Press Release: Former Penn Law Admissions Dean and Consultant Derek Meeker To Join Spivey Consulting


BOULDER, CO — The Spivey Consulting Group, LLC is excited to announce that Derek Meeker, a current law school admissions consultant and former admissions dean and file reader at two of the top 10 law schools, has joined Spivey Consulting as a Partner. Derek will help prospective law school students from start to finish in their admissions application process and, as part of Spivey Consulting’s full services, will use his experience in “BigLaw” to help current law students with legal employment.

Mike Spivey, founder and partner at SCG, announced:

“Derek has been successful at the highest levels of law admissions and has a long standing reputation among admissions deans as a consummate professional and leader in the field. With Derek’s addition we now have over 35 years of experience as voting admissions committee members at Harvard, Chicago, Penn and Vanderbilt Law Schools, among others.”

Derek has served as dean of admissions and financial aid for Penn Law School, as recruiting manager for Paul Hastings, as a file reader for the University of Chicago Law School, and as an admissions consultant and career coach. He has 16 years of experience in working with prospective and current law students.

“I am very excited to be joining Spivey Consulting,” said Meeker. “I truly believe that by combining our talent, experience, and networks, we will offer the most comprehensive and absolute best consulting services to our clients.”

Karen Buttenbaum, partner and admissions consultant added:

*“Derek and I have known each other for over 15 years, as friends and colleagues, and I am absolutely thrilled that he is joining our team. He has in-depth knowledge of law school admissions and legal employment and truly wants to see his clients succeed.”*

Added Spivey:

“We have two goals at Spivey Consulting: (1) To maximize the opportunity for our clients to get admitted to the law school(s) of their dreams and (2) To offer far and away the best consulting in the industry through superior experience from former law admissions decision makers. With the addition of Derek we are primed to shatter these goals.”


Spivey Consulting offers premier services for law school applicants, current students and job seekers, and law schools. Years of experience in admissions, career services, and strategic initiatives at leading law schools combined with a highly individualized and client-centered approach have afforded hundreds of Spivey Consulting clients the ability to navigate the admissions process from an insider’s perspective and has helped law schools to reengineer their admissions and career placement operations.  For more information

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