Writing a genuine Why X Essay

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RSterling
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Writing a genuine Why X Essay

Postby RSterling » Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:22 pm

I'm starting to put together some Why X essays for MVP, and I'm finding it really hard to sound genuine i.e. talking about something beyond what's on the school's website (clinics, etc.) and employment numbers from LST.

My essay will be well written, but I'm afraid that schools are going to think I'm just putting down a bunch of BS (I've never visited or lived any where near any of these schools), and that's it's going to weaken the rest of my application (with a strong PS and LORs). Any thoughts?

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Re: Writing a genuine Why X Essay

Postby 20130312 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:28 pm

Visit and then write about your visit. Plenty of time still for this.

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Re: Writing a genuine Why X Essay

Postby soj » Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:32 pm


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Re: Writing a genuine Why X Essay

Postby RSterling » Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:41 pm

InGoodFaith wrote:Visit and then write about your visit. Plenty of time still for this.


I live on the West Coast. A line in an extra essay is not worth hundreds of dollars unfortunately.

soj wrote:http://www.top-law-schools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=191769#p5810686

Thanks for this. This helps.

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Re: Writing a genuine Why X Essay

Postby RSterling » Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:45 pm

Basically my essay looks like this (obviously it's not the same for all 3, but it's similar).

1 lengthy paragraph about a couple of clinics that I am interested in

1 paragraph about employment numbers for both private and public sector depending on the school

1 paragraph about what I find attractive about the surrounding city/area

It's about 500 words

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Re: Writing a genuine Why X Essay

Postby Yardbird » Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:48 pm

InGoodFaith wrote:Visit and then write about your visit. Plenty of time still for this.
This, but if you can't visit make sure to do research online - programs, clinics, LRAP, job placement, professors, extracurriculars, etc. Half an hour of research will make a Why X pretty easy.




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