Is it bad if my transfer PS is less than 2 pages?

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iheartlaw
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Is it bad if my transfer PS is less than 2 pages?

Postby iheartlaw » Wed Jun 16, 2010 1:34 am

I was wondering if it makes someone look lazy or as if they don't care if they submit a shorter personal statement. I noticed Boalt's PS could be 4 pages double spaced! My personal statement was only 1 and 3/4 , just shy of 2 pages double spaced. Although I don't expect to get in to Boalt, if I am putting myself at a disadvantage, then I should do something to add to my PS.

It's funny because before I went to law school, I would have struggled to get it under 4 pages, but now it's hard for me to even write 2! Not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing, haha.

Also, what do you think is suggested when the law school does not have ANY requirement? For example, to my understanding GULC had no specifications with regards to PS size/limits.

Thanks.

xyzzzzzzzz
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Re: Is it bad if my transfer PS is less than 2 pages?

Postby xyzzzzzzzz » Wed Jun 16, 2010 2:33 am

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bkthunder
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Re: Is it bad if my transfer PS is less than 2 pages?

Postby bkthunder » Wed Jun 16, 2010 8:17 am

I did a little more for Boalt because they seemed to suggest writing more. FWIW, my GULC PS was barely over 1 page and I got in

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EggShellPlaintiff
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Re: Is it bad if my transfer PS is less than 2 pages?

Postby EggShellPlaintiff » Wed Jun 16, 2010 11:52 am

I seriously doubt it matters. In my opinion, transfer admissions is just as numbers focused as regular admissions. The first time around schools are worried about medians. With transfers, schools are worried about their incoming students getting jobs; thus, schools are almost exclusively looking at how employable you are (re: the quality of the school you're transferring from and your grades at that school).

I also bet schools place less weight on transfer personal statements than personal statements in the regular admissions cycle. Most of us have the same obvious, boring reason for transferring: better school = better jobs, better professors, better clerkships, better network, better life, whatever. Aside from those people who have legitimate, compelling reasons for leaving, we're all writing the same thing.

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nahgems
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Re: Is it bad if my transfer PS is less than 2 pages?

Postby nahgems » Wed Jun 16, 2010 4:26 pm

I doubt it matters. If you wrote what you needed to say in less than two pages there is no need add fluff. No one likes reading fluff.

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Re: Is it bad if my transfer PS is less than 2 pages?

Postby megaTTTron » Thu Jun 17, 2010 1:48 am

quality over quantity. /thread.

(seriously, one page of clarity and honesty is worth more than 4 of you bullshitting)




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