My law school application essay got published in a book of law school application essays.

I have no idea how important this is, but it’s kind of interesting, so I figured I’d better make sure that the hundreds of thousands of you who are following my law school career with bottomless fascination should know about it. (Things are going fine at my internship at the Federal Public Defender Office here in Boston, by the way.)

Some time ago, I got an email from my school saying that something called The Princeton Review (which, they are careful to point out, is not affiliated with Princeton University) was looking for law school application essays to publish in a book marketed towards folks who are applying to law school. It was a very easy process, so I sent them the essay that I used in my applications. Now, you can read my essay on page 188 of Law School Essays That Made a Difference, 6th Edition. It’s kind of a neat book, with 70 essays, a blurb about the students who wrote the essays (including GPAs, schools applied to, accepted to, and rejected from), and information about the law school application process and tips for writing your essay. If I were looking for a book to help with law school applications, this would be a good one.

The book looks like this.

The book looks like this.^

I have no idea how many essays they received, or how selective they were in deciding which essays go in, or if my essay is the absolute worst of the bunch. My only complaint is that they added a typographical error to my essay, where they didn’t italicize the title of Jerry Mander’s book, In The Absence of the Sacred, which I mentioned (& italicized) in my essay. And no, I did not get paid for my essay. I did get a free copy of the book, though.

(I also have no idea why Princeton University doesn’t feel the need to point out that they are not affiliated with the Princeton Review.)


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