MumofCad wrote:Curious1 wrote:MumofCad wrote:You should always just tell the truth. I wrote a single sentence that I had friends and family, as well as a pre-law adviser from the undergraduate university proof my essays. Its not going to hurt you.
If it's not going to be a factor (however tiny) in making admissions decisions, why would they ask the question?
By the way, I did have a friend proofread my essay, so I'll go change my answer because I don't think they expect you to do it all by yourself, but if you were one of those people who paid thousands of dollars on LSAT prep and admissions consulting, then I definitely think it WILL hurt you.
Yes, that's why they ask, because they want to know about that sort of thing. I meant that saying family members or what not proof read your essays is not going to hurt you, which is the question he asked about. As for whether hiring a private consultant for that question will "hurt" you - not per se but it gives them full information to evaluate your application. If your PS reads like it should be in the New Yorker, but you generally got B-s in your college lit courses, they might take that into consideration. Whether its "hurting" you or just giving them an accurate assessment of your capabilities is up for you to decide I suppose (though I would tend to the latter).
Plus, you should NEVER EVER lie on a law school app. Unless you enjoy paying potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars on an education you may then not be able to use. Really....over whether you took a Kaplan course? Think about it.
If you got B's in your college lit courses, you have no business applying to Yale...
We're talking about people with near perfect GPA's and near perfect LSATs, where the tiniest distinction could get your app thrown out. I think the question only gives you a chance to handicap yourself.
Personally, if I had tens of thousands of dollars to hire admissions consultants and/or LSAT prep, I would feel pretty stupid right now. On one hand, if I admit it I might be rejected, on the other, if I lie about it I might fail the bar. Because these consulting companies usually respect the privacy of their clients (I don't believe the bar association can ask them if you even hired them), the question will only hurt honest applicants. It's really a terrible decision on their part.