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Blog & Podcasts

29 Mar 2022

Podcast: Thoughts on the 2023 (2022) USNWR Law School Rankings

In this episode, Mike discusses the recently released 2023 edition (2022 release) U.S. News & World Report law school rankings. You can view the full rankings (including +/- from last year) in our previous blog post.

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29 Mar 2022

2023 USNWR Law School Rankings: This Year vs. Last Year (+/-)

Here are the 2023 (released 2022) U.S. News law school rankings as compared to last year's 2022 rankings edition.

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22 Mar 2022

Five Things to Consider Before Transferring Law Schools

If you are seriously considering transferring, or are a pre-1L and disappointed with your admission results and think you might transfer after your 1L year, then take a few minutes to review this. I hope it will help you decide what to do!

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21 Mar 2022

Podcast: Dr. Jud Brewer on the Highly Effective Way to Overcome Anxiety

In this episode, we speak with Dr. Judson Brewer about proven, concrete strategies to manage anxiety, including how to apply them for LSAT-related test anxiety and the stress of waiting for admissions results.

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15 Mar 2022

2023 U.S. News Law School Rankings Methodology

U.S. News & World Report recently released the embargoed version of their 2023 (2022 release) rankings, and we can confirm that there have been changes to the methodology used to calculate schools' overall ranking.

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11 Mar 2022

Brief Application Cycle Update

There has been some chatter lately about the 2021-2022 application cycle, so we thought we'd provide a brief update.

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08 Mar 2022

Podcast: No Admits to Six Admits (Law School Applicant Diaries #3)

In this episode, Mike speaks again with "Barb," an applicant this 2021-2022 cycle with a ~177 LSAT, a ~3.3 GPA, and ten years of work experience.

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03 Mar 2022

Should you reapply to law school?

This post comes from our consultant Danielle Early, who served as Associate Director of Admissions at Harvard Law School before coming to Spivey Consulting Group, where she has been working directly with applicants for the past six years.

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02 Mar 2022

2021-22 Cycle Volume Update as of March 1

As we get into the month of March and start seeing the first of the application deadlines, we wanted to provide a quick data update on where the cycle stands.

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24 Feb 2022

How the Russian Invasion of Ukraine May Impact Law School/Legal Employment

We have been asked multiple times in the last 24 hours about how the recent Russian invasion into Ukraine may impact law school, admissions, and legal employment, so we wanted to post this brief, unedited podcast addressing those questions.

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14 Feb 2022

Spivey Consulting 2023 U.S. News Law School Rankings Modeled Predictions

Spivey Consulting's Business Intelligence Director, Justin Kane, analyzed a great deal of law school data to calculate our predicted 2023 (to be released 2022) U.S. News & World Report law school rankings.

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09 Feb 2022

Podcast: February 2022 Law School Application Cycle Update

In this episode, Mike gives an update on the data for the 2021-2022 cycle as of early February. He discusses what to expect with medians after this cycle, what's going to happen this waitlist season, what to expect for transfer admissions, and some early preliminary predictions for next cycle.

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05 Feb 2022

Podcast: Strong Applicant. No Admits. What’s Going On?

In this episode, Mike speaks with an applicant from Reddit who we'll call "Ryan Reynolds" (you know, just for fun). Ryan has a 178 and a 3.8, and while he blanketed the top 20 law schools, he has received only waitlists and denials so far this cycle despite having applied early on.

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01 Feb 2022

Five-Year LSAT/Applicant Trends

We wanted to provide a bit of a wider view on current law school applicant data trends.

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31 Jan 2022

Podcast: Catching Up With a Stanford 1L

In this episode, Mike and one of our Spivey consultants Karen Buttenbaum catch up with u/lightningmcboops, one of r/lawschoolsadmissions' regular posters from last cycle, who went through the most difficult cycle we have ever seen without receiving a single rejection.

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29 Jan 2022

Upcoming Podcasts

We have five upcoming podcasts we are excited about, and we hope you will be too!

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28 Jan 2022

We get rejected, too.

As we head into the thick of decision season, law school admissions offices are beginning to send out the inevitable rejection waves. Rejection hurts, but it is also a fundamental human experience, and we all feel its effects sometimes.

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27 Jan 2022

LSAT Bandwidth % Changes 2021-2022

LSAC has recently stopped displaying percentage changes with their volume data, so we wanted to publish these figures for anyone who may find this information useful.

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10 Jan 2022

When Is It Appropriate to Start Scholarship Negotiations?

Since you are all going to be lawyers soon, let me start by saying something you’ll be saying for the rest of your lives: it depends. But, that isn’t very helpful...

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08 Jan 2022

Uncertainty in Admissions

On our most recent podcast with current applicant "Barb," who has yet to receive responses to any of her applications, we spoke a good deal about the uncertainty of the admissions process.

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