Should my PS for Boalt be 4 pages long?

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iamgoingtolawschool
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Should my PS for Boalt be 4 pages long?

Postby iamgoingtolawschool » Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:29 pm

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Re: Should my PS for Boalt be 4 pages long?

Postby thelawschoolproject » Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:02 pm

Quality over quantity always.

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Re: Should my PS for Boalt be 4 pages long?

Postby freestallion » Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:09 pm

I have the same question as well. Would a "why Boalt" be appropriate? Someone on this forum told me not to write that, but incorporate it into my PS. It just starts sound kind of long and rambly though. A "Why Boalt" would be way more effective, I feel.

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Re: Should my PS for Boalt be 4 pages long?

Postby thelawschoolproject » Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:16 pm

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Re: Should my PS for Boalt be 4 pages long?

Postby freestallion » Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:23 pm

thelawschoolproject wrote:IMO, I'd never write a straight "Why X" essay. I don't see anyway that a person could stand out with an essay like that. You should always try to incorporate why you want to attend somewhere with your PS. At least, that's what I would do. And, if your essay is "rambling" that means you aren't writing a focused and effective essay in general.


Well, I just think that not everyone's personal statements are amenable to suddenly starting to write about why you want to go to Berkeley at the end. Personally, I think that any PS that is more than 3 pages starts to sound long and perhaps, rambly. I just don't get why they want to read such long ones.

I'd say try to lengthen it beyond 2 pages, but it doesn't have to be a full 4 pages. Instead of a "Why B" I'd just add more about "Why B" to the end of the PS if possible, or somehow incorporate it.

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Re: Should my PS for Boalt be 4 pages long?

Postby memaha » Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:23 pm

http://www.top-law-schools.com/tom-interview.html

Dean Tom specifically mentions how Boalt allows for 4 pages and to take advantage of it... so I would do that.




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