Mentioning Aspirations to Teach Law

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How will admissions officers view a student who wants to teach law?

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Mentioning Aspirations to Teach Law

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:47 pm

Do you think it's a good idea to mention my aspirations to eventually teach law in my personal statement? I have a decent shot at HYS (hoping for YLS obviously, given my long-term goal), but I'm not sure how admission officers at those schools will view such an aspiration.


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Re: Mentioning Aspirations to Teach Law

Postby Ti Malice » Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:34 pm

Since you presumably haven't been through a single course in law school, it seems a little odd to me to present legal academia as your clear goal rather than as something you'd like to explore and learn more about, but I'm not an adcomm. I doubt it would help you in any way with YHS (though Chicago might treat it as a signal of interest on your part), but it probably wouldn't actively hurt you. I mean, people admitted to top schools write fairly often about wanting to study and practice in essentially non-existent fields like "international law" and "international human rights." Your aspiration is less common, but it's not objectively less reasonable.

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