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Blog & Podcasts

14 Feb 2024

Will FAFSA Delays Affect Incoming Law Students?

You may have heard that the Department of Education announced delays in processing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). How will this affect incoming law students?

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12 Feb 2024

Podcast: Law School Admissions Now vs. 10 Years Ago

In this episode of Status Check with Spivey, Anna has a conversation with Joe Pollak, one of Spivey's consultants and a former admissions officer at the University of Michigan Law School, about differences and similarities in law school admissions today vs. ten years ago.

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08 Feb 2024

The Only 3 Things That Matter on the Waitlist

Being admitted off the waitlist is actually pretty simple—okay, not easy, but simple. There are really only three factors that law schools consider.

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30 Jan 2024

Podcast: The Growing Epidemic of Addiction in High Achievers, with Dr. Peter Grinspoon

In this episode, Mike interviews Dr. Peter Grinspoon on mental health and wellness for high performers, why lawyers have such high rates of addiction and depression, antidotes for the factors that lead to these high rates, the story of Dr. Grinspoon's 2019 debate at Yale Law School, and more.

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25 Jan 2024

When is it "too late" to apply to law school in a slow cycle?

If you've been following our content this cycle, you know that we are predicting that this will be the slowest law school admissions cycle we've ever seen. How does that decelerated pace affect what counts as "late" to apply?

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23 Jan 2024

Podcast: Law School Admissions Reddit AMA with Anna Hicks-Jaco

In this episode of Status Check with Spivey, a current applicant from Reddit interviews Spivey Consulting's new President, Anna Hicks-Jaco—unscripted and unprepared—on anything and everything that was on her mind.

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22 Jan 2024

Four Tips to Excel in Your 1L Year

A year ago, our Pre-L advisors Rob Cacace and Jordana Confino wrote a blog for us on their best tips for 1L success. After another busy cycle of Pre-L advising and 1L Success Coaching, they've reflected on the last year and have one more piece of advice to add!

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16 Jan 2024

Now accepting reservations for Pre-L (one-on-one 1L success coaching)

So you’ve applied—now what? Want to hit the ground running once you finally get to law school? Check out our Pre-L program, which just opened its registration for the 2024 cycle. 

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10 Jan 2024

Podcast: 8 Ways to MESS UP the Second Half of Your Law School Admissions Cycle

In this episode of Status Check with Spivey, Anna Hicks-Jaco, Spivey Consulting's new President, discusses common mistakes that applicants make in the second part of their admissions cycle—after they've submitted their applications.

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02 Jan 2024

Podcast: How to Make Your Resolution Stick, with ‘Master of Change’ Author Brad Stulberg

In this episode of Status Check with Spivey, Mike interviews best-selling author Brad Stulberg (whose books include Master of Change, The Practice of Groundedness, Peak Performance, and The Passion Paradox) on how to make real and lasting change in your life.

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15 Dec 2023

Predicted 2024 U.S. News Law School Rankings

With today’s release of the new ABA-required 509 disclosures, we now have all law schools’ fall 2023 medians and class sizes, plus we have the ability to more accurately predict next year’s upcoming U.S. News law school rankings.

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15 Dec 2023

Podcast: Dopamine & Success with Dr. Daniel Lieberman

In this episode of Status Check with Spivey, Mike interviews Dr. Daniel Z. Lieberman, MD, a psychiatrist and best-selling author of The Molecule of More.

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15 Dec 2023

List of Law Schools with Authorization to Accept JD-Next (with no LSAT/GRE)

Thirty-three law schools have obtained variances from the ABA to accept the JD-Next exam results in lieu of the LSAT or GRE. Here's a list of those 33 schools!

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11 Dec 2023

Podcast: An Insider Look at Admissions with UVA Law Dean Natalie Blazer (Reddit Q&A + Artificial Intelligence in Admissions)

In this episode of Status Check with Spivey, Mike interviews UVA Law Admissions Dean Natalie Blazer.

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06 Dec 2023

Podcast: Handling Expectations & the LSAT with 'Loophole' Author Ellen Cassidy

In this episode of Status Check with Spivey, Mike interviews Ellen Cassidy, author of the acclaimed 'Loophole in LSAT Logical Reasoning' and founder of Elemental Prep.

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27 Nov 2023

2023-2024 Law School Application Cycle Data Update

As of November 26, 2023, we are about a third of the way through the 2023-2024 application cycle as measured by previous cycle applicant timing, so it's a good time for an update on where things stand.

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17 Nov 2023

Upcoming Growth & Diversification at the Spivey Consulting Group

Today has a special meaning to me, and I write to outline our firm’s upcoming growth and diversification of services in 2024.

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13 Nov 2023

How does U.S. News *actually* rank law schools?

The U.S. News & World Report law school rankings methodology may appear simple at first glance, but it is also widely (and deeply) misunderstood. Here, we analyze the methodology + this year's changes.

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11 Nov 2023

Podcast: The Slowest Cycle Ever

In this episode of Status Check with Spivey, Mike discusses the reasons that this law school admissions cycle will be the slowest one ever (or at least within our admissions careers)—and, perhaps more importantly, what you should do about it if you're a current applicant.

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20 Oct 2023

Law School Deans Who Became College/University Presidents

For a very long time, the typical path to becoming a college/university president was serving as a provost. In recent years, however, appointing law school deans to college/university president roles has become more and more common.

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