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Essays That Worked for Law School: 35 Essays from Successful Applications…
by Boykin Curry
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0449905152, Paperback)While almost anything goes in a college-application essay, law-school applicants are expected to be a little more sophisticated. No navel-gazing allowed. But please, no pontificating, either. Like admissions officers everywhere, those at law schools are looking for something fresh. That means, says Boykin Curry, that unless you are quite certain that you've got a spectacular new approach, you should avoid such topics as "Why I want to be a public defender," "I have always wanted to be a lawyer since I was ten," and "What I think about justice" ("lecturing on the law--before you have studied it--" Curry warns, "is likely to bore and irritate the reader"). Instead, be honest, and be creative. Use these essays for inspiration. One essayist here demonstrates his bargaining skills by relating his Peace Corps experiences haggling over goat meat in Niger. Another writes touchingly of his stated goal: to practice law with the same integrity that his grandfather brought to his carpentry business.
A chart at the beginning of the book illustrates just how much importance various schools place on the essay (the University of Washington gives it little consideration; Harvard and Yale say it's a vital part of the application). --Jane Steinberg
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