Law School Admissions Services
Founder Anna Ivey has experienced first-hand the agony of applying to law school, been fortunate enough to attend one, enjoyed practicing law at top firms, and, as Dean of Admissions at the University of Chicago Law School, decided the fate of thousands of applicants just like you. For our law school admissions practice, she has assembled a first-rate team to coach you through the process.
Not only can we help you improve your application strategy, we can also help you find the schools that will make you happiest intellectually, personally, and professionally and counsel you through the process of planning your legal career. No matter where you're headed - academia, an IP law practice, a public interest firm, politics, whatever the case may be - we can help you find the best way to get there. Our goal is not just to help you get into law school, but also to help you position yourself for success once you're there.
We are excited to partner with you as you explore and embark on your legal education and career. We work with JD applicants, LLM applicants, as well as transfer applicants. Here are some examples of the kinds of questions we can help you tackle:
List of schools:
- Which schools should you be applying to - which will meet your academic and professional goals? Where will you be happiest personally?
- How do you evaluate your odds at given schools?
- What is the appropriate mix of reaches, targets, and safeties for your application profile and your goals?
- Is law school even the right move? Is this the right time? Do your professional goals make sense? Do you have enough information about yourself and the legal profession to make a smart investment in law school?
- How to map out an appropriate timeline for your applications and adapt it over time as needed
- How to avoid duplicating your efforts (saying the same thing in multiple parts of the application) and ensure that all the parts of your application fit together seamlessly
- How to target your written work to specific schools
- When to apply binding early decision or "pledge" to accept an offer
- Which experiences, accomplishments, observations, and goals to showcase in a limited amount of space
- How best to handle negative or sensitive topics
- How to adapt your essays to different word or page limits
- Which recommenders to choose, the appropriate mix between academic and professional recommendations, how many to submit, how to deal with a recommender who goes missing in action, when to write targeted vs. general letters, logistics of submitting the letters
- How to improve your writing skills in the editing and revising process: tone, grammar, syntax, word choice, style, flow, format, transitions, effective introductions and conclusions, and responsiveness to the particular essay question
- How to showcase the right balance of professional, academic, and personal achievements
- Deciding what to leave in and what to cut and determining the appropriate length
- Choosing the right format to make your content readable and draw attention to the most important information
Disclosures and addendum essays:
- Figuring out what you have to disclose, what you don't have to disclose, and what you should disclose even if you don't have to
- How to avoid writing too many addendum essays
- How to interpret mandatory criminal/academic disclosure questions in applications and how to respond (examples: academic probation, minor in possession of alcohol charges, speeding tickets, plagiarism and academic integrity problems, leaves of absence from school, unemployment, etc.)
- Which ones are truly optional, and which ones should you definitely write even if they're marked optional? Which ones will complement your required essays the best and fit most effectively into your overall application?
- Which test prep programs are cost-effective and value-adding and which aren't?
- Which test date should you register for? Should you postpone it, cancel it, retake it?
- How should you deal with multiple LSAT scores (when to write an addendum vs. letting the high score speak for itself)?
School visits/interviews/law school forums:
- Are visits worth it?
- What does a visit actually accomplish?
- Should you try to schedule an interview?
- What are interviews like? How do you prepare for them?
- How do you get the most out of law school forums?
- What's an appropriate way to follow up with admissions representatives you meet?
- What do you write in the tiny "50 characters or fewer" boxes?
- When is it OK to leave fields blank and when is it OK to write "see attachment"?
- Should you self-identify your ethnicity and other kinds of status?
- Do you really have to list all the other schools you're applying to?
- How should you interpret and follow (sometimes) confusing application instructions?
Troubleshooting and "crisis" management:
- What should you do if you discover you made a mistake in your applications?
- What do you do if a recommender flakes on you?
- When and how is it appropriate to contact a school if your application still hasn't gone "complete" in their system, or if it has gone complete but you've heard nothing?
- How do you communicate with admissions officers without annoying them?
- What do you do when you think you may have messed up on the LSAT and need to decide whether to cancel?
- What to do if you flubbed an interview?
Waitlist management and deciding which offer to accept:
- Do you have a shot?
- Should you pledge to accept an offer?
- What, if anything, should you be sending them as extra materials?
- How do you stay on the schools' radar screens without becoming a pest?
- Is it OK to put down multiple deposits?
That's just a sample of the kinds of coaching we offer applicants as part of our comprehensive package, which covers the application process from beginning to end. Every client is different, so what you work on with your consultant over the course of the application process is tailored entirely to you.