Law School Admission Coaching

Law School Admission Coaching

Applying to law school sucks. 

There, I said it. 

You spend years building the perfect resume, months earning a stellar LSAT score, but there’s still one more mountain left to climb.

The actual application.

That means pouring your heart and soul into -- 

* personal statements
* diversity statements
* character and fitness disclosures
* “optional” essays (is that an oxymoron?)

All so complete strangers in some admissions office can sit around and JUDGE YOU.


Yes, Elle, it IS hard

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather do 1,000 logic problems than write another essay about a time I overcame a personal challenge.

It can all feel a little extreme. After all, you’re applying to law school, not an MFA program.

I get it. Because I was once in your shoes.

I had good grades, a solid resume, and I had finally cracked the mystery of the LSAT. There was just one remaining piece of the puzzle: a killer personal statement.

That should be the easy part, right? No timed tests. No midterm projects. No obnoxious internship supervisor. Just you and your thoughts.

So I wrote.

And I wrote.

And I wrote.

And dozens (possibly hundreds?) of drafts later, I was still nowhere. 

As I read over my various attempts I saw version after version of the kind of essay I thought law schools wanted.

>>>>> I’ve dreamed about being a lawyer ever since I can remember
>>>>> Atticus Finch was my childhood hero
>>>>> Law is the building block of our society
>>>>> I passionately want to make a difference in the world

These were technically true (though I did want to be a firefighter before I settled on lawyer), but they weren’t HONEST or PERSONAL.

I wasn’t telling the admissions officer who I was, I was trying to pitch myself as the kind of student I thought they would accept.

So I buckled down, threw out the rule book and tried writing a new kind of essay.

This time I was going to write for myself, not some imaginary, suit-wearing admissions officer. I was going to stop imitating other people’s “successful” essays. Instead, I was going to look inward and honestly ask myself the big questions -- 

Who am I?

What do I want out of life?


What are the gifts I can offer the world?


(And yes, I may have lit a few candles, but that part is optional.)

So I wrote.

And I wrote. 

And I wrote.

And I learned two big things:


1. I didn’t actually want to be a lawyer 
2. I wanted to help other people get into law schools


This was, to put it mildly, a bit of a surprise.

If you’ve used my stuff, you probably know that I’m obsessed with the LSAT. And it’s true! I got a crazy kind of satisfaction from mastering all the elements necessary to get into law school.

But as I read over my newest essay, I was surprised at the version of myself that was revealed. It was definitely truer and more authentic, but the person on that page was very clearly NOT A LAWYER. Instead it was was someone who wanted to -- 

* Help other people reach their highest potential
* Break down complex ideas so others can master them 
* Do more logic problems (seriously!)

I only thought I wanted to be a lawyer. In reality, I’m a much better (and happier!) law school admissions coach.

THAT’S THE POWER of a good essay. It can communicate something powerful and unique about its writer, you just have to dig down under the surface.

So I didn’t go to law school. But I can help you get there.



What sets me apart

If you’ve spent any length of time googling “how do I get into law school?” you know there’s no shortage of people out there who are willing to take your money in exchange for the “inside edge” into the law school admissions game.

And most of us have pretty impressive resumes. Here’s mine:

I’ve been helping people get into law school since 2005. Over the past 15+ years I’ve had students and clients win acceptances at the top 14 law schools (and many, many more).

But almost any admissions professional can claim these kinds of stats. 

Although, here’s a free piece of advice: don’t trust anyone who says they’ve gotten their clients admitted to “every Ivy League school.” Princeton doesn’t have a law school ;)

Some law school admission consultants have worked in admission offices, which makes them great resources for helping you choose a law school. But they don’t necessarily know how to improve your essays to help you get into law school.

That’s where I come in.

I’m not a proofreader.

I’m not an editor.

I don’t have a plug-and-play template for guaranteed essay success → if only it were that easy!

I’m a coach

What I’m offering

The most difficult part of an admission essay isn’t -- 

* Fixing grammatical errors
* Trolling the thesaurus for synonyms for “rigorous” 
* Fitting it into the word limit

Though I admit, the word count thing can be a bit tricky.

The hardest part of an admissions essay is FIGURING OUT WHAT TO WRITE.

Honing in on essay topics, themes, and stories requires a lot of deep introspection. It can be intimidating to navigate the process on your own. So in order to do it right, you need someone who is willing to put in the time to really care about you and your journey.

That’s where I come in.

So many of my clients are amazing, resilient people with incredible accomplishments and life stories. But almost none of them would initially describe themselves that way.

But if you want a law school to love you, you have to figure out what makes you attractive!

And yes, I’m going to force you to brag about yourself. But I promise that by the time we’re done it won’t feel like bragging :)


Still not sure? Check out these examples ----->


This coaching session shows a mistake I’ve seen applicants make time and time again in their personal statements. They’re not personal enough! She didn't realize she had a powerful story to tell based on what she experienced in her job. Once I got her to open up about it, she shared what could easily become the basis for her personal statement rough draft.



In this workshop, I coach three students on their personal statement topics. We then review 5 personal statement drafts. They demonstrate a number of mistakes that happen early on in the process: laundry-listing resume rather than focusing deeply on one thing, not getting personal enough, including fluff and detracting attention from the core story.


As you can see, working to craft a good personal statement TAKES TIME.


What does that entail?

* Initial phone/video consultation (we’ll do more of these as needed)
* Multiple rounds of essay revisions via shared Google Docs
* Workshop inside my course to get feedback from others (optional, name not included for anonymity)
* Anonymous outreach (via me) to get admissions officers’ take on unique circumstances

We’ll come up with a strategy that covers as many parts of your application as you’d like! 

>>>>> Personal statement
>>>>> Diversity statement
>>>>> Character and fitness
>>>>> Optional essays and addenda
>>>>> Letters of rec
>>>>> Resume
>>>>> Anything else!

My coaching is tailor-made and deeply personalized. I want to meet you where you’re at, and get you where you want to go.


Just need help brainstorming? Want to revise an existing essay? Looking for help going from a blank page to a finalized application? 


I can work with that!

I've even designed an apprenticeship for the rare student who is willing to go deeper than they've ever gone before in order to completely transform their mindset.


How to know if this is for you?

* If you feel like you need some one-on-one help but don't have time to start over with everything.

* If your situation is a bit unique and you need advice from someone who knows the process inside-and-out.

* If you're motivated and willing to invest the time necessary to achieve a great result.

* If you’re a “splitter”  (high LSAT / low GPA) and want help spinning these factors your advantage.

* If you’d like help using your success in the professional world and life experience as positive attributes to differentiate yourself.


This kind of intensive admissions coaching isn't easy, but it's worth it.

Law schools charge tuition of $40,000-$50,000 / year or MORE.

The good news:

An outstanding application package can lead to: 

-TONS of scholarship $$$ 
-getting into better law schools, leading to higher-paying jobs when you graduate
-graduating without any debt (how awesome would that be??!!)

So yes, coaching is an investment, but one that has the potential to pay back many times over.


It’s about more than just getting into law school. It’s about discovering the kind of lawyer, and the kind of person, you want to be. As a result, you’ll be better prepared to enter law school, and better positioned for the kinds of jobs and internships that will jumpstart your career.

I SEE THIS HAPPEN ALL THE TIME!


"Just wanted to give you a small update. I was offered a spot at UVA Law. I'll be deferring a year and working at a small law firm as a legal secretary and doing research for the Innocence Project. I'm extremely excited, and wanted to offer my thanks once again for all of your help!" - Jacquelyn R., 161 (LSAT and admissions client)
(UVA Law’s LSAT median is 169, so getting in with a 161 is a testament to the excellent admissions package and stellar essays that Jacquelyn put together.)


There is a minimum investment of $5,000 to work with me and students pay up to $20,000. But this opportunity will cost you more than just money. You must be ready to invest your time and energy. You must be ready to commit to this process and make it such a powerful force in your life that it will have a lasting impact into law school and beyond.

This is the insane commitment I want to live up to with my coaching.

Just email me to apply (LSATUnplugged@gmail.com), and, if we both feel like it's a good fit, we'll explore the possibility of working together.


Frequently Asked Questions

How are you different?

* Most people who offer admissions essay services are basically writing coaches. They’re skilled at creating grammatically correct essays with good cohesion and logical structure. Basically, they take what’s already on the page and make it better. 

I do a deep dive into your mindset to help you discover the power of your own personal story and how to deliver it in the most compelling way possible. This takes time and personal investment that most services simply can’t offer. 

* I can help you develop a comprehensive strategy to decide which topics to cover in which essays (personal statement, diversity statement, etc.), and whether the optional essays and addenda (character and fitness statements, etc.) will be useful to you or a waste of your time. 

And because I’ve read literally thousands of admissions essays I can help you avoid the common pitfalls and cliches that admissions directors are sick of. 

* I have deep experience in all parts of the admissions process and collaborate with current/former admission officers on classes and discussions. Basically, I’m super keyed-in to the admissions world, so you know you’re getting up-to-date information.

* You can get to know my style before committing! I’ve got plenty of sample classes and workshops on my YouTube channel and podcast. 



Where and how do we meet?

99% of students work with me via Zoom or Skype. We can also meet via phone, Google Meet/Hangouts, FaceTime, etc. That way we’ll be able to talk through your writing live on-screen.

Some have asked if online coaching is as effective as in-person. I’ve found it to be just as effective (if not more so). Also, with online coaching, there's no chance of showing up late or stressed due to the commute, and you can get help from the best coaches.


Do I have access to you between sessions?

Yes, you can always reach out to me. In fact, I'll ask that you send me a weekly report so I can keep posted on your progress and adjust accordingly.


Do I have to make a commitment in order to work with you?

I only work with highly-motivated students looking to make a powerful impact - a total mindset makeover. The kind of change that will transform their lives - creating a ripple effect into law school and beyond.

If you're not willing to make a significant investment in yourself, how can you truly improve and achieve your goals? 

My coaching is not for everyone.  It requires dedication and discipline.

My students and I work together intensively, and their lives transform. 

I work by invitation and referral only. There is a minimum investment of $5,000 and students pay up to $20,000. But this opportunity will cost you more than just money. You must be ready to invest your time and energy. You must be ready to commit to this process and make it such a powerful force in your life that it will have a lasting impact into law school and beyond.



I know I need help, but I can’t afford it right now.

I understand, but if you don’t invest in yourself, who will? Are you willing to wait another year if you don’t get into your top choice schools or get a scholarship?

Investing in your future takes courage and only you know when you’re ready to take that leap of faith.



I’d like to request a powerful conversation with you.

Great! I look forward to hearing from you. Please email me - I typically respond within 24 hours.



What happens next?

We'll schedule a time to learn more about your needs and how I can help you. Before our conversation, I'll send you a few questions I ask you to answer before we speak. This will help us make the most of our time together.

We’ll talk about your goals, target schools, and how I can help you get there. We’ll go through the options and determine which one best suits your needs. Then, if we decide to move forward together, we'll craft a personalized admissions action plan!



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I adhere to the Statements of Principles of Good Practice of the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC) and Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).


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P.S. If you're not sure whether coaching is for you, keep in mind that you can start with my free resources, and then, assuming you like my style, reach out. When you're ready, we'll talk. 

And your life will transform.

Sincerely,
Steve J. Schwartz