The Jane Austen method of Law School Application avoidance.

So, I have written a personal statement base for my law school applications. It’s got a lovely Jane Austen theme to it, and I’m in the process of adapting it to the different questions. KU, for instance, wants me to talk about how I’ll increase diversity at their law school (there is no single buzz word I hate more than diversity, by the way. I learned that at AU). Iowa wants to know what my greatest achievement has been (I’m saying it was leaving AU). Iowa also says that the essay must not be more than 2 pages, but it doesn’t offer a font size. The essay I’ve got with all of the Iowa-personalized bits added is 2 pages + 1 paragraph in 12 point and exactly 2 pages in 11 point. The University of Michigan application allows for 11 point type, which seems like sideways permission to use it for U of I… but I’m not sure.

I don’t want to (and can’t, honestly) write the normal, boiler-plate application essay of “my greatest achievement was being editor of the newspaper, where I learned about the delgation of responsibility and the beauty of public service and blah blah blah this will all make me the GREATEST LAWYER EVER because…” I want to write something true and something creative, because those are the qualities I think I want them to look at most keenly. Anyway, I have this Austen base essay, and I may call on a few of you to look at it this week if you have the time… then again, I may change my mind about the whole thing and burn it ceremonially. Sidebar: tonight I said to someone that I was debating whether to apply to Georgetown or whether to just withdrwaw $50 from my bank and set it on fire. This is pretty much where I am right now on the entire concept of applying to law schools.

In happier news, just as I was talking about fading friendships, I had a lovely phone chat with one of my left-behind D.C. buddies this evening. Yay. I also went to the library and picked up Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, and George Eliot’s Middlemarch. Who knew all the British authors of that time period were housed together in the library? Really, who? And on the same floor as the Coke machine!

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14 Responses to The Jane Austen method of Law School Application avoidance.

  1. webcowgirl says:

    British author and the coke machine? We’re talking Harmonic Convergence. God only knows what else you’ll find up there, but Signs Point to Yes.

  2. casapazzo says:

    I HATED the “personal statement” portion of applications, with a fiery, burning passion. b/c yeah, boilerplate sucks, and I’m not v. creative.
    That said…I wouldn’t mind reading your essay, b/c you are creative and amusing, and the idea of a jane austen-themed application essay amuses me already.

    Speaking of JA, how are you liking Mansfield Park? I started it, got about halfway through it once, but couldn’t stand the heroine for her overboard timidity (is that a word? Probably not. Oh well.). I’m rather curious about the introduction that said it was a sort of continuance of P&P because unless things changed radically in the 2nd half of the book, I didn’t really see it.

  3. gotmce99 says:

    Jenn, I had a moment this morning and wrote a whole entry about you. Sorry, but it had to be done.

    🙂

  4. therealjae says:

    I would be willing to proof and comment (and am dying to know what some of these look like). Let me know if you need me.

    -J

  5. kepkanation says:

    I actually quit Mansfield Park in the first few pages to start on Pride and Prejudice instead, so I have no idea what the continuation idea was about. I’ll let you know as soon as I do, though. 😉

    And yay, if you’d like to take a look at the Austen-ish essay, that’d be great. Can I e-mail it tonight?

  6. kepkanation says:

    Yeah! If it was a Pepsi machine, it would truly be harmonic – or maybe a machine that dispensed hot tea. Mmm.

  7. webcowgirl says:

    I’d be happy to read your application, too.

  8. starstraf says:

    debating whether to apply to Georgetown or whether to just withdrwaw $50 from my bank and set it on fire
    How about taking $50 to the casino – if you win you apply if not then you dont’ …

  9. kepkanation says:

    That would be excellent – I’m going to play with it a bit more this evening. Can I e-mail it to you after that?

  10. kepkanation says:

    I will, I need! Can I send it to you tonight?

  11. webcowgirl says:

    Sure, we’re going to see a movie but I can look at it afterwards.

  12. therealjae says:

    I won’t be home tonight to get it, but sure. When do you need it back by?

    -J

  13. casapazzo says:

    yeah, go ahead and email it whenever you like. Tonight’s better, of course, as I won’t be distracted by one of my shows…

    P&P is much better, IMO. I loved that book.

  14. simplelyric says:

    Sidebar: tonight I said to someone that I was debating whether to apply to Georgetown or whether to just withdrwaw $50 from my bank and set it on fire. This is pretty much where I am right now on the entire concept of applying to law schools.

    Aww. I’m sorry. I’m very amused by the idea of you just setting $50 on fire, though.

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