Taking time off & PS

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Taking time off & PS

Postby dsendou » Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:45 am

Hey folks,

I'm planning to work for a couple of years after graduation but would ultimately like to attend law school. I've already written a personal statement (I was originally thinking of applying this year) talking about my motivations for going to law school, but the problem is, my job during these years will be completely irrelevant to why I want to practise law, so I don't foresee myself mentioning it at all in the PS. So my question is - is it okay to take a couple of years off school to work on something else but still use a personal statement that just talks about college experiences? I would like to avoid changing the PS because unless I decide to scrap law school altogether, my reasons for going to law school will probably stay the same and I want to convey that in my PS.


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Re: Taking time off & PS

Postby bp shinners » Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:17 pm

It's fine to write a PS that doesn't include a certain period of your life - in fact, the narrower the focus of the PS, the better it usually is.

However, it sounds to me like you might be writing a long-form CV as your PS (based on saying you talk about college experiences only, and why that makes you want to go to law school). If that's the case, I would definitely recommend rewriting it to be less resume-y.

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