72 episodes

In the A2Z Podcast, Dean Sarah Zearfoss employs her years of experience working as the Dean of Admissions at Michigan Law to help students prepare the best possible applications for law school. Her advice isn't unique to getting into Michigan Law, it's great general advice for getting accepted at any law school.

A2Z with Dean Z Dean Sarah Zearfoss

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    • 4.9 • 24 Ratings

In the A2Z Podcast, Dean Sarah Zearfoss employs her years of experience working as the Dean of Admissions at Michigan Law to help students prepare the best possible applications for law school. Her advice isn't unique to getting into Michigan Law, it's great general advice for getting accepted at any law school.

    A2Z 71: The Waitlist (and how to get off of one)

    A2Z 71: The Waitlist (and how to get off of one)

    Dean Z talks about the waitlist from the perspective of the applicant and the admissions office. What goes on behind the scenes? What can you control? What are some steps you can take to potentially turn your WL to an A?

    • 19 min
    A2Z 70: A2Z is back! Intro to Season 4

    A2Z 70: A2Z is back! Intro to Season 4

    This mini-episode is an announcement that A2Z will be back for a 4th season and we'd love to hear any questions you have for the upcoming cycle! Please email Dean Z at law.jd.admissions@umich.edu with any admissions questions you have and we'll try to cover them in future episodes!

    More episodes coming soon!

    • 3 min
    A2Z 69: Holiday Grammar Special

    A2Z 69: Holiday Grammar Special

    If you've been lamenting the omission of the grammar segment this season, we have a special episode for you! Dean Z is cozy by the fire and ready to share some grammar tips, new vocabulary, and other resources.

    • 17 min
    A2Z 68: Yield Protection

    A2Z 68: Yield Protection

    What is yield protection and how much does it weigh on an admissions office's decision? Dean Z is here to bring some clarity to a topic that may often be misunderstood.

    • 13 min
    A2Z 67: Admissions Behind-the-Scenes

    A2Z 67: Admissions Behind-the-Scenes

    At this point in the cycle, many applicants have submitted their application and are wondering, what's going on? When will I hear back? What's taking so long? In this episode, Dean Z gives you a peek behind the scenes in admissions and teaches you about Michigan Law's process in rolling admissions.

    • 13 min
    A2Z 66: JD-Next

    A2Z 66: JD-Next

    Dean Z talks about the new JD-Next test and why she still thinks the LSAT is the best test for getting into law school.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Thepieisonfire ,

Wonderful podcast

Plenty of advice that is applicable to all sorts of different situations. Addresses the whole echelon of law school/college admissions while presenting with honesty and humor.

MusicallyJR ,

A Must for Law School Applicants

Law school admissions is stressful, complicated, and often times a bit of a mystery. All of this helps fuel speculation online that, while exciting, must be taken with a grain of salt because it is fellow applicants giving their views. Those giving advice often times aren’t a part of the actual admissions process.

This series has truly provided a great view at not only how to better navigate admissions, but how applications may be read (of course, it varies school to school!)

I’ll give an example of how I think this series can be beneficial. If a student has a 3.9/167 at X school, but X school has a median of 170, the student may be curious about their admission chances and seek advice online, where they may then receive advice from fellow applicants. The applicants, though well-intentioned, may use the little information available and give advice such as “well, good stats, but you’re below median.” Dean Z has given a great look into the process by showing how applications are read at UMich, including that it isn’t a hard and fast “you’re below median? No chance.” The podcasts are very informative. Also, I adore Admissions Cat in the YouTube videos!

I love this podcast and hope that even those not applying to UMich (but why wouldn’t you?) will give it a try. Thank you so much to Dean Z for putting the time into this, and to those who work on the videos, podcasts, and respond to any related emails. It has definitely helped me.

Ashira P ,

Phenomenal and Accessible Content

Dean Z’s insight was invaluable as I submitted my law school applications for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. Her review of specific applications was especially helpful. I highly recommend this content to prospective law school applicants.

Thank you, Dean Z!

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