Does a PS need to say why law?

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Hjones33
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Does a PS need to say why law?

Postby Hjones33 » Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:40 pm

Looking at University of Michigan's explanation of a personal statement it looks like you don't have to, but when reading them on this site it seems like most people wrap up their statements with a "why law".

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Re: Does a PS need to say why law?

Postby rinkrat19 » Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:41 pm

No, you don't explicitly have to explain 'why law.' However, what your PS should NOT do is leave the reader actively wondering why you're applying to law schools instead of doing [x]. So if you write about a lifelong passion for underwater knitting competitions, you might need to pivot to 'why law' at some point to answer the obvious question.

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Re: Does a PS need to say why law?

Postby fallen_frames » Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:09 pm

The short answer is No. you don't have to explain why you are going to law school. It should be relevant (duh), but my PS doesn't explicitly say why I want to go to law.

Some schools will ask that, however. I am going to need to mend my PS to say SOMETHING along the lines of "why law" for BU's personal statement prompt.

So: No. But if they ask for it specifically, yes. Cheers!

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Re: Does a PS need to say why law?

Postby Hjones33 » Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:28 pm

Thanks, appreciate the responses.




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