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Blog & Podcasts

14 Feb 2022

Spivey Consulting 2023 U.S. News Law School Rankings Modeled Predictions

Spivey Consulting's Business Intelligence Director, Justin Kane, analyzed a great deal of law school data to calculate our predicted 2023 (to be released 2022) U.S. News & World Report law school rankings.

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09 Feb 2022

Podcast: February 2022 Law School Application Cycle Update

In this episode, Mike gives an update on the data for the 2021-2022 cycle as of early February. He discusses what to expect with medians after this cycle, what's going to happen this waitlist season, what to expect for transfer admissions, and some early preliminary predictions for next cycle.

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05 Feb 2022

Podcast: Strong Applicant. No Admits. What’s Going On?

In this episode, Mike speaks with an applicant from Reddit who we'll call "Ryan Reynolds" (you know, just for fun). Ryan has a 178 and a 3.8, and while he blanketed the top 20 law schools, he has received only waitlists and denials so far this cycle despite having applied early on.

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01 Feb 2022

Five-Year LSAT/Applicant Trends

We wanted to provide a bit of a wider view on current law school applicant data trends.

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31 Jan 2022

Podcast: Catching Up With a Stanford 1L

In this episode, Mike and one of our Spivey consultants Karen Buttenbaum catch up with u/lightningmcboops, one of r/lawschoolsadmissions' regular posters from last cycle, who went through the most difficult cycle we have ever seen without receiving a single rejection.

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29 Jan 2022

Upcoming Podcasts

We have five upcoming podcasts we are excited about, and we hope you will be too!

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28 Jan 2022

We get rejected, too.

As we head into the thick of decision season, law school admissions offices are beginning to send out the inevitable rejection waves. Rejection hurts, but it is also a fundamental human experience, and we all feel its effects sometimes.

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27 Jan 2022

LSAT Bandwidth % Changes 2021-2022

LSAC has recently stopped displaying percentage changes with their volume data, so we wanted to publish these figures for anyone who may find this information useful.

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10 Jan 2022

When Is It Appropriate to Start Scholarship Negotiations?

Since you are all going to be lawyers soon, let me start by saying something you’ll be saying for the rest of your lives: it depends. But, that isn’t very helpful...

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08 Jan 2022

Uncertainty in Admissions

On our most recent podcast with current applicant "Barb," who has yet to receive responses to any of her applications, we spoke a good deal about the uncertainty of the admissions process.

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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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08 Jan 2022

Law School Application Review Services: We're Available!

We wanted to provide a quick update on our availability for current-cycle (2021-2022) admissions consulting clients!

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27 Dec 2021

Law Schools Planning to Start the Spring 2022 Semester Remotely

The following law schools are planning to start the spring 2022 semester remotely in order to combat the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.

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27 Dec 2021

What's the difference between a law school "waitlist" vs. "hold" vs. "hold tight email"?

Most applicants understand the basics of what it means to be waitlisted, but in this blog, we wanted to give a quick look at why and how law schools use their waitlists from an insider perspective, then outline the differences between a waitlist and a "hold" or a "hold tight email."

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22 Dec 2021

Podcast: Diary of a Law School Applicant's Cycle Episode 2 (The Waiting)

In this episode, we continue our interview series with "Barb," a current applicant.

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08 Dec 2021

Podcast: Cycle Volume Update & Conjecture On Where the Cycle Might Be Heading

In this episode, we talk about where this current admissions cycle (2021-2022) stands so far in terms of applicant volume, what that means, what we predict for the rest of the cycle, and some actionable admissions advice based on what we know so far.

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30 Nov 2021

Could the Omicron Variant Cause Colleges and Graduate Schools to Go Fully Remote Again?

As scientists race to unravel how serious of a global health concern the Omicron variant is, a rash of media attention has us now being asked, "Could Omicron lead to colleges and graduate schools going fully remote?"

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24 Nov 2021

Podcast: "Safety Schools" and Making a Law School Backup Plan

In this episode, Mike and our consultant Danielle Early talk about safety schools and backup plans.

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16 Nov 2021

Podcast: What Makes for a Successful Law School Interview?

In this episode of Status Check with Spivey, Mike has a conversation with our consultant Karen Buttenbaum (former Director of Admissions at Harvard Law School) about how to prepare for law school admissions interviews, best practices, common pitfalls, and other advice for the interviewing process.

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11 Nov 2021

Podcast: Will Law Schools Be Able to Maintain Their Medians This Cycle?

In this episode, Mike predicts whether law schools will be able to maintain their high medians from last year, and how we expect that to play out across the course of the cycle. He also discusses how this will impact splitters and reverse splitters.

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