joebloe wrote:Columbia Law wrote:you_were_driving wrote:my understanding of the writing sample has always been that it wont help your application in any way, but if you just don't do it, make no sense, write illegibly, etc. it can certainly hurt your chances.
most schools probably don't look at it, but its really not hard to write a few semi-coherent paragraphs to satisfy any adcomms that feel the need to dig into your file beyond the numbers.
How would you even know that? This site is so funny sometimes. Do you have experience or evidence where it have hurt someone? I spent no more than 10 minutes on it and substituted my GF's name for the LULZ when it came out on the pdf. My applications weren't hurt at all.
How nice to know you're willing to take that kind of risk based on word of mouth. All I'm saying is it's 35 minutes, a pencil, and some paper. It's not something to fret over, but why shouldn't you take it seriously? It's like assuming the kids on the playground are right about a rattlesnake actually being dead, and then playing with it.
i dont think its worth the risk really, no matter how small. that being said, i know for HY at least, adcomms have explicitly told me that some on the review board read the writing samples and put some weight into it..maybe those adcomms (on separate occasions) all lied to me, maybe not. if you did it and applied there, maybe you got a reviewer who didnt care about it, but maybe there's someone out there who had the numbers and got dinged/WL and is still wondering why...none of us will really know, but all arrows point to the reasonable assumption that at best it does nothing for you, at worst it hurts you