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USC Gould - Nuts and Bolts of the Application Series - Shared screen with speaker view
Brenda Cortez
14:26
Welcome everyone!
Johnny Kreidi
18:14
will the recording be provided later on?
Nick Bornstein
18:40
Yes it will be!
Brenda Cortez
18:41
Yes, we will post on our website in a couple of weeks.
Johnny Kreidi
22:26
you mean including info. about USC in the personal statement?
Nick Bornstein
23:48
yes - (only) if there exists specific info about USC that is relevant to why you are interested in pursuing law
Brenda Cortez
24:52
Please do not make the entire PS about USC. We want to get to know YOU.
Johnny Kreidi
25:09
sure.
Sam Poursafar
26:42
Thank you so much for the event this far! How severely is the likelihood of admission impacted for an applicant that let’s say has a stellar application (in terms of recommendations, essays, etc) except they are a splitter, meaning that they have a very high GPA and LSAT score lower than the 25th percentile?
Nick Bornstein
28:05
There should be a recording of a Nuts & Bolts session held last week which discussed the GPA and LSAT portion of the application that can definitely answer any questions you may have
Nick Bornstein
28:24
but USC reviews applications holistically
Gabby Sterrit
29:03
Should we refrain from specifically referencing USC interest and write this in the statement of interest instead?
Nick Bornstein
29:16
so it isn't possible to draw larger conclusions about applications because USC's review is very much applicant dependent
Gabby Sterrit
29:42
That makes sense - thanks Nick!!
Nick Bornstein
30:18
@Gabby i dont think you should specifically refrain from referencing USC but if you feel you are starting to spend a significant part of your PS on essentially "Why USC" then it may be better to write that as a separate statement of interest
Gabby Sterrit
31:21
That makes sense - I will do this thank you!
Melia Harlan
31:59
Is it possible for someone to send the link to the website where the last session's recording can be found?
Mika Foster
34:31
Would you recommend referencing USC in terms of why in the personal statement even if you are planning on writing a statement of interest?
Zishang Wang
35:37
Hi thanks for this great presentation! Just wondering if there are multiple aspects of myself that i'd like to show in the diversity statement, would that be okay? It would seem to be very scattered as a passage cuz they are not exactly related/adjacent topics
Nick Bornstein
36:08
@Mika you could definitely reference USC but as I mentioned earlier, if you feel it is taking up a substantially large part of your PS, i'd recommend saving that for the statement of interest
Tamara Buitrago
36:47
what is the max page limit for personal statement?
Nick Bornstein
37:04
3 pages
Nick Bornstein
37:07
double spaced
Taylor Rudtner
38:18
Thank you for this presentation! In an addenda should we explain one withdrawal or bad grade or would that draw unwanted negative attention to something small? What about if it happened in the first year of the pandemic?
Mika Foster
38:32
In the personal statement specifically, how many events should you limit yourself to talking about? Let’s say if you’re structuring your statement around a theme, is there a certain limit on how many events/experiences you should talk about?
Mika Foster
38:48
Thank you Nick for answering my other question!
Nick Bornstein
39:03
I dont think it would draw any unwanted attention - it is always better to "get out in front" of something, especially if there are extraneous circumstances you feel were responsible for it
Kaitlin Segovia
39:31
If I wanted to reference the lack of Latina lawyers in the legal field and how that has been a driving force in why I am interested in pursuing law would that be something I include in my personal statement or diversity statement?
Nick Bornstein
40:23
@Mika i dont think there is any specific limit to events but you definitely dont want it to feel rushed like you're trying to write a 6 page paper in 2 pages. definitely try and focus on the bigger issues and the general flow of your PS
Mika Foster
40:41
That makes sense, thank you!
Gabby Sterrit
40:41
how do you go about scheduling a chat with an ambassador?
Nick Bornstein
40:52
@Kaitlin i think you could definitely reference that theme in both!
Nick Bornstein
41:13
https://gould.usc.edu/academics/degrees/jd/ambassadors/
Gabby Sterrit
41:18
Thank you!!
Nicole Bergelson
41:44
Hi! Thank you so much for the presentation. I know we should not be repeating our resume in the personal statement but what if items we have on our resume such as our job or volunteer positions are things we have done because we know we want to practice a specific area of law that they are related to? Is it ok to go into more detail about these experiences and how they've only reinforced our goals?
Diana Grigoryan
42:41
It said to apply early in the cycle to have slightly better odds, are we already past that point for this cycle ?
Taylor Rudtner
42:48
Are there any topics you hate to come across in personal statements? That are just too cliche?
Nick Bornstein
42:52
@Nicole definitely! we don't want the PS to read like a resume in the sense you are just listing accomplishments or I worked here and then there and then there etc. but the specific experiences you had at past jobs are definitely relevant and good to include in a PS
Gabby Sterrit
43:04
If our personal story relates to a specific clinic at USC where should we reference this? (personal statement or statement of interest)
Nick Bornstein
44:09
@Diana no definitely not! Applications just opened so i dont think anyone has submitted anything yet. if you want to get in early (which definitely is a good idea), try and get your application in before December (or before Nov. 20 if doing ED)
Brenda Cortez
45:15
Admission Ambassadors may be reached via email at https://gould.usc.edu/academics/degrees/jd/ambassadors/
Zackary Pierce
46:47
Does applying for ED influence acceptance possibility over a normal application?
Gabby Sterrit
46:47
Great answer re clinics thank you!!
Diana Grigoryan
47:56
should we stay away from quoting anyone reputable if it’s relatable & flows ?is it looked down upon
Nick Bornstein
47:57
@Zackary no the standards for admission are the same for both ED and Regular admission
Mika Foster
48:24
If you are reapplying to USC Gould, should you write a completely new diversity and personal statement, or go back and find specific pieces to strengthen and edit?
Nick Bornstein
49:17
@Diana quote who? Like judges or public figures?
Rebekah Ent
49:20
Is speaking about your ethnicity/race and/or how your culture affected your childhood a good topic for diversity statement?
Nick Bornstein
49:31
@Rebekah definitely!
Gabby Sterrit
49:49
Regarding the diversity statement - say I work with URM youth and I beleive there is a huge legal gap for this group which is why I want to be an attorney but I myself am not an URM, would this be an acceptable topic to discuss?
Nick Bornstein
50:32
@Gabby i think that would be better suited for the PS, the diversity statement being more about your personal experience with diversity
Gabby Sterrit
50:45
Great - thank you!
Gabby Sterrit
52:39
Yes 2023
Lydia McVeigh
52:42
2023!
Madeeha Syed
52:42
I am planning to apply for 2023
Kelsey Lu
52:45
20 23
Mika Foster
52:45
2023
Amanda Parham
52:46
2023
Kaitlin Segovia
52:46
^^
Jalen Siler
52:47
2023!!
Ester Soumekh
52:48
2023!
ANH THU DANG
52:49
2023
Alireza Movaghar
52:49
2023
Mehtaab Brar
52:49
2023!
Courtney Rogers
52:49
2024 for me!
Joel Vidal
52:49
2023
Shyen Hirabayashi
52:49
2023!
Jocelyn Mason-Saffold
52:50
2023
Conway Reinders
52:51
2023! Working on statements right now.
Azaad Brar
52:51
2023
Gabrielle Benavente
52:52
2023!
Erik Harper
52:52
I am applying for 2023
Kamila Knaudt
52:54
I am planning to apply early decision 2023 as well
Rebekah Ent
52:55
2023! Almost done with my application!
Natalie Wilson
52:56
2023!
Terry Jeong
52:57
2023
Brinson Elliott
52:59
2023
Genevieve Brittingham
53:00
2023!
Nicole Bergelson
53:02
2023! 🙂
Jingyao Shan
53:02
2023
Michele Danigelis
53:03
2023!
Madeeha Syed
53:14
Is there a nonbinding early action option?
Diana Grigoryan
53:42
2023!
Yuxuan Zhang
53:43
Do we need to write a lsat score ot GPA addendum
Mehtaab Brar
55:36
Are STEM transcripts looked at differently?
Madeeha Syed
55:57
Is there a nonbinding early action option?
Mehtaab Brar
56:39
Thank you!!
Victoria Bianco
56:42
Thank you so much!
Nicole Bergelson
56:48
Thank you so much! This was very insightful!
Gabrielle Benavente
56:49
Thank you!
LIN ZHU
56:50
thank you so much
Kaitlin Segovia
56:57
Thank you!
Amanda Parham
57:20
Thank you so much! This was extremely helpful.
Rebekah Ent
57:22
Thank you!
Erik Harper
57:25
Thank you very much! This was much appreciated
Shyen Hirabayashi
57:26
Mahalo!
Taline Nsouli
57:27
Thank you so much!
Alik Christianian
57:29
thank you!
Genevieve Brittingham
57:34
Thank you so much!
Alireza Movaghar
57:36
Thanks so much.
Jalen Siler
57:36
thank you!!
Seher Randhawa
57:37
Thank you for hosting this session!
Kamila Knaudt
57:51
Thank you so much for your time today.
Liz Aguilar
57:59
thank you this was incredibly helpful!
Natalie Wilson
58:08
Great - thank you so much for your time and all the helpful information!
Michele Danigelis
58:21
Thank you!
Catherine Cox
58:23
Thank you for your time!
Azaad Brar
58:25
Thank you so much!
Courtney Rogers
58:29
Thank you, extremely informative!!
Jingyao Shan
58:30
thank you!
Brinson Elliott
58:32
Thank you!
Terry Jeong
58:36
Thank you.
Tina Toonian
58:37
Thank you so much!