Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

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gbpackerbacker
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Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby gbpackerbacker » Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:09 am

For starters,

- your lsat prep (they know everybody has done it)

- your one month study abroad

- your screenplay

Sheesh.

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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby 2011Law » Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:12 am

What if you did two 14 second chugs of vodka in one setting? Would they find that impressive?

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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby gbpackerbacker » Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:29 am

2011Law wrote:What if you did two 14 second chugs of vodka in one setting? Would they find that impressive?


the consensus on TLS is that adcomms are more interested in keg stands. i'd save that for your resume.

another for the list

- onomatopoeia (whoosh whoosh whoosh went the cruise ship as i stared from my suite at the indigenous people of the caribbean)

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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby The Gentleman » Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:37 am

"I'm applying to law school because it is the only legitimate career option for someone with a degree in 19th Century Philosophy"

NOTE: My major was not 19th Century Philosophy.

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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby Flips88 » Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:40 am

Your big novel you've been working on for 3 years? Huh? Gotta, gotta compelling protaganist? Yeah? Gotta obstacle for him to overcome? Huh? Gotta story brewing there? Working on, working on that for quite some time? Huh? (voice getting higher pitched) Yea, talking about that 3 years ago. Been working on that the whole time? Nice little narrative? Beginning, middle, and end? Some friends become enemies, some enemies become friends? At the end your main character is richer from the experience? Yeah? Yeah?
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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby 3|ink » Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:42 am

gbpackerbacker wrote:For starters,

- your lsat prep (they know everybody has done it)

- your one month study abroad

- your screenplay

Sheesh.


LOL. I've only seen one guy try to do this and he wouldn't take my advice and remove it.

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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby vanwinkle » Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:43 am

"I'm interested in the law because I want to save the world."

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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby ksimon2007 » Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:58 am

vanwinkle wrote:"I'm interested in the law because I want to save the world."


Well this comment is disappointing. How will I ever get into law school!

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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby well-hello-there » Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:11 am

To help all those people out there less fortunate than myself.
I am now prepared to excel in my legal training because of the decisions I have made in my life.
I refined multiple personal skills that continue to help me be successful.
My desire for continual learning and self improvement increased.
I experienced disappointments, mistakes, and sorrows, and learned to move forward.
This job also taught me that being able to help people solve their problems is an enjoyable skill to use.
I am looking forward to being able to help people from all walks of life solve their legal problems.
My self-motivation and desire to succeed, combined with being able to set and accomplish goals, will allow me to serve my clients effectively.
These decisions have helped to shape who I am today and provided me with a very unique toolset to succeed in law school and in a legal career.
The great opportunities in my life have prepared me for a successful career as a lawyer.
I am confident that what I learn at (Acme Law) will allow me the assist those less fortunate than myself.

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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby catsparka » Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:23 am

gbpackerbacker wrote:
- onomatopoeia (whoosh whoosh whoosh went the cruise ship as i stared from my suite at the indigenous people of the caribbean)


This is golden. Gotta find a way to sneak this into my PS somehow.

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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby 3|ink » Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:26 am

vanwinkle wrote:"I'm interested in the law because I want to save destroy the world."


Auto admit.

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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby PDaddy » Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:27 am

Never mention STD's or sex. The one exception is if you are living with HIV/AIDS and it figures into your desire to advocate for better health care or gay rights, or fight discrimination, etc.

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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby WayBryson » Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:33 am

The Gentleman wrote:"I'm applying to law school because it is the only legitimate career option for someone with a degree in 19th Century Philosophy"

NOTE: My major was not 19th Century Philosophy.


I DID major in 19th Century Philosophy, and my Yale 250 is on Nietzsche :shock:

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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby catsparka » Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:36 am

WayBryson wrote:
The Gentleman wrote:"I'm applying to law school because it is the only legitimate career option for someone with a degree in 19th Century Philosophy"

NOTE: My major was not 19th Century Philosophy.


I DID major in 19th Century Philosophy and my Yale 250 is on Nietzsche :shock:


Dammit, I was going to do that. Oh well, Schopenhauer it is, then.

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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby WayBryson » Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:51 am

catsparka wrote:
WayBryson wrote:
The Gentleman wrote:"I'm applying to law school because it is the only legitimate career option for someone with a degree in 19th Century Philosophy"

NOTE: My major was not 19th Century Philosophy.


I DID major in 19th Century Philosophy and my Yale 250 is on Nietzsche :shock:


Dammit, I was going to do that. Oh well, Schopenhauer it is, then.


Lol, Schopenhauer is in it too :wink:

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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby czelede » Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:28 pm

vanwinkle wrote:"I'm interested in the law because I want to save the world."


I wrote one of these :(

Well, not in those exact words I guess.

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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby plenipotentiary » Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:35 pm

Your boyfriend or girlfriend. Every time I see it, it makes me cringe.

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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby Cupidity » Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:37 pm

Farting.

I read a PS on this site that started, "I let one rip as I walked into a crowded elevator." Author REFUSED to change it.

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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby glitter178 » Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:40 pm

how about.... quoting walt whitman?

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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby Barbie » Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:48 pm

glitter178 wrote:how about.... quoting walt whitman?


I got kicked out of a literature course for giving a presentation that compared Walt Whitman's The Great Poet to Chuck Norris. I was 17 at the time, but I still stand that I made a damn good argument for it.

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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby ResolutePear » Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:57 pm

"I want to go to law school for bottles and models your wife."

If applying at Yale:

"I want to go to law school to take your job."

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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby glitched » Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:26 pm

3|ink wrote:
gbpackerbacker wrote:For starters,

- your lsat prep (they know everybody has done it)

- your one month study abroad

- your screenplay

Sheesh.


LOL. I've only seen one guy try to do this and he wouldn't take my advice and remove it.


Hey that's me! :) and yeah... I'm still keeping it. I have my reasons.

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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby Mike12188 » Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:36 pm

leeronalda wrote:
3|ink wrote:
gbpackerbacker wrote:For starters,

- your lsat prep (they know everybody has done it)

- your one month study abroad

- your screenplay

Sheesh.


LOL. I've only seen one guy try to do this and he wouldn't take my advice and remove it.


Hey that's me! :) and yeah... I'm still keeping it. I have my reasons.


:lol: lol

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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby masochist » Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:50 pm

Anything that begins in media res unless the entire PS is going to be written as a Greek tragedy complete with parts for the chorus.

Example:

Applicant: It was 3AM when I encountered the orphan begging on the streets of Cairo. I then realized my dream was to use my law degree to save children in Africa.

Chorus (singing): She is naïve … but attractive. Her application is viewed auspiciously by the Gods.

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Re: Things you should almost never or never mention in your PS.

Postby CanadianWolf » Wed Nov 17, 2010 4:57 pm

Anything that involves use of the words "unique", "countless" or "visceral".




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