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Writing Sample

Fish
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Hi,
Is there a format that LSAT is expecting the writing sample. I've been using the standard Intro, 2 paragraphs and conclusion but I'm not quite sure this is what they want. Also how much does the writing sample count?

thanks!
Jon Denning
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Thanks for the question. First, understand that the writing sample is NOT scored and doesn't contribute at all to your total LSAT score. It is included with your application and law schools could certainly read it, but it's considered a pretty small part of your overall application.

That said, the fact that schools can see it means you should do a good job. Here's what we recommend: write a two-paragraph essay, with the first dedicated to the choice you support (outline the positive aspects of your choice, and downplay its negatives--but definitely concede that it has some negative qualities), and the second paragraph discussing the option you do not support (play up its negatives and downplay its positive qualities--but again, you should mention them, as this shows a well-rounded view/consideration).

Keep it short and simple, and just be sure not to be too one-sided. That is, don't ignore the negatives of your choice, or the positives of the option you do not choose.

Hope that helps!
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cahillcahill
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Keep it short and simple, and just be sure not to be too one-sided. That is, don't ignore the negatives of your choice, or the positives of the option you do not choose.