS?

Postby username99 » Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:19 pm

dakatz, are you an authority on law school admissions? I don't mean that as confrontational in any way, but you are speaking rather authoritatively. Are you an admissions official? I only ask because, if you are, I might send some questions your way. Thanks.

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Re: Can we put School's abbreviation in the PS?

Postby Veyron » Wed Oct 06, 2010 6:42 pm

I used Penn and the University of Pennsylvania. Worked out fine.




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