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Does political orientation--i.e., left vs. right--make a difference? Would I be more or less likely to get in if I wrote about, say, personal financial freedom than if I wrote about opposition to the war in Iraq? I obviously have some very strong opinions (some that have changed in recent years, some that haven't) and since I don't really know my audience, I don't want my politics to hurt my chances of getting into a given school.
Would political bias create different reactions at different schools? (for instance, is admissions at U of Chicago actually more conservative than at UC Berkeley?)
Having read through dozens of PS examples, I'm hard-pressed to think of any that mention politics. Is it considered taboo? I don't want to sound preachy in my PS, but I've been very much involved in grassroots political organizing for years and think that including at least some political content would tell a lot about who I am as a candidate.
Finally, what specific content (if any) is okay and what isn't? Topics that so far have come to mind that are relevant to my story but are potentially galvanizing are: violence in protest (either by protesters or police), institutional authority, movement recruitment tactics, and private property.
Thanks for your feedback.
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Academics are generally very reasonable and respective of opposite opinions so long as they are well educated and reasonable. For example, Justice Scalia has said that he doesn't care where his clerks lean as long as they can do their research respectfully and competently. It's also well known that he considers Justice Gingsburg to be one of his best friends (and vice versa).
So while you shouldn't worry about a conservative dinging your liberal statement, you need to worry about being perceived as too extreme or too uneducated. A thoughtful statement on against the war in Iraq is not the same thing as questioning Obama's birth certificate. Additionally, you might be able to write a thoughtful analysis against a single component of the Affordable Care Act, but you should not write about how Obamacare the single worst thing to ever happen to the US.
Finally, unless this is the Yale 250, you need to be able to use this essay to demonstrate why you will make an excellent law student and lawyer. So you shouldn't spend too much time on your opinion and not enough time on you.
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Any PS topic is entirely about the approach and the way it's written, not about the topic itself. I'm sure a person who spent the last few years working at planned parenthood could write a quality statement about how their viewpoint of the world changed/was affected by working there regardless of which side of the issue they fell on. Make it about you and make it interesting and no ADCOM will hold it against you. These people are professionals who want to admit people with varying viewpoints on the world, not just people who align with their own views.
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