Great Personal Statements for Law School

Great Personal Statements for Law School

by Paul Bodine, Santiago Cornejo

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Expert guidance in creating a high-performance personal statement--essential for admittance to law school

Nationally known consultant Paul Bodine has helped thousands gain admission to elite professional schools. In Great Personal Statements for Law School, he helps you ace your personal statement, the most critical part of any law school application.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071483377
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 01/04/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
File size: 376 KB

About the Author

Paul Bodine is the Senior Editor at, one of the oldest and most successful online admissions consulting services. His clients have consistently earned admission to such elite law schools as Harvard, NYU, Virginia, Duke, Northwestern, Cornell, Georgetown, and Vanderbilt.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Getting Started1
Know Thy Audience4
The Admissions Party6
Finding Your Self-Marketing Handle6
Data-Mining Your Life8
Writing Your Personal Statement13
Revising and Editing17
Letting Go18
Chapter 2Getting Personal: The Personal Statement19
What Schools Ask20
Who Are You?: Diversity and Obstacles Overcome Topics23
Accomplishments, Strengths, and Interests28
Chapter 3Finishing Strong: Secondary Essays and Wait-List Letters43
Are Optional Essays Optional?44
The Fine Art of Damage Control: Addenda53
Closing Arguments: Wait-List Letters57
Chapter 4Credible Enthusiasm: Letters of Recommendation63
What Do Recommendation Letters Do Anyway?64
How Long?65
How Many?66
Selecting Recommenders67
First Letter: Professor67
Second Letter: Professor or Employer69
Subsequent Letters71
Dean's Letters71
Approaching Recommenders72
Writing Your Own?75
Strategies for Recommendation Topics75
Sample Documents85
Personal Statement Outline85
Personal Statements87
Diversity Statement136
Transfer Essay139
Letter of Recommendation141
Wait-List Letter144
Parting Thoughts145

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