DistrictDisaster wrote:Can I ask a completely unrelated question b/c you all are clearly in the know. The "Why School X" essays. Do you always write one regardless of whether or not the school requests an optional additional essay? If the school (say Georgetown) provides optional response prompts (none of which is "Why Georgetown") do you give them your PS, your optional response, AND a "Why Georgetown" essay? That seems excessive. Thanks guys.
It is always beneficial to write a sincere “Why X” essay, even if not prompted to provide one. There are 3 situations that everyone falls into :
1. You are overqualified for the school
2. You are a typical applicant for the school
3. You are a below average applicant for the school
All three of these warrant a Why X. For 1, it shows that you have interest in the school beyond just submitting a blanket application. It is in the schools best interest to not admit anyone that doesn’t attend, so these are often candidates that get Waitlisted for yield protect.
For 2, it will give you a leg up against the other applicants who have the same stats as you.
For 3, it might be compelling enough for them to overlook portions of your application that might otherwise be something they would deny. If you can convince them that you are a good applicant and that you really want to attend their school, it might flatter them enough to give you a marginal boost that lands you in the acceptance pile.
If you haven’t figured it out yet, everything about law schools is excessive.