Several law schools have started accepting people. And several fellow soon-to-be law students and I have been spending more and more time pouring over law school forums, such as Law School Discussion.
While these forums can be very informative and entertaining, there are times when I feel a tad bit pathetic for checking the same page in 2 second intervals (click....click, click). Perhaps it's group therapy...online group therapy. I feel comforted reading about others who are also experiencing this "torture." To know that I am not alone in being a freak - definitely feels good.
Applying to law school can be (for most of us it actually is) a very stressful process. Taking the LSAT is no small feat, writing a good personal statement can take months (doesn't have to), and those letters of recommendations come on a turtle's back. Thus these forums can help.
And it would be a perfect world, if not for those peeping toms.
Behind the walls of these forums, it's really common for applicants to go completely naked and reveal everything about themselves (i.e. LSAT score, GPA, personal statement, work experience, their inner most deep secrets, etc.). And whenever people go naked, you can bet your money that there will be peeping toms.
In the world of law school forums, these unwelcomed peeping toms are the very people we want so badly to be accepted by: the admissions committee (adcomm)!
I suppose one can use this knowledge to indirectly market oneself (i.e. Look! I'm such a down-to-earth, friendly, kind and cool person!). But really...if you were on the adcomm, day-and-night hashing through 5000-7000 applications of people who are indirectly/directly gloating about their "amazing" accomplishments and "awesome" personality....would you be at all fazed by another quirky online "look-at-me!" attempt?
In this "legally blonde" generation where Elle Woods is our hero, it somehow got lost in translation that law schools are professional institutes. Too much personal information can be just exactly that - TOO MUCH information.
Let's be wise and be wary of these peeping toms, and next time, I hope to see you at the forum wearing at least a bikini (<--- this is being used in its maximum metaphoric capacity).