Never forget that you, and you alone, are in charge of your law school admissions process. If you give yourself enough time to research and choose the right law schools, and thoughtfully complete the law school applications with close attention to detail, you’ll certainly get into some of the law schools appropriate to your GPA and LSAT scores.
Sometimes, a Third Party Can Help
Maybe you want a second set of experienced eyes to review all your work?
Maybe you don’t have access to a pre-law advisor?
Maybe you want the personal attention some swamped advisors simply cannot provide?
Or maybe you have unique aspects to your application that you’re not sure how to address such as a past criminal record, a leave of absence from college, a disability and/or a low LSAT score or GPA?
Enter Admissions Consultants
Law school admissions consultants generally fall into three camps.
Admissions consultants that focus just on law school
Admissions consultants that provide college and graduate school admissions consulting, including law school
LSAT prep companies that provide admissions consulting services
Although we at AdmissionsDean don’t think it’s critical to use an admissions consultant, the right consultant under the right circumstances can increase your admissions options. If you have the resources, there’s no harm in buying personalized pre-law expertise and attention.
There are many consultants to choose from. Take the time to thoroughly research several companies to find the right match for your application needs and personal learning style. To make it convenient for you, we have listed below some popular options out there today.
After graduating magna cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law, having distinguished herself with service to the Inter-American Law Review and membership in Order of the Coif (among other honoraries), Ann Levine worked for the University of Denver College of Law as the Director of Student Services before becoming the Director of Admissions for California Western School of Law in San Diego, California.
She later served as Director of Admissions for Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California. As the director of admissions for two ABA law schools, Ms. Levine reviewed thousands of applications each year and was primarily responsible for making all admission decisions including awarding scholarships. After moving to Santa Barbara, California, Ms. Levine was a practicing attorney for two civil litigation firms.
Author of The Law School Admissions Game: Play Like an Expert, Ann Levine is a prominent law school admission consultant who has helped 1,000+ applicants nationwide achieve their admission goals since founding Law School Expert in 2004. Ms. Levine works one-on-one with law school applicants nationwide and speaks at Pre-Law Clubs and Phi Alpha Delta chapters. Her Law School Expert is one of the most respected and popular pre-law advice blogs in the nation and attracts nearly 100,000 readers a year. She is a member of the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC) and adheres to all ethical guidelines as provided by that organization.
Claim to Fame
Applying to Law School is complicated. I know what a law school admissions committee is looking for and I will spend time talking with you and creating a theme for your application. I will help you decide what to discuss in your personal statement and give you ideas for getting started writing the personal statement. If there are weaknesses that need to be explained, I will help you to create an effective addendum. I will provide you with an honest evaluation of your law school application, including suggesting law schools you may not have considered.
Included in my full package, “The Works,” is everything you will need to apply to law school with an expert by your side. For a one-time, flat-rate fee, I offer in-depth law school admission counseling and advice, working with you on all of your law school applications, including optional essays, resume, and addenda, helping you respond to application questions, and reviewing unlimited drafts of as many essays as you write, providing constructive feedback and detailed editing. I spend as much time with you as you need, no matter how many applications you submit. No hourly billing or limit on the number of applications I review.
Law schools have their pick of thousands of applicants, and earning admission is more than a mere numbers game—a great LSAT score and GPA are important, but they are not enough to ensure success. To really make your impression on the law school admissions committees, you need an application that reflects all of your distinct characteristics. We at jdMission are committed to helping you create an application package that will dazzle the admissions committees and give you the best chance of gaining acceptance to your dream law school. Our dedicated admissions consultants will work one-on-one with you and guide you through the admissions process from start to finish. Beginning with your free half-hour consultation, we will identify what sets you apart from your fellow applicants, and work with you to convince admissions committees that their school’s next class will not be complete without you.
Started by Linda Abraham in the early 1990s, Accepted.com grew out of an editing service working with college students in West Los Angeles. Linda discovered she was repeatedly asked to edit personal statements for grad school. She realized that if she applied journalistic techniques to the personal statements she was editing, she could help applicants make their stories engaging, not merely well-written. Recognizing the demand for a service dedicated to helping graduate school applicants write revealing, compelling, and articulate essays, she founded Accepted.
Not only do our editors have the experience and expertise needed to make you stand out, they have the passion necessary to help you get accepted. It’s not just what we do — it’s who we are.
Claim to Fame
Whew! You’re in the midst of the applying to law school, and it’s time to write your personal statement and other application materials. But first, before you start ruminating about that first essay, take a deep breath. Let’s assess your status: You have your GPA. You studied for and took the LSAT. You’ve been active throughout college, carving out time for community service and your own recreational interests. Now you are about to begin the last stage – writing your essays and completing your law school applications – the only one over which you still have any influence. You can’t change your competition, and you can’t change what you’ve done to date, but you can make sure that the law school application you submit in the future is your best. Accepted.com can help you with these remaining tasks.
Each of our law school consultants has a minimum of 3 years of full-time experience on the admissions committees of top 10 law schools as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Collectively, we have made tens of thousands of accept/reject/waitlist decisions at these law schools. In addition to requiring that all of our consultants have this minimum of 3 years of full-time admissions committee experience, we require consultants to undergo additional training with us when they join our Firm. We know what admissions committees really want to see in an application. That means we can counsel you on how to best develop your admissions story, how to select the most appropriate topics for your essays and personal statements, how to mitigate a low GPA and/or LSAT score, and how to submit the best possible recommendations.
You wouldn’t call your hair dresser if your child gets sick in the middle of the night and you wouldn’t use your dentist to complete your tax returns. Why would you consult someone who doesn’t have law school admissions committee experience on your applications?
Claim to Fame
If you are like many undergraduates and degree holders who have been in the workforce for several years, you understand the value a law school degree can add to your career opportunities.
Making the decision to attend law school is relatively easy. Making the decisions that come after that – about which programs are right for you, how to present yourself in a way that highlights what different schools look for in applications, and how to go about actually developing compelling application themes and strategies – is another matter.
AdmissionsConsultants can give you the guidance and competitive edge that means the difference between being accepted to your top choice school and settling for admittance to your last alternative. We have made tens of thousands of accept/reject/waitlist decisions at the world’s most selective law schools. Quite simply, our qualifications, collective experience, and intimate knowledge of the application process are unrivaled. Furthermore, our consultants have J.D. as well as LL.M. admissions committee experience – and, yes, the LL.M. admissions process is radically different from J.D. admissions.
Born and raised in Germany, Anna Ivey attended Phillips Academy Andover (in Massachusetts) for high school, earned her B.A. in History from Columbia University in New York, spent her Junior year at Cambridge University in the U.K., and earned her law degree at the University of Chicago. While at Cambridge, she won the Newnham Prize for exceptional undergraduate work in History. In law school, she served on the editorial board of The University of Chicago Law Review, worked as a research assistant to Larry Lessig with a focus on constitutional and cyberspace law, and took several classes at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Upon graduating from law school, she joined the Corporate Group at the Los Angeles law firm Irell & Manella and later joined the Entertainment Finance Group at Gipson Hoffman & Pancione. She next returned to the University of Chicago Law School, where at age 27 she was promoted to Dean of Admissions. She decided who got in and who didn’t. She read thousands of applications, visited colleges nationwide, educated tens of thousands of applicants about the admissions process, and conducted hundreds of admissions interviews. As part of a larger community of admissions professionals, she also met regularly with law school, business school, and college admissions officers from top schools.
Anna has been featured as an expert on CNN and Fox News Channel, and in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, and Smart Money. She speaks at colleges and workplaces around the country and publishes “The Ivey Files,” a blog for high school students and twenty-somethings (and their parents!) navigating life, work, and school.
The author of The Ivey Guide to Law School Admissions, she is currently co-authoring a book about college admissions for students with disabilities. Anna serves as Vice President of AIGC, the Association of International Graduate School Admissions Consultants.
Claim to Fame
Anna Ivey has experienced first-hand the agony of applying to law school, been fortunate enough to attend one, enjoyed a successful career practicing law, and, as Dean of Admissions at the University of Chicago Law School, decided the fate of thousands of applicants just like you. Not only can she help you improve your application strategy, she 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 – she and her team can help you find the best way to get there.
The Veritas Prep team consists of consultants from all the finest law schools. Our team of experts includes graduates, faculty members, and admission representatives from each of the country’s elite law schools, including: Yale; Harvard; Stanford; NYU; Columbia; Chicago; Berkeley; Penn; and many more.
Our team can tell you precisely what each admission committee is looking for in a successful candidate because they gained admission to and graduated from these very schools themselves. Our experts can demystify the murky admissions process, offering proven techniques to help you elevate your application materials, take ownership over the process, and give yourself the best possible chance of gaining admission to your school of choice. The current team of consultants includes former admissions officers from Berkeley and Northwestern, several award-winning writers, and dozens of incredible legal professionals.
Claim to Fame
Admissions officers face the difficult task of selecting from a vast pool of similar candidates. As is the case with any competitive admissions process, those applicants who take ownership over the process and who know how to effectively market themselves have a significant advantage over the competition. Many applicants incorrectly perceive law school admissions to be a process solely decided by grades and LSAT scores and fail to take full opportunity of the myriad ways of gaining that distinct advantage. The creators of Veritas Prep’s successful MBA admissions consulting services have recognized this opportunity and the result is the ultimate law school consulting service.
Our application consultants have helped hundreds of students with their applications and essays. They have undergone rigorous training to help you create compelling essays, solicit strong letters of recommendation, and tailor your application to a particular school. By helping you emphasize your strengths, explain or mitigate your weaknesses, and create a holistic application, they can help you gain admission to the law school of your choice.
Wouldn’t it be great to get feedback from law schools admissions committees before you submit your application? Get expert advice on how to position yourself in the most compelling way and gain admission to your target law schools. Kaplan offers the most experienced team of law school admission consultants available. Most have served on admissions committees — many at the top law schools — and they bring really cogent insight into the admissions decision-making process. In addition‚ most have their J.D.s‚ so they are especially attuned to your needs and understand your school and career goals. They’ll work with you to build the best application package possible, one that positions you well for acceptance. They’ll guide and advise you, and most importantly, be a big part of your cheering section.
PowerScore has gathered a team of admissions experts to address your admissions counseling and personal statement needs. Our admissions experts can help you address weaknesses in your application such as a low GPA or LSAT score, inconsistent undergraduate performance, non-traditional undergraduate major, criminal record, and time gaps in your work history. Our admissions counselors have had years of experience reading and revising personal statement. Many of our admissions counselors derive their writing expertise not only from first hand experience with law school application personal statements, but also from their journalism, legal, and professional writing careers. PowerScore has developed the best approach to help applicants prepare their personal statement, and once you enroll for any amount of admissions counseling a comprehensive questionnaire will be sent out to you to give your counselor relevant background information, an idea of your needs, and an opportunity to help you before they even speak with you, thereby maximizing the time spent speaking with your counselor.
TestMasters has provided admissions consulting services for over fifteen years and has helped tens of thousands of students gain admission to top law schools. There are numerous people who claim to be law school admissions experts, even though the basis of their supposed expertise is unclear. In contrast, all of our admissions consultants have applied to and been accepted by top-twenty graduate programs, and they provide law school applicants with a wealth of sound and helpful advice.