Mistakes in Law School Applications: To Fix or Not to Fix?

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I received calls both yesterday and today from readers of my blog who just found mistakes in their recently submitted applications. Both were panicked about what to do, but my suggestions might have been different for each of them based on the type of mistake that was concerning them.

There are three kinds of mistakes that you could have made in your law school applications:

1. Factual – Did you put a wrong date for something or get the name of something wrong? This type of law school application mistake has the easiest solution: simply email the school(s) and let them know you made a mistake and the real date or name is “so-and-so.” No problem.

2. Typo/Grammatical – This is the most heartbreaking kind of mistake because you worked so hard to avoid it and it feels so final. One person called me yesterday and said she had repeated “the the” in a sentence in her personal statement, and another applicant called me today because she left out the word “to” in a sentence in her optional essay. If you’re going to make a mistake in your personal statement, let it be this kind. While I do advise avoiding any errors because it appears unprofessional and lacks attention to detail, it’s not the end of the world in the computer age to have a cut and paste error, etc. If you have one incident like this, just let it go. If you have something really wrong with your personal statement, you can email the school an updated copy. They will probably add it to your file but not replace the original version.

If you have an error in your resume, it can be easier to fix. Wait a week or so, say it’s an “updated resume” and send it to the schools without saying what about it is updated….they are unlikely to notice whether it’s an updated job, an honor, a description, or a typo correction.

3. Bad Judgment – If you just started reading my book or blog after submitting your applications and you are now realizing you made some rookie mistakes and wish you’d done things differently, there is not a lot you can do at this point. You can update the law school with other things, but you can’t really submit a whole new personal statement. You can add applications to other schools with improved materials, but it’s hard to do damage control after the fact. You could visit the law school and make a case for yourself in person to try to correct some perception issues and send supplemental information as appropriate (for example, if you feel you left out something crucial in your application).

Mistakes can be frustrating and cause you to lose sleep over missed opportunities, but you also have to keep it in perspective. They are part of human nature and perfection is unattainable. We just do the best we can and move on with our lives, trying to do better.

188 thoughts on “Mistakes in Law School Applications: To Fix or Not to Fix?

  1. Hi Ann,
    I realized that I left out a hyphen on my personal statement. I submitted the personal statement to 2 schools so far. Do you think I should try to contact these schools?
    Thanks,
    Sarah

  2. Hi Ann,

    I hope that all is well! I am a long time fan of your blog, and purchased your book, The Law School Admission Game, to guide me through the application process. I just began applying to schools, and realized I forgot to include a part-time job I had for two weeks. It was in no way significant, however I completely forgot to mention it. What should I do?

  3. Ann,

    I have 3.7x GPA and a 176 LSAT. I’ve applied to most of the t14, including Harvard and Stanford, with 1 typo in my Personal Statement. I wrote “the the” in one sentence. For these very elite schools, is it worth resubmitting my PS with the extra “the” removed? I’m terrified that I’ve ruined my chances after all this hard work.

    Best,
    Mike

    • Ann Levine on said:

      Mike, I really think, if this is the weakest thing in your application, all will be fine. Really. Yes, if this is what you get dinged for, then a school was just looking for an excuse to ding you….I think you’ll start to feel better when acceptances start coming in shortly.

  4. I forgot about a course I took 4 years ago during the summer. I already contacted LSAC and sent in the transcript. Should I email each school also?

  5. I just realized I signed my certification part of the application with the wrong date (I accidentally put in my year of birth not the current year). My deadline is in two days and is this going to be a big deal? I have already emailed the school and planning on calling them as well

  6. Natasha on said:

    Ann,

    In the first application I sent, I listed the wrong location for a community college at which I took a class for high school credit. (When I entered the college’s name, its location was automatically filled in as City A, but I attended the City B campus.) The transcript sent to CAS has the correct location.

    I’m not sure if this is important enough to contact the admissions office about. Do you think I should? Thanks!

  7. Marianne on said:

    Ann,

    In three applications I have submitted I listed the wrong year (2008 instead of 2009) for a course I took at a community college between freshman and sophomore year of college. Should I e-mail the admissions offices at each school? They should have the correct date on the transcript sent by CAS. Thanks!

  8. Johnny on said:

    I just realized that in the personal statement I submitted to a few law schools, there is a typo in my LSAC account number, which I included in the header. Is this something I should contact the schools about and try to fix? Thanks!

  9. Harry Flashman on said:

    Ann,
    I forgot to include my high school information under the Education section in my apps. I did however include it in my resume, which is attached to all apps. Is this a problem worth being concerned over?

    -H

  10. Hi Ann,

    I am really grateful that I found this article as it has helped me calm down after I found a mistake in my personal statement. Just to get your opinion on this I forgot to put an ‘I’ where there should have been one should I be worried? Anxiously awaiting your response because I have already submitted to all of my top choices and this is really bothering me

    Regards

    • Jane, I completely understand how you feel. When I was director of admissions for different schools, almost every application had some error in it. It’s more important that the overall substance be compelling and strong. One typo won’t undo all of your hard work in everything else.

  11. Ann,

    Thank you for being a resource to law school applicants. A couple of issues: I JUST realized an error in my personal statement. In explaining promotion between one job to another within the same company, I missed four words, so it mistakenly reads I became a managing partner, instead of assistant to. I don’t want anyone to think this is an intention to mislead the reader!! Do you advise that I email the school ASAP? Or wait until Monday to speak with someone?

    In my diversity statement, in just one line, I refer to the school by name. Of course, I uploaded that version to the wrong institution. Please advise.

    Thank you

    • Julia,
      Oops – send an email to the school explaining the error and attach a copy of the PS with the proper language.

      About the diversity statement problem, OUCH. You can write a note apologizing for your oversight and include a new copy of the DS, but it might have already been seen at this point.

      For readers who aren’t Julia, please learn from this mistake: I don’t know why people try to tailor their diversity statements to different schools – your diversity won’t make a different contribution to one school versus another. It just opens up the door to trouble. Doing a fill-in-the-blank school name never pays off, and can really hurt.

  12. Hi Ann,
    After submitting my application I realized I forgot to remove the “Future LSAT: December” on my application ; I had previously planned to submit my application before the December test. As a result, my status page for the school has a “future LSAT score” box unchecked. My December LSAT scores and all other materials have been received by the school. Should I call or write to them and inform them that there are no pending test scores? Or is this something that will be evident?

    Cheers,
    Roc

  13. I typed a diversity statement and in one part of my essay I said “Intra-racial prejudice” but in my closing paragraph I just said “internalized prejudice ”

    I’m completely freaking out because to me that has to different meanings!

  14. This might sound silly, but I attached my diversity statement to two schools in the wrong section. I also did not label it and put the LSAC ID # and name on it, but these were also schools where I did not see it in the instructions. Should I go back and ask to resubmit with title and LSAC ID#?

  15. Hi Ann, I just realized that I may have typed the wrong social security number in the biography section of my LSAC application for some of the schools I applied. Unfortunately, for some schools, when I tried to go back and check the transmitted application pdf, the social security number appeared as xxx-xx-xxxx. So there is really no way for me to be sure if I typed the correct number for those schools…

    Does that mean that law schools won’t really care if the number written there is incorrect during the selection process? Should I not care to ask them if I made a mistake until they ask me back or until after I am admitted?

    And for the schools that clearly shows that I typed the wrong social security number, should I email them and tell them that they need to change this information?

    I am really worried that this is going to hurt my application, even though my excuse is that as an international student, I rarely need to use or memorize my social security number.

  16. Hi Ann,

    Quick resume mistake question: I just realized that I listed the wrong location for a volunteer position I currently hold. I mislabeled the location as the city where I attended undergrad instead of my current city (where I volunteer). Does this situation warrant sending an updated resume?

    Thanks!

  17. Ann,

    For the standardized test section, I only put October, 2015 and forgot to put a score once It was released. I did send my lsat score with the CAS to the institution, however. Will this be an issue? Thank you.

  18. Louise on said:

    Hi Ann,

    I realized on two apps I sent in yesterday, I put the wrong years that I ended 3 extracurrics in (I said 2015, instead of 2014—I graduated December 2014). This is because I had time off in between, and still get confused with dates. One activity I said I did “Fall 2015”–which is clearly not the case since I graduated in Dec 2014 and have been working a job since then. I am hoping it will be obvious I am not trying to be dishonest and just mixed up my years. Do you think this will hurt my chances?

    Thanks so much

  19. Hi Ann,

    I made a big mistake and submitted my resume with the name of another school in my objective. I changed it in the document, but did not save it again before I submitted it. What would be the best way to go about this? I already paid additional application fees, and wrote a detailed supplemental essay specific to the school.

    Thank you!

  20. Hi Ann!

    I realized I made a big mistake after I submitted my resume to a school. I had retyped the school name in the objective section, but did not save it, so when I submitted my resume it had the wrong school name. Should I email them with an updated resume? What are the chances they wouldn’t look at the old one if I do so?

    Thank you!

    • This is why I say in my book to never, ever have an objective section! I think it’s too late – sorry I didn’t see this one earlier. I hope everything worked out.

  21. Dear Ann,

    I put the wrong date for one of my leadership positions (Dec 2014-May 2015) instead of (Dec 2013-Dec 2014). Should I use your “updated resume” trick?

    Thanks so much,
    Hayden

  22. Taylor on said:

    Hi Ann,
    I just realized two mistakes in my personal statement that I have submitted. One is using “lead” instead of “led” and in one I refer to a university’s “Internal Review Board” instead of “Institutional Review Board.” Do you think I should email a corrected version? I am worried that the second one in particular makes me look like I don’t know what I’m talking about.
    Thanks,
    Taylor

  23. Ann,

    I also made a mistake on my resume. For a few schools I accidentally left the dates off of a couple clubs and one internship because I attached the wrong version by mistake. Nothing in terms of the actual content was omitted so I didn’t catch it when looking over my apps. I followed up shortly after by explaining and sending an updated resume, which the schools said they would add to my file.

    Do you think this mistake would impact my admission significantly, particularly at more competitive schools?

    Thank you!

  24. Hi Ann,

    I also made a mistake with my resume. I accidentally attached an earlier version of it to my apps for a couple schools. All that’s missing are the dates for an internship and some honors received. I emailed the schools with an updated resume and explained. They have all responded saying they would add my updated resume to my file, but I’m worried that the oversight looks sloppy.

    Do you think this could have an impact on admissions, particularly at very competitive schools?

    Thank you!

  25. Hi Ann,

    Thanks for alleviating many of our concerns. I recently realized I made mistakes.
    1) On my resume I put I played a club sport from 09/2011 – 04/2013 but on the application I did 03/2011 – 04/2013.
    2) I listed my full time experience as 19 months but I included my internships as I thought full time referred to 40/hr-week jobs. I realized it may be referring to only post graduation work experience and don’t want to mislead anyone.
    3) I realized for one of my coding languages I put verilong instead of verilog on my resume.

    Do you think I should call the school, asking to replace my resume and inform them about my possible misinterpretation?

  26. Hi Ann,

    I just submitted my first law school application and realized while working on my second one that I hadn’t completely filled out my education section on the first one all the way. I didn’t realize that my education stuff (GPA, major, etc) doesn’t automatically transfer to the application even though it’s saved in my LSAC profile and the way the website shows the education, it looks complete. So basically, under that section it shows as a bunch of “answer not provided” in the blanks and I didn’t catch it. I know all of this information is in my transcripts and on my resume, but does it look bad that I missed that? Should I contact the school and apologize for the oversight? Any response is appreciated!

  27. I used the word “women” where it should have been ” woman” twice in my personal statement. Should I send an updated version to law schools?

  28. Hi Ann. Thanks for your advice. I submitted my application in early Nov. And now (three weeks later), I realized that in the DS I submitted to schools, I misspelled “environment studies” instead of “environmental studies” in two places. Should I send an updated DS? Thanks

  29. Hi,

    When I entered my LSAT score on the application, I wrote “613” instead of “163”. I know that they will receive the correct official score as well but I should I contact the schools and point out the mistake?

    Thanks!

  30. Hi Ann,

    I submitted to 6 schools already and I am freaking out. In my resume, I put down the wrong year for one of my part-time jobs. What should have been said is that I had a summer part-time job from July – Aug. 2011, and a summer job in another country from May 2012 – Sept 2012. But I made a typo and typed Aug. 2012. Should I submit an updated resume like you said in the article? Thank you for your reply.

    Best,

  31. Hi Ann,

    I just applied to a school and realized some errors in the Education section and one error in the Employment section of my application. Based on your responses above I think I should let some of these go since everything is accurate on my resume and transcripts, but can you please tell me if you think any of these are so severe that I should email the school about it?

    Under the Education section of the application:

    the city where I obtained my post-graduate education (a second BA) states a city I hadn’t even heard of, but it starts with the same letter as the city where my school was at. I think the right city was next on the list, but I clicked enter too quickly which is why that other city is appearing. In addition to that, I failed to enter the degree I obtained and the date I obtained it, but I did include the dates I attended.

    Also under Education, where I entered the information about my first BA, I entered the degree I obtained, but failed to enter the date I obtained it. Also, I made an error in the dates I attended school, it states I attended until Dec 20XX, but really I went until May 20XX (7 months before), when I graduated. I also did a semester of graduate work from August to December of that year and there is no way I could have been enrolled in both an undergraduate and graduate program at the same time. I did list that semester of graduate school and entered the correct dates.

    Under the Employment section, one of my jobs is off by a month. I started in July 20XX, but I entered June 20XX.

    Should I email the school about any of these? I most worried about the dates for the undergraduate degree. I appreciate any advice!

  32. Silvia Calderon on said:

    Hi Ann,
    Thank your for this blog and your help. A question about my resume. I have two errors in one resume: 1) I wrote “communicationAL skills” instead of “communication skills,” 2) I capitalized a word that was following a semicolon

    In a 2nd resume (the error is worse): 1) I wrote “aid TO fulfill” instead of “aid in fulfilling,” 2) “communicationAL skills”

    What should I do, Ann? Thank you in advance,
    Silvia

  33. Hi Ann,
    I’m kicking myself right now. After reading through my personal statement over 15 times, and printing it out and checking for typos three times, as well as having several friends read it, I just found a typo. I put “invasion” instead of “envision.” I have NO idea how I missed it. I have already submitted my application. This is the only typo I have since found, but I’m quite upset over the idea that I missed such an easy typo. What do you think I should do? Is it worth trying to get the school to take an updated copy of my personal statement?

    Thanks!

  34. Vanessa Pinto on said:

    Hi Ann,

    I accidentally cut off the end of a word in my resume. It should read Experienced in Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop. But instead says Experienced in Adobe InDesign and Adobe Phot. YIKES. Should I submit an updated resume or is this a minor error I can let go?

  35. In the C&F for my applications I fully disclosed an incident in which I was arrested for having expired insurance. In the description I mentioned that the arrest and charge was expunged. I recently found out that it is not expunged.

    Should I shoot an email to the law schools addressing this? Or is this minor considering that I disclosed the incident any way?

  36. Hi Ann,

    What do you think about errors about parental information? I unthinkingly put the wrong degree (PhD instead of MD) for my parent on the applications that asked for that information. Seems minor, but my personal statement does mention my parents’ careers in passing.

  37. I didn’t realize until after submitting an application that even a minor speeding ticket needed to be disclosed to this school. I know I should send the school an e-mail and ask to update my character and fitness section, but will this put a damper on my chances of getting accepted? Thank you!

  38. Stephanie on said:

    Hi Ann,
    In the application for my #1 school, there was a question that asked “Do you believe your college transcript accurately represents your past performance or future promise?” I answered NO as I had 2 semesters that I felt I did more poorly than others (however I’ve been out of college for 3 years now and have been working.) I just realized that, while meaning to reference my Fall 2009 semester, I referenced Fall 2010 instead (2.9 semester GPA vs. 3.5 GPA). I submitted my application on a Saturday night at 3 AM (I’ve applied to several schools and spent HOURS proofing and this was my last one.) I immediately panicked and then considered emailing the admissions officer that I met at the LSAC forum or calling her office on Tuesday when offices reopen after the holiday weekend.
    What do you think is my best bet?

    Thanks so much!

  39. I know I am responding to an older post but I accidentally wrote “I have chose” instead of “I have chosen” or “I chose” in my submitted personal statement. I am kicking myself over it and wondering, is it a big deal?
    Thanks!

  40. Scotty on said:

    Hey Ann,

    I assume you’re going to tell me to “just let it go” but I must ask anyway.

    On all my apps, I misspelled “assistant” with “assitant”. Is it completely unnecessary to email these schools about this mistake?

    Thanks!

  41. Hi Ann,

    Thank you for all your advices. I am a foreign applicant and I applied to several schools (such as Boston University, George Washington University etc.). I already practice law in a international law firm in Europe and my LSAT is 160.

    In the “education section” of the application process of different universities, I inserted as GPA 29,07/30; however, in both my résumé and in the CAS evaluation of my foreign transcript there is my correct GPA, that is: 29,1/30. Do you think should i write to the schools to rectify this mistake?

    Thank you very much,

    Best regards,

    Rod

  42. When an application asks if my education in college, university, or professional school has been interrupted for more than one term for any reason…. how do I answer this? I went to graduate school for one semester and chose not to return. Is this considered an interruption?

  43. Jessica Pearson on said:

    Hi! So I submitted a diversity statement on 1/30 and in on the one I sent to UGA I forgot to take out Atlanta…. so it says something about the opportunity I have being in Atlanta and going to UGA…. what do you recommend I do?

    Thank you,

  44. In an essay outlining my motivations for applying to a school I wrote “School of Law” rather than “Law School”. Do I have a chance to fix the mistake at this point? I just turned the application in today.

  45. Ann,

    Thank you for making this information available to the world! Last month, I sent off all of my law school applications, and thought it was good to go. Since that time, I have been receiving my W2’s, and I realized there was an event staffing company that I worked one event for, but forgot to disclose on my law school application. I voluntarily terminated my employment with this company as it was a side job that I took on during breaks from undergrad. Since this time, I have already received acceptance letters. Is this something I should try to address now, or something that I should address when applying to the bar?

  46. Hi Ann, I just realized that Google Chrome’s autofill feature filled in the wrong cities for my permanent address and one internship on the employment section. I’m definitely going to send an email about my permanent address, but should I correct the internship location as well?

  47. Christie on said:

    Hi Ann,

    I submitted my personal statement to my top choice school, which allowed for a 3 page personal statement. After reworking my statement to two pages for other schools, I feel that my two-page statement is much stronger than my three-page submission. While the overall message is the same, I feel it is better written and more genuine in my effort to connect my service experience with my undergraduate Jesuit education (the school I applied to is Jesuit as well). I submitted on 2/2 and my application has yet to go under review. Is it worth trying to swap out my PS for the two page version, or will this negatively impact my application?

    Additionally, I found an inconsistency with the spelling of the name of a former employer. In the work history section entered on LSAC I have it spelled correctly (with an “o”). However, on my resume I spelled the name with an “a”. Should I send over an “updated resume” or leave it?

    Thank you for your guidance!

  48. harshul Ganjawala on said:

    Although it was my fault for not double checking after converting.
    This was more of a computer error as I was converting my Personal Statement from word to a PDF it took out an indent to start my conclusion paragraph making it seem like it is apart of the paragraph before it. Is this something I should be worried about and fix?

    Also another computer error was for my addendum half of the last sentence was place under the paragraph like so “I was walking my dog, an
    d I forgot to turn of the stove.
    Should I send this correction as well?

  49. Hi Ann,

    I think I made a mistake on my resume. I went to community college and transferred to a 4-year. The last semester before I started at my degree granting I studied abroad. The program was through 4 community colleges and I took classes at all of them. On my resume I list I attended the community college through December, and then on the next line I list my study aboard Jan -April. Since I took one class through the community college my transcript says I was there through May. It also lists the other colleges I took classes at. Should I send an updated resume ?

    Thanks!
    -M

  50. Hi Ann,

    I recently discovered a mistake on my gpa addendum. I wrote “recieved” instead of “received” and I’m wondering if this is something I should correct with an updated version. My application has not yet gone under review at two of the schools. What do you think? Thanks in advance!

  51. HI Ann

    I made a huge mistake on my applications for law school. I am now finishing my 2L year and requested my application to do my c&f review and saw the mistake.

    I only listed undergraduate institutions which were involved in me getting my degree and not one I attended over 15 years ago. Now that I am taking the MPRE and preparing for the c&f review I’m extremely nervous, as well as the response I am going to receive from my institution.

    I assume your advise will be to disclose as this will show up on my background check however how do I go about it to the university without being disciplined or worse being expelled.

    Thanks

  52. Katie on said:

    Hi Ann,

    I feel like an idiot. I’m not sure how I even did this but I put the wrong Graduating GPA on my resume (I had 3.65 and I put 3.87) and then I guess because I had just typed that I put it again on the education section. I don’t even get how I made this mistake, it’s not even similar numbers.

    I am going to email the school because I don’t want them to think I am trying to lie on my application. But I was just wondering if a mistake like this could send my app to the trash?

  53. Ann,

    Thank you so much for this forum, it has made me feel better so far. I just realized that I left the d out of my fathers name Raymond for a couple law schools. Should I send a correction?

  54. I received a paralegal certificate and listed it on my application in the education section. I just realized the institution where I received my certificate is noted as “Graduate” instead of “Post-Graduate.” I sent in my application to the school over 3 weeks ago, which means it is already in review. Is this a mistake I should attempt to fix?

  55. Andrew Lane on said:

    Ann,

    For a few wait lists I sent in letters of continued interests. In two I listed my acceptance to Phi Kappa Theta as Pi Kappa Theta. Should I email them.

  56. Rob Ramsey on said:

    Ann,
    I realized I forgot to indicate my major and gpa on my college app…I know this sounds ridiculous, but at first glance there is no place to insert this data until you click on your institution. I feel so dumb. Is this a mistake worth calling a school over? I know they will eventually see my major and gap when they request my CAS report, but does it look terribly stupid that I did this?

    -Rob

  57. Ralph Elizondo on said:

    Hi Ann,

    I just discovered a single typo in my personal statement. Where I wanted to write “world” i typed “word” (i.e. missed the “L”). Would you let it go? Or should I update it?.

    The sentence was supposed to read “I wanted to go back to the world of engineering”.

    Thanks,
    – Ralph

  58. Caitlin on said:

    Hi Ann, I accidentally mis-typed by dad’s cell phone number on the emergency contact/next of kin/family part of the application( I wrote one digit incorrectly). I had only sent off about 6 applications before I realized this error. Should I contact each university to let them know?

  59. Caitlin Short on said:

    Hi Ann,

    I accidentally mis-typed by dad’s cell phone number on the emergency contact/next of kin/family part of the application( I wrote one digit incorrectly). I had only sent off about 6 applications before I realized this error. Should I contact each university to let them know?

    -Thanks!

  60. I realized that I forgot to put my lsac id number and name on my addendum. I also did not put my ID number on my resume. Is this a problem? Do you think it’ll hurt my chances? Should I call the school? (I didn’t see anything asking for headers in their instructions.) Thanks!

  61. Bonzoni Alex on said:

    Good morning,
    I made this mistake in my PS: “I find the work of activists lawyers such as ClientEarth valuable to encourage governments and courts in this direction.” What should I do?

  62. Hi Ann,

    I just noticed in my personal statement which i sent off a few weeks ago that I wrote the name a piano piece incorrectly. Instead of saying ‘Rachmaninov 18th Variation, on a theme of Paganini’ I wrote ‘Rachmaninov 18th Variation, on a Paganini’

    I feel like such a mistake will make me seem very uncultured. Should I email admissions?

  63. Kelly G on said:

    I accidentally said “the things did they gave to me”, rather than “the things they did give to me” at the very end of my personal statement. I just now noticed it and have been applying to schools for over 2 or 3 weeks. Is it still worth it to contact them if the status says “In committee” or “under review”? I had many people read it and nobody (including me) noticed it at first reading.

  64. Patricia on said:

    I accidentally went (a good amount) over the word count on an optional essay. Should I resubmit the essay with the correct word count? How badly will that look if the rest of my application is strong?

  65. Ball of Nerves on said:

    Hello, I realized I submitted an optional response with 1000 words when the requirement was 500 the day after the early decision deadline. I emailed the school with an “updated” version with the correct word count. Did I just destroyed my chances of getting in?

  66. Hi Ann.
    There was a huge mistake on application. There was a question asking “was education interrupted?”, and mistakenly answered “no”, but the answer has to be “yes”. What should I do?! I’m so worried that this mistake might impair the credibility.

  67. Hi Ann.
    There was a hige mistake on applacation. Answering the question “was education interrupted?”, mistakenly said “No”, but answer should be “Yes”. What should I do? I’m so worried that this mistake would impair the credibility.

  68. Hello, Ann.

    I’m so happy to have found your blog. I just made a big mistake on my application. I sent a three-page personal statement to a school that asks for a two-page statement. I’ve emailed them about this. Is there any way I can save my application at this point? I know this is a serious mistake.

    chen

  69. Hi Ann,

    Thank you so much for your all your responses. So helpful.

    Looking over my law school app and my resume, I noticed an employment date that was off by a month. However, I remembered that the LSAC site would not let me place two employment dates of the same month, i.e. I left one job and got another in the same month. Therefore, I had to separate the two jobs by one month. My resume does not reflect this and I’m concerned this will be seen as a red flag.

    I wonder if the school can change it or if I should see if it ever becomes an issue and simply explained what happened. What do you think?

    Thank you,
    Mark

    Should

  70. Hi Ann,

    While coincidentally looking over last application submission, I realized that on my resume two of my part time positions I listed (35hrs/wk) and on my main application I listed (30hrs/wk). I looked over everything else and I could not find anything wrong. What should I do?

  71. Dear Ann, I just realized that I submitted my Resume to two law schools with 2 mistakes. The first one was “on in its day-to-day operations”, i should have deleted the word “in”. The second one was a missing “s” at the end of an apostrophe, i just put the word with the apostrophe “Commission’ ”
    Should I contact the graduate admission offices? Best regards,

  72. Myles A. on said:

    Hi Ann –

    I realized (after submitting to my top seven schools) that in my introductory paragraph of my Character and Fitness attachment, i wrote “As a result, I received a two written reprimands.” instead of “As a result I received two written reprimands”. I read and re-read and still missed this error. This mistake is keeping me up at night. What should I do?

    • Hi Myles, I’d leave it alone – there’s nothing you can do except send a corrected version and hope it gets added to your file and if this is the only error in your application, this won’t be the reason you don’t get into law school.

  73. HI Ann,

    I recently applied to my top law school and realized there was an error in my employment history section. I wrote I interned somewhere from 5/2016-7/2016, but on my resume I said I interned until 8/2015.

    Should I email then to correct this mistake, I do not want to appear inconsistent.

  74. Hi Ann,

    I found a “typo” on my resume – already submitted – that reads “Assists…” rather than “Assist…” under the description for one of my present legal internship positions. It appears twice under this heading and this is the first job listed on my resume.

    Would you suggest that I should re-submit my resume to the schools as an updated or amended version?

    Thank you very much for your guidance – I look forward to your reply.

  75. Hi Ann,

    I realized that in my resume for my top two school choices I accidentally sent an unupdated version where about three of my bullet points have periods at the end that should not be there. Should I try to go ahead and send them an updated resume or is this not a big deal?

    Thank you!
    Matt

  76. Hi, I just found an tense error in one of my addenda due to a copy-paste mistake. I wrote spend instead of spent. Is it better to try to update or just let it go? I checked for errors so many times I can’t believe I missed this!
    Thank you,
    Rachel

  77. Alex F. on said:

    Hi Ann,
    Can I send a transcript to LSAC if my time attended is incorrect on the Transcript Request Form? On the form, it says that I attended the school from 2012-2012 but it should say 2012-2013. I cannot correct the time attended on the institutions page and have emailed LSAC about the error. I was hoping that when they receive my transcript from the school that it would clear up the issue.

  78. Haylie on said:

    Hi Ann,

    On two of my application forms, under the employment section, I made an error in the “Reason for leaving” box. I accidentally wrote that I left a summer internship to return to school, when in reality, I took a leave of absence the semester following the internship, which I explained in an addendum. I lost track of the timeline while filling out the applications and didn’t realize until later.

    Is this something I should email the schools to correct? I don’t want to appear that I am hiding anything or intentionally being misleading.

    Thank you!

  79. Spencer on said:

    Hi Ann,
    I listed my rank as “Top 5%” because I graduated Summa Cum Laude, and it was my understanding that that is only awarded to the top 5% of GPAs. It turns out I was wrong, and my specific college in the university does not do class ranks. Thoughts?

    Also, the formatting of my resume got messed up when I uploaded it to my app. All the information was on the page and in the right place, but it was off-center. I figured out on a later app that uploading as a PDF fixes that problem. Is it worth resubmitting?

    I’m sure I’m driving myself nuts over nothing, but would appreciate your thoughts!

    Thanks!

  80. Hi Ann,

    I just submitted an app a few hours ago and realized, in an optional statement, I mentioned the wrong course name in which an event dealing with my disability occurred. I had stated this event happened in a previous semester in the essay, but accidentally wrote a course that I took this recent semester. It is also mentioned in my recommendation letter that I started to address my disability the previous semester and not in during the semester of the course name that I typed. What do you think an appropriate way to rectify this situation would be? How negatively will it impact me?

  81. Chris Jansen on said:

    Hi Ann,

    Thank you for the great advice. Its pretty incredible that you are still helping applicants a few years after the original post. I accidentally wrote two different starting dates for an internship – June on the application and July on the resume (resume is correct). Should I update the schools? If so, would a sentence in an email be adequate? I am worried that emailing the schools will draw more attention than is worth for this simple mistake, especially since I am a borderline applicant for my top choices. Thank you for your advice.

    KMCH (Keep My Conscience Honest)

  82. Keep My Conscience Honest on said:

    Hi Ann,

    Thanks for the amazing advice. I have an inconsistency in dates between my resume and the app by one month (July versus June). The resume is correct but the application is not. What should I do? I’m worried that by drawing attention to this minor error, I may unnecessarily harm my application. This is particularly a problem for me since I’m a borderline applicant at my top choice. Any advice?

  83. Questions on said:

    Hi Ann,

    I noticed that on the biographical section that asks for city of birth, I wrote the name of my hometown instead. My hometown is right next to the city I was technically born in but I lived in my hometown my entire life before college. Should I send a correction for this?

  84. Hi Ann –
    I had my personal statement read over multiple times and someone corrected “nerve-racking” to “nerve-wrecking” and of course after reading it so many times myself I did not realize, especially since spell check did not notice. I submitted this version to a handful of schools, however, I only care about one. Should I try contacting them? Technically, by definition this does still make sense but its such a stupid looking mistake.
    Thanks!
    Demi

  85. Darren B. on said:

    Good Morning Ann,

    I submitted several law school apps back in December and the only thing missing from my files were my LORs at that time. As of yesterday I received my final LOR and my applications are now complete. I spoke with one of my recommenders today and he offered to show me the LOR he submitted to LSAC (I waived my right to view it) and I realized he name drops a specific school (1 of 5) that I have now transmitted the letter to! (And the school he mentions isn’t even my top choice!) I have the LOR listed as a, “General Recommendation” on the LSAC website which he was able to see and I also told him I applied to several schools and that I’d be using his letter for multiple schools (hence the General Recommendation designation). Should I contact the other four schools and advise them of this error? Will they hold it against me? Am I technically even supposed to know about it since I waived my rights to view the LOR? Lastly, will this have a major bearing on my chances of being admitted to the other schools?

    Thank you,

    Worried in SC

    • Darren, I think I answered this for you elsewhere. I would not follow up – apologizing to the schools would be awkward and wouldn’t get you anywhere. However, you could talk to the writer and ask him to upload a new letter at LSAC and have that letter send to all schools.

  86. Hi Ann,

    My daughter has sent out all of her applications and has already been accepted into some schools; however, she is in a panic now because she just noticed that on her resume she has the same dates listed for her two most recent jobs. In other words it looks as if she worked at both of these places at the same time when in fact one was before the other. She is waiting to hear back from some top schools and feels that this is why they will reject her. Should she do anything?

  87. Ann, I have a huge issue. I asked an attorney I interned with to write me a letter of recommendation. I later spoke to his assistant and stated that it should not be addressed to any specific school. I waived my rights to view the letter; so when he submitted it, I went ahead and applied to five law schools with this letter. A week letter, I received a copy of the letter of recommendation from the recommender and it was written to a specific school. What should I do? I been losing a lot of sleep over this? Help please!

  88. Hey! In my personal statement, I wrote “Bachelors in Science of Nursing” instead of “Bachelors in Science of Nursing.” Do you think it’s worth sending a corrected version to the admission’s board? Thanks!

  89. **Correction***
    Hey! In my personal statement, I wrote “Bachelors in Science of Nursing” instead of “Bachelors of Science in Nursing.” Do you think it’s worth sending a corrected version to the admission’s board? Thanks!

  90. Hi Ann, I just noticed an error in my personal statement and am freaking out! I was listing items in quotations, and accidentally put a comma outside a quotation instead of inside. so basically, the sentence looks like: “thing 1,” “thing 2”, “thing 3”. Worth sending an updated personal statement?? Will they notice?

  91. Cody Phillippi on said:

    Hi Ann,

    I submitted my personal statement, which I had some people review, and someone added “[insert school name here]” in the last paragraph and I forgot to change that to the schools name or “your institution”. I would love some advice. Thanks so much.

    • Oooooh…. Oh no! I hate this…I think you can send an updated PS but it may be too late. This is exactly why I hate “fill in the blank” school specific essays…

  92. Andrew Redd on said:

    I had a mistake in my personal statement. Should I email schools with the correction ? I said “Student Government Body” instead of “Student Government Association” Or should I be concerned ? It is in the second sentence

  93. Good morning Ann,

    After speaking to some attorneys that I know, I am considering applying for law school part-time. I submitted most of my applications last Thursday. Should I email the schools and ask them to also consider me for their part-time program?

    Thanks

  94. David on said:

    Hi Ann,
    Thank you for the super helpful post! A couple weeks after getting accepted to a few schools, I noticed that I had the wrong address in in my application (Chrome auto-filled a completely incorrect street # and zip code). I sent the schools an email today to update them.
    1) Should I be worried about this affecting my acceptance in any way?
    2) Is there a chance that this could hurt with C&F when I apply to the bar later?

    I hope I’m just being paranoid, but it’s been frustrating to find out that I made such a careless mistake after all the work I put on the LSAT and applications. Thank you!

  95. Martin on said:

    Ann, as I have been filling out a bar application, I found that I did not include some dates of undergrad classes I took before that I had to take before going to graduate school at the same school on my law school application. That is, after I graduate with a BA, I had to take some business leveling classes before I could go into the MBA program. A few years later when filling out my law school application, I guess I inadvertently did not include those dates on my application, though it was on my transcript. I have now graduate law school. I feel I should correct this so the Bar doesn’t get upset, or is it insignificant?

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