Writing Sample Question? Using excerpts from two things?

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lawschoolftw
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Writing Sample Question? Using excerpts from two things?

Postby lawschoolftw » Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:35 pm

I spent my summer working for a small law firm and while I got a lot of experience doing things like drafting discovery/complaints I didn't do a ton of writing. However, I did write what my boss called a "pocket brief" for a criminal trial. It was basically a two and a half page argument about a very narrow legal issue that the judge had reserved judgment on from the day before. Now this obviously is not long enough to be a writing sample, but I was thinking about using a combination of that and an excerpted piece from the brief I wrote for my LRW class as a writing sample.

Thoughts?

edit:: The reason I want this is because I do really like the work i did for the trial, I think it reflects some of my best work.

johndhi
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Re: Writing Sample Question? Using excerpts from two things?

Postby johndhi » Wed Aug 03, 2011 1:56 pm

You have my support, for what it's worth. I've been bouncing between different writing samples, but one I've been doing is two separate documents, each about four pages long. I think it's good to be in the 8-10 page range overall and that it shouldn't be a big deal to have two docs as long as you make it clear what they are/that they are different, etc. More than 2 is probably too much.




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