Perfect Personal Statements: Law, Business, Medical, Graduate School

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Collected here are 30 actual personal statements that have guaranteed students admission into business, law, medical, and graduate school -- and are sure to help you get into the school of your choice. Advice from admissions officials at Columbia, Michigan, and other high-profile schools gives you the support you need to begin writing.
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Overview

Collected here are 30 actual personal statements that have guaranteed students admission into business, law, medical, and graduate school -- and are sure to help you get into the school of your choice. Advice from admissions officials at Columbia, Michigan, and other high-profile schools gives you the support you need to begin writing.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780768908459
  • Publisher: Peterson's
  • Publication date: 2/14/2002
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Undergraduate Grades and Entrance-Exam Scores Don't Tell the Whole Story xi
Part 1 Creating Perfect Personal Statements 3
The Questions 3
Preparing To Write Your Essays 6
Writing Your Personal Statement-Content And Theme 7
The Ultimate Test for Content 7
What They Are Really Looking For 8
Almost Everyone Makes This Mistake 8
Getting Creative-Especially in Your Opening Remarks 8
Taking Risks in Expressing Yourself 9
Discussing Your Background and Experience 9
Discussing What Makes You Different or Unique 10
Discussing Your Minority Status or Disadvantaged Background 10
Discussing Your Motives and Aspirations 11
Discussing Why You Want to Attend This Particular School 12
Explaining Deficiencies, Inconsistencies, and Blemishes 14
Disclosing Skeletons in Your Closet 15
Discussing Your Recommenders and Other "Influential" People 16
Writing Your Personal Statement-Style And Format 16
Introductory Paragraphs and Conclusions/Summaries 16
Unconventional and Gimmicky Writing Styles 17
Unconventional and Gimmicky Formats and Packages 18
Typeface, Type Size, and Handwritten Essays 18
Page Limits and Word Limits 18
Obtaining Assistance in Writing/Editing Your Personal Statement 19
Submitting Supplemental Materials 19
The Top 10 Dos And Don'ts For Writing Personal Statements 20
Top 10 Rules to Write By 20
Top 10 Personal-Statement Pitfalls 21
Personal Statements And Medical School Applications 21
The AMCAS Essays 22
The "Practice Vision" Essay 22
The "Personal Comments" Essay 22
"Supplemental" or "Secondary" Application Essays 22
Applying for Admission Online 23
Applying to Law Schools via the LSAC Web Site 23
The AMCAS Application Form (For Medical-School Admission) at the AAMC Web Site 24
Part 2 Recommendation Letters and In-Person Interviews 27
Recommendation Letters 27
What the Schools Want to Know from Your Recommenders 27
The Checkbox or "Grid" Approach 29
Selecting Your Recommenders 29
Approaching and Assisting Potential Recommenders 30
Undergraduate Placement Files and Credential Services 31
If the School Does Not Require Any Recommendation Letters 31
Submitting Fewer or More Letters than Required 31
"Sealed" Recommendation Letters 32
Waiving You Right of Access to Recommendation Letters 32
Submitting a "Dean's Certification" 33
Committee Letters for Medical-School Applicants 33
In-Person Interviews 33
Arranging for an Interview 33
Interview Format and Dress Code 35
What to Expect During the Interview 35
Part 3 Thirty Great Personal Statements (By Successful Applicants) 41
Essays That Relate A Personal Anecdote 42
Essays That Admit Shortcomings 46
Essays That Connect The Applicant's Past, Present, And Future 50
Essays By Risk-Takers With Distinct Points Of View 54
Essays By Applicants Clearly Focused On Goals 58
Essays By Applicants With Unique Life Experiences 62
Essays That Explain Why The Applicant Chose This Particular School 67
Essays That Explain Deficiencies Or Blemishes 69
Essays By Applicants Who Are Committed To A Cause 72
Essays By Multifaceted Applicants 76
Part 4 Advice From the Experts 81
Advice From The Law Schools 82
Boalt Hall (University of California at Berkeley, School of Law) 82
Cornell University Law School 84
Georgetown University Law Center 85
The University of Michigan Law School 88
The University of Texas at Austin, School of Law 90
UCLA School of Law 92
Advice From The Business Schools 94
Columbia University, Graduate School of Business 94
The Fuqua School of Business (Duke University) 96
University of Illinois M.B.A. Program 97
Leonard N. Stern School of Business (New York University) 99
Stanford University, Graduate School of Business 100
Amos Tuck School of Business Administration (Dartmouth College) 102
Advice From The Medical Schools 105
Stanford University School of Medicine 105
New York University School of Medicine 106
University of Michigan Medical School 107
The Pritzker School of Medicine (The University of Chicago) 109
University of Washington, School of Medicine 111
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