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Blog & Podcasts

29 Jun 2022

How to Get the Most Out of Visiting Law Schools

Like the undergraduate process, visiting law schools and interacting with their communities can be an important part of selecting the right fit school for you.

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26 May 2022

Podcast: The Genre of Application Essay Writing

Crafting a well-written essay is just one part of the equation — necessary but not sufficient for a strong application. In this episode, Mike speaks with long-time Spivey consultant and former Penn Law Admissions Dean Derek Meeker about tackling the genre of law school applications.

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26 May 2022

Podcast: Mishka Shubaly, Best-Selling Author, on Creative Writing

In this episode, Mike interviews best-selling author and storyteller Mishka Shubaly about personal creative writing.

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21 May 2022

Podcast: Top 5 Mistakes New Law Students Make

In this episode, Mike interviews law school strategy coach Angela Vorpahl about some of the most common mistakes that 1Ls make. Angela graduated from law school in the top 1% of her class, clerked for a federal judge, worked in biglaw, and practiced as a human rights attorney.

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17 May 2022

Video: How to Choose a Law School Personal Statement Topic

Apart from your LSAT score and your undergraduate GPA, the personal statement is often the most important component of your law school application. Step one is choosing your topic—but how do you determine what the best topic is for you?

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16 May 2022

Pro Bono Consulting Opportunity!

Please note: we will stop accepting submissions for this program on Monday, June 13, 2022, at 11:59 PM EST.

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13 May 2022

What Should You Do During Your Undergrad Summers if You Want to Go to Law School?

Often college students will approach us to ask what they should be doing with their summers if they’re interested in attending law school. If you’re currently in college and want to know how to make the best use of your summers in preparation for attending law school, think about the following.

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12 May 2022

Podcast: On Rejection in Admissions

This is a brief podcast on being denied from law school.

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10 May 2022

Why We Turn Away Business

I wanted to write briefly on two conscious business decisions we have made as a firm — both of which involve providing free, accessible information rather than advertising and growing.

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06 May 2022

ABA Strategic Review Committee Recommends Elimination of Standardized Test Requirement

Yesterday, the ABA publicly released an April 25 memo recommending the elimination of the standardized test requirement for admission to law school.

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02 May 2022

2021-2022 Applicant Volume Data as of May 1 vs. 2017-2021

As of May 1, applicants are down 11.6% from last year, up 6.1% from 2019-2020, up 1.6% from 2018-2019, and up 4.1% from 2017-2018.

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19 Apr 2022

Podcast: Predicting the Rest of This Cycle & Next Cycle with PowerScore's Dave Killoran

In this episode, Mike gets together with PowerScore CEO and LSAT expert Dave Killoran to discuss the closing months of this current 2021-2022 cycle, early indicators and predictions for next cycle 2022-2023, and the development of the LSAT over time.

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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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19 Mar 2022

10 Elements to Successful Law School Transfer Admissions

The transfer application cycle is quickly approaching, so here are some general thoughts and tips on the transfer process based on some of the more frequently asked questions that we receive.

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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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