Daniel Waldman, Admissions Counselor

Daniel Waldman

Academic Background

J.D., Harvard Law School

B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, summa cum laude

Academic Background

Daniel Waldman graduated from Harvard Law School. While in law school, Daniel volunteered in a legal clinic where he helped veterans and underprivileged members of society in family law and estate planning matters, and was a line editor for the Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law. Daniel also graduated summa cum laude from UCLA, having majored in Political Science with a concentration on international relations with a substantial course load in game theory.

Work Experience

Before attending UCLA, Daniel was a staff sergeant in the Israeli Defense Force and a semi-professional basketball player, and following his graduation from the university, he coached a youth basketball team and tutored students preparing for the LSAT.

As an attorney, Daniel practiced at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP, focusing mostly on corporate income tax and large-scale securitization taxation issues and dedicating most of his pro bono hours serving veterans and veteran-related charities in their legal needs. Before joining Stratus, Daniel worked as an in-house counsel for a nonprofit healthcare school.

What I like most about being a Stratus Law School Admissions Counselor:

Working together with prospective students to identify their goals, then collaborating to achieve those reminds me what being a counselor is all about. The better I get to personally know an applicant, the more vested I become in the outcome of their journey, and watching them grow and refine their skills, followed by seeing the happiness that comes with being admitted to a good school brings me great satisfaction.

One piece of advice I would share with someone who is applying to law school:

Ranking and numbers aren’t everything. Each applicant should look past their scores and where a school is ranked, remembering that every applicant brings something unique to the table – as does every law school. Some schools that seem out of reach may admit a candidate with a lower LSAT score or GPA because they like the unique experiences that the applicant brings to the table. Similarly, when trying to decide between schools, candidates need to remember that a lower ranked school may be a better fit for many reasons, such as the applicant’s interest in a specific area of the law.

3 Random Facts:

  • I went on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire once, and made it to the 11th question!
  • I won the Israeli Open Judo Championship… when I was 10.
  • I lived in Russia for two years in the early 90s, and got to eat in the first McDonald’s ever opened in the USSR (after waiting in line for 2 hours)

Blogs by Daniel

When to Include an Addendum on Your Law School Application

Originally published as an expert guest post on Manhattan Prep Typically, law school applicants focus their efforts on writing appealing personal statements and diversity statements—and rightfully so: those are the most important parts of the application. Many candidates, however, neglect the invaluable opportunity extended to them by law schools to put in context experiences that

6 Ways to Nail Your Law School Admissions Interview

Originally published as an expert guest post on Manhattan Prep You’ve just scored a law school admissions interview with that one law school that sits on top of your list! Congratulations! Now, how do you nail that interview? Here are six tips: 1. Be Prepared What you’re facing is nothing short of a job interview.

How Law Schools Evaluate Multiple LSAT Scores

This was originally published as an expert guest post on the Manhattan Prep Blog You’ve just received your LSAT scores. Perhaps you’re happy with your results after having taken the test multiple times, or you are not thrilled with your initial score and are considering a retake. How law schools assess multiple LSAT scores varies.

5 Tips to Nail Your Law School Application Timing

This was originally published as an expert guest post on the Manhattan Prep Blog Here are some actions to consider when deciding on your law school application timing. 1. Consider an Early Decision Application Many law schools begin accepting applications as early as September 1. Submitting your application early signals that you are enthusiastic about

LSAT or GRE? 4 Considerations for Law School Applicants

This was originally published as an expert guest post on the Manhattan Prep Blog GPAs, GREs, LSATs, oh my! There is now a new factor adding to the complexity of all the moving parts of law school applications—the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), traditionally used by many graduate programs outside of law school. In March, Harvard Law School announced

7 Tips to Nail the LSAT

So, you’ve decided to take the LSAT, probably the most intimidating test you’ve taken to date. Don’t stress yourself out too much though. While the LSAT is still important, law school are giving less weight to your LSAT score (when compared to your other achievements) than ever before. Below are a few tips and tricks