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

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

Postby masochist » Wed Dec 29, 2010 3:10 pm

Jader wrote:
masochist wrote: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.


holy shit I want to do this so bad


If you do, please, please, PLEASE pm me a copy.

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

Postby robotclubmember » Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:47 pm

i wrote my PS in comic sans size 18.

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

Postby plum » Wed Dec 29, 2010 10:51 pm

Cupidity wrote: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.

ROFL

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

Postby timmah427 » Wed Mar 30, 2011 1:16 pm

robotclubmember wrote:i wrote my PS in comic sans size 18.


I wrote mine in webdings. It's like codebreaking - good luck, fuckers!

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

Postby glitched » Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:33 pm

glitched 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.


Going to NYU. Sometimes you just gotta trust in yourself, friends.

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

Postby prezidentv8 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:07 pm

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, SchopenhauerFTW it is, then.


FTFY. Now you is auto-admit.

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

Postby powerlawyer06 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:16 pm

I know some people will disagree but....

Your Personal Drug Addiction

Even if it is a story about you becoming clean and winning a nobel peace prize, there is always some doubt about your stability and the possibility of a relapse.

Just my opinion.

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

Postby bartleby » Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:21 pm

3|ink wrote:Avoid describing your hardships directly.


agree. i almost did this and thought i had a pretty solid ps but changed it around in the end. i think i had a pretty strong ps in the end.

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

Postby TatteredDignity » Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:21 pm

gbpackerbacker wrote:
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)


You know, my PS employed a bit of onomatopoeia as a motif throughout, and I stand by it. But I feel less good about it, now. :-/

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

Postby dr123 » Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:25 pm

Rich kid "problems"

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

Postby Non-Chalant1 » Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:22 am

Don't try to tie create a final fantasy narrative like some kid I know.

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

Postby prezidentv8 » Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:30 am

Non-Chalant1 wrote:Don't try to tie create a final fantasy narrative like some kid I know.


That's kinda epic though.

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

Postby YankeesFan » Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:04 am

I really hope that one day someone who gets a 180 sends at least one school a PS that just says:

I got a 180.

End.

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

Postby ResolutePear » Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:09 am

YankeesFan wrote:I really hope that one day someone who gets a 180 sends at least one school a PS that just says:

I got a 180.

End.


I would send a picture of Charlie Sheen.

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

Postby Non-Chalant1 » Wed Apr 06, 2011 2:25 am

prezidentv8 wrote:
Non-Chalant1 wrote:Don't try to tie create a final fantasy narrative like some kid I know.


That's kinda epic though.

Not epic when you're attempting to compare your trajectory in life to Tidus from FFX.

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

Postby serdog » Wed Apr 06, 2011 2:28 am

I want to attend Duke Law because I want to be like Trucker Max

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

Postby ademska » Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:38 pm

Non-Chalant1 wrote:
prezidentv8 wrote:
Non-Chalant1 wrote:Don't try to tie create a final fantasy narrative like some kid I know.


That's kinda epic though.

Not epic when you're attempting to compare your trajectory in life to Tidus from FFX.


Did he tell them his dad was a giant whale? And he hangs around with a big blue cat man?

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

Postby albusdumbledore » Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:47 pm

I see a lot of PS drafts that people come up with on here that read like they're some cheesy film noir narrative. Maybe it's just me, but making your PS read like a story seems kinda lame in general to me.

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

Postby vanwinkle » Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:54 pm

albusdumbledore wrote:I see a lot of PS drafts that people come up with on here that read like they're some cheesy film noir narrative. Maybe it's just me, but making your PS read like a story seems kinda lame in general to me.

100% disagree. My PS read like a story, a story about me and about what led to my pursuit of a law career. I certainly used every narrative technique at my disposal while I was drafting that thing, too. I got multiple acceptance letters with handwritten notes commenting on elements of the story and how they hoped I'd continue my journey at their law school.

Like anything else, the trick is to do it well, and make sure you're following the instructions. A story about your own life, or a particular fragment of it, can effectively paint a picture of a person they'd want to admit.

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

Postby albusdumbledore » Wed Apr 06, 2011 12:57 pm

vanwinkle wrote:
albusdumbledore wrote:I see a lot of PS drafts that people come up with on here that read like they're some cheesy film noir narrative. Maybe it's just me, but making your PS read like a story seems kinda lame in general to me.

100% disagree. My PS read like a story, a story about me and about what led to my pursuit of a law career. I certainly used every narrative technique at my disposal while I was drafting that thing, too. I got multiple acceptance letters with handwritten notes commenting on elements of the story and how they hoped I'd continue my journey at their law school.

Like anything else, the trick is to do it well, and make sure you're following the instructions. A story about your own life, or a particular fragment of it, can effectively paint a picture of a person they'd want to admit.


Yeah, I suppose that's true if you have a compelling story to tell and it is done well. Like I said, it's probably just me. I know I would have difficulty writing something like that because I have a very direct/analytic writing style as it is, so I'm not sure I could pull it off.

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

Postby vanwinkle » Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:09 pm

albusdumbledore wrote:Yeah, I suppose that's true if you have a compelling story to tell and it is done well. Like I said, it's probably just me. I know I would have difficulty writing something like that because I have a very direct/analytic writing style as it is, so I'm not sure I could pull it off.

Yeah, I think ability and skill matter a lot. If you do it badly the result can be worse than not trying it at all. I studied narrative storytelling extensively in college, so it comes a lot more naturally to me now.

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

Postby kublaikahn » Wed Apr 06, 2011 1:55 pm

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

Postby LettuceBeefRealTea » Wed Apr 06, 2011 2:01 pm

dr123 wrote:Rich kid "problems"


white girl problems

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

Postby loblaw » Wed Apr 06, 2011 2:08 pm

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


+1 and "plethora." Thanks for ruining what was previously a perfectly good word, plebeian fools.

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

Postby glitter178 » Wed Apr 06, 2011 2:10 pm

loblaw wrote:
CanadianWolf wrote:Anything that involves use of the words "unique", "countless" or "visceral".


+1 and "plethora." Thanks for ruining what was previously a perfectly good word, plebeian fools.



'PASSION' drives me crazy. STFU




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