UtilityMonster wrote:Honestly, why is Berkeley just so random with their admissions? Do they really think the quality of a 2-4 page essay and a story or two about one's background is a better measure of merit than LSAT/GPA?
Totally serious. While a terrible personal statement might be something we can both agree on, a "good" or "great" personal statement is much more subjective. A personal statement should basically demonstrate a strong command of language, and show good judgment (or at least not poor judgment). Interviews, personal statements, etc do not capture an individual (unless they are incredibly simple). Quantifiable measures of merit are much more reliable for predicting success in law school.
cylon_clone wrote:I agree with you, EMZE. The LSAT is pretty learnable. Heck, if I hadn't been working 12 hour days, 6 to 7 days per week in the months leading up to the LSAT - while also trying to move across counties - I could have found the time (maybe not the money) to learn the LSAT and boost my score a few more points. And while my GPA isn't bad, I had friends in undergrad who averaged lower GPAs because the professors in the science majors gave harsher curves.
This is like saying "I could've done so much better on the LSAT with an extra 5 minutes per section." Sure, so can everyone.