"You don't have to save the world to make a good PS" T/F?

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"You don't have to save the world to make a good PS" T/F?

Postby crisgcia » Thu Oct 10, 2013 11:13 am

At the LSAC forum's Diversity Panel, a few admissions directors made a point of mentioning that they didn't have to hear about how a candidate accomplished incredible feats and that it was more important for them to get an understanding of who the person was, even if the experiences they discussed in the PS weren't very glamorous. Do you think this is true? Why or why not? Is it possible to write a good personal statement about an average event and still be on par with an extraordinary experience another applicant chose to right about?

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Re: "You don't have to save the world to make a good PS" T/F?

Postby AnonymousAlterEgoC » Thu Oct 10, 2013 5:59 pm

Think about the person who saved ten villages and cured cancer.

In theory, it could have all happened by accident, and they could be a terrible candidate for law school. Performing extraordinary events does not entail that the performer will be a strong student. So, extraordinary events are not sufficient for someone to be a good student. Other things are needed. So yeah, what they say makes sense. Consider a few non-exhaustive lists.

A candidate needs: GPA, LSAT, work ethic (possibly demonstrated by the above two), ability to perform logic, some degree of memory

A candidate will benefit from: Extraordinary events

Most people do not have: Extraordinary events--otherwise they would be ordinary events (just go with it).

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