This is an agreement between a consultant and a student for consultation services on
how to apply and get accepted into a business school, graduate school or law school.
The agreement sets forth the initial consultation, the rate to be charged, the services to
be provided, and the termination of services. This document should be used by
consultants or prospective students that want to enter into an agreement for
consultation services on how to apply and get accepted into graduate school.
THIS CONSULTING AGREEMENT ("Agreement") is made and entered into as of
the ___ day of _____, 20__, [Instruction: Insert date.] by and among _____
[Instruction: Insert individual name.] ("Student") and _____ [Instruction: Insert
consultant’s name.] ("Consultant").
WHEREAS, Consultant is recognized as _____ [Instruction: Insert area of expertise.];
WHEREAS, the Student desires to retain Consultant to provide services related to and in
support of efforts in which Consultant has expertise; and
WHEREAS, Consultant is in the business of providing such consulting services and
has agreed to provide the services in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of this Agreement and other good and valuable
consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the parties
agree as follows:
1. Consultant shall provide Student with consulting services to assist Student with
the application process (“Services”) to graduate school, which may include but
not be limited to graduate, business or law school (each, a “School”, collectively
“Schools”). It is the intent of Student that Student shall enter such School on a
full-time basis. The Services shall be provided at the following location: ______
[Instruction: Insert location.]
2. The initial consultation shall take place on _____ [Instruction: Insert
commencement date.] and thereafter, consultations shall take place _____
[Instruction: Insert frequency of consultations.] and shall continue until and
terminate on _____ [Instruction: Insert termination date.].
3. For all services that Consultant renders to the Student the Student will pay
Consultant $_____ per hour, payable on the first day of the month. The Services
will be scheduled at mutually convenient times for Student and Consultant.
Parties hereby agree to provide no less than 48 hours’ notice of any cancellation
of such consultation, barring any emergency. Late payments by Student shall be
subject to late penalty fees of _____% [Instruction: insert number] per month
from the due date until the amount is paid. Student hereby understands,
acknowledges and agrees that such fees are due even in the event Student is not
accepted at any or all school(s) to which Student applies. [Comment: This
paragraph can be revised to reflect alternate payment arrangements,
depending on the parties’ agreement, which may not be an hourly
4. The Consultant will assist the Student in developing an optimal positioning and
communication strategy and will brainstorm with the Student a list of potential
schools based on the Student’s indicated interests, prior undergraduate and
employment background and an evaluation of Student’s potential for admission to
such schools. Consultant will assist the Student in developing a strategy for
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researching schools and programs, and applying to such potential schools. The
Consultant will brainstorm with the Student on topics for essays and short form
answers and upon Student’s draft essay preparation, Consultant will help edit
grammar, spelling and elements of style. The Consultant will assist the Student
with the preparation of a resume based upon the Student’s initial draft. The
Consultant will assist the Student with selection of recommenders and preparation
of a cover letter to recommenders based upon the Student’s initial draft. The
Consultant will not be responsible for the actual filling out of application forms,
but will assist the Student by answering questions about applications or advising
the Student about how to find answers. The Consultant shall bear no liability for
calendaring of application deadlines, nor shall Consultant bear any liability for
any failure of Student to submit (nor for any untimely submission of) any
application or necessary or additional supporting documentation. Further, the
scope of this Agreement does not include preparation for any necessary
5. Student understands, acknowledges and agrees the amount of hours spent by
Consultant, and therefore, the fees due Consultant will vary based on Student’s
preparation and completion of documents throughout the admissions process.
Consultant shall bear no liability for any failure by Student to adequately prepare
any necessary documents, or failure by Student to timely prepare any such
6. The Student agrees to fully and truthfully disclose Student’s academic record as
well as any other pertinent information, including but not limited to any
employment history, to the best of their knowledge.
7. Student will prepare for each consultation to the best of his ability and shall
thoroughly complete any assignments provided by Consultant.
8. It shall be the responsibility of Student, at his sole cost, to obtain any and all
standardized test scores and/or any other necessary documents, arrange for the
transmission of any such test scores and/or documents, finalize, pay for and
transmit any such test scores, documents and/or applications to be submitted
(including any required for requested financial aid, which is beyond the scope of
this Agreement), monitor the status of all applications, interviews and visits and
notify School(s) of Student’s enrollment decisions.
9. Student hereby understands, acknowledges and agrees that Consultant shall bear
no liability for any (or all) School’s admission decisions with respect to Student.
Consultant shall make no contact with any School with respect to Student.
10. Student hereby understands, acknowledges and agrees that post-graduate
successful testing (where necessary to practice or otherwise obtain licensure to
practice or obtain employment) is beyond the scope of this Agreement, and
Consultant shall bear no liability for any failure of Student to successfully pass
any such necessary test. Further, it is hereby understood, acknowledged and
agreed that Consultant shall bear no liability for any failure by Student to obtain
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11. In the event of a breach hereunder and a failure to cure such breach within thirty
(30) days of written notice of such breach, this Agreement may be terminated by
either party upon written notice.
12. The provisions of this Agreement are severable, and if any one or more provisions
may be determined to be illegal or otherwise unenforceable, in whole or in part,
the remaining provisions, and any partially enforceable provision to the extent
enforceable in any jurisdiction, shall nevertheless be binding and enforceable.
13. The Consultant represents and warrants to the Student that he/she is under no
contractual or other restrictions or obligations which are inconsistent with the
execution of this Agreement, or which will interfere with the performance of
his/her duties or provision of services hereunder. Consultant represents and
warrants that the execution and performance of this Agreement will not violate
any policies or procedures of any other person or entity for which he/she performs
services concurrently with those performed herein.
14. The Consultant acknowledges and agrees that it shall be solely responsible to pay
any and all incomes taxes on any moneys earned from Student while performing
services contemplated under this Agreement. The Consultant further
acknowledges that the Student will not at any time withhold any taxes from the
Student’s payments to the Consultant under this Agreement for the purposes of
income tax or any other applicable taxes.
15. Any notices or other communications required or permitted under this Agreement
shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given and delivered
when delivered in person, two (2) days after being mailed postage prepaid by
certified or registered mail with return receipt requested, or when delivered by
overnight delivery service or by facsimile to the recipient at the following address
or facsimile number, or to such other address or facsimile number as to which the
other party subsequently shall have been notified in writing by such recipient:
If to the Student:
[Instruction: Insert Student notice information here.]
If to the Consultant:
[Instruction: Insert Consultant notice information here.]
16. Either party's failure to enforce any provision or provisions of this Agreement
shall not in any way be construed as a waiver of any such provision or provisions
as to prior or future violations thereof or of any other provision of this Agreement,
nor prevent that party thereafter from enforcing each and every other provision of
this Agreement. The rights granted the parties herein are cumulative and the
waiver by a party of any single remedy shall not constitute a waiver of such
party's right to assert all other legal remedies available to him or it under the
17. This Agreement will be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the
substantive laws of the State of _____ [Instruction: Insert state.] without
reference to conflicts of law. [Comment: Parties may wish to consider
including alternative dispute resolution provisions.]
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18. The various captions and section headings contained in this Agreement are
inserted only as a matter of convenience and in no way define, limit or extend the
scope or intent of any of the provisions of this Agreement.
19. The pronouns used herein shall include, where appropriate, either gender or both,
singular and plural.
20. With respect to its subject matter, this Agreement constitutes the entire
understanding of the parties superseding all prior agreements, understandings,
negotiations and discussions between them whether written or oral, and there are
no other understandings, representations, warranties or commitments with respect
21. This Agreement may be signed in one or more counterparts, each of which when
exchanged will be deemed to be an original, binding upon the parties as if a single
document had been signed by all, and all of which when taken together will
constitute the same agreement. Any true and correct copy of this Agreement
made by customary, reliable means (e.g., photocopy or facsimile) shall be treated
as an original.
22. No modification to this Agreement, nor any waiver of any rights, will be effective
unless assented to in writing by the party to be charged.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement effective as of the
date first written above.
[Instruction: Insert Student signature block.]
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