A2Z Blog

Surely the most important part of any writing venture is the title, right? While there were a million reasons to resist the Communications Office’s importunings to write a blog, the first and most enduring was my inability to think of a good title. The best I could think of was just to recycle the title of my sole post-law school law review article, which is pathetic under any circumstances—but even more so if you know that it was my husband, and not I, who came up with the title. But inspiration finally struck. A2 is the locals’ sobriquet for Ann Arbor, which cleverly avoids connotations and trademark issues. And Z? Well, that’s me.

Recent Posts

Snagging that perfect letter of recommendation

The letter of recommendation is perhaps the most mysterious element of the law school admissions process. Different schools require different numbers of letters; some schools put an explicit ceiling on the number you can submit, while others have a floor; some require only academic letters, while…


Admit, admit, admit.1

Roughly 15% of law school applicants2 have some variety of naughtiness in their past that they are required to disclose in the course of applying to law school. With some exceptions, the naughty act itself rarely casts a shadow over our sense of an applicant’s fitness to be a lawyer; most of what…


It’s the moon landing all over again.

Recently, it was drawn to my attention that NBC has begun promoting the use of #A2Z. This was momentarily thrilling—I mean, not as thrilling as if HBO were promoting it, but still, kind of thrilling; who knew television networks were interested in law school admissions? Will they be proposing a TV…


Never give up on your stupid, stupid dreams.

Not long ago I was in Los Angeles for work, taking a walk in the sunshine in order to introduce my body to the idea that it was three hours earlier than it had been five hours before, and came across this bon mot graffiti'ed on an electrical box: Am I alone in finding this hilarious? I love…


To ED, or not to ED, that is the question.

It is a sin and a shame that the pharmacological industry has so thoroughly co-opted the acronym ED, because we here in the admissions industry need it. To us, of course, it means "early decision," and I really can't think of any creative terminology or reordering of wording that will eliminate the…