Expert opinion requested: it is only 38 words!

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geostuck
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Expert opinion requested: it is only 38 words!

Postby geostuck » Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:17 pm

I'm not sure how to approach this, and I would appreciate some help, stylistically and or grammatically. Quick background, "step-dad A" is the topic of my PS. He was/is a rough character, a drunk, and a complete fuck-up. "Step-dad B" went to the same law school that I'm applying, and he is an active alumnus. I’m 100% positive the adcoms will know him the second they read his name. This has got me so concerned that I’ve considered not applying. Step-dad B is well known within the legal community, and I'm highly concerned there might be some confusion, even the slightest would be an issue. So I decided to add this quick addendum:

It is imperative that the distinction between my step-fathers is clear. The step-father I refer to in my personal statement is purposely left anonymous, and [name] an attorney practicing in [city] is not confused with the anonymous step-father. [name] entered my life in my late teens, and married my mother when I was an adult. [name] is a wonderful role-model and mentor. [Therefore, I believe this addendum is necessary.?!?] <--- yea, I know cut it.

Additional questions:
1. Also, I’m writing a few short addendums, should they be on separate sheets.
2. And, if so, should a salutation be included on each?
3. Should a salutation be included at all? The instruction state: clearly list the question you are writing about with name and LSAC number.

Thank you in advance.

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WhiskeyGuy
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Re: Expert opinion requested: it is only 38 words!

Postby WhiskeyGuy » Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:22 pm

One sheet, one addendum.

I didn't use a salutation.

I put in the header what the issue was: "Academic Leave Addendum," etc.

I think you addendum is prudent. Cut out that last sentence and proof read it (there are errors) and it should be good.

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Re: Expert opinion requested: it is only 38 words!

Postby baktalk » Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:23 pm

Seems like your connection to step dad B can only help.

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Kiersten1985
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Re: Expert opinion requested: it is only 38 words!

Postby Kiersten1985 » Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:25 pm

Could you perhaps use a fake name for the step-dad in your PS? I feel like it's one of those things where you should be able to make it clear from your original writing.

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Re: Expert opinion requested: it is only 38 words!

Postby ughOSU » Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:26 pm

My immediate reaction is that it's a good idea to be clear. The addendum will not hurt, just make sure it's worded correctly.

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Re: Expert opinion requested: it is only 38 words!

Postby geostuck » Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:37 pm

Kiersten1985 wrote:Could you perhaps use a fake name for the step-dad in your PS? I feel like it's one of those things where you should be able to make it clear from your original writing.


Thanks, seriously!

The step-dad in the PS is anonymous, but obviously, I cannot fake Step-dad B's name since the app asks about family by blood or marriage. It is clear, but I do not write about the current "dad". Regardless, I just don't want anyone to think for a second that they are the same. Suppose I'm being overly cautious and concerned.

Also, as someone said, he being my dad is probably going to get me admitted, but of course, I'd rather have it based on my abilities. I just cannot grow a sack and tell him about the PS.

Again, thank you all for taking the time to read it and offer some input.
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Re: Expert opinion requested: it is only 38 words!

Postby ughOSU » Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:41 pm

geostuck wrote:Thanks, seriously!

The step-dad in the PS is anonymous, but obviously, I cannot fake Step-dad B's name since the app asks about family by blood or marriage. It is clear, but I do not write about the current "dad". Regardless, I just don't want anyone to think for a second that they are the same. Suppose I'm being overly cautious and concerned.

I think you're right on with this. Don't worry too much about it.

Also, my dad got me in to what is by far my highest profile acceptance thus far. There's no shame in being a legacy.

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Re: Expert opinion requested: it is only 38 words!

Postby NayBoer » Thu Jan 14, 2010 5:52 pm

Why not just add a line in the PS saying he's gone or not your stepdad or otherwise making it clear?

Seems like an addendum could be reserved for items that can't otherwise be edited, like the LSAC report or their standard application form.




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