Need help with Why X paper

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didxogns1

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Need help with Why X paper

Postby didxogns1 » Thu Sep 27, 2018 5:17 am

Hi,

I am trying to write a why UVA paper.
Thou, it has been a while since I wrote this kind of paper, and I am quite lost

Can anyone give me an advice on how I should approach it and which topic may be appropriate?

Thanks in advance for helping a lost fellow <3

albanach

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Re: Need help with Why X paper

Postby albanach » Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:26 am

didxogns1 wrote:Hi,

I am trying to write a why UVA paper.
Thou, it has been a while since I wrote this kind of paper, and I am quite lost

Can anyone give me an advice on how I should approach it and which topic may be appropriate?

Thanks in advance for helping a lost fellow <3


For this to have value, you need to focus on elements unique to UVA and tie them to what you want admissions to know about yourself. You cannot just write about UVA's excellent academics or placement into biglaw, clerkships etc - that's what most the T14 do. Pick something different about UVA that you can talk about directly and with a personal link.

Remember, the admissions officers are typically graduates of the school. They know it inside out. Don't try to fake it.

JohnnieSockran

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Re: Need help with Why X paper

Postby JohnnieSockran » Thu Sep 27, 2018 1:45 pm

didxogns1 wrote:Hi,

I am trying to write a why UVA paper.
Thou, it has been a while since I wrote this kind of paper, and I am quite lost

Can anyone give me an advice on how I should approach it and which topic may be appropriate?

Thanks in advance for helping a lost fellow <3


Have you visited UVA? I'd recommend trying to do that ASAP and get a tour from law school admissions if possible. My tour helped me a lot for writing a Why Penn essay.

albanach

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Re: Need help with Why X paper

Postby albanach » Thu Sep 27, 2018 10:19 pm

JohnnieSockran wrote:
didxogns1 wrote:Hi,

I am trying to write a why UVA paper.
Thou, it has been a while since I wrote this kind of paper, and I am quite lost

Can anyone give me an advice on how I should approach it and which topic may be appropriate?

Thanks in advance for helping a lost fellow <3


Have you visited UVA? I'd recommend trying to do that ASAP and get a tour from law school admissions if possible. My tour helped me a lot for writing a Why Penn essay.


Okay, I hadn't even considered this as a possibility. If your writing a Why X essay and expect it to add value to your application, you really really want to have been to the school. Sure you could write one based on anecdotes and Google searches but you run the risk of appearing insincere and doing more harm than good.



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