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[美国&加拿大] PS写作建议(英文版):哈佛JD毕业生 (179 LSAT) [复制链接]

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大家好,我毕业于哈佛大学法学院 HLS JD(2015年)和UBC大学英语文学专业(2012年),179 LSAT, 是经过认证的纽约州律师,曾于2014年暑假就职于高伟绅律师事务所纽约办公室。母语是英语。 我想分享我的PS写作建议, 因为我想帮更多学生被美国有名法学院录取。 谢谢 ! WeChat ID: justimko

General Introduction: When applying for law school, the most important factors that admissions committees take into consideration are the LSAT (for JD applicants) and undergraduate GPA. It is very difficult to gain admission to a top law school without obtaining strong scores in both of these areas. However, if two candidates have basically identical scores and similar academic backgrounds, then the personal statement and the letters of recommendation can become deciding factors.

Main Objectives: A strongly written PS will accomplish three objectives. The first is to show that you have a genuine interest in pursuing a legal career and that you possess some basic knowledge of what a legal career will entail. The second is to demonstrate that you have the maturity, the academic capacity and the work experience to succeed both in law school and in a legal career. The third is to express that you are a good fit for the school’s program and its particular strengths and areas of emphasis.

For non-law majors: If you did not study law but you have law-related work experience, such as working in a law firm or for a judge as an intern, you should explain why you became interested in a legal career despite not majoring in law. In both cases you will be expected to envision the type of lawyer you hope to become, and since most lawyers end up specializing in one particular area such as litigation or mergers and acquisitions, it is advisable to indicate one or two areas that you would like to focus on in your legal career. If you have no legal education or training whatsoever you will need to draw a link between the experience you do have and the knowledge areas related to law.

International aspect: More and more students from China are applying for and studying at American law schools. In many cases, this is simply because they want to improve their credentials and their career opportunities upon their return to China. In other cases, they may genuinely seek to pursue a legal career in the United States or outside of China. Whatever your reasons may be for wanting to study in the United States, you should articulate them in the PS. As an international student you will face immigration barriers in finding employment in America, and you will need to show that in spite of these barriers it is still worthwhile for you to attend a US law school. For LLM applicants this is less relevant as most LLM graduates end up returning to their home countries, but for JD applicants it is worthwhile to explain this point because you will be studying for three years in the U.S. as opposed to one. If you are not sure yet where you want to work, you can say that you are open to pursuing a career in China or in the United States and that you will try and explore both possibilities.  

Truthfulness: You do not have to be entirely truthful in your PS. If your primary reason to study law is to make more money, you should probably not mention this in the PS; instead you should discuss how being a lawyer will enable you to learn more about certain areas of interest and fulfill your professional goals. If you have no law-related work experience you can still emphasize certain aspects of your job responsibilities that were related to law, even if these were not your primary duties. If you cannot think of any reason why you decided to study law in undergrad, you can make up an anecdote or a personal experience that exposed you to the importance of the law in your life. If you are not currently interested in any specific area of law, you should still do some preliminary research and identify some areas that you may potentially become interested in in the future.

Law school vs. Undergrad: Many students have the impression that they should approach the PS for law school as if it was an application for an American college. This is not the case. As a graduate school and professional degree applicant, you will be expected to have a greater amount of knowledge regarding the type of career you hope to pursue, and you should adopt a more professional tone as a result. The writing style should be more direct and less figurative or metaphorical, because lawyers themselves seldom use this type of artistic writing in their work. Moreover, an elaborate metaphor or analogy is less persuasive in a law school application than a more direct form of evidence. You also have limited space in the PS, so every sentence should be used to address the three goals stated above in the most concise manner possible.

Final thoughts: It goes without saying that your PS should be free of spelling and grammatical errors. It should also use nearly all of the maximum word count, typically around two pages double-spaced. In terms of vocabulary you should make an attempt to use high-level diction but only in a way that is natural and appropriate. If you try and intentionally insert difficult words in an awkward way, this will be less effective than a PS that uses more simplistic language. Paragraphs should be separated based upon different points and themes so that long, unwieldy paragraphs are avoided.
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感谢!

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感谢,微信都可以加吗》

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感谢分享!

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