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Great Personal Statements for Law School 1st Edition

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Expert guidance to writing the all-important personal statement that will get you accepted by your first-choice law school

Your grades are nearly perfect and your LSAT scores are stellar--but that's not enough to get into a top law school. You have to stand out from a crowd of super-achievers, and the best way to do that is with a great personal statement.

Great Personal Statements for Law School is the only book to take the personal essay apart, piece by piece, and show you how to put it all together--from rough draft to finished product--with maximum effect. Written by expert Paul Bodine, the nationally known consultant who has helped thousands gain admission to elite schools, this guide will make it easy to ace your personal statement with:

  • Six "data-mining" techniques for brainstorming raw material
  • An effective system for moving from outline to writing, revising, and editing
  • Detailed strategies for answering the most common essay topics
  • More than 25 actual essays by successful applicants to top schools like the University of Chicago, Georgetown, and Cornell
  • Expert tips for customizing essays to particular schools, waging a guerrilla wait-list campaign, and submitting "value-added" dean's letters

Writing the personal statement can be daunting.... Mr. Bodine's book is an excellent resource."--Derek E. Meeker, Associate Dean, Admissions and Financial Aid, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Great Personal Statements for Law School presents a practical approach to applying to law schools and "crafting" winning personal statements!"--Lynell A. Cadray, Assistant Dean/Dean of Admission, Emory University School of Law

About the Author

Paul Bodine is the Senior Editor at Accepted.com, 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.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 1 edition (January 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071453008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071453004
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Lerman on November 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
Avoid this one at all costs. These personal statements are laughably bad, almost without exception. Treating them as models for your own law school personal statement isn't wise; these things read more like poor college admissions essays written by high school students. The writing is leaden and awkward, the subjects cliched, and the editing sloppy. Also, it's worth noting that most of the applicants whose essays are featured in the book gained admission only to mediocre law schools. A better choice is "Law School Essays that Made a Difference," which features much stronger personal statements written by borderline applicants to top schools (Harvard, Columbia, Yale, Stanford, Chicago, etc.). The writers managed to gain entry to these sorts of schools, sometimes despite so-so numbers, because of their exceptional personal statements. The "Anna Ivey Guide" and Richard Montauk's "How To Get Into The Top Law Schools" also have good info about the personal statement. Or avoid the law school advice industry altogether and get a book like "The Art Of The Personal Essay," an excellent anthology edited by Phillip Lopate; "The Best American Nonrequired Reading" series, edited by Dave Eggers; Natalie Goldberg's "Writing Down the Bones"; and Anne Lamott's "Bird by Bird."
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Paul's book is really helpful. If you aren't sure what personal experience to write about in your personal statment, Paul discusses how to choose what to write about, which is really useful. He also tells you how to write a good outline so that when you actually have to write the essay, it's not so hard.

The advice on letter of recommendations is also very useful. Paul tells you how to choose the right recommenders and how to coach them so that your recommendations will really be an asset to your application.

There are also many sample essays which I found very beneficial. For this alone, the book is worth it.

I really recommend this book to anyone who's even thinking of applying to law school!
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A good read. When I was trying to think about what to write for law school applications I couldn't come up with a lot. After reading what others had done it made me realize I was being overly critical of what I should write.
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As a country bumpkin raised as a homeschooler in the boondocks of New England who was recently accepted to several top-tier graduate schools, I have been meaning to write a review raving about the book "Great Personal Statements for Law School." My fiancé lent it to me after he had read it and implemented Paul's expertise into his graduate school applications, and I was equally inspired. Although the book is tailored to prospective law students, I found almost all of the information just as applicable and relevant to my area of study, a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling! I can say, without any reservation whatsoever, that the tips, techniques, examples, templates, and just plain honest, down-to-earth advice Paul offered in his book is, by far, the highest contributing factor in my acceptance to Columbia, NYU, University of Rochester (whose Masters in Education program is a subset of the renowned Warner School of Education), SUNY Albany (whose PhD. program in clinical psychology was recently ranked #4 in the nation), the University of Vermont, and several State University of New York schools! Not only did I earn admission to a graduate program that is a perfect fit for me, but I was also awarded a graduate assistantship, which will cover over 75% of tuition for the 2-year program. Oh, and my fiancé? The one who recommended your book in the first place? He was also accepted at Columbia and NYU and has a graduate assistantship. '

I CAN NOT recommend Paul Bodine's expertise, genius and guidance enough.

No grad school application is complete without at least taking a look at this book! Thanks, Paul!!!

Sincerely, and most appreciatively,

~A M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling student :)
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