What's worse?

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ImTheWiz
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What's worse?

Postby ImTheWiz » Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:28 pm

Not undertaking any of the optional essays -or- including a forced one just to avoid looking like a bum?

(For argument's sake, let's say the writing is clean and technically impressive but the content just isn't anything special.)

oblig.lawl.ref
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Re: What's worse?

Postby oblig.lawl.ref » Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:30 pm

Oh wow! technically impressive, you don't say...

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Re: What's worse?

Postby ImTheWiz » Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:31 pm

oblig.lawl.ref wrote:Oh wow! technically impressive, you don't say...


This is a hypothetical. Let's not get bitter now...

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Re: What's worse?

Postby oblig.lawl.ref » Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:36 pm

Aside from my bitterness about your technically impressive writing abilities, I wondered this myself when I was applying and never figured out the answer.

Ultimately I did most supplemental essays etc b/c I felt like more and more law school were adding additional things just to gauge how much you care and how likely you are to actually attend.

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Re: What's worse?

Postby princessofpower » Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:09 pm

oblig.lawl.ref wrote:Ultimately I did most supplemental essays etc b/c I felt like more and more law school were adding additional things just to gauge how much you care and how likely you are to actually attend.


I intend on doing the optional essays as well, but I do feel like they ask for them in part to see how much effort you are willing to put into applying to their school so they can gauge interest.

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Re: What's worse?

Postby Crowing » Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:54 pm

As long as the writing doesn't suck I don't see how it can hurt you. Maybe the adcomms will think you're not really all that interested if the content isn't great, but I feel like they would just assume that anyway if you didn't even bother to try writing one.

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Re: What's worse?

Postby dietcoke0 » Sun Sep 23, 2012 1:50 pm

Find something interesting to say then. If you can write technically impressively, then you can find one little nugget that is interesting.

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Re: What's worse?

Postby Tuco Salamanca » Sun Sep 23, 2012 2:14 pm

Write the essay. Being technically impressive pretty much makes you an auto-admit.




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