What do I use for a 5-10 page (or less) Writing Sample?

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LSL
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What do I use for a 5-10 page (or less) Writing Sample?

Postby LSL » Wed Jan 02, 2013 6:57 pm

1L applying for summer internships here and I'm running into a problem. I know most people use legal writing projects as their writing sample. My shortest (completed/polished) writing project was 15 pages.

My problem is, some employers (I'm looking at non-profit/gov't) are asking for really short writing samples. A few are asking for 5-10 pages. The shortest is asking for less than 5.

In this situation, what's the recommended writing sample? Should I use part of one of my projects instead of the full thing? Or should I use something else completely? Thanks.

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Re: What do I use for a 5-10 page (or less) Writing Sample?

Postby jessuf » Wed Jan 02, 2013 7:12 pm

You can take a longer writing sample and shorten it. For instance, if you have a memo with two issues, then just include 1 issue to chop it in half. Include a cover page that says the original has been shortened and offer to provide a full copy if the firm would like.

Edit: And for ones that ask for insanely short writing samples, just include your analysis from your memo or whatever paper you choose to use. Add only a brief facts section and issue statement so they understand what you're analyzing.

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Re: What do I use for a 5-10 page (or less) Writing Sample?

Postby TTH » Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:33 pm

Just select your twenty best TLS posts and paste them together.

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Re: What do I use for a 5-10 page (or less) Writing Sample?

Postby suralin » Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:37 pm

TTH wrote:Just select your twenty best TLS posts and paste them together.


Obvious CR.




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