“Ann was my go-to person throughout the process of law school applications. Any time I had a question (no matter how trivial) I would frantically email her; she would respond within a few hours reassuring me with her comprehensive answers and suggestions. After receiving an LSAT score that I was not completely happy with, Ann helped me draft a plan for getting into “reach” law schools that I thought were no longer attainable. Ann also has the best tactics and advice in navigating law school wait lists, which was extremely helpful when I was wait listed at almost all of the law schools I wanted to attend. With Ann’s help, I was eventually accepted to several of these schools off their waiting lists. This fall, I am heading to one of my reach schools, which would not have been a possibility without Ann. Law school is a huge investment and the law school you go to can dramatically affect the outcome of your legal career. If you want to have the best prospects at getting into your top choice law school, invest in Ann! You won’t regret it!”
-Sanaz, Duke Law ’16
It’s important to choose a law school that will provide you with opportunities in the community and area of law where you hope to practice. A law school’s ranking is a big part of that, but is not the only consideration. Ann’s approach emphasizes not only ranking but job prospects, location, cost of attendance (reduction of student debt, where applicable) and learning styles, culture, and fit. She advises clients regarding the pros and cons of selecting law schools based solely on one factor, such as a recognized program in an area of interest, and provides valuable feedback regarding school choice while encouraging applicants to dream big and reach for the stars, especially at a time when law school applications are at an all-time low.
A major mistake that applicants make is applying to the wrong law schools. It’s important to objectively evaluate which schools are dreams, which are reaches but attainable, and which schools are target schools, in addition to schools that might be in a position to offer you scholarships. “The law school students who are happiest with their choice of schools are those who had several good options and a tough choice to make between them,” says Ann Levine. “My goal is for my clients to have great choices – to have to decide between that school they are so excited to attend and another very good law school that offers a lesser financial burden. By selecting the right schools, applicants are more likely to find themselves in this situation.”
And of course most applicants want to get into the highest ranked law school possible. But the application process is expensive and tiring so selecting the right schools for your circumstances is critical. Law School Expert is happy to help you with evaluating your strengths, weaknesses, and career goals in order to help you pick the best schools for you to target. We know where other clients with similar credentials and circumstances have been successful and can help you judge how high you should reach and how big a safety net you should cast.
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