With the Plus option your lawyer-advisor will work with you one-on-one to brainstorm topics for your personal statement, review the first and second drafts of your personal statement and application form / OLSAS sketch to ensure they highlight your best strengths, and help you determine who to ask for a reference, how to ask, and when to follow up to help obtain a strong letter of reference.
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It can often be difficult to decide what topics to cover in your application materials, or how to tailor your documents to a particular school.
As a Plus member, once you complete your profile your dedicated lawyer-advisor will reach out to you to schedule your 30 minute Brainstorming Session. This session can take place via phone or online video/chat, whichever you prefer. This is the perfect opportunity to discuss your interests and goals, and ask any questions you have.
The Brainstorming Session is a live consultation with your dedicated lawyer-advisor, who will work with you one-on-one to help you develop ideas and customize your application materials.
In addition to answering any questions you may have, your lawyer-advisor will work with you one-on-one to help you develop ideas for your personal statement and give you tips on how best to highlight your particular strengths and tailor your statement to each of the schools of your choice.
After you’ve completed your Brainstorming Session, it is time to get writing! Most law schools require applicants to submit a personal statement (or statement of interest). Your personal statement allows you to tell your story beyond your GPA and LSAT score. While the requirements vary from school to school, the personal statement is generally intended to:
- convey your motivations for applying to law school and why you want to attend the specific law school in question;
- highlight your non-academic achievements and other life experiences; and
- explain any circumstances that either contributed or detracted from your academic success.
The admissions committee will use your personal statement to help distinguish you from the hundreds of other applicants with similar GPAs and LSAT scores. That is why a strong personal statement can mean the difference between acceptance, and a letter of regret.
As a Plus member, your lawyer-advisor will diligently review your personal statement twice and provide detailed feedback in a variety of areas to help you stand out from the crowd.
Your lawyer-advisor will provide feedback on your personal statement in the following areas:
- Grammar, spelling, and sentence structure
- Essay structure and idea organization
- Articulation of personal strengths and experiences
- Overall persuasiveness
- Compliance with word count limits
The Application Form/OLSAS Sketch is a key part of your law school application. It allows you to highlight your extra-curricular, volunteer and employment activities, as well your academic achievements, honours, research, or publications. The admissions committee uses your Application / Sketch to assess whether you have the experience, skills and values they are looking for – it must not be overlooked.
As a Plus member, your lawyer-advisor will review your Application / Sketch twice to help you maximize this opportunity by teaching you – through detailed feedback – how to persuasively showcase your accomplishments and non-academic activities, and demonstrate you have the qualities the admissions committee is looking for.
The Application Form / OLSAS Sketch should not be overlooked. It is an important component of your application, which can showcase your individuality at a glance, and your ability to be persuasive with few words – a much-needed skill in law!
Your lawyer-advisor will review your application/sketch and provide feedback in the following areas:
- Grammar, spelling, and sentence structure
- Persuasiveness of activity descriptions
- Which activities to include/exclude
- Strategies to reduce word count
- Selecting verifiers (OLSAS Sketch)
Admissions committees will rely on your letters of reference for an impartial assessment of your personal qualities, skills, and experience. A strong letter of reference can come from a professor or former employer who knows you well, and should be from someone who is willing to provide a reference which goes above and beyond the norm.
Admissions committees have reviewed hundreds of reference letters and can easily distinguish between a genuine endorsement and a stock, impersonal letter. Selecting the right referee is therefore crucial, especially given that admissions committee require your referee to submit their letter directly to the law school(s) you’re applying to, without giving you a chance to review it first.
As a Plus member, your lawyer-advisor will help ensure you have the right person in your corner. Your lawyer-advisor will help you determine who to ask for a reference, how to ask them, what information to provide them with, and how to follow-up to ensure their letter is submitted on time.
As a Plus member, your lawyer-advisor will review your Personal Statement and Application Form / OLSAS Sketch a second time. This allows you to incorporate feedback from your lawyer-advisors first review into a second draft of your Personal Statement and Application Form / OLSAS Sketch, and receive feedback on your new, improved draft, allowing you to further refine your final product.
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Frequently asked questions about this package.
How do I send you my draft personal statement and application form / OLSAS sketch?
How long will it take to receive my reviewed personal statement and application form / OLSAS sketch?
We aim to send your revised document within 48 hours after you submit your draft.
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How will my Brainstorming Session and Letters of Reference Advice take place?
You choose! Either by phone, or online via video/chat.
We use Zoom to power our online video/chat with you, which allows us to talk face-to-face via video, send instant messages, and even share our screens with each other. It all works with a single click, and you can even make a test call before starting. Feel free to book a free consultation with one of our lawyer-advisors to see our Zoom video/chat in action!
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