(I know that you've cautioned us against copy-pasting the resume).So should one pick the most unusual or impressive ones?More often, however, the applicant proceeds to follow up with more anecdotes illustrating how s/he loved to argue with various other people in different stages and ages of life apparently in the hope that, two pages later, I am going to proclaim, "This applicant is going to be a great lawyer! This means that they can pick up the phone to resolve an issue, rather than having heated arguments in court. In fact, it doesn't matter if you hate public speaking, or even if you're bad at it. and in any event most lawyers never see the inside of a courtroom (or the light of day, for that matter). You mentioned that the applicant may redeem him/herself with stating why they want to go to law school.
Many of my successes in life can be attributed to those values and traits.
I believe for the most part it is because these values and traits where built upon a strong foundation of perseverance.
It seems like a lot of YLS admits were outstanding in some way, so is being involved in a student club less impressive than presenting at a conference?
Also, is one's undergraduate career used as an indicator of the kind of trajectory one will have in law school?
And if you've ever watched an appellate case, you know that the only people who should be arguing (if you're doing your job right) are the hearing judges, who are going to pick apart your case and ask you pointed and potentially snarky questions. In fact, I'd er-, argue, that one of the most important jobs of a lawyer is not to argue at all. Making a legal oral argument, like any skill, is one you can learn . By contrast, we can't teach aspects of character, so getting those to shine through in your personal statement is much more important from an admissions perspective. Do you recommend this in a personal statement, then?
Take, for instance, the most important lawyer (and oralist) in the country, the Solicitor General of the United States. So, to sum up: avoid writing about how you love to argue, quoting your mom, or mentioning anything from preschool, and you'll be ahead of 10% of your peers from the get-go. Or does it seem superficial or sucking-up-to-admissions-like to have an applicant lay out why he/she wants to go to law school, when they may have no direct experience in this academic field? Anecdotes with mom advice always strike me as a little contrived, so if there's another way to jump right into the substance of your P. Asha, I come from an educationally disadvantaged background(first to graduate college and from 3 consecutive generations of teenage mothers) and would like to theme my P. on what education in general has meant, and does mean, to me.
My parents worked hard but had little to show for it.
I knew I wanted more out of life for my self and my family. The specialized education system I had attended while in Holland resulted in my graduating high school at age 16.
Many students write very compelling essays about what has led them to law school specifically, even if they are based on purely personal or familial experiences.
All things being equal, such an applicant would have a leg up over someone who writes a very general essay about why education is important.