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The experts at Law School ACEs have worked with many law school applicants and law students over the years. We are proud at Law School ACEs to have provided guidance and counseling to a wide range of people from various backgrounds, different ages, and diverse interests and skills. We are gratified by the recognition of our hard work reflected in the testimonials that appear on our website.
"During my years in law school, Dean Ortiz was among the most committed and hard-working public servants and mentors in the University of California at Berkeley. It was because of her wise advice and level-headed approach to problem solving, while proposing practical solutions, that our law school life saw multiple successes. Dean Ortiz also set a shining example on how to interact and help our law school brothers and sisters.
"Finally, Dean Ortiz has been instrumental to my success in law school, and beyond. As a non-traditional law student, starting my second professional career, she helped me to transition into my new profession, educational challenges and surroundings. Dean Ortiz was definitely one of my guardian angels when I was in law school. Today, she is my trusted friend and mentor…and always, my beloved Dean Ortiz."
"I first met Dean Ortiz as a first-year law student at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she was Dean of Students. Since then, Dean O (as everyone fondly calls her) has been an invaluable resource to me both professionally and personally. For example, her writing tutorial helped me formulate an action plan for tackling law school exams. She guided me through one of the most challenging periods of my educational career, and I attribute my success to her outstanding advising. Almost three years after I graduated, I still call Dean O whenever I have questions about my career path. I am excited that she will be sharing her valuable knowledge on how to succeed in law school (and pass the bar!) with a wider audience, because it is not enough to just get into law school, it's all about what you do while you're there."
"As a non-traditional student, I felt very out of place my first year of law school. I was a decade older than my peers and a mother of two young children. My priorities and my time constraints were very different from traditional students. During the first year, I struggled to balance the intense work load of law school with my other responsibilities. Seeking guidance, I wandered into the Student Services Office and encountered a tiny woman with a big smile and a bigger personality. “You are my priority,” she told me and I felt it. Always smiling, always welcoming and incredibly supportive, Dean Ortiz more than assisted me: she compelled me; she drove me! She too had been a single mother in law school and she understood the unique needs and stressors placed on non-traditional students. She also understood the top law school process from beginning to end and used her unique knowledge to counsel and guide her students."
"Professor Elrod and Dean Ortiz’s long history of counseling and educating students in one of -America’s most elite and selective law schools gives them remarkable insight into helping prospective lawyers succeed. They are powerful allies to have throughout one’s legal career, particularly before and during law school. Out of the goodness of her heart, Professor Elrod has volunteered countless hours to help her students successfully gain admission into top tier law schools around the country."
"Applying to law school was a daunting task for me, especially since my undergraduate university did not provide pre-law advice. However, the experts at Law School ACEs simplified this process for me, and I was able to complete my application very early. They kept a regular contact with me to give me updates and answered all my questions. If not for them, I would have spent the entire holiday season working on my statements and getting recommendation letters. They really are veterans in the field of law school admissions and have the resources to meet each applicant’s unique needs. I’m glad to have received Law School ACE’s help."
"As a student at Berkeley Law, I had the good fortune of having Victoria Ortiz as my Dean.
"Dean Ortiz's warmth made me feel right at home even though I studied 3000 miles away from my home in New York City. Dean Ortiz was responsive to my needs and always had enough time to give me undivided attention, relentless support, and solid advice. She made my law school experience worthwhile.
"Dean Ortiz's expertise and knowledge about legal education inspired me to strive for my best both inside and outside of the classroom. I still carry lessons I learned from her in my practice as an attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen and Hamilton, LLP, and continue to seek her professional guidance from time to time."
"Professor Elrod is the best! We worked together extensively while at Berkeley Law, and she helped guide me not only through the class she taught, but through the law school process as a whole. I sought Professor Elrod’s advice on courses, papers, and professional direction. Simply put, Professor Elrod was an invaluable resource for me during law school, and has continued to be since I graduated.
"The law school application process is difficult to navigate, and I wish I had had Professor Elrod’s assistance when I was going through it. Her knowledge of both the admissions process and the law student experience itself provides insight that any prospective law student would be fortunate to have. If you’re looking for law school assistance, look no further!"
"I attended Berkeley Law School as a second career, non-traditional student. One of my fondest memories of Berkeley was my relationship with and the presence of Dean Ortiz. She was always so welcoming to me and other students like me, including, but not limited to, other LGBT students. She was also always available for advice regarding classes, career directions, and interviewing with prospective employers. Her help and support during law school were invaluable."
"Professor Elrod’s expertise on learning modalities—the ways in which we process information—makes her an exceptional instructor. I know this because I experienced her teaching first hand. Every law school has a unique character, student body, and faculty. By understanding the ways in which people learn, absorb information and process it, Professor Elrod is uniquely qualified to make law school recommendations that best fit within a student’s distinctive learning style and skill set. Additionally, her dedication and commitment to serving her students and to diversifying the legal field are unparalleled. Professor Elrod is a great mentor who will guide you through the unwieldy labyrinth of the law school application process."
"Professor Elrod was a huge help in my law school applications. Like most applicants, I had a lot of questions throughout my cycle. Professor Elrod helped me every step of the way: deciding where to apply, crafting a personal statement, dealing with waitlists, and choosing a school. I'm sure my cycle wouldn't have gone as well without her. Applying to law school is a very confusing process, and a lot of the information I found by myself was speculative, unclear, or simply incorrect. The advice of someone who has worked with admissions committees and knows what schools were looking for was invaluable."
"Professor Elrod has been my mentor and advisor for several years. She has provided me with guidance since I was an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley. Her insights and expertise helped me land a highly coveted job at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where I received two years of invaluable work experience. I relied on Professor Elrod’s knowledge of the law school application process when I applied in 2009. I was able to receive multiple acceptances and scholarship offers from schools throughout the country. Professor Elrod has been knowledgeable, attentive, responsive, and caring throughout the course of my legal career. Very few professors have been so reliable."
"Dean Ortiz is one of the most caring, intelligent and compassionate individuals I have ever met, in a professional or educational setting. Whether helping us in our interactions with other professors, advocating for the needs of students, or lending an empathetic ear, Dean Ortiz assisted us with great enthusiasm and compassion, an attribute that has not changed since the first day I met her at our initial law school meet-and-greet on a sunny Saturday afternoon."
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