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Blog & Podcasts

03 Feb 2023

Podcast: How to Crush the Second Half of the Law School Admissions Cycle

In this episode, Mike gives an update on 2022-2023 applicant data and discusses admissions strategies for the second half of the application cycle: waitlists and letters of continued interest, tips for asking for scholarship reconsideration, and handling the waiting/anxiety.

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23 Jan 2023

Podcast: What Triggers Admit Waves?

In this episode of Status Check with Spivey, Mike talks about the different factors that precipitate waves of law school admissions decisions being released, especially late in the cycle/during waitlist season.

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13 Jan 2023

Podcast: Reducing Stress & Increasing Happiness as a Student & Applicant

In this episode of Status Check with Spivey, Mike interviews Jordana Confino, Assistant Dean of Professionalism at Fordham Law School, about ways that law school applicants and students can healthily cope with and reduce stress and increase overall happiness and well-being.

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11 Jan 2023

Understanding Law School Admissions Office Titles & Hierarchies

Admissions office staff titles can be confusing. If you're trying to decipher who in an admissions office is the seniormost decision-maker, this blog likely has your answer.

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03 Jan 2023

Podcast: Will Medians Stay As High This Law School Admissions Cycle?

In this episode, Mike gives his thoughts on whether law schools will be able to maintain their historically high LSAT/GPA medians after the 2022-2023 admissions cycle.

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02 Jan 2023

Official U.S. News Statement on Law School Rankings Methodology Changes, Following Rankings Exodus

U.S. News & World Report has sent the following letter to law schools regarding methodology changes for the upcoming 2023-2024 rankings. This comes in the wake of 20+ law schools announcing they will no longer submit their data for rankings purposes.

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23 Dec 2022

Podcast: Happy Holidays—Plenty of Admits Are Coming in 2023

In this short episode of Status Check with Spivey, Mike offers some optimistic news for law school applicants who may not have yet received any admits.

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19 Dec 2022

New Law School Data as of December 2022 ABA 509 Disclosures

The ABA just released law schools' required 509 disclosure documents for 2022, which means that we now have the complete, final, official admissions data from the 2021-2022 admissions cycle.

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12 Dec 2022

3 Tips for 1L Success (+ Opening Pre-L Course Registration)

We get asked a lot for advice on how to get ready for law school, so we’ve asked the Pre-L coaches on our team to share a few habits and mindsets to adopt to succeed as a 1L.

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30 Nov 2022

Podcast: Law Schools Leaving the U.S. News Rankings—Implications for This Year & The Future

If you haven't already heard, a number of law schools have recently announced that they will no longer be participating in the rankings. But what does that actually mean? Why are they doing it, and why now? What impacts might it have on applicants, law students, and legal education as a whole?

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19 Nov 2022

List of Law Schools Withdrawing from U.S. News & World Report Rankings Participation

On November 16, 2022, as we recently blogged about, two law schools announced that they would no longer be participating in the U.S. News & World Report Law School Rankings (first Yale, then Harvard). In the days since, other schools have begun to announce their plans to do the same.

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17 Nov 2022

Answering U.S. News Law School Rankings Withdrawal Questions from 11/16/2022

November 16, 2022 may not have been the single most pivotal day in law school decision-making, but it was likely up there.

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16 Nov 2022

Implications of Yale Law Withdrawing from the U.S. News Rankings

As many people have no doubt seen, Yale Law School will no longer participate in the U.S. News Law School Rankings.

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10 Nov 2022
10 Nov 2022

Podcast: What It's Like Applying to Law School, Part 2 (Interviews)

In this episode of Status Check with Spivey, Spivey Consulting COO Anna Hicks-Jaco checks in with "Lucy," u/Accomplished-Body785 on Reddit, an applicant currently in the middle of her law school application process. This episode is primarily focused on interviews!

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24 Oct 2022

Law School Application Volume Data Report (Oct. 24, 2022)

As of this time last cycle, 19% of applications had been submitted. Applicants are down 10.9% from last year, and applications are down 13.9%.

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17 Oct 2022

Law School Application Volume Data Report (Oct. 17, 2022)

As of October 16, 2022, current-cycle law school applicants are down 11.7% relative to the number of applicants who had applied by this date last cycle. The number of applications is down 16.2% vs. last year.

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12 Oct 2022

Podcast: Catastrophizing in Admissions (& Why It's Going to Be Okay)

In this short episode of Status Check with Spivey, Mike talks about applicants' (deeply understandable) tendency to catastrophize in law school admissions.

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10 Oct 2022

Law School Application Volume Data Report (Oct. 10, 2022)

As of October 10, 2022, both law school applicant and application numbers are down significantly, though there's a big asterisk to these numbers.

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06 Oct 2022

All the Entering Class of 2022 Data We Have So Far

This fall, as we always do, we have been aggregating preliminary data for the new entering class: LSAT/GPA medians, class sizes, and acceptance rates. Here's the early data.

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