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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Transferring Law Schools: How I Jumped Ship

Ashley KirkwoodPlease welcome back Ashley Kirkwood, with more on the logistics of the law school transfer process. As she explained in her first post, she recently transferred to Northwestern Law — after being rejected from every law school she initially applied to.

Welcome back, Ashely!

“It is going to be nearly impossible to transfer from here to that law school! That is one of the best schools in the city!” I heard this more than once. But I internalized: “It is rare for people to transfer from here to that law school, so you need to strategize.”
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Transferring Law Schools: Why I Jumped Ship

Ashley KirkwoodWondering about the law school transfer process? Today, we’re thrilled to welcome Ashley Kirkwood, a recent transfer to Northwestern, for a series on the transfer decision and process. First up, the background of her personal law school transfer story.

Enjoy!

Applying to Law School Three Times

Getting into law school once is tough, but doing it twice presents its own set of challenges.

I have been through the law school application cycle three times.

The first time I applied, I didn’t get into a single law school. The second go-round, I got into the only law school that I applied to. The third time was the transfer application process.

Once I got accepted into a law school, I went—no questions asked. I went and planned to excel. I also planned to transfer after my 1L year to a higher ranked law school.

I get a lot of questions regarding why I transferred, how I transferred, and how I like being at a new law school. I am going to answer those three questions in a series of posts. First, I will give the cliff notes version of my journey to law school.
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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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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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