Personal Statement Class SALE: 50% OFF!

Sale_signFrom now through July 11, 2016, my Write Your Personal Statement in 7 Days online class is 50% OFF!

That’s right.

Instead of paying $99, you pay only $49.

This is not an April Fool’s joke. After July 11, 2016, I will no longer offer this class, so act today!

You won’t find a better deal for an online personal statement class designed specifically for law school applicants.

But don’t take my word for it. Here’s what my students say:

Wow, I am so happy I took this course. My previous law school application looks elementary compared to the refined personal statement I have recently drafted.  — Carolina

Peg, I wanted to say thank you. I know I am not done with your course yet, but you have been extremely helpful so far. I appreciate you so very, very much. So thank you for doing this and for being you! — Leslie Anne

I was surprised how eye opening the 49 stories exercise was. I helped me categorize and chronologically reflect on a 20 year past of jumbled memories. — Anna

Peg, I have just finished Lesson 1 and I have to hand it to you, these writing exercises have been a good, and certainly cathartic, exercise. At the present time I am feeling good and very hopeful! — Aidan

Completing the 49 stories made me discover that I am a lot more interesting than I presumed to be. Thanks to this class I feel I wrote a concise and clear personal statement. Peg rocks and all her tips are awesome! Put in the work, you won’t be disappointed.  — Daniela

For more student testimonials and to learn more about the class, go here.

With this class, you’ll learn how to write your law school personal statement in just 7 days, and you’ll also get your questions answered online by me.

Once you register for this class, it’s yours to keep. You can view the lessons and videos as many times as you want, 24-7.

All for just $49.

After July 11, 2016, I will no longer offer this class. But, it will still exist for the students who have registered. As long as the class hosting service Ruzuku exists, you can visit this class and its lessons forever on.

Don’t miss out! Last day to sign up is Monday, July 11, 2016. REGISTER NOW!

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Top Ten Mistakes That Law School Applicants Make: #5

typewriter-turquoiseThis post continues our 10-part series of posts on the Top Ten Mistakes That Law School Applicants Make.

The #5 Top Ten Mistake That Law School Applicants Make every year is…
THEY DON’T TAILOR THEIR ESSAYS TO THEIR SCHOOLS’ PROMPTS.

Do they want 12 point font?

Do they want only two pages?

Do they want to know why you want to attend their law school, in addition to hearing your story?

Whatever the law school wants, give it to them.

Follow the directions.

I know it sounds simple but you’d be surprised how many times I’ve reviewed personal statements and supplemental/optional essays that did not match what the law school indicated in their essay prompts.

Read and follow the directions on the application. If the directions don’t make sense, contact the admissions office at the law school. Better to know for sure than to guess.

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Top Ten Mistakes That Law School Applicants Make: #6

journal-collageThis post continues our 10-part series of posts on the Top Ten Mistakes That Law School Applicants Make.

The #6 Top Ten Mistake That Law School Applicants Make every year is…
THEY WRITE A PERSONAL STATEMENT THAT ISN’T PERSONAL.

First, let’s get one thing clear. Law schools want a personal statement, not a statement of purpose.

What’s the difference between a personal statement and a statement of purpose?

A personal statement is a story about yourself that reveals your strengths, while a statement of purpose is an essay about the research or academic trajectory you want to accomplish while in graduate school.

So, if a personal statement is a story, what kind of story should you tell?

One that is engaging, memorable, and authentic.

How are you going to do that?

You’re doing to make it personal. You’re going to make it about you.

Almost anything goes when it comes to telling a personal story. You can write about your proudest accomplishment and why you’re proud of it. You can write about an obstacle (or several) that you overcame and how you did it. You can write about a hobby that’s important to you and why it’s important to you.

Get the picture?

In most cases, applicants think back and write about an event, experience, or activity that shaped them and helped them become the person they are today. Remember, it’s a personal statement you want to share, not a statement of purpose.

If you’re wondering how to get started on writing a personal statement, I recommend doing the following.

  1. Read my post Law School Personal Statements (Pt 1): Reading Comes First
  2. Then read Law School Personal Statements (Pt 2): Finding Great Topics
  3. Then read Law School Personal Statements (Pt 3): The First Draft
  4. Lastly, read Law School Personal Statements (Pt 4): Revise, Revise, Revise

Everyone wants to read a good story, especially law school admissions officers. Tell them an engaging, memorable, and personal story about yourself and you’ll have them hooked.

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Why I Call Bullshit on Some Prelaw Students

Since I first started posting prelaw videos on YouTube in 2011, I’m always surprised to hear that this one is people’s favorite.

In this video, I basically call bullshit on prelaw students who tell me they don’t have a sad, tragic story to tell and so they can’t write a good personal statement.

If you watch this video, you will probably think that I am pissed.

You’re right. I am.

Maybe that’s why so many people like it? Maybe some people like seeing a prelaw adviser say “crap” and “bullshit”? Maybe others find that my message resonates with them? For whatever reasons people like this video, I am glad.

I am glad because I tried to be as honest as possible while recording this video. I wanted to get through to the thousands of prelaw students who actually think this way. They actually think that because they’ve lived a so-called “normal” life without any sad tragedy that they can’t write as good of a personal statement as those “other” people.

Do people not realize now privileged that sounds?

Do people not realize how entitled they sound when they say that?

Perhaps they do and perhaps they don’t. But it’s been said to me so many times that I had to make a video about it back in 2011, and sadly, this sentiment still gets said today in 2015.

If you think your life is so “boring” and so “normal,” that you don’t have anything to write about for your personal statement for law school, I have two options for you.

OPTION #1:
Don’t go to law school right now. Work full-time for three years. If after that time period, you still can’t think of a good topic for your personal statement, work full-time for another year. Keep repeating this until you think of a good topic. Why do I recommend this? Because if you can’t think of anything to write about, it’s very likely that you haven’t worked enough and experienced life enough. Get out there and work…and live!

OPTION #2:
Some of you are thinking, there’s no way I’m going to work full-time for three years. I need to go to law school NOW. For you, I’m going to be as brutally honest as I am in the video. Stop making excuses. Take off the blinders. Do the work. Sit down and write down everything in your life that makes you mad, sad, happy, or all of the above. Write it down. Write it ALL down. From the past to the present. If you want a more organized and structured way to do this, take my class. If you still can’t find a topic, take a break for a day and go back at it. Repeat until you figure out a topic.

There’s reasons people keep asking me to help them with their law school applications year after year. It’s not just because I’ve been doing prelaw advising for 12 years. It’s because I’m honest with them. It’s because I want the best for them. And sometimes, the best thing I can do is to be honest and give tough advice that’s wrapped in love.

And that’s why I call bullshit on some prelaw students.

Alice Reviews My Personal Statement Class

typing-laptop-booksAs a law school admissions consultant, I depend on two key occurrences every year to let me know if I’m succeeding with my work.

First, is seeing my clients admitted into stretch law schools or any solid or safety law schools with substantial scholarships.

The second way I know if I’m succeeding is through feedback.

Feedback comes in many ways: through emails, phone calls, comments and questions on the Prelaw Guru Blog and in my online classes, and through tweets and DMs.

This week I received an email from Alice. She decided to take my online class, Write Your Personal Statement in 7 Days. This is the email Alice sent me after taking the class.

Peg, I really want to let you know that this course is really helpful so far. To be honest, I had some doubts with taking online courses, until I’ve decided to give it a try after hearing such great things about you from Jane.

What’s really helping me is that you seem to perfectly understand the pressure that an applicant is going through. After taking the LSAT, I was really mentally exhausted and couldn’t keep up with preparing my statement. I felt as if I became a failure and couldn’t stand up by myself until I’ve enrolled into this class. 

I needed someone to provide me a to-do list, that not only releases the pressure and stressful feelings I have, but also gives me the motivation to start. I’m on my sixth day, and I’m almost done with my draft. As you said, it has been an encouraging process. 

Now looking back, I think the title of this course is really motivating as well… “Write your personal statement in 7 days.” Who would have thought that would be possible? I guess my doubts were that I didn’t believe that I could get a clearer picture of my statement within five days.

Well begun is half done. I feel much better now (although I need endless revision/check ups/reviews/etc), but most importantly I feel like I have control over this application process. It isn’t stressful as it was earlier.

For now, my goal is to submit by the end of this weekend, and I believe it has been possible due to all of your great advice. As much as I needed some “You can do it!” encouragement, I definitely needed your “Try this. You will make it” type of advice.

Thanks again,
Alice

When I read Alice’s feedback, especially the lines: “I feel like I have control over this application process. It isn’t as stressful as it was earlier…” it makes my heart sing.

That’s what it’s all about.

Taking conscious action.

Feeling less stress.

Making your way forward one step at a time.

Like Alice, if you are feeling stressed about writing your personal statement for law school and you’re not sure where to turn for help, I hope you’ll check out my class, Write Your Personal Statement in 7 Days. I think you’ll be surprised by how much you can learn and accomplish in just one week.

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