Stuff to Do
Plan your attack:
with about three reach, target, and safety schools, respectively. (
Decide if you’ll apply early decision. (
Write your essays and other documents:
Character and fitness addendum (
Gap in employment addendum if applicable
Stuff to Think About
Before you write your essays:
What's the one-sentence story of your application?
Do you have any major liabilities as an applicant? How can you address them?
After you write your essays:
What questions might an admissions officer have about your application?
Is there anything else that the admissions committee should know about you?
Stuff to Check on Each Application Before You Submit
Download the PDF preview of your application. Make sure you…
Haven’t made any typos in your responses to short answer questions
Followed the instructions for the personal statement, including length limits.
Accepted all tracked changes and deleted all comments on your Word files
correct, final, proofread
version of each essay, and not an earlier draft or an essay addressed to the wrong school
Followed instructions for the résumé, listing hours for each job or specifying whether it was part-time or full-time if necessary
Formatted your essays consistently (
Added headers that show your name and LSAC number
Answered the character and fitness questions correctly
Attached all the addenda you needed and intended to send
Stuff to Do After You Submit
Prep for any interviews you may have (
Send letters of continued interest (more
Fill out your FAFSA, if you haven't already
Ask for more merit-based financial aid (