Essay and personal statement

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Offline score172

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Essay and personal statement
« on: February 14, 2012, 12:58:05 PM »
Hi,

I'm french and I don't know the difference between the essay and the personal statement. Here in France we only have to write a personal statement so I don't really know what is the 250 words essay that law schools want.

I also have another question: I can't upload a file in my application via LSAC website. It always shows this message:" This document is in a format that cannot be uploaded, converted to PDF, and attached to your application.  Make sure your document is not password protected." I don't know what to do...

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks! :)

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Offline Jeffort

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Re: Essay and personal statement
« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2012, 02:32:34 PM »
Hi,

I'm french and I don't know the difference between the essay and the personal statement. Here in France we only have to write a personal statement so I don't really know what is the 250 words essay that law schools want.

I also have another question: I can't upload a file in my application via LSAC website. It always shows this message:" This document is in a format that cannot be uploaded, converted to PDF, and attached to your application.  Make sure your document is not password protected." I don't know what to do...

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks! :)

All ABA law schools require a personal statement as part of your application package.  Some schools also require a separate page or two essay type of thing about a directed topic that is typically specific to the school, especially if it is a religious based law school. Some schools require (but all will accept and read it even if they don't require it) a diversity statement from certain types of applicants, including international ones. There are also addendums.  Many schools request that you write and submit an addendum to address certain types of things if they exist in your history (typically things like misconduct reports/academic dishonesty, wild trend swings in your UG GPA, criminal convictions, multiple LSAT scores that are significantly different, etc.).  

Do any of those things match up with what a school is asking for in addition to the personal statement?  Which particular school is asking for it?  I assume you are applying to an ABA school in North America since you mentioned several in previous posts.

As for the uploading technical problem, you need to make sure you are saving the text document as a compatible file type.  Which word processor are you using?  If you put it into Microsoft Word and save it as a standard .doc file there should not be a problem.  You can also use the google docs word processor application to save the text, properly formatted, as a file type that will upload.


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Offline Anne

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Re: Essay and personal statement
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2012, 10:03:06 AM »
Jeffort's got it 100% correct. The primary difference between the personal statement and an essay is in name only--they are basically the same thing (a personal statement is an essay, an essay can be your personal statement): 800-word (give or take a few) treatises on a topic of your choice (or sometimes, a topic of the school's choice). Usually, students write one personal statement that they tweak slightly and personalize for each school, and then write any additional school-specific essays as they complete their applications.

I would worry less about the semantic difference between the two, and just focus on completing what each schools asks for. If the school asks for a personal statement, as well as a 250-word essay, then provide them with both.

The only school I can think of that specifically asks for a 250-word essay is Yale. Is that the one you're referring to?

Jeffort is also correct about using Word or Google Docs to save your document. By using either of these services, you won't have a problem with your LSAC upload.
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Re: Essay and personal statement
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2012, 04:47:13 PM »

The only school I can think of that specifically asks for a 250-word essay is Yale. Is that the one you're referring to?


Same thought I had.  Without reading the current application requirements of all 200 ABA approved law schools, Yale is the only one that came to mind that I know requires a separate essay in addition to the personal statement from every applicant no matter what.

OP: To be safe, read the current application materials for each law school you are applying to carefully because some schools occasionally change their policies/application requirements before a new cycle begins and some policies only apply to certain types of applicants.



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