Question about Margins

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confusedprelaw
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Question about Margins

Postby confusedprelaw » Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:47 am

I don't know if this is the right area and I know this is probably a "dumb" question, but how large should my margins be on my personal statement?

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icecold3000
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Re: Question about Margins

Postby icecold3000 » Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:15 am

I would go with 1 inch margins, unless the application give specific directions otherwise. If you are really cramming for space, and the application does not give a specific guideline, you probably would be alright going as low as .87.

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Re: Question about Margins

Postby Dany » Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:29 am

1"

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Re: Question about Margins

Postby thederangedwang » Wed Aug 31, 2011 10:04 am

to my knowledge, harvard has the strictest guidelines. So if you follow it, you should be ok for any other school

2 pages, double spaced
11 font, 1 inch margins.
and a readable font, like times new roman

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Re: Question about Margins

Postby Hopefully2012 » Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:34 pm

thederangedwang wrote:to my knowledge, harvard has the strictest guidelines. So if you follow it, you should be ok for any other school

2 pages, double spaced
11 font, 1 inch margins.
and a readable font, like times new roman


UCLA is a bit more strict but it's one only one that requires 12 pt font 2 pages, double spaced, no mention of margins though so I guess you could do some adjusting... I'd keep it at 1 in though.

From their website:

"Personal Statement (if applying electronically, use an electronic attachment).
Separate essay not to exceed two double-spaced typed pages.
No less than 12-point font.
Discuss any matters relevant to your ability to succeed in law school and the practice of law and any attributes, experiences or interests that would enable you to make a distinctive contribution to UCLA Law or the legal profession."

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Re: Question about Margins

Postby confusedprelaw » Wed Aug 31, 2011 3:05 pm

Thank you for all your help! I think I'm going to keep it at 12 pt, Times New Roman, 1" margins on all sides.




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