Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

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Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby ConsideringLawSchool » Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:22 pm

So I know that many folks stick with the conventional LSAT score, GPA, Personal Statement, etc., but I'm interested to hear what unconventional things people did and how it turned out.

Things like sending videos, writing poetry, hand-delivering applications, submitting books written about the applicant, compiling news articles, etc.

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby Na_Swatch » Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:24 pm

I used something like this: http://www.barneysvideoresume.com/

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby jks289 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:27 pm

ConsideringLawSchool wrote:So I know that many folks stick with the conventional LSAT score, GPA, Personal Statement, etc., but I'm interested to hear what unconventional things people did and how it turned out.

Things like sending videos, writing poetry, hand-delivering applications, submitting books written about the applicant, compiling news articles, etc.


This is a real thing? People actually do this? If your life was so extraordinary to have a book about you, wouldn't a PS be a better way to discuss that? Maybe if you wrote a book, or an article about you if it was relevant. But a video? Of what? It seems so flakey.

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby ConsideringLawSchool » Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:30 pm

jks289 wrote:
ConsideringLawSchool wrote:So I know that many folks stick with the conventional LSAT score, GPA, Personal Statement, etc., but I'm interested to hear what unconventional things people did and how it turned out.

Things like sending videos, writing poetry, hand-delivering applications, submitting books written about the applicant, compiling news articles, etc.


This is a real thing? People actually do this? If your life was so extraordinary to have a book about you, wouldn't a PS be a better way to discuss that? Maybe if you wrote a book, or an article about you if it was relevant. But a video? Of what? It seems so flakey.


I'm not advocating for this practice, but I'm just asking.

Also, a life doesn't have to be extraordinary to have a book

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby shoop » Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:32 pm

ConsideringLawSchool wrote:
Also, a life doesn't have to be extraordinary to have a book


TITCR.

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby akili » Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:33 pm

shoop wrote:
ConsideringLawSchool wrote:
Also, a life doesn't have to be extraordinary to have a book


TITCR.

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Well done.

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby TTTennis » Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:33 pm

shoop wrote:
ConsideringLawSchool wrote:
Also, a life doesn't have to be extraordinary to have a book


TITCR.

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LOL

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby njskatchmo » Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:34 pm

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby D. H2Oman » Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:38 pm

Inserted several (tasteful) self nude pics.

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby ConsideringLawSchool » Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:45 pm

D. H2Oman wrote:Inserted several (tasteful) self nude pics.


See, as an adcom, I would be impressed by the confidence shown by such an act.

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby bees » Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:53 pm

I spoke with an adcom (outside of any sort of professional or law school related setting) who told me a disturbing number of people include a number of professional photos of themselves in their applications. The photos always go in the trash.

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby goosey » Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:55 pm

I think I read somewhere (perhaps on apps themselves) that one should not send books and videos, as they will be thrown out.

I think we typically see adcomms as being very numbers driven, but my goal in my app was to make the numbers a backdrop. I think if we give them a reason to *not* be numbers driven, we are more likely to get the hollistic approach. My numbers arent that strong..in fact my gpa is downright pathetic..but I know that I am more than numbers, so thats pretty much what I went for in my apps.

jury is out on the effectiveness of such method. will get back to you after fordham accepts me :p

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby shoop » Mon Feb 15, 2010 2:59 pm

akili wrote:
shoop wrote:
ConsideringLawSchool wrote:
Also, a life doesn't have to be extraordinary to have a book


TITCR.

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Well done.


Yet they're calling me a flame on another thread just because my post count is low.

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby summerstar » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:48 pm

and no poetry ( no I didn't)

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby 09042014 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:52 pm

My penis pic got me into Northwestern.

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby nematoad » Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:55 pm

i spent a paragraph comparing law to art in my PS. that's about as unconventional as i got. i thought it was pretty spicey.

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby Kobe_Teeth » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:01 pm

Someone considered this as a PS:

Of what we know, this world is young,
but it's spirit is strong and it's pleasures are fun.
It's cultures are abundant, and its people diverse,
From cradle, to cottage, till death and reverse.

Life is a story yet to be told,
It's paths open to any who seek to unfold.
That single choice which will affect our future,
And must be guided with focused thought as we venture.

My heart is strong and my mind is set,
I will be the candidate that you will not forget.
It's lessons are harsh but it's scent sweet as a rose,
I acknowledge the risk that I take with my prose.

My passion for law is sincere and true,
My experience abundant, realistic in my view.
It's a career I've already excelled at to this date,
And it's time to increase the skill set on my plate.

I start my day and dissect our deals,
I look for future waivers and mold them to appeal.
International contracts are were I shine,
To our Partners, my eye for details readily does shine.

Give me a contract signed in full,
By the General Counsel on the companies payroll.
Lets it have savings, and be at our standard fair,
and my goosebumps will rise and I jump from my chair.

Experience alone does not success foretell,
Nor how a student will do as they become an "One L."
As I go to the next stage not any school will do,
It must reflect my passion, and my goals through and through.

My ambition is unparalleled and I strive for the best,
The beat of my passion roars like a lion in my chest.
Against like minds of our futures content,
The best of the best must I compete against.

Not just for pride, for that can lead one ones demise,
But for a location that is ripe for legal growth for the wise.
I've dedicate a great deal of my life to helping those in need,
Specifically with youths in need of a good deed.

In Oakland, San Francisco, San Leandro and more,
It's important not to forget that needs of the tried, weak, and poor.
I am more and more motivated as I live through life,
That the world needs someone to help with it's strife.

It's a tale you've no doubt herd before,
Prospective students swearing they'll fight forever more.
The validity of my claims I leave to your review,
Hopefully my resume and background will strengthen your view.

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby Kretzy » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:18 pm

I included my inner-tube water polo intramural championship in my 1-page resume. I've actually gotten several comments about it from adcomms, all positive.

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby 09042014 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:19 pm

Kretzy wrote:I included my inner-tube water polo intramural championship in my 1-page resume. I've actually gotten several comments about it from adcomms, all positive.


Unless you are disabled, why are you using inner-tubes for water polo?

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby Kretzy » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:20 pm

Desert Fox wrote:
Kretzy wrote:I included my inner-tube water polo intramural championship in my 1-page resume. I've actually gotten several comments about it from adcomms, all positive.


Unless you are disabled, why are you using inner-tubes for water polo?


It's part of the game. Levels the playing field against the good swimmers.

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby mb88 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:24 pm

Desert Fox wrote:
Kretzy wrote:I included my inner-tube water polo intramural championship in my 1-page resume. I've actually gotten several comments about it from adcomms, all positive.


Unless you are disabled, why are you using inner-tubes for water polo?


Why not?

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby 09042014 » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:26 pm

mb88 wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:
Kretzy wrote:I included my inner-tube water polo intramural championship in my 1-page resume. I've actually gotten several comments about it from adcomms, all positive.


Unless you are disabled, why are you using inner-tubes for water polo?


Why not?


When you are right you are right.

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby booboo » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:26 pm

Kobe_Teeth, that was a mean repost.

Lol.

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby swimbrad » Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:27 pm

mb88 wrote:
Desert Fox wrote:
Kretzy wrote:I included my inner-tube water polo intramural championship in my 1-page resume. I've actually gotten several comments about it from adcomms, all positive.


Unless you are disabled, why are you using inner-tubes for water polo?


Why not?


TITCR

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Re: Most Unconventional Things You Did in Your Applications?

Postby Fancy Pants » Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:10 pm

Alternate thread title: "Ways I tried to ruin my law school application"




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