Client Results

What our clients say about us means everything. Indeed, we have never advertised — the majority of our business comes from referrals and recommendations. Most importantly, we understand that applying to law school can be a stressful process, and we will do everything we can to make it smooth and highly successful for you.

Our clients achieved admission with greater success than the overall applicant pool at 29 of the top 30 law schools.

Our team has 161 collective years of experience in law school admissions, reading applications and making decisions on files.

Spivey Consulting Group has been hired by 14 law schools as independent consultants.

This past cycle 99.3% of our clients were satisfied with the services they received from Spivey Consulting group, and 98% would recommend Spivey Consulting Group to a friend.

This past cycle, our clients were offered a total of over $66,000,000 in merit-based scholarships.

We have worked at a wide range of law schools, including the following:

  • Yale
  • Harvard
  • Columbia
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Duke
  • University of Michigan
  • Georgetown
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Vanderbilt
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Boston College
  • University of Washington
  • University of Florida
  • Fordham
  • Indiana University
  • University of Colorado
  • Syracuse
  • Lewis & Clark
  • University of Richmond
  • Roger Williams

We have held the following titles:

  • Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid
  • Assistant Dean for Admissions
  • Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management
  • Director of Admissions
  • Director of Recruitment
  • Assistant Director of Admissions
  • Associate Director of Admissions
  • Senior Admissions Officer
  • Associate Dean for Administration and Finance
  • Executive Director of Career Strategy
  • Assistant Dean for Graduate and International Students

This past cycle, our clients were admitted to the following law schools:

  • Yale University (CT)
  • Stanford University (CA)
  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of Chicago
  • Columbia University (NY)
  • New York University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Michigan
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Duke University (NC)
  • University of California—Berkeley
  • Cornell University (NY)
  • U Texas-Austin
  • Georgetown (DC)
  • University of California—Los Angeles
  • Vanderbilt U (TN)
  • Washington U (MO)
  • U Southern California
  • University of Iowa
  • U Notre Dame (IN)
  • Emory U (GA)
  • U Minnesota-Twin Cities
  • Boston University
  • Arizona State University
  • U Alabama
  • Boston College
  • Washington & Lee U
  • University of California—Irvine
  • University of Wisconsin—Madison
  • University of Georgia
  • Ohio State University (Moritz)
  • Indiana U-Bloomington
  • University of Washington
  • George Washington U
  • Wake Forest University
  • Fordham University
  • University of Colorado
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of California—Davis
  • George Mason University (VA)
  • University of Florida
  • William & Mary (VA)
  • University of Utah (Quinney)
  • University of Illinois—Urbana-Champaign
  • Southern Methodist University
  • University of Maryland (Carey)
  • University of Arizona (Rogers)
  • Florida State University
  • Tulane University
  • Baylor University
  • Temple University (Beasley)
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Houston
  • University of California (Hastings)
  • University of Richmond (Williams)
  • University of Kentucky
  • Seton Hall University
  • University of Nebraska—Lincoln
  • Rutgers Law (Combined)
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Missouri—Kansas City
  • Penn. State Carlisle (Dickinson)
  • University of Kansas
  • Georgia State University
  • Cardozo (Yeshiva)
  • Northeastern University
  • Loyola Marymount University (CA)
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Pepperdine University
  • St. John's University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Denver (Sturm)
  • Villanova University
  • University of San Diego
  • University of Miami
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Penn. State University Park
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • University of Tulsa
  • American University (Washington)
  • Indiana University—Indianapolis
  • Brooklyn Law School
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Louisville (Brandeis)
  • Syracuse University
  • Texas A&M
  • IIT - Chicago Kent
  • West Virginia University
  • Michigan State University

Penn Law Class of 2022! I was in shock when I got the call. Derek, I wanted to thank you for all of your help. Your writing skills are an asset alone. With your diligent notes and explanations, you endeavored to go beyond just improving my papers. Your guidance in crafting my thoughts toward the essays was invaluable in shaping my material to be the best it could. Further, you pushed me to take every essay to the next level. You ensured that every piece of the application really added value and was more than just another submission. When I submitted my applications, I was fully confident that I was putting forth the best product possible after working with you.


I had scores that were just shy of the medians at the top 3 schools, and because of this, I was not going to apply to any of them. Jayme reminded me that we all have a story to tell, and encouraged me to submit applications to each of YHS. Now I wake up every morning pinching myself because I can’t believe I’m going to one of these schools in the fall. Thank you Jayme for your generosity and for making such a big difference in my life!


I worked with both Anna Hicks and Mike Spivey. Anna was accepted to a top 10 law school with a full scholarship, and I could immediately see why. She was an exceptionally detailed editor who was able to pick out the very best from me to help me stand out in everything I submitted. Mike knew the inside and out for the schools I applied to and added critical and individualized strategic input for each. Together they made a great team, and I was admitted to my number 1 school very early in the cycle!

Nancy O.

I worked with Jenn over the course of two years! She has amazing insight and advice. As someone who gets very anxious and emotional about applications, Jenn kept me on schedule and motivated during the whole process. When you are applying, there are so many uncertainties. It is wonderful to have someone to turn to for reassurance. Jenn is also a realist. She really knows what she is doing, and she is upfront about your chances. As a result of my work with Jenn, I got a full-ride to Cardozo School of Law in NYC. Thank you Jenn and Spivey!


I just wanted to thank you again for everything you did with my personal statement. I applied to 14 schools, and I have been admitted to all of them! I have finally decided to attend Emory with scholarship money! My highest LSAT score was a 155, and I am confident that I would not have the opportunity to attend Emory if it wasn’t for your help. I will forever be grateful for your excellent work!

K. S.

One of the top schools that I applied to offered me $75,000 in scholarship money, and as soon as I heard that over Thanksgiving break, I knew that was where I was going! I want to thank Emily for ALL of her help; I know it made a huge difference. I have recommended her to a classmate who is applying to law school next year!


Working with Nick at the Spivey Consulting Group was the best investment in my future I could make. I am a non-traditional applicant with a GPA significantly below the 25th percentile at my target schools, and after getting rejected at my top choice last year, I worked with Nick to craft a reapplication strategy. He identified weaknesses in my original application, helped me choose new essay topics, and provided insightful feedback on my materials. I submitted my applications confident that I had put together the best package I could, and that even if I didn’t make it to my reach schools, I would end up with fantastic options. With Nick’s help, I was accepted to Harvard Law School, which I still cannot believe. Thanks for everything, Nick!

Eric L.

Emily Allen made me feel confident throughout the process that I had made the right decision. And if I had known that I would be walking away with roughly $110K in scholarships from one of the best law schools in the country, I would have committed even sooner. Thank you so much for the time, energy, care, expertise, and passion that you put into your work. It has been an amazing opportunity to work with you and I am humbled by the outcome we achieved.


I sought out Spivey for its excellent reputation and am so grateful that I did. As a reverse splitter (high GPA and lower LSAT score), I was concerned that a lifetime of hard work was going to be overshadowed by a less than compelling test score. Shannon quickly reassured me in the best way possible by helping me craft an outstanding application. She knew how to use an application to highlight my strengths and distract from my weaknesses. With her unwavering help, I created a very memorable personal statement and impressed admissions committees. I have been accepted into and offered scholarships at schools where the median LSAT is almost ten points higher than mine. Without Shannon’s invaluable experience, I wouldn’t be struggling with picking between so many amazing schools. It’s a great problem to have and I’m incredibly appreciative of Shannon and the whole Spivey Team.


It was great having Patrick Connorton teach me how to brief cases, what the Socratic method is like, and how to effectively write. Now that I have started, I feel far ahead of my classmates. I think the best part was having someone to talk through things with, such as outlining and the craziness of law school.

Will A.

Paula — I just wanted to send you a note letting you know that I’m incredibly thankful to have your guidance and support throughout this process. I did not imagine at the start of this cycle that I would have schools which rejected me last cycle now offer me money to attend, or that I’d be riding out waitlists from two T14s. I am grateful and excited for whatever comes.


I wouldn’t have gotten this far without your steady hand and words of wisdom (not to mention strategic brilliance) and I think it’s important to recognize how much you’ve contributed to my success this cycle.

It’s obvious you are invested in and care about my success!

Jason R.

I would not be at my dream school without Jenn’s help. She guided me through the process with invaluable insight and knowledge, and most importantly, she sincerely cared about my success. There are other important factors besides numbers, and Jenn assisted in navigating those factors so that I could make my application as strong as possible. I could not be happier with the results; I was accepted to my dream school with a scholarship worth about 1/3 of tuition, even though my LSAT score was below the 50th percentile, and I can honestly say that hiring her was one of the best investments I have ever made. The result speaks for itself!


I was very fortunate to work with Shannon for my entire admissions cycle. Shannon was extremely responsive and worked tirelessly with me to perfect every aspect of my application, from my personal statement to numerous supplements and school-specific essays. After I submitted my applications, Shannon’s deep insight into admissions interviews, events, and scholarship negotiation was truly invaluable. Throughout the whole process, I could always tell that Shannon had a sincere passion to help me succeed. By the end of my cycle, I secured a substantial scholarship at a top-5 law school, where I am now a student. I would not have been able to do this without Shannon’s incredible skill and expertise.

John B.

Pre-L is a great program to help you acclimate to law school and create a level of confidence in your own process and work when your classmates are drowning in the chaos.

Rising 2L at UNC School of Law

I learned more from the Spivey Consulting Blog than I did from reading two books on law school admissions.

Nate N.

Patrick, I am so excited right now! Just got my second semester grades back, and I went up from a 3.3 to a 3.8! I did really well on my issue spotter exams, in huge part because of what you taught me. Thank you so much!

Cameron D.

My results were all possible because of Paula’s help! I remember the day last year I was on the phone with her, vacillating over whether I should take the LSAT once more or not, and I was so confused and worried about whether I would be able to make it to law school at all. I am so glad that I will be attending a good law school entirely debt free, and this is something that I hadn’t expected last year. Thank you so much to Paula for being the support throughout this journey! This cycle has turned out so favorably for me, and I think her assistance made the difference. I am so grateful.


Tom Robinson could not have been more helpful. His insight into the thinking of the admissions committees was invaluable. He took me through the entire process from beginning to end — from school selection to numerous drafts of personal statements to interview practice and advice. He was extremely professional and very generous with his time. Highly recommended.


Nikki, you were so much help throughout the process! There’s no way I would have felt anywhere near as confident in my application without your help. From the huge amount of help with writing my personal statement and accessory essays, to the small things like listing out deadlines to help keep track of them, and everything in between, you couldn’t have been better at helping me get everything ready!


After working with Tom Robinson on my personal statement, I am really happy with my admissions results. I am excited to be attending the University of Texas School of Law with a 95k scholarship!

Working with Tom to perfect my writing definitely made all the difference. I even had an admissions dean come up to me at an admitted students event and tell me how much he liked my personal statement. Tom really went the extra mile and looked over several ‘final’ drafts until it was flawless.

Hiring Tom was one of the best investments I made during my admissions process. I will be recommending Spivey Consulting to all of my friends applying to law school.


I am incredibly grateful for Delphine’s advice and guidance throughout the law school application process. She was responsive, patient, honest, attentive, and encouraging. Delphine’s good judgment and prior experience in admissions helped me build my best application. Working with Delphine gave me peace of mind and confidence, even as a reverse splitter. Thank you, Delphine! I can’t imagine what this process would have been like without you.


Patrick, I just wanted to let you know my grades came back this week: 179 (Crim) and 180 (Torts). Apparently the Torts exams were especially competitive this year, so I am particularly proud. I was also better able to apply your methods on that exam, so I think the result is indicative. There is work yet to do, but only 5 grades left until the end of 1L year! Thank you so much again for helping out. Your guidance clearly had an enormous impact on my work.


At the open house for admitted students, the dean said the admissions office uses my application file as an example! Because of this, the dean memorized a lot about me. I definitely have Jenn to thank for my polished application.

Alyssa T.

Derek Meeker spoke to the Pre-Law Society members at UCLA last spring. Derek catered the event to meet the specific needs of our members and stayed over an hour past the scheduled time to finish answering all individual follow-up questions. As an officer of the Pre-Law Society, I truly felt that Derek was invested in helping each member present succeed in the application process. In fact, I know Derek’s advice helped me secure a 1L spot at Berkeley Law.

C. Chavez, UCLA

Tom Robinson, with his vast experience in law school admissions, cleared up much of the uncertainty that comes with being an international applicant and helped me get into Harvard. Result aside, I want to commend Tom on the process, because the value I got from his consulting goes beyond admission to my dream school.

I went into the admission cycle with a bad case of Impostor Syndrome. I had spent weeks trying to think of something significant, a uniqueness about me, that I would be proud to write about. Tom, on the other hand, with a few pleasant conversations helped me uncover many interesting — even impressive — aspects of my life. Then, with his guidance, I crafted a cohesive, compelling application that I still, to this day, would read because it fills me with pride and confidence. That confidence, the feeling that I am deserving of this incredible result, is why I am forever grateful to Tom.


As a re-applicant, I was very anxious about how I could make my application better when I’d already used up all of my best ideas in the previous cycle. I had applied to many schools by myself the first time around and had not gotten the results I wanted. I reached out to Spivey Consulting Group because of this reason, and I’m so glad I did. Shannon was such a delight to work with. Not only did she read my old application materials to get a sense of who I was as a person, but she was also able to find the missing parts that would allow me to tell a more cohesive story. Shannon seemed to know me better than I knew myself – if I ever strayed away, she gave me great advice to put me in the right track. She always had the patience and time to look over many, many drafts of the same essay I tried out until I could find the one I was truly satisfied with. I have been accepted to schools (with hefty scholarships) that rejected or waitlisted me in the previous cycle, and this wouldn’t have been possible without Shannon’s help. Thank you so much!


I am incredibly grateful that Paula was by my side throughout this application cycle, and I know that I would not have achieved my improbable results (a T14 acceptance with a sub-3.0 undergrad GPA!) without her. From the get go, Paula was incredibly warm and encouraging to me in a way that I cannot emphasize enough. I think she felt that despite my inconsistent numbers, I had a compelling story to tell to law schools, and she played a vital part in boosting my confidence and the idea that I could aim higher than I initially felt like I could or even deserved to. She talked me through my reluctance to embrace the rougher edges of my narrative and to retake control of it, and provided lifesaving edits on my personal statement, a GPA addendum, as well as quite a few supplemental essays. She then guided me through the wildly confusing game of school interviews, visits, and timing, and finally, through a long and dreaded waitlist process. She probably did even more outside of this, so apologies if I left something off.

Although Paula didn’t know this, I went through a several personal changes and family issues this year outside of an already-maddening and unpredictable application cycle. Her warmth and genuine bits of wisdom helped me keep a level head through it all; in fact, I think she should guest blog for Spivey sometime to share her wisdom with all the other anxious applicants! As a result, as much as I value her sterling and meticulous guidance as a consultant and editor, I cherish the very human kindness and encouragement she brought to this process even more. I will never forget it.


I am really grateful to Nikki this admission cycle. I had some unusual strategy ideas, and instead of offering me “official” answers, she helped me figure out the feasibility of each of my proposals. I was very nervous before the law school interview. The preparation questions and tips she sent to me were very helpful. She coached me and helped me go through the interview many times. As an international student, my situation was different from Americans, and Nikki patiently tailored her consultation to my particular situation. It has been wonderful working with Nikki and Spivey Consulting. Thank you very much!


Mr. Spivey visited us at Stanford University to give a talk about the law school application process. As chair of the Stanford Native American Pre-Law group, I have hosted a number of speakers and admissions officers, and Mr. Spivey’s speech stands out as one of the most interesting and useful talks I have attended. He combines his university insider perspective with his admissions consultant experience, striking a balance that is hard to find. The information he presented was invaluable and I highly recommend Mr. Spivey as a speaker at your school.

Aharon K., Stanford

If you’re looking to make the most of your hard-earned credentials by being the best version of yourself, then working with Spivey is an excellent idea — especially if you get to work with Karen.

Insightful, helpful and unfailingly responsive, my experience of working with Karen was phenomenal from start to finish. I could write a book about how awesome it was to work with Karen, but for now I’ll just say it was the best investment I’ve ever made. Without her, I would undoubtedly not have had the happy dilemma of having to choose between so many fantastic places to study law.

John E.

Thank you for all your advice and support during the oftentimes challenging law school application process. The expertise offered by Spivey Consulting made the process much smoother and easier by making sure I had every part of the applications perfect before hitting submit. With the help of Spivey Consulting I was able to get into my goal school very early in the admission process. I would unequivocally recommend Spivey Consulting to any future law school applicants. 


I worked with Anne Dutia on scholarship negotiations, and she was absolutely fantastic. She went above and beyond—responding almost instantaneously to my emails, editing countless draft letters, practicing for multiple interviews (not even counting the multiple practice sessions for the same interview!), and reassuring me when the process felt stressful or uncertain. Ultimately, she helped me to increase the scholarship award at every school I negotiated with.

When it came time to make a decision, I felt stuck between two top 14 schools. Anne spent over an hour on the phone with me working through the pros and cons of each. This is how she approached every conversation with me. I had so many questions, and she patiently listened and replied to every single one of them.

I’m headed to a top ten law school in the fall with a huge scholarship. I really could not be more excited—or appreciative of your help!


Working with Shannon was an excellent experience. From a substantive perspective, Shannon’s insights helped me to fine-tune my application, ensuring that I presented a focused and impactful message across my personal statement, supplemental essays, and interviews. On an interpersonal level, meanwhile, Shannon was the consummate professional, always available to provide quick-turnaround essay feedback or hop on the phone for a conversation about application strategy.

I sought the services of a consultant because I wanted to make sure that I would be “putting my best foot forward” in the high-stress and often opaque world of law school admissions. Shannon played a key role in helping me to achieve this goal. With her help, I was accepted to schools across the T-14, and will be attending a T-5 school on a full-tuition merit scholarship this fall. Shannon’s support was invaluable, and I would highly recommend her for anyone looking to get the most out of their cycle.


The Dean of Admissions actually told me how much she enjoyed how unique my personal statement was and that it added a lot of depth to my application. You are great at what you do and I am so grateful I had the opportunity to work with you.

Nick M.

As an international applicant from Korea, I was really lost in how I should approach law school application materials. I was able to outperform my numbers thanks to the guidance by Mike and Karen. Had it not been for their help, I would not have ended up where I am now with substantial scholarship! Their meticulous, scrutinizing nature and creative advice really helped every essay I wrote and every application I submitted. I keep recommending them and people keep having great results!

J. Kim

Just wanted to send a quick thank you for your help! I haven’t had a single ding or waitlist yet. I have been accepted at eight schools so far, and just got in to my best case scenario school… A few other applicants with similar stats to mine have already been rejected, so I can only attribute my success to my awesome essay editor (so glad I didn’t listen to the essay editing competitor person who just wanted to change a few words and knew nothing about admissions strategy!).


Working with Paula was a phenomenal experience. Each of her suggestions was impactful and strategic, and my personal statement was improved tenfold. I was initially hesitant at the financial investment, but looking back it was more than worth it!


Consider yourself lucky if you get to work with Christina Williams. I began with no idea about how to approach my law school applications, but Christina was with me every step of the way, answering any and every question on my mind throughout the process. She meticulously edited each of my application materials, and was a grounding voice during a time that is inevitably fraught with anxiety and uncertainty. Perhaps even more importantly, Christina worked with me to ensure that my application told a story: my story. I was accepted to nearly all of the T14’s I applied to, and will be attending a T10 school in the fall with a huge scholarship. I have no doubt that I would not be in this position if it weren’t for Christina’s eye and advice. Indeed, choosing to use Spivey Consulting was the best investment I’ve ever made, and I urge other applicants to do the same!

Elysa D.

Mike, thank you for making this stressful process so easy. You have truly been a godsend. Had you told me I would get into a top 5 law school after my disappointing LSAT, I would have told you that you were nuts! You are really really really good at what you do, and I am incredibly grateful to you for all your help.

Cody K.

Mike and Karen were with me for the entire cycle: they talked to me the morning of my LSAT, late into numerous nights, and through countless applications and essays. As important as it was to me to get admitted to my dream school — which was a real stretch school by any defintion and where I am currently a law student — was also seeing that it was equally important to them. They cared deeply about my success and just knowing that I had that passion and all of their high-end experience behind me made all the difference.

Zach C.

I am the first person in my family to go to law school and had no idea what I was getting myself into with the application process. I hired Spivey after seeing countless glowing reviews on every website I visited for advice. I was not disappointed. Nick was so patient, friendly, supportive, and knowledgeable throughout the entire process and especially when anxiety was getting the better of me. Nick is on your team from beginning to end and he makes you feel as if he’s in the ring fighting your challenges and reveling in your successes right along with you. Not only did I get into several top law schools, but I received very generous scholarships as well. I am happy to report that I will be attending my first choice law school, and there is no doubt in my mind that would not be true had it not been for Nick’s help! I highly recommend both Spivey Consulting and Nick Everdell.

Lauren M.

Mike — As I was doing some reflection this afternoon I wanted to send out some thank you notes to people who helped me along my Law School journey — it turns out, you’re on that list! As of two weeks ago, I’ve accepted an offer to work at Skadden in (City) once I graduate (and hopefully pass the bar) in 2020. I could not think of a better outcome for my legal education, and both my wife and I are on cloud 9 as we’ve found an opportunity that fits our financial goals and our desire to live and work in (City). Just wanted to say thanks again, and hope the business is thriving (as it deserves to!).


Jenn was so helpful during my application cycle! I was impressed by her patience, accessibility, and work ethic. Her experience in law school admissions helped me to make strategic decisions that got me into my dream school, Harvard! She’s a detailed editor who made my application shine. The process was so much smoother because of Jenn, and her knowledge and passion gave me confidence at every step along the way. I would highly recommend Jenn and the Spivey Consulting Group for your law school application cycle!


Derek, I decided to pull the trigger and commit to Harvard Law School. I am incredibly happy about my choice and can’t wait to begin my law school journey this fall. Thank you so much for all your incredible help and insight throughout the zany admissions process. Your guidance was invaluable, and I will be forever grateful to you. You not only helped me achieve a level of success I couldn’t imagine was possible but also—through your indefatigable editing and note-giving—elevated my writing ability to new heights. Both are gifts that will benefit me throughout my life. And through it all, your calm demeanor helped keep my anxiety at bay. I am so appreciative of your services.


Hiring Delphine to help me with applications was the single best investment I made during my cycle. I was aimless, and she gave me invaluable direction. Being a relatively hard splitter and a K-JD, my personal statement and addenda had to show that my competency didn’t end at the last question of the LSAT and that I would be able to handle the rigorous workload of law school. Delphine helped me do exactly that. My personal statement and addenda definitely would NOT have been so polished and effective had I not had her guidance. So I’m headed to Michigan Law this fall (and still can’t believe that I am). My only regret is that I didn’t hire her sooner in my cycle!

N. Park

To all at Spivey, Thank you for providing exemplary services to law school applicants. I have had such a positive experience working with Danielle so far and am grateful that other prospective applicants will get the opportunity to work with her.


As a first generation law student, I was worried to start law school with no knowledge of how the process worked or what to expect. Patrick Connorton gave me the tools I needed to go into law school with confidence. In all the confusion and stress that’s felt during the beginning of 1L, the skills I learned over the summer have kept me calm and confident in my study methods.

UC Irvine 1L

Anne Dutia was a tremendous help throughout the entire application process. As a splitter, Anne provided invaluable advice on how to write an effective LSAT addendum that would serve as a beneficial addition to my application. She went above and beyond by editing several drafts of my personal statement, resume, and supplemental essays. It was Anne’s expertise, thoroughness, and patience that helped me secure a scholarship to a top 10 law school. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to work with Anne, and I would not be attending my dream school in the fall if it weren’t for her knowledge and support.


Anne — I wanted to reach out and thank you for all you did during the last cycle. I’m now beginning the outlining process for finals. I found all of our communications extremely helpful, and would definitely use you again if I was going through the admissions process. You made such an impact in my admissions and were able to help me through some anxious times. I can honestly say I made the right decision for me.


The prospect of starting law school ten years removed from undergrad was daunting in the extreme, however Rob Cacace and the Spivey Pre-L course gave me confidence in my abilities and the inside track on what to expect in 1L. Instead of wasting valuable time learning the mechanics of law school, I will now hit the ground running on day one. I heartily recommend the course to all rising 1Ls.

Brendan H.

I reached out to Spivey and Joe Pollak after applying to law school at the very end of the cycle and being waitlisted by every school I applied to. I had no idea how to navigate the waitlist process! Efficiently, Joe carefully reviewed my application submissions and discussed my own preferences and needs. Based on his first hand experience on the admissions side, he described to me the inner workings of the waitlist process, and in what ways I could impact schools’ decisions. We crafted a strategy for how I should engage with each school on my list from that point through the end of the waitlist process. Now armed with a clear, thoughtful, step-by-step plan I was able to confidently reach out to schools at the right times and in the right ways. Joe relieved tremendous anxiety from the process and very likely made the difference in me getting into law school this cycle!

Rising 1L at Northwestern School of Law

Working with Nikki was one of the greatest decisions I made during my admissions cycle. I was really, really stuck on my personal statement and she was able to take my scattered thoughts and help me turn them into a well-crafted, compelling essay. Nikki saved me a lot of stress, and without her, I don’t know if I would have gotten into the schools I did. Thank you so much!


I really appreciate all the extra help that Jenn put into my application file. I also want to thank her once again for being so understanding with all the delicate information that we had to go through in order to complete my file, and for the guidance that she gave me throughout the process. I am so relieved that I chose to go forward with Spivey Consulting.

Danny L.

During my law school admissions cycle, I had the pleasure of working with Derek Meeker, and it was absolutely the best choice I could have made. Not only is Derek extremely knowledgeable about the law school admissions process, he is an amazing writer and editor. He coached me to elevate not only my writing but my entire application as a whole. He helped me take my very rough application, which included a character and fitness addendum, and polish it into something that highlighted all the best aspects. With Derek’s help and guidance, I earned admittance into a T10 despite having a previous conduct issue and being below both of the school’s medians. Working with Derek is absolutely the best thing you can do to ensure your application is the most compelling that it can be!


After this whole process, only now does it dawn on me that the hardest part has yet to come… making a final decision about where to attend! I feel I could not have done any of this without your guidance… Thank you so much for your insights, assurances, and generosity.

Michael A.

I wanted to thank you for setting me up to work with Jayme this cycle. She has been invaluable in helping me prepare my applications and I can say for sure that I put my best foot forward through working with her. You and your team really are the best at what you do, and I am eternally grateful that I got a chance to work with you all.

Tom S.

The best decision I made after deciding to apply to law school was hiring Spivey Consulting Group. I worked with Emily Allen, and now I’m attending my top choice law school with a scholarship significantly higher than I ever expected. I would make the same decision again in a heartbeat.


I really enjoyed working with Anne Dutia, and I’m so glad I did! She had great advice, she made sure my essays weren’t terrible, and I got to wrap up my addenda in a better way than I could have on my own. I think I lucked out big time with the full Darrow at Michigan; saying yes to that was a pretty easy choice to make. Thank you so much Anne for all your help throughout this process. I’m so proud of the outcomes you helped me achieve.


As a splitter applicant with a few years of work experience, I knew that positioning myself properly was going to be essential. I chose Spivey after reaching out to several admissions consultants. Derek was knowledgeable, realistic, positive, supportive, organized, and insanely meticulous. He patiently walked me through every harebrained idea and my constant anxiety during an extremely competitive cycle. There are plenty of uncontrollable factors and things to agonize about as an applicant, but I never had to worry about a typo or strategy not considered in each application or school correspondence. Memorably, Derek even helped me edit a financial award reevaluation statement within the hour I sent it to him at 10PM.

Under his guidance, I was accepted and offered competitive scholarships to multiple schools across the T14. This fall, I am going to a law school that is consistently ranked as one of the five most selective schools in the nation, with a significant financial package, despite having a GPA that hovers around its bottom 25%. I am so thrilled! Working with Derek and Spivey Consulting has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.


Danielle was a highly impactful resource in my application cycle. Her creative and strategic expertise, coupled with her responsiveness and empathy, allowed me to streamline each step in the application process and efficiently craft my strongest possible applications. To all future applicants, I strongly recommend Danielle and Spivey Consulting. I am so thankful I chose to work with Danielle Early “early on” in my application cycle!

NYU Law 1L

I’m getting admitted into top 14 schools I never though I would get — and interviews I am now super prepared for in the top 10! You guys are so good at making dreams come true.

Thomas G.

Danielle was an incredible resource during my entire application cycle – I cannot imagine this year without her. She was there for me at every step of the way, accessible by phone, email, text, and even Skype when I was overseas. Furthermore, Danielle offers extraordinary insight into the application process after her years at HLS. She not only knows what to say, but also how to say it – making my application more competitive and persuasive. Finally, Danielle manages to respond to panicked emails and angsty phone calls with exceptional patience and positivity. In the months that followed my application submissions, I found this last point to be most impressive. I would highly recommend Danielle and the Spivey Consulting Group for your law school application cycle!


I absolutely cannot recommend Spivey Consulting Group highly enough. Jayme was so knowledgeable and patient, and she helped me to stay positive during what was a really stressful time for me. The law school application process is a daunting one, and having a former director of admissions at one of the top law schools in the country as my personal advocate and consultant was so reassuring and made the process so much less stressful. Despite my three disappointing LSAT scores, which I was sure would preclude me from a T14, I am attending my dream school in the fall where I did not think I stood a chance. Thank you so much to Jayme and the entire Spivey Consulting Group—I could not have done it without your knowledge and expertise!


This course exceeded my expectations. Not only did I get drastically better at legal writing as the course progressed, but also I was able to use Patrick’s extensive feedback on my assignments to develop a set of personally-tailored guidelines, which I plan to use as a sort of checklist from now on when I do any legal writing. I will enter law school much more familiar and comfortable with the demands of legal writing because of this course, and I expect that to be extremely valuable.

Cameron D.

Before beginning the admissions process I had no idea the amount of work that was needed to even decide which schools to apply. Choosing to work with Spivey Consulting was the best choice I made as I would have been completely in the dark on many of the aspects of applying for law school. Starting with assessing the different ideas I had for my Personal Statement and helping every step of the way through making a decision on the right school, not just based on rank, but on fit for my family and me. Caring, thoughtful, reliable, and insightful are the best words to describe my personal consultant, Nikki Laubenstein, at Spivey!


Choosing to work with Derek Meeker was a fantastic decision. His enthusiasm and thoughtfulness made the whole process thoroughly enjoyable. I am floored with the results too, as I’ve been accepted to the two schools (Stanford and Penn) at the very top of my list—with an awesome scholarship at one, to boot.


I have to express my gratitude to Jenn for her help with my applications. I had some really great results, and it is in large part due to her guidance. I know that my outcomes would not have been achieved without her discerning eye on my application materials. I could not have done it without Jenn!

Tom C.

Thank you for all your advice and support during the oftentimes challenging law school application process. The expertise offered by Spivey Consulting made the process much smoother and easier by making sure I had every part of the applications perfect before hitting submit. With the help of Spivey Consulting I was able to get into my goal school very early in the admission process. I would unequivocally recommend Spivey Consulting to any future law school applicants.


I simply could not ask for a better experience than the one I had with Spivey Consulting. In particular, Jayme McKellop, who I worked with, was amazing. She made sure we worked together to truly represent who I am — my skills, interests, background, and motivations — for an end result of a cohesive application that I was proud of. Despite a below median LSAT score, I received T14 offers with scholarships and am attending the University of Michigan. Jayme’s expert background in law school admissions, her awesome sense of humor, and compassion for the stressful experience admissions can be, made her a pleasure to work with.

1L at University of Michigan Law School

I worked with Emily Allen, and it was an incredible experience. I truly feel like I put together the best application possible. She pushed me to discover my personal story and show myself as a strong, well rounded applicant. Working with her helped me gain admission to a school I thought was out of reach. It was absolutely worth it, and I’d recommend Spivey Consulting to anyone.

Andrew H.

Mike — Today is my first day of orientation at Northwestern, and I really, really enjoyed everything. I would like to thank you for everything that you did for me! You are absolutely phenomenal and so professional. Asking you to be my law school application advisor is one of the best decisions that I have ever made. P.S. — Rob Cacace and the Pre-L program are also amazing, and thank you so much for introducing me!


Mike Spivey visited Rice last year and drew a full-house from our prelaw society. We were absolutely floored by some of the inside secrets to admissions they shared, and the myths (that many of us were following) that they debunked. For months our members were talking about how attending this talk was the most important single thing that they did during the entire application. I was there, and now I am a 1L at Stanford and I know Rice has already invited Mike and Karen to speak on campus this year.

Angela Guo, Former President Rice Alpha Delta & Stanford 1L

Nick Everdell helped me to transfer from a part-time program to Yale Law School. Nick was fantastic every step of the way: From my initial call with him to after admission to Yale. Nick was a true professional: organized, detailed oriented, accessible and always gave invaluable and honest advice, not just what I wanted to hear. Nick genuinely cared about my success and helped me keep the ups and downs of the transfer process in perspective. Without exaggeration, working with Nick and Spivey Consulting was the best investment I have made.


As a parent and business professional, I am deeply compelled to share my experience with anyone considering using Spivey Consulting.

Mike was a Dean at Washington University when my son attended law school there during the “Great Recession.” My son wanted to practice law in Boston and Mike specifically flew to the area and met with a number of law firms – which ultimately helped open a door for my son to land a position at an elite Boston Firm. Mike took personal interest in placing his students when most law schools across the nation were being shut out due to the hiring freeze of the time.

For admissions help, this year we called Mike because our daughter was wait listed at her dream school. While not making any guarantees, Mike did make a promise. That he would commit himself to do everything he could on her behalf. Today she was admitted.

I write this testimonial because far too often I have heard similar promises in life – only to receive a follow up email or call with a litany of reasons when things didn’t work out. But this was different. Mike spoke to us during this process with calm confidence, an exhaustive knowledge of the process, and with palpable commitment to my daughter. And he delivered.

It is rare to find this type of sincere commitment and passion to delivering results in the business world. But we have found that with Mike and Spivey Consulting twice now. I hope that others reach out to Spivey Consulting, because I think you will see the same dedication and personal attention that my family has seen. And I know firsthand how important this process is.

Ron Weissman

I found Anne and Spivey Consulting to be incredibly helpful in my applications to law school. I was a borderline candidate and knew that I had to have everything buttoned up for applications. I couldn’t afford to make any mistakes in my apps. Anne helped me to organize my thoughts better. Having experience working in admissions, she was a great sounding board for what may be too risky in an application. She also went above and beyond the terms of the package that I got. She was very generous with her time in answering my questions and allaying any concerns that I had. When the admissions decisions came in, I got into one of my dream schools in the T14. I was also able to get scholarship money at the school that I chose to attend as well as scholarships at many other phenomenal schools thanks to Anne giving me advice on strategy. I strongly recommend Anne Dutia and Spivey to anyone who is applying to law school. The school that I am able to attend and the amount that I got in scholarship money made the investment in Anne and Spivey more than worth it.


After deciding to re-take the LSAT and re-apply to law school, I gave Spivey a call. I worked with Jenn to craft an entirely new personal statement and customized “Why” essays. The process was smooth, and Jenn’s quick turnaround times and thoughtful comments on my writing made the process more fun than I thought was possible in the law school application process! When I decided that I wanted to apply to the University of Michigan, a “reach” school for me, she went above and beyond to advise and support my efforts. 18 weeks after kicking off the editing process with Jenn, I was admitted to the University of Michigan!

Working with Spivey, and Jenn in particular, was the best decision I could have made to solidify my essays and my overall application. Jenn helped me put my best foot forward, ensuring that my personality and interests shone through each essay. I would recommend Spivey’s services to anyone applying to law school — it just might open doors for you that you can’t imagine for yourself (at least, that was my experience!).

Sydney H.

Mike — I want to take the time to thank you for everything that you’ve done for me throughout my application process. Starting with very little experience with law school application and a lackluster LSAT score, I can’t believe what I have achieved in the end accepted at Harvard, waitlisted at Stanford, and accepted to all other schools I have applied to besides one. Unbelievable! I know I was initially a bit skeptical about your approach to my personal statement, and I apologize for doubting you. You have always been right! I want to thank you again for your wisdom, your patience, and for always being there to return calls and emails. You are a real expert and thank you for making my dream come true.


Applying to 20+ schools this past cycle was challenging, but it would have been impossible without the help of Nikki Laubenstein at Spivey Consulting. She helped me step by step through what ended up being an 11 month long process, from reviewing the first draft of my personal statement to assisting with waitlists. I simply would’ve been unable to craft a cohesive application without her. Her help proved invaluable at various moments throughout the cycle, whether it was putting my mind at ease or assisting in scholarship negotiations. She had answers to all of my (many!) questions along the ride and helped me gain admission to a law school I’m thrilled to begin attending later this summer. I would recommend Spivey Consulting to anyone looking for an edge in the law school admissions process, or with doubts over their candidacy.