Personal Statement Requirements

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prelawgal413
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Personal Statement Requirements

Postby prelawgal413 » Sat Nov 06, 2010 11:20 pm

One of the schools that I'm applying to states the following in reference to personal statements:

"You are required to submit a personal statement. The personal statement should not exceed two typed pages. This statement will provide you the opportunity to blah blah blah..."

Anyway, my point is, there are no specifics regarding 12 pt font, double spaced, etc as many of the schools openly state.

I had my PS reviewed by a counselor at my school, and he advised me that I could probably get away with 11 pt font and 1.5 spacing. Do you guys agree with this? I'm not too concerned with the font size, but I'm not sure about the spacing. Does this school assume that 12pt double spaced is the norm?

HowdyYall
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Re: Personal Statement Requirements

Postby HowdyYall » Sat Nov 06, 2010 11:25 pm

no 12 pt font is only required at UCLA and a few others. go ahead with 11pt

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3|ink
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Re: Personal Statement Requirements

Postby 3|ink » Sat Nov 06, 2010 11:35 pm

Glad my school only requires a word count. I don't have to worry about font.

prelawgal413
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Re: Personal Statement Requirements

Postby prelawgal413 » Sun Nov 07, 2010 1:08 pm

Ok, so it's a yes on the 11pt font. What is your opinion on the spacing?

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canes
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Re: Personal Statement Requirements

Postby canes » Tue Nov 09, 2010 1:11 pm

i would not go with 1.5 spacing... maybe widen the margins a little

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Re: Personal Statement Requirements

Postby paratactical » Tue Nov 09, 2010 1:13 pm

canes wrote:i would not go with 1.5 spacing... maybe widen the margins a little


I wouldn't do either of these. It's incredibly easy to tell when you change either of them, especially with dozens and dozens of other essays right next to yours. Edit your statement.

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Re: Personal Statement Requirements

Postby JJDancer » Tue Nov 09, 2010 2:09 pm

11 pt font is fine but I would not do 1.5 spacing (only double) and I would do no less than 1 inch margins




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