Why X Essays (Length, Necessity etc.)

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lsh531
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Why X Essays (Length, Necessity etc.)

Postby lsh531 » Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:30 pm

Hey, thanks for taking the time to look at my post. Sorry in advance if these questions are posted elsewhere.

I'm working on a bunch of applications right now and had a couple questions about those "Why X" essays.

How long are they usually? I have heard that Duke, Virginia, Chicago, and Penn are the main schools that request them. Are there any other schools that look favorably on them? I appreciate any and all answers. Thanks!

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j12
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Re: Why X Essays (Length, Necessity etc.)

Postby j12 » Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:31 pm

Don't forget Michigan.
Shouldn't be longer than a page.

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Re: Why X Essays (Length, Necessity etc.)

Postby soj » Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:32 pm

lsh531 wrote:How long are they usually? I have heard that Duke, Virginia, Chicago, and Penn are the main schools that request them. Are there any other schools that look favorably on them? I appreciate any and all answers. Thanks!

not really

also, Northwestern

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Re: Why X Essays (Length, Necessity etc.)

Postby Opie » Thu Sep 29, 2011 5:53 pm

soj wrote:also, Northwestern


+1

Johann effectively said it's mandatory.

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Re: Why X Essays (Length, Necessity etc.)

Postby 2014 » Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:10 pm

So MVP + Chicago are all necessary?

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Re: Why X Essays (Length, Necessity etc.)

Postby crumpetsandtea » Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:17 pm

2014 wrote:So MVP + Chicago are all necessary?

IDK about Chicago, but definitely MVP, NU, and Duke.

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Re: Why X Essays (Length, Necessity etc.)

Postby theadvancededit » Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:59 pm

A page is standard for "Why X" essays but you can go slightly over/under.

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2014
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Re: Why X Essays (Length, Necessity etc.)

Postby 2014 » Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:14 am

Double spaced with name and LSAC number on it somewhere yes?

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Re: Why X Essays (Length, Necessity etc.)

Postby Tiago Splitter » Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:22 am

2014 wrote:Double spaced with name and LSAC number on it somewhere yes?


Yes.

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Re: Why X Essays (Length, Necessity etc.)

Postby r6_philly » Sat Oct 01, 2011 1:19 am

Did not write why UVA and why Duke and got in both. I think it's really helpful, if you have anything meaningful to say. But not a game breaker if you don't.

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Re: Why X Essays (Length, Necessity etc.)

Postby RonnyDworkin » Sat Oct 01, 2011 11:02 am

r6_philly wrote:Did not write why UVA and why Duke and got in both. I think it's really helpful, if you have anything meaningful to say. But not a game breaker if you don't.



I completely agree with the above poster. I think some people over do it with the why essays. At the end of the day if you don't have something meaningful to say, it's just not worth it.




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