If you find yourself confused about giving the finishing touches to law school applications, you are not alone. Permanent admissions …

If you find yourself confused about giving the finishing touches to law school applications, you are not alone. The admission process favors applicants who submit their application early, but the fall can be busy and many applicants use the holiday break to complete submissions.

To alleviate last minute stress, here are some brief answers to frequently asked questions when you finish your app.

1. An application asks me to list information that is already on my resume. How should I respond?

Applicants working on their resume and essays may think that the request to list biographical information separately may be safely rejected or treated as an optional essay.

This is a dangerous presumption. Official admissions from the School of Law value attention to detail, so it’s usually best to follow their instructions to the letter, even if it’s a waste of time.

Why would admissions officials want a separate list of your work, volunteer activities, awards, or other information included in your resume? Curricula change in detail and format. Standardized information makes comparisons between applicants fairer and easier.

[Read: Volunteer Activities That Impress Law Schools]

So don’t worry about overlapping information. And if you have to cut an entry from your resume due to space constraints, take this opportunity to share all the requested details.

2. What should I do if an application asks me to list the schools I have applied to?

This question may be intrusive, but the answer will not affect your application. Law schools know that the average applicant applies to six law schools. Applying to at least a dozen schools can help keep your options open.

However, a list of target schools may appear unintentionally. For example, if you apply only to law schools in coastal cities, except at the Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville, are you unlikely to go to Tennessee?

Good lawyers know the difference between answering the truth and showing all your cards. Unless an application specifically requires each of the schools you are applying to, consider including only law schools in the immediate or similar classification.

3. My personal statement is too long. Can I adjust margins, font size or spacing?

Here’s how the attention to detail really works. The official admissions of the School of Law review thousands of personal statements each season. Applicants will be notified when they do not have instructions.

[Read: 2 Law School Personal Statements That Succeeded.]

Most law schools limit personal statements to two pages, although some allow three or more. Close inch margins, double slots, and standard fonts.

Many law schools support 11-point fonts, but have not tried to condense the gap between letters or use other tricks to include additional words.

Good legal writing is clear and concise. If your personal statement is too long, consider cutting out redundant or spectacular sentences. Edit foreign modifiers like adjectives and adverbs.

In some cases, better fit your personal statement material in other areas of your application, such as a diversity statement.

4. What if an application has no place to load additional information, such as an add-on or diversity statement?

Law schools typically allow diversity statements and additions to be uploaded through the LSAC Credential Assembly Service, but there are exceptions.

[READ: How to Navigate the LSAC Credential Assembly Service]

If you can’t find a place to attach an additional or additional essay, look for a section to share additional information. Character and fitness questions also typically provide space to provide additional context. Otherwise, try to include the information in your personal statement, resume, or other materials.

5. If I make a mistake in my application, should I contact the admissions committee?

Generally, the only reasons to contact a law school after you apply are to provide an update on a major change in your candidacy or to correct a significant error, such as not being aware of a past disciplinary issue.

If you make a spelling mistake or make a small mistake, you may be living with it. However, if the mistake is really embarrassing, like confusing writing for different law schools, it might be worthwhile to email it to the admissions office to be aware of your mistake.

Of course, the best approach is to catch the unnoticed before it’s too late. Correct all your materials carefully before sending. Consider reading the text aloud or asking a friend or family member to help correct it. Sometimes a new perspective can lead to malicious mistakes.

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