What it’s Like to Work with Peg

Peg-ChengMay 2015: My consulting packages and initial consultations have changed since this post was written. Please read What It’s Like to Work with Peg Cheng (Updated).

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.

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.

Yes. But tough love. I think all of 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 yet most supportive adviser, career counselor and editor you could ever have.

I edit the old-school way–the way newspaper and book editors did it back it in the day with pen and paper. I edit this way because one, I find that most clients prefer handwritten notes rather than reading online edits in MS Word, and two, I like doing it this way.

First, I print out your essay or resume and read it all the way through, twice. I then read it a third time with pen in hand. I write my suggested* edits, questions and suggestions in 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. I always say, “Use what resonates. Discard what doesn’t.”

No way! A big reason why people hire me is because they want a law school admissions expert to talk to about all their questions and concerns. From choosing who to write your letters of recommendation, to choosing the right law schools for your personal and professional 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 me walk you through what our journey together will be like.

First, you have to hire me. Click here to see the consulting services that I offer. Once you’ve signed the contract and paid your fees, the real work begins.

For all the packages, 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 refer to this timeline throughout the time that we work together to make sure you stay on track.

Whether you’ve signed up for the Basics, Deluxe or Supreme Package, we start with a phone or Skype meeting to discuss your goals, academic background, personal and career experiences, which law schools you really want to get into, and any concerns or worries you have about the law school application process.

This is a great time for us to get to know one another. It is also a great time to discuss any challenges that might be a part of your application. Whatever is on your mind about law school, I want to know about it. At the end of this meeting, we will use the timeline to lay out your next steps.

If you purchased the Basics Package, you will send me a draft of an essay you want me to edit and critique. I will send you my feedback within 72 hours (Monday-Friday).

If you purchased the Deluxe or Supreme Package, I will send you the 49 Stories Exercise to complete. The 49 Stories is a simple yet highly effective writing technique that I’ve been successfully using with clients for years. Many clients have told me that they love writing the 49 Stories–their thoughts, stories, rants and raves just come pouring out of them and onto the page!

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. We then will have a phone or Skype session to discuss your stories. I will ask you many questions during this session. Often, a client will feel like he or she wrote a lot but he or she still has no idea what to write about for the personal statement.

Through 10 years of experience helping people tell their stories, I can pluck out topics that have excellent 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 and most relevant topic(s) for your personal statement and/or diversity statement. Clients often tell me they can’t wait to get writing after this meeting.

For Basics Package clients, you will receive another edit/critique of the same essay or another essay of your choosing.

For Deluxe and Supreme Package clients, you will send me a draft of the first essay you want me to edit and critique, usually the personal statement. As per all my edits, I will send you my feedback within 72 hours (Monday-Friday). We will then have a phone or Skype session to discuss your essay critique and answer any questions you have.

For Basics Package clients, you will repeat the previous steps until you have received three essay edits/critiques and three 45-minute phone/Skype advising sessions. At that point, our journey is complete. If you’d like to continue working with me, you can upgrade to the Deluxe or Supreme package (you’d subtract what you paid for the Basics Package from the package price) and we’ll keep going until we reach the finish line.

For Deluxe and Supreme Package clients, you have unlimited essay and resume edits/critiques and unlimited phone/Skype advising sessions for applying to up to 8 or 15 law schools, depending on your package. You will repeat Step 5 until your personal statement, diversity statement, addenda, optional or supplemental essays, and your resume are complete and stellar.

With the Deluxe or Supreme Package, our journey continues even after you apply. I will help you with wait list strategies, scholarship offers and making the crucial decision about which law school to attend. I’m there to support you from the beginning until the end (which is really another beginning…to your new career, that is.)

Contact me and we’ll set up a 30-minute phone consultation to discuss your law school goals, the services that might be a good match for your needs, and how we might work together. This is a time for both of us to get to know each other better and see if we might be a good client-consultant match. Write down any and all questions you have and have them nearby for our meeting.

I look forward to hearing from you!

May 2015: My consulting packages and initial consultations have changed since this post was written. Please read What It’s Like to Work with Peg Cheng (Updated).

2 thoughts on “What it’s Like to Work with Peg

  1. I had a marvelous time working with Peg. She really will push you, and you will get hounded if you drop the ball and are slow getting your revised essays back. It’s your time and money, don’t waste it!

    Moreover, Peg is a great sounding board. Sometimes the process of applying can be frustrating and challenging. Peg brings so much experience to the table. She will have something insightful to say to you about your challenges, and she’s a great listener if you simply need to vent.

    Peg is also invested in how you do. She wants to know where you got in, and how your goals and decisions are evolving and changing. She has years of clients and experiences of her own to help you decide what’s going to work for you, and your own experiences help inform the advice she provides to prospective law students in the future.

    If you’re ready to work hard and make the best application you can, you should go with Peg.

    Signed, a Class of 2017 UW Law Student.

    • Doug, I could not have asked for a more considerate, smart and thoughtful client. You were an absolute pleasure to work with. Your kind words mean a lot to me. Thank you so much!

      By the way, I am so happy that you made the decision to attend UW Law. I couldn’t be happier for you. And I know you’ll be near if I need legal help someday. 🙂

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