- Series: Essays That Will Get You Intoâ€¦ Series
- Paperback: 152 pages
- Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 3 edition (August 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764142291
- ISBN-13: 978-0764142291
- Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,506,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Get another one, or search deeper. This is simply a PC book of garbage and generic information on how to write an essay that you learned your first two years as an undergrad.
There is criticism from other reviewers that the 40 sample essays aren't that good. I liked some of them, but I will freely admit that many of them completely turned me off. But, we have to remember two things. First, these essays are not written by professional writers, but by law school applicants - a successful law school essay is not necessarily going to be a brilliant work of literature. Second, we don't have to like the essays or think they're very good, someone on the admissions board of a top school already read each of these essays and admitted the student. In other words, the essays target audience liked the essay and that is why it's a good essay. This book's first chapter is called "Assess Your Audience."
My essay was mostly written before I bought this book. But it's always those last finishing touches that are the hardest and take the longest. I was at the point with my essay were I wasn't really satisfied with it, but I didn't know how to fix it. This book has many tips - many of which are elemental and basic and many I chose to ignore. The decision to reject the books tips made me more aware of the structure of my essay and confirmed how I wanted to present myself.
I also found the essays very helpful. Your own essay can be too personal to analyze objectively. In reading the other essays, especially the weaker ones, I found aspects I didn't like and was then better able to review my own essay to see if I made the same mistakes.
When I finished my essay and finished this book I was very happy with my essay. I even sent it to a professional graduate school essay editor for tips on what was still needed and it was sent back to me because the editor said it was ready to submit. When you're preparing to apply to law school, there is so much going on and so many things to keep straight I found that this book helped me feel there was order to one aspect of that process. That, in itself, is useful.
As for the essays included in this book, they are applicable to the average applicant, that is unless the average applicant has worked for five years in the Sudan raising orphans, or escaped genecide as a child. It would be more helpful if this book included essays that were written by applicants with a more normal work/life experience. This book was a complete waste of my time. I would suggest instead to read "How to get into top law schools" and then focus your reading on the adcom's quotes.
Somehow the authors think you can be taught to be literate while writing an entrance essay. Sorry folks, too late in the game!
...And these essays... if this is what gets you in, then God help us all. These cliche-riddled-feel-good stories made me nautious. Particularly grating is the god-awful essay that begins "I met my grandmother through her diaries.."
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