Size 11 pt font yay or nay?

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Size 11 pt font yay or nay?

Postby candidate33 » Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:50 pm

I've tried to cut down my personal statement to exactly two pages. It fits perfectly if I change the font size....I read on another thread that size 11 pt font Times New Roman is acceptable if absolutely necessary. Is this true for all schools? Specifically GW. I am attempting to submit in the next 45 mins.

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Re: Size 11 pt font yay or nay?

Postby protip » Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:54 pm

candidate33 wrote:I read on another thread that size 11 pt font Times New Roman is acceptable if absolutely necessary.



PROTIP: Don't answer your own question in the question

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Re: Size 11 pt font yay or nay?

Postby yankees42789 » Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:54 pm

I used 11 point font for my PS and it hasn't hurt me. I think you'll be fine.

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Re: Size 11 pt font yay or nay?

Postby Dany » Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:56 pm

1. It's "yea."
2. It really, really, really doesn't matter (unless the school specifically says 12 pt font.)

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Re: Size 11 pt font yay or nay?

Postby candidate33 » Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:57 pm

Haha ok I guess I'm just paranoid and wanted to make absolutely sure. Thanks.

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Re: Size 11 pt font yay or nay?

Postby Helmholtz » Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:37 am

candidate33 wrote:I've tried to cut down my personal statement to exactly two pages. It fits perfectly if I change the font size....I read on another thread that size 11 pt font Times New Roman is acceptable if absolutely necessary. Is this true for all schools? Specifically GW. I am attempting to submit in the next 45 mins.


Using Times New Roman as the font for your personal statement is a more egregious error than cutting font size.

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Re: Size 11 pt font yay or nay?

Postby RareBreed » Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:32 am

No. one. will. give. a. fuck.

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Re: Size 11 pt font yay or nay?

Postby lovejopd » Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:10 am

Helmholtz wrote:
candidate33 wrote:I've tried to cut down my personal statement to exactly two pages. It fits perfectly if I change the font size....I read on another thread that size 11 pt font Times New Roman is acceptable if absolutely necessary. Is this true for all schools? Specifically GW. I am attempting to submit in the next 45 mins.


Using Times New Roman as the font for your personal statement is a more egregious error than cutting font size.

What is the best one other than Times New Roman for personal statement:?:

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Re: Size 11 pt font yay or nay?

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Re: Size 11 pt font yay or nay?

Postby JDizzle2015 » Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:36 pm

Use Times New Roman.

11 point size font is fine unless the school specifically says you have to use 12 point size. See --LinkRemoved-- (it's a bit dated but it gives you a general set of guidelines).

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Re: Size 11 pt font yay or nay?

Postby Helmholtz » Fri Dec 30, 2011 4:41 pm

lovejopd wrote:
Helmholtz wrote:
candidate33 wrote:I've tried to cut down my personal statement to exactly two pages. It fits perfectly if I change the font size....I read on another thread that size 11 pt font Times New Roman is acceptable if absolutely necessary. Is this true for all schools? Specifically GW. I am attempting to submit in the next 45 mins.


Using Times New Roman as the font for your personal statement is a more egregious error than cutting font size.

What is the best one other than Times New Roman for personal statement:?:


You have a lot of choices. I would recommend one of the following:

Goudy Old Style
Sabon
Miller
Palatino Linotype
Century
Yale Design

Also, I would recommend just buying this book now: http://www.amazon.com/Typography-Lawyer ... 465&sr=8-1 I read it for fun during 1L summer, and I know that people like Judge Easterbrook and Bryan Garner hold that book in very high regard (Frank Easterbrook gave a talk on kerning, ligature, font selection, etc. at the start of his seminar this quarter).

The designers of Times New Roman had narrow newspaper columns in mind when designing the font—that's where it has its maximum readability. Some law professors won't even accept your exam if it's written in Times New Roman.

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Re: Size 11 pt font yay or nay?

Postby BiglawOrBust » Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:05 pm

Helmholtz wrote:
candidate33 wrote:I've tried to cut down my personal statement to exactly two pages. It fits perfectly if I change the font size....I read on another thread that size 11 pt font Times New Roman is acceptable if absolutely necessary. Is this true for all schools? Specifically GW. I am attempting to submit in the next 45 mins.


Using Times New Roman as the font for your personal statement is a more egregious error than cutting font size.


Yes.

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Re: Size 11 pt font yay or nay?

Postby Pizon » Fri Dec 30, 2011 8:37 pm

Helmholtz wrote:
lovejopd wrote:
Helmholtz wrote:
candidate33 wrote:I've tried to cut down my personal statement to exactly two pages. It fits perfectly if I change the font size....I read on another thread that size 11 pt font Times New Roman is acceptable if absolutely necessary. Is this true for all schools? Specifically GW. I am attempting to submit in the next 45 mins.


Using Times New Roman as the font for your personal statement is a more egregious error than cutting font size.

What is the best one other than Times New Roman for personal statement:?:


You have a lot of choices. I would recommend one of the following:

Goudy Old Style
Sabon
Miller
Palatino Linotype
Century
Yale Design

Also, I would recommend just buying this book now: http://www.amazon.com/Typography-Lawyer ... 465&sr=8-1 I read it for fun during 1L summer, and I know that people like Judge Easterbrook and Bryan Garner hold that book in very high regard (Frank Easterbrook gave a talk on kerning, ligature, font selection, etc. at the start of his seminar this quarter).

The designers of Times New Roman had narrow newspaper columns in mind when designing the font—that's where it has its maximum readability. Some law professors won't even accept your exam if it's written in Times New Roman.


:lol:

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Re: Size 11 pt font yay or nay?

Postby candidate33 » Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:17 pm

Haha wow I'm constantly amazed by how much stuff I see brought up on this site that I would never otherwise consider. Like not using Times New Roman font? I've used it for every paper I've ever written! Since I already submitted my apps, I guess Times New Roman will have to do. I'll definitely be reading that book though.

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Re: Size 11 pt font yay or nay?

Postby Dany » Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:21 pm

TNR is absolutely and completely fine for admissions purposes.

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Re: Size 11 pt font yay or nay?

Postby ahduth » Fri Dec 30, 2011 10:32 pm

Helmholtz wrote:
lovejopd wrote:
Helmholtz wrote:
candidate33 wrote:I've tried to cut down my personal statement to exactly two pages. It fits perfectly if I change the font size....I read on another thread that size 11 pt font Times New Roman is acceptable if absolutely necessary. Is this true for all schools? Specifically GW. I am attempting to submit in the next 45 mins.


Using Times New Roman as the font for your personal statement is a more egregious error than cutting font size.

What is the best one other than Times New Roman for personal statement:?:


You have a lot of choices. I would recommend one of the following:

Goudy Old Style
Sabon
Miller
Palatino Linotype
Century
Yale Design

Also, I would recommend just buying this book now: http://www.amazon.com/Typography-Lawyer ... 465&sr=8-1 I read it for fun during 1L summer, and I know that people like Judge Easterbrook and Bryan Garner hold that book in very high regard (Frank Easterbrook gave a talk on kerning, ligature, font selection, etc. at the start of his seminar this quarter).

The designers of Times New Roman had narrow newspaper columns in mind when designing the font—that's where it has its maximum readability. Some law professors won't even accept your exam if it's written in Times New Roman.


Okay, now that actually is a protip - if Easterbrook and Garner are on board... more loan money out the window I suppose.

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Re: Size 11 pt font yay or nay?

Postby r6_philly » Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:46 am

Some fonts can't be properly converted by PDF converters, so if you are being creative, be sure to check the result.

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Re: Size 11 pt font yay or nay?

Postby BeerMaker » Tue Jan 03, 2012 5:55 pm

What are some good iWork for Mac fonts?

I've heard helvetica is the easiest font to read in the world. Not sure how it is received for essays?

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Re: Size 11 pt font yay or nay?

Postby KRog » Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:05 am

I think I remember some applications specifically instructing you to use either Times New Roman or Arial font.... But I do like Garamond.




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