Ending with a reference to the school?

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Ending with a reference to the school?

Postby whippersnappery » Sun Aug 11, 2013 11:32 am

I've seen conflicting advice on this, and am looking to get some input: should you end your personal statement with a brief statement about that school. Something like, "Given XYZ Law School's courses such as ___ and ___, faculty like ___ and ___, and ___ Journal, XYZ Law School would the perfect place for me to hone my interest in ___ law." Is this frowned on, or seen as positive by admissions officers?

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Re: Ending with a reference to the school?

Postby SteelPenguin » Sun Aug 11, 2013 3:40 pm

For the most part, I think the consensus is to avoid doing this because it usually feels forced. If you write an entire PS, and the only thing you do is change the last paragraph for each of them to mention a school and a couple programs, I think adcomms will see right through a weak attempt to appeal to them.

I'm sure there are instances where it makes sense, but for the most part avoid it, especially if you're using the same PS for multiple schools.

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Re: Ending with a reference to the school?

Postby guano » Sun Aug 11, 2013 4:03 pm

Dear Stanford,

Blah blah blah
And I really look forward to living in New Haven.


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