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the pedantic character: show off of learning

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Posted by Jan den Breejen ( on July 09, 2003 at 10:59:45:


This must be the compensatory narcisistic archetype? Or would it be likely the Conscientious Style; over-doing his accomplishments?


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The personal statement should generally not exceed two typewritten pages. It should be the product of a great deal of time and thought. Law school admissions officers look for clear and concise writing, free from grammatical error. Remember that they have to read thousands of essays. Make yours memorable!

The personal statement is your opportunity to paint a self-portrait -with the paper serving as the canvas. It is not, however, the place to demonstrate your intellectual brilliance in areas such as law, politics, or philosophy; nor is it a philosophical exposition on your views about world problems. For this reason, you should never submit a thesis paper, term paper, or other sample of written work in the place of the personal statement. Two of the most important guidelines in writing the personal statement are: "Write about yourself" and "Be specific".

While your essay may communicate your confidence in your ability to complete the course of study, it should not project a pompous image. The most common error is the attempt to impress. Some candidates become pretentious or pedantic in their choice of words and phrases. An example of pompous verbiage submitted as a personal statement is:

The recommendations which I have presented from legal and educational leaders in my milieu adduce the level of motivation and acumen that you require. These qualities are touted as being the sine qua non for the successful law school applicant. You will find my credentials stellar in these and other respects.

Clearly, this is an example of what not to submit to a law school. There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. It is crucial to understand the difference and to demonstrate only confidence, never arrogance.

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