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Blog & Podcasts

02 Oct 2021

First Look. 2021-2022 Application Cycle Volume as of October 1st

LSAC has posted our first look at 2021-2022 applicant volume. As of today, there are 12.6% more law school applicants so far this cycle than there were at this time last year. For comparison, at this time last year there were 32.8% more applicants than the cycle before that.

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30 Sep 2021

Podcast: The Challenge of Self-Doubt in Higher Education, with Terry Real

In this episode, world-renowned author, speaker, teacher, and therapist Terry Real discusses the emotional health hazards of grad school and law school and how to stay human during these stressful and highly evaluative periods of life.

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25 Sep 2021

Our First 2021-2022 Cycle Data

We have our first glimpse at 2021-2022 cycle volume. As of 9/23 there were about 6,000 law school applicants so far this year. That's about 15% more than last cycle's ~5,100, and 50% more than the 2019-2020 cycle's ~3,900.

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23 Sep 2021

Podcast: Interview with Penn Law Admissions Dean Renee Post

In this episode, Spivey Consulting's Derek Meeker — a former Penn Law Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid — interviews Renee Post, Penn Law's current and long-standing Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid.

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09 Sep 2021

Law School Application Fee Waivers: Part 3 (Need-Based Fee Waivers)

This is Part 3 of our series on law school application fee waivers. For Part 1 is about unsolicited fee waivers that applicants can receive through LSAC’s Candidate Referral Service (CRS). Part 2 is about asking a law school for an application fee waiver. Part 3 covers need-based fee waivers.

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06 Sep 2021

Podcast: Bad Law School Admissions Advice & More with UMich Law's Dean Z

In this episode, Mike has a conversation with Dean Sarah Zearfoss (also known as "Dean Z") about a number of admissions topics, including the prevalence of bad admissions advice and how to identify and avoid it.

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03 Sep 2021

Interview with Mike Spivey on Admissions Predictions, Imposter Syndrome, and Things Law Schools Could Do Better

Mike Spivey was recently interviewed by Dean Patty Roberts for the EdUp Experience podcast — you can find that episode here.

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03 Sep 2021

Top 8 Most Common Law School Application Mistakes

We were recently asked about the most common mistakes that we see applicants making, and below are our top eight.

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30 Aug 2021

Podcast: The Past & Future of Legal Education, with Reuters Legal Reporter Karen Sloan

In this episode, Mike speaks with long-time legal education reporter Karen Sloan about her experiences and stories and the future of the legal field.

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25 Aug 2021

Podcast: Interview with UChicago Law Admissions Dean Ann Perry

In this podcast episode, Mike interviews the long-time Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid at University of Chicago Law School, Ann Perry.

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21 Aug 2021

Podcast: Interview with Author on Resilience & Former Biglaw Hiring Partner Clint Schumacher

In this podcast, Mike interviews Clint Schumacher — author, podcaster, and former biglaw hiring partner — on resilience in the legal profession, imposter syndrome in law school, what hiring partners look for in applicants, and more.

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18 Aug 2021

Podcast: The Coming Law School Admissions Cycle — Brief Thoughts

In this podcast, Mike provides a brief recap of the historic last cycle (2020–2021) as well as the short version of our best predictions for what's to come this cycle (2021–2022).

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17 Aug 2021

Fall 2021 Law School Medians

If you're here looking for new law school medians, they're in this document!

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07 Aug 2021

Podcast: Interview with Four-Time Olympian & Student Loan Expert Lauryn Williams

In this episode of the Status Check with Spivey, Mike has the opportunity to have a conversation with Lauryn Williams, four-time Olympic athlete and financial advisor with a specialty in student loans.

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05 Aug 2021

Podcast: Law School Admissions 101

In this podcast, Spivey Consulting COO Anna Hicks goes over the basics of law school admissions for those who are at the beginning of their application process and don't know much about how it works yet.

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02 Aug 2021

Will colleges and law schools go remote due to the COVID surge/Delta variant?

It feels like déjà vu all over again as we approach the beginning of the fall semester among talk of novel coronavirus and its impact on in-person learning — this time propagated by the Delta variant surge

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23 Jul 2021

Podcast: Law School Admissions Q&A with Mike Spivey

In this podcast, Spivey Consulting COO Anna Hicks asks Mike some admissions questions from Reddit.

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19 Jul 2021

Should you submit a Diversity Statement for Law School?

Each year, we receive a huge number of questions about when you should include a diversity statement in your application and whether or not your particular identity or experience would warrant submitting such a statement in addition to a personal statement. The answer is not always a simple one.

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17 Jul 2021

Podcast: Recapping the 2020-2021 Law School Admissions Cycle & Predicting the Upcoming Cycle

In this podcast, Mike Spivey is joined by PowerScore founder and CEO Dave Killoran and Spivey Consulting Business Intelligence Director Justin Kane to discuss takeaways from this previous 2020-2021 admissions cycle and to make predictions for the upcoming 2021-2022 cycle.

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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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