22 Rules of Writing Your Law School Personal Statement

nfox 300Thinking of applying to law school? Most law school experts — and those who’ve attended — will say that your personal statement is one of the most important components of your application. Before panic sets in about what to write, Nathan Fox, founder of Fox LSAT, is here with a series of blog posts that provides a slightly humorous look at writing the personal essay. And let’s face it — anyone applying to law school can use some humor in their day!

Here’s part one in the series. Welcome, Nathan! [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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3 Things You Need To Know About LSAT Arguments

LSAT FreedomWorried about the LSAT? We’re delighted to welcome back Robert M. Fojo from LSAT Freedom to share and explain three things you should know about LSAT arguments that will help you build a strong foundation for doing well on the LSAT. Good luck!

Here’s Robert . . .

The LSAT is built on arguments. On the Logical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension sections, students will see a lot of arguments. For example, the stimulus of many Logical Reasoning questions will contain an argument. Students will have to evaluate that argument. They may have to find a flaw in the argument, describe the structure of the argument, or identify a missing assumption.

Similarly, on the Reading Comprehension section, most of the passages will consist of individuals making some kind of argument or, at the very least presenting a thesis and some evidence to support it in an effort to convince the reader of something.

Because arguments comprise the foundation for the LSAT, students must understand (1) what arguments are; (2) how they function; and (3) how arguments appear on the LSAT.
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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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