It’s A New Admissions Year – 2019

Welcome to Dr.Paul Lowe’s Admissions Expert Blog – 2019

My team and I have been visiting elite private schools, colleges, BS/MD programs, medical, law and graduate schools since late December and January.

Parents and students are constantly in the throes of the journey for:

  • Private School Admissions:  The application deadline for the top and competitive day and boarding schools was January 15th.  Admission decisions will be available online by March 9th for boarding schools.
  • College Admissions:  Early decision and action acceptances, rejection and deferred notices have been sent to students.  It’s time for high school seniors to think about what to do next regarding post-decision strategies.  Final decisions: March -April.  For high school juniors, you’ll be hearing from colleges in 12 months! For 2019, expect an increase in international student applying to Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities.
  • Transfer Admissions:  Most applications are due in March.  Therefore, it’s time to complete applications and most importantly it’s time to complete those personal statements.  The transfer application this year has several changes!
  • BS/MD Admissions:  Competition for coveted spots is heightened based on the increased number of applicants this year.  Expect an increase in the number of rejected applicants.
  • Medical School Admissions: College juniors should begin to draft their personal statements, schedule to take their MCATs no later than May and obtain letters of recommendation.  Also, the new AAMC guidelines may affect the decision-making process considerably!
  • Law School Admissions:  Senior year – If you’re still in college, have your college Registrar submit updated transcript that reflects your Fall semester grades and
  • Graduate School Admissions:  Junior year – Start your search on graduate school programs. Once you have conducted your thorough searches for prospective institutions, make an alphabetical list of between 10 and 20 programs, regardless of what you presently know or have heard about them. Write them all down or put them on a spreadsheet. Graduate school enrollment continues to increase! Overall application volumes to graduate programs are steady and there is an expected increase from the Asia-Pacific, Canada and Europe regions.  

Each year, admissions policies and strategies change, so stay tuned for my upcoming, informative, helpful and thought-provoking admissions blogs!

“Admissions is a competitive sport!  Why gamble with uncertainty?” – Dr. Paul Lowe

Paul Reginald Lowe, founder and managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group, provides comprehensive counseling advice, exclusively for admissions to top private schools; Ivy League and highly-selective colleges/universities; BS/MD programs; graduate and medical schools and top visual and performing arts programs. 

Why You Should Attend A Top Law School

Top US Law Schools Dr Paul Lowe
My team and I visited all of the T-14 law schools and also lesser tier schools. We conducted a survey with students from the T-14 schools and students from lower-tier law schools.

Here are four reasons why you should attend a top law school:

Career Choice: Some parts of the legal profession are virtually off-limits to graduates of lesser tier law schools.  These include the major corporate law firms and high-profile government jobs as well as public interest organizations.  The most desirable employers to work for, such as the major corporate firms, prefer to recruit from to law schools as they view that the best and the brightest are to be found at the world’s leading law schools.

Status:  This reason speaks for itself.  We live in a society where brand  (and status) matters! Whether for personal or business reasons, being a graduate of Yale or Harvard conjures up entirely different perceptions, impressions and reactions among people you encounter than does being a graduate of “Acme” Law.  Status reflects the fact that Yale or Harvard admits only people who are highly regarded to begin with.

Career Flexibility:  The top law schools offer substantial geographic mobility to their graduates. Whereas lesser schools place few of their graduates outside their city or region, the top schools invariably send many of their graduates to firms across the country (and the world).

Alumni Network:  The alumni network and your own personal network from law school will also be important determinants of your ability to switch  to other law firms or other industries. With a strong network willing to help you, your chances are automatically better.

In a Forbes article entitled:  Why Law School Rankings Matter More Than Any Other Education Rankings:  “The T14’s dominance has created a year-after-year, self-fulfilling prophecy, where students covet these top institutions, the best professors desire to teach at these institutions, and law firms choose to hire from these institutions, essentially ensuring that the same group will remain the T14 for years to come.  Employers admit that JDs from the T14 will be welcomed at law firms across the nation, while graduates of even the next best schools (like UCLA or Texas, perennially ranked between 15-20) will be much better off sticking to local markets.”

Blog:  College Admissions is a Competitive Sport – How to Win Your Personal Admissions Game!

“Admissions is a competitive sport!  Why gamble with uncertainty?” – Dr. Paul Lowe

Dr. Paul Reginald Lowe, founder and managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group, provides comprehensive counseling advice, exclusively for admissions to top private schools; Ivy League and highly-selective colleges/universities; BS/MD programs; graduate and medical schools and top visual and performing arts programs.   He and his team of advisors, through the admissions affiliate, Law School Admissions Advisors, help applicants gain admissions to top U.S. law schools.

Top U.S. Law Schools

Top US Law Schools Dr Paul Lowe

Does it matter where you attend law school?  The answer is absolutely!

Top law schools have a strong alumni network, prestige and connections to top law firms.  As the number of lawyers in the world increases, the importance of obtaining a law degree from a top school increases.   The major law firms, major corporations and high-profile government agencies actively recruit from top law firms.

The traditional top 14 US law schools (T14) include:

  • Yale Law School
  • Harvard Law School
  • Stanford Law School
  • Columbia Law School
  • Chicago Law School
  • New York University School of Law
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School
  • University of Virginia Law School
  • University of California Berkeley Boalt Law School
  • Duke Law School
  • University of Michigan Ann Arbor Law School
  • Northwestern Law School
  • Cornell Law School
  • Georgetown Law School

So the next time you are considering why you should consider top laws schools remember my blog!

Dr. Paul Lowe is the managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group network.  He and his team of advisors, through the admissions affiliate Law School Admissions Advisors, help applicants gain admissions to top U.S. law schools.

It’s 2018 – Admissions Year

Welcome to Dr.Paul Lowe’s Admissions Expert Blog – 2018

Parents and students are constantly in the throes of the journey for:

  • Private School Admissions:  The application deadline for the top and competitive day and boarding schools is January 15th.
  • College Admissions:  Early decision and action acceptances, rejection and deferred notices have been sent to students.  It’s time for high school seniors to think about what to do next regarding post-decision strategies.  Final decisions: March -April.  For high school juniors, you’ll be hearing from colleges in 12 months!
  • Transfer Admissions:  Most applications are due in March.  Therefore, it’s time to complete applications and most importantly it’s time to complete those personal statements.
  • BS/MD Admissions:  Competition for coveted spots is heightened based on the increased number of applicants last year which was reflected by the number of rejected applicants.
  • Medical School Admissions: College juniors should begin to draft their personal statements, schedule to take their MCATs no later than May and obtain letter of recommendations.
  • Law School Admissions:  Senior year – If you’re still in college, have your college Registrar submit updated transcript that reflects your Fall semester grades and
  • Graduate School Admissions:  Junior year – Start your search on graduate school programs. Once you have conducted your thorough searches for prospective institutions, make an alphabetical list of between 10 and 20 programs, regardless of what you presently know or have heard about them. Write them all down or put them on a spreadsheet.

Each year, admissions policies and strategies change, so stay tuned for my upcoming, informative, helpful and thought-provoking admissions blogs!

Dr. Paul Lowe, founder and managing director of Pinnacle Educational Center Admissions Advisors Group, provides comprehensive counseling advice, exclusively for admissions to top private schools; Ivy League and highly-selective colleges/universities; BS/MD programs;  graduate and medical schools and top visual and performing arts programs.  He also specializes in helping students who have been wait-listed, deferred or rejected gain admission into their top-choice schools.

Law School Applications are Up in 2017!

According to a recent Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) report, after years of plummeting enrollment over the value of a law degree, the number of people applying to law schools for fall 2018 entrance is up 12% compared with the same period a year earlier, and around 14% more applications have been submitted.

As of early December 2017, LSAC data also shows that 17,962 applicants sent in 104, 260 applications.  Twenty-three law schools reported application increases of 40% or more.

As jobs across the legal profession are becoming more and more competitive and more students are applying to law schools, now, more than ever, gaining admission to a top law school is an important first step on the path toward a successful career as a lawyer.

As more and more applicants apply to law schools the competition for admissions top schools will increase.