Posts from Eileen Conner of Pen and Chisel

Eileen Conner is the founder of Pen and Chisel LLC, where she specializes in helping law school candidates perfect their application essays. Her newest online course offerings, Launch: Personal Statement and Refine: Personal Statement, teach students to craft a great law school personal statement and to identify and fix common problems. A graduate of the University of Michigan's prestigious creative writing MFA program, Eileen is the former Senior Editor for Law at Revision Editing.

You can find her at Pen and Chisel or on Twitter at @penandchisel. Say hello!

Pen and Chisel Q&A: A Quick Intro To the Law School Diversity Statement

Eileen ConnerAre you looking for help with your law school diversity statement? Please welcome back law school admissions essay expert Eileen Conner, founder of Pen and Chisel, who has a quick intro to the diversity statement.

If you missed any of her other admissions Q&As, check them out here.

In addition to your personal statement, you’ll likely need to write a few supplemental essays for your application to law school. One supplemental essay that often raises questions among applicants is the diversity statement. Let’s take a quick look at what the diversity statement is and why you might write one. [Read more…]

Pen and Chisel Q&A: A Quick Intro to the Law School Personal Statement

Eileen ConnerAre you looking for help with your law school personal statement? Please welcome back law school admissions essay expert Eileen Conner, founder of Pen and Chisel, who has a quick intro to the law school personal statement.

If you missed any of her other admissions Q&As, check them out here.

If you write no other essay for your law school applications, you will definitely write a personal statement. So what is the personal statement? It’s an essay, certainly — but what are its criteria? What are its key characteristics? How can you use it to make a convincing argument for admission to law school? [Read more…]

Pen and Chisel Q&A: What Makes a Good Personal Statement Topic?

Eileen ConnerPlease welcome back law school admissions essay expert Eileen Conner, founder of Pen and Chisel. Today, Eileen is advising us on how to find the right topic for your personal statement.

If you missed any of her other admissions Q&As, check them out here. [Read more…]

Pen and Chisel Q&A: Writing Terrible First Drafts

Eileen ConnerPlease welcome back law school admissions essay expert Eileen Conner, founder of Pen and Chisel. Today, Eileen is advising us on why it’s OK to write a terrible first draft.

If you missed any of her other admissions Q&As, check them out here.

Beginning work on a new and high-pressure essay like the law school personal statement can be daunting. Even if you are used to seeing yourself as a strong writer, you may feel apprehensive about whether you can write your story well enough to be admitted to your schools of choice. This intimidation factor can make it difficult to get started. [Read more…]

Pen and Chisel Q&A: Why is the Law School Personal Statement Difficult?

Eileen ConnerPlease welcome back law school admissions essay expert Eileen Conner, founder of Pen and Chisel. Today, Eileen is exploring an important question — why is the law school personal statement so difficult to execute well?

If you missed any of her other admissions Q&As, check them out here.

Writing a convincing personal statement can be one of the biggest challenges when it comes to creating a top-notch law school application.

This may come as a surprise to accomplished academic writers. After all, most law school applicants have finely honed their writing skills over their years of schooling. Why should writing a simple application essay present any major problems?

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Pen and Chisel Q&A: The Cost of Applying to Law School

Eileen ConnerPlease welcome back law school admissions essay expert Eileen Conner, founder of Pen and Chisel, who has some excellent advice on handling the costs of applying to law school.

If you missed any of her other admissions Q&As, check them out here.

If you’re planning to apply to law school this coming fall, you’re probably already thinking about how to fund your legal education. But that’s not the only financial aspect to keep in mind! The application process also requires some monetary outlay.

Right now — well before application season — is the best time to plan out your law school application expenses. If you take the time to understand these costs now, you’ll be able to begin budgeting and saving for your application expenses well in advance.
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Pen and Chisel Q&A: Concise Writing: Editing for Length

Eileen ConnerHaving trouble with word limits on your law school application? Please welcome back law school admissions essay expert Eileen Conner, founder of Pen and Chisel, who has some excellent advice on concise writing to share.

If you missed any of her other admissions Q&As, check them out here.

Law school application essays raise many challenges, and one of the most common is how to fit a strong argument into such a small space. How can you convince the admissions committee to admit you to their program in only two to three pages? The answer lies in concise, efficient writing.
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Pen and Chisel Q&A: How to Start the Law School Application Research Process

Eileen ConnerIs it ever too early to think about applying to law school? Please welcome back law school admissions essay expert Eileen Conner, founder of Pen and Chisel, who has some timely advice on getting a head start on your law school application.

If you missed any of her other admissions Q&As, check them out here.

Planning to apply to law school next fall? It may seem like it’s far too early to get going with the application process. But even though your deadlines are currently nothing but a far-off glimmer in the distance, you can get a head start on your law school applications right now. How? Research.

Now is the perfect time to start researching the schools you think you would like to attend.

Early stage research can set you up for success when it comes time to fill out your various forms and send in your law school applications.
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Pen and Chisel Q&A: Proofreading to Create an Immaculate Law School Application

Eileen ConnerFinalizing your law school applications? Please welcome back law school admissions essay expert Eileen Conner, founder of Pen and Chisel, who has some timely advice on making your applications as perfect as possible!

If you missed any of her other admissions Q&As, check them out here.

I’m almost finished with my law school applications. How can I ensure that I submit a set of applications with no mistakes?

To polish your application to its highest sheen, you’ll need to go over it in minute detail and fix every error you can find. This means proofreading.

What is proofreading?

In short, proofreading is carefully checking over all the information in your application to catch and correct any mistakes. It’s the final step you should take to make your entire application exactly as you want it.

Proofreading is a great way to ensure that you create the best application possible. Although it may seem like a minor task in comparison to making your larger argument for admission, a solid round of proofreading can actually help you make the best possible impression on your readers. Delivering an immaculately proofread application showcases your attention to detail and your follow-through.

In contrast, overlooking small flaws in your application can make you look careless. In an occupation that is all about examining and communicating complex issues in detail, this can be a real problem. Avoid this by carefully proofreading all the different parts of your application before you submit them.

Best methods for proofreading

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Pen and Chisel Q&A: How to Tackle the “Why X School?” Essay

Eileen ConnerWorking on your law school applications? Please welcome back law school admissions essay expert Eileen Conner, founder of Pen and Chisel, who has some timely advice on the dreaded “Why School X?” essay.

If you missed any of her other admissions Q&As, check them out here.

Q: One of my target law schools requires a supplemental essay that discusses why it’s the best school for me. What should I include in this essay?

The “Why X School?” essay is a short piece law schools occasionally ask applicants to submit. Because it isn’t as common as the personal statement, diversity statement, or addendum, many applicants don’t have a solid plan on how to tackle it. So let’s look at the basic elements of a successful “Why X School?” essay.
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