Today’s post is all about what it would be like to work with me, Peg Cheng, as your law school admissions consultant.
But let me answer a few common questions to start.
WHO DO YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH?
I like to work with people who want to kick ass, who are open to feedback, and who are ready to work hard. It’s a big commitment to work with me. It’s a major commitment of precious time and cash. Please do not enter this relationship lightly.
ARE YOU TOUGH?
Yes. But I’m not just tough on my clients, I give them tough love. My clients know how much I care about them and their future. I will push you to think hard, go deep, write, revise, and revise again. Think of me as the toughest and most supportive adviser, career counselor, and editor you could ever have.
HOW DO YOU EDIT ESSAYS?
I used to edit all documents the old-school way with pen and paper. But now I edit using the “track edits and comments” feature in Word. I’m comfortable with either method.
If you prefer handwritten edits, just let me know and I can do that for you. For handwritten edits, I print out your essay and after reading it several times, I write my edits, questions, and comments in blue, green, or purple ink. I then scan the edited document and email it to you. If you want the edited original mailed to you, I will do that too.
Except for punctuation and grammatical corrections, all of my edits are suggestions for improvement. You are in control. Use what resonates. Discard what doesn’t.
DO YOU JUST DO EDITS?
No way! A big reason why people hire me is because they want a law school admissions expert to talk with about their questions and concerns. From choosing who should write your letters of recommendation, to choosing the right law schools for your personal goals, to tips on how to negotiate scholarship offers, I’m here to help.
There are no stupid questions and no question is too small. If you’re wondering about it, let’s talk about it. That’s my motto.
Now, let’s walk you through what it’ll be like to work together as consultant and client.
STEP 1: INITIAL CONSULTATION
To see if we are a good client-consultant fit, we will first set up an Initial Consultation. The Initial Consultation lasts one hour, costs $60, and can be credited towards any of my three consulting packages. During our phone or Skype meeting, we’ll discuss your academic and work background, which law schools you’d love to get into, and more. I’ll answer any questions you have about the law school application process. We can also brainstorm about your personal statement. This is a time for you to get your specific questions answered, and for both of us to get to know one another.
STEP 2: CHOOSE YOUR PACKAGE
If we both decide we want to work together, then we move forward. Click here to see the consulting packages that I offer. Once you’ve chosen your package, signed the contract, and paid your fees, the real work begins.
STEP 3: TIMELINE MEETING
I will give you an application timeline that you can use to keep track of all the tasks you need to do to apply to law school. We will have a phone or Skype meeting to go over the timeline and plan our initial steps. You will also receive copies of all my No B.S. Guides for applying to law school.
STEP 4: EDITING BEGINS OR START 49 STORIES
If you purchased the Basics Package, you will send me a draft of an essay or resume you want me to edit and critique. I will send you my feedback within 48 hours (Monday-Friday).
If you purchased the Deluxe or Supreme Package, the first thing you’ll do is complete the 49 Stories Exercise, a simple yet highly effective writing technique. Many clients have said that they loved doing the 49 Stories–their thoughts and stories just come pouring out of them and onto the page!
STEP 5: CONSULTATION
For Basics Package clients, we will have a follow-up phone or Skype meeting to discuss your essay critique and answer any questions you might have.
For Deluxe and Supreme Package clients, I will carefully read and take notes on your 49 Stories exercise. Then we’ll have a phone or Skype session. I will ask you many questions during this session. Often, you might feel like you wrote a lot but you still have no idea what to write about for your personal statement.
Never fear. Through 10 years of experience helping people tell their stories, I can pluck out topics that have great potential for a personal statement but that are invisible to the client’s eye.
By the end of this meeting, you will know what will be the strongest, most relevant topic(s) for your personal statement and/or diversity statement. Clients often say they can’t wait to start writing after this meeting!
STEP 6: EDITING CONTINUES
For Basics Package clients, you will receive another edit/critique of the same essay, a different essay, or your resume. For Deluxe and Supreme Package clients, you will send me a draft of the first essay you want me to edit and critique, and I’ll send you my feedback within 48 hours (Monday-Friday).
STEP 7: RINSE AND REPEAT
For Basics Package clients, you will repeat the previous step until you’ve received three essay edits/critiques and three 30-minute consultations. If you’d like more help, you can upgrade to the Deluxe or Supreme package and we’ll keep going.
For Deluxe Package clients, you have unlimited essay and resume edits/critiques for applying to one law school. If after completing these you’d like more help, you can upgrade to the Supreme package and we’ll keep going.
For Supreme Package clients, you have unlimited essay and resume edits/critiques and unlimited phone/Skype consultations for applying to all your law schools. We’ll keep going until your personal statement, diversity statement, addenda, optional essays, supplemental essays, and your resume are stellar and ready to go out!
WHY IT’S CALLED THE SUPREME
For Supreme Package clients, our journey continues even after you apply. I’ll coach you on wait list strategies, scholarship negotiations, questions to ask when visiting schools, choosing which school to attend, and more. I’m here to support you from the beginning until the end.
I’M INTERESTED. WHAT DO I DO NEXT?
Contact me to set up an Initial Consultation.
That’s it, folks. I hope I’ve shed good light on what it’s like to work with me as your law school admissions consultant.
Have more questions? Post them below and I’ll respond.