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!

4 Ways to Beat Law School Application Essay Stress

Eileen ConnerPlease welcome back law school admissions essay expert Eileen Conner, founder of Pen & Chisel, who has some timely advice on how to handle law school application stress!

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

Q: I have so many law school application essays to write! How can I keep all my different writing and editing tasks under control without panicking?

A: Application season brings with it a slew of new commitments — and plenty of stress.

It’s perfectly normal to feel anxious and overbooked when you’re trying to balance writing your law school application essays with all the other tasks on your plate. The real key is not to let those tasks overwhelm you.

Try these four ways to beat application essay stress, and you’ll be better able to keep calm and manage all the problems the season throws at you.
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Pen & Chisel Q&A: How Can I Shape My Non-Traditional Experience into a Compelling Law School Application?

Eileen ConnerWe’re delighted to welcome back law school admissions essay expert Eileen Conner, founder of Pen & Chisel, who has some advice on a topic near to my own heart: How to apply to law school as a non-traditional student. As someone with a really weird background (sociology, architecture, programming) who managed to get into law school, I heartily recommend following her advice!

I’m a nontraditional law school applicant. How can I best integrate my prior work and advanced degrees into my law school application?

Many nontraditional law school candidates are apprehensive about how the admissions committee will take their application. However, coming from a professional background (instead of straight out of undergrad) can actually give you some advantages in the application process. Let’s take a look at how you can use your career or academic experience to make the best possible impression.
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Pen & Chisel Q&A: Tackling Subjective Grammar Issues in the Personal Statement

Eileen ConnerHere at The Girl’s Guide, we get tons of questions from law school applicants about how to best frame their application story. Rather than making stuff up that may or may not be right, we’re bringing in the big guns!

Please welcome Eileen Conner, founder of Pen and Chisel, who has agreed to serve as our resident expert on law school application writing. Eileen is here to help with any law school application questions you might have — including personal statements, diversity statements, addenda, and any other items you need to submit.

Got a burning law school application question? Just send a note and maybe it will be answered in a future column!

Q: I think I’m done with my personal statement! What should I watch out for while I’m polishing it up?

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Pen & Chisel Q&A: How to Pep Up a Boring Law School Admissions Essay

Eileen ConnerHere at The Girl’s Guide, we get tons of questions from law school applicants about how to best frame their application story. Rather than making stuff up that may or may not be right, we’re bringing in the big guns!

Please welcome Eileen Conner, founder of Pen and Chisel, who has agreed to serve as our resident expert on law school application writing. Eileen is here to help with any law school application questions you might have — including personal statements, diversity statements, addenda, and any other items you need to submit.

Got a burning law school application question? Just send a note and maybe it will be answered in a future column!

Today’s Question: I think my personal statement makes a good argument, but it’s boring to read. How can I make it more interesting?

Dullness is one of the more subtle problems that can crop up in law school personal statements. Although it’s most crucial to make a solid argument for admission, some attention to detail can make your essay really shine.

Here are three ways to give your essay the spark it needs to hold the admissions committee’s attention.
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Pen & Chisel Q&A: Is Your Law School Personal Statement Too Vague?

Eileen ConnerHere at The Girl’s Guide, we get tons of questions from law school applicants about how to best frame their application story. Rather than making stuff up that may or may not be right, we’re bringing in the big guns!

Please welcome Eileen Conner, founder of Pen and Chisel, who has agreed to serve as our resident expert on law school application writing. Eileen is here to help with any law school application questions you might have — including personal statements, diversity statements, addenda, and any other items you need to submit.

Got a burning law school application question? Just send a note and maybe it will be answered in a future column!

Q: My advisor says that my personal statement is too vague. How can I solve this problem?

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Pen and Chisel Q&A: Can I Tell Multiple Stories in My Law School Personal Statement?

headshot-2Here at The Girl’s Guide, we get tons of questions from law school applicants about how to best frame their application story. Rather than making stuff up that may or may not be right, we’re bringing in the big guns!

Please welcome Eileen Conner, founder of Pen and Chisel, who has agreed to serve as our resident expert on law school application writing. Eileen is here to help with any law school application questions you might have — including personal statements, diversity statements, addenda, and any other items you need to submit.

Got a burning question? Just send a note and maybe it will be answered in a future column!

Now, without further ado, on to question one.

I have two different life experiences that are each a big part of my reason for going into law. How can I use them both in the same law school personal statement?

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Tips for Time-Managing Your Law School Personal Statement

headshot-2In honor of law school application season, we’re excited to welcome Eileen Conner, founder of Pen and Chisel, LLC, who’s here with some useful tips for personal statement time management. Don’t delay, take this advice to heart today!

If you’re applying to law school this year, you probably have a hundred things on your plate. Now, as deadlines begin to loom, it’s time to add a new task: writing your personal statement and other law school application essays.

These essays will have a huge impact on the success of your application, so it’s crucial to take the time to do your best. But how can you manage your writing efficiently when you’re already juggling several other commitments?

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