08 Jan 2022

How to Cold Email: A Template

We wanted to provide a template for how to cold email someone, especially when there is an "ask" involved. You don't see many of these online, so here is one exchange below.

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06 Jul 2021

Law School Personal Statement Example: First Draft vs. Final Draft

While brainstorming/topic selection is sometimes the most difficult component of the law school personal statement process, even the strongest and most differentiated of stories (as this one is) often need significant conversations with our clients as we work together putting words on paper.

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19 Nov 2020

A Real Life Admissions Story

In the late 1990s, right before my academic career started, I went to business school to earn my MBA.

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23 Oct 2020

Example of a Personal Statement that Covered Diversity/Adversity Themes

We wanted to post the below example of a case when a separate diversity statement was not necessary because the personal statement already covered those elements.

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14 Jun 2019

Sample Resume

Below is an example of a well-executed resume — it is our COO's and while it has been updated since law school and can be used as a professional example, it also does include certain components that are strategically advantgeous for law school admissions. Anna was admitted to numerous top 10 law schools ands received a full tuition + merit scholarship at UVa Law School, before we lured her away full-time to Spivey Consulting.

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19 Feb 2019

Examples of Letters of Recommendation

Below are three sample letters of recommendation, all three for admission consideration (both college and law school). Sample 1 is for a family friend for undergraduate college admissions. Sample 2 is for a former student for law school admissions. Sample 3 is for a current student for law school transfer admissions.

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21 Oct 2018

Sample Law School Application Video

For some of these you only have 1 or two minutes. There is no need to talk about resume items, this is your chance to be yourself. There's only one you applying to law school!

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14 Jan 2018

An Actual Law School Application

Below is what a completely filled out law school applications looks like. And it is a great one — this person received multiple scholarship offers from elite schools and attended law school on a full ride. Please note that anything identifiable has obviously been changed and also note that it would be a very bad idea to copy any part of these essays and use for your own :) That said, I believe this is the first time anything like this has been posted online and we hope it can be both helpful an

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13 Jun 2017

Examples of Successful Diversity Statements

We've been asked for examples of diversity statements many times; below are several great ones. It is important to note that diversity statements are truly optional, and not everyone should write one. Contrary to what you may have heard, it is not a missed opportunity to write more about yourself. In fact, we wrote a blog a few years ago on when you should write a diversity statement [https://www.spiveyconsulting.com/blog-post/when-should-i-submit-a-diversity-statement/] . We hope these examples

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02 Jun 2017

Spivey Consulting Sample Personal Statements

Below are several sample law school personal statements. Each of them helped their writers achieve results superior to those their numbers might predict, but they are very different statements. Some are the sort that end up being among the most memorable essays admissions officers read throughout the cycle or even their career — truly unique experiences — while others are examples of clear, effective statements about the writers' life paths and goals in the absence of unusual or extraordinary li

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