Testimonials

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.

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.

A.M.

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!).

K.T.

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.

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

Dear 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.

L.W.

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

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

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

Nate N.

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!

M.E.

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.

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

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!

S.N.

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.

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.

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.

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.

C.

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.

L.

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.

C.S.

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.

The best decision I made after deciding to apply to law school was hiring Spivey Consulting Group and working with Emily Allen. 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.

Josh

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!

J.

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!

D.

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.

K.

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 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!

J.W.

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.

You and your team run an awesome service, and I can’t put in words how helpful that has been for me.

J. W.

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

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!

A.C.

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.

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!

S.P.

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.

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. 

A.M.

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.

L.

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.

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.

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.

Liam

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.

A.P.

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.

A.R.

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

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!

E.

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!

T.G.

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.

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.

M.G.

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.

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.

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!

O.X.

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!

E.

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.

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

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.

Caroline

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 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!

J.