Before submitting your law school applications, please check that you haven’t made any of these embarrassingly common mistakes in law school applications:
- Complete failure to follow directions. Often in the form of sending a personal statement that is too long for a particular school.
- Being lazy. Sending an optional essay that was written for a another school that isn’t what is asked for by this school. For example, you don’t want to send GW Law your GT 250 word essay instead of the “unique contributions” essay that GW requests.
- Sending School A’s personal statement to School B !!! (Another reason to be very careful about tailoring essays in a meaningful way if you are going to do it at all)
- Forgetting to check off boxes, leaving the application incomplete and unable to be processed. Or, checking one thing that is inconsistent with another. For example, answering “no” to “Have you ever attended law school?” and then “Yes” to “Were you ever on academic probation (at said law school)”. Or, admitting you did have to check “Yes” for the moral character and fitness incidents and then not providing an explanation about the incident.
- Playing with margins and fonts instead of really taking the time to analyze whether each word in your essay is necessary for its effectiveness.
- Typos. Duh. Especially more than one.
- Not attaching the right version of your documents. For example, a personal statement that still shows the tracked changes.
I know you’re exhausted, but this is not the time for laziness or lack of attention to detail. This is the stuff that matters so do it when you’re alert and not feeling rushed. Only then should you click that nervewracking “submit” button.