Personalized Admissions Packets: What’s in a Name?

How Law Schools are Personalizing Acceptance Packages

Today we welcome Jaclyn Wishnia, rising 2L at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and aspiring entertainment law attorney. Jaclyn tackles the question of how to choose the right law school to attend and personalization in the admissions process.

Choosing the right law school to attend can sometimes seem overwhelming. Often, decisions are based on future factors you may not even realize until your 3L year, such as the type of law you want to specialize in or where you intend to practice law. Alternatively, other issues may arise that are out of your control. For instance, maybe you were rejected from your top choice, or perhaps, you were accepted to two vastly different law schools that you favored equally. Although many decisions can be resolved by focusing on fundamental criteria like, which school is offering a better scholarship, there is one minor item you should consider when evaluating your choices: Personalization. [Read more…]

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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…]

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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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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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