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…


Tick tock.

It has not at all been haunting me that I haven't written a blog post for almost a year. That is not at all what the title of this blog post refers to.   No, I'm thinking about the bar exam. July may be vacation season for most of the country, and waitlist and transfer season for law school…


Let’s take this show on the road.

Thanks to the genius inspiration this spring of a couple of colleagues at a few law schools around the country, Tuesday night saw the debut of a new admissions event in Washington, D.C. Fourteen of us, representing institutions that we think have a great deal to offer and a great deal in common,…


Letters of Recommendation: What Not To Do

Last week's inaugural L.A.W.S. events were, as I've already mentioned, terrific successes. The element that I thought was potentially most helpful for attendees was the panel of admissions deans giving advice at the outset each night. (In an effort to convey exactly how much knowledge undergirded…