Joy Blaser, Admissions Counselor

Joy Blaser

Academic Background

J.D., University of Michigan Law School

B.A., University of California, Berkeley

Academic Background

Joy Blaser graduated with her Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School. While in law school, Joy volunteered at its Child Advocacy Law Clinic, where she helped defend and protect at-risk children by advocating for their rights in judicial proceedings. During law school, Joy also externed for the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office’s Sex Crimes Division, as well as, for the Honorable Marilyn Hall Patel of U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Prior to law school, Joy attended the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Psychology and Political Science.

Work Experience

Joy applied her legal training and business acumen to start Imperium 7, a successful Hollywood talent agency.  She built the business from a start-up to a full-service talent firm.  Besides being the agent to over 300 artists, she handled all of the company’s legal matters, including all talent and celebrity contracts, renegotiations and payments, reemployment matters, and agency and union contracts.  To give back to the community, she guest-taught voice-over agent fundamentals and mentored several talented individuals from agents-in-training to full-fledge agents with their own client list.

Prior to starting Imperium 7, Joy practiced at Farella, Braun & Martel, LLP, a Law360 California Powerhouse law firm.  At Farella, Braun’s San Francisco, California, office, Joy focused mostly on litigation and dispute resolution, including delivering oral arguments and cross-examining witnesses in various state and federal judicial and arbitration proceedings.

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

All aspects of your application can be enhanced, honed and improved to help you gain admission at a law school.  Everyone has experiences in which they demonstrate tenacity and leadership, two of the critical elements that law schools are looking for – even a weak GPA has a story that may make you an attractive candidate to a particular law school.  I love working with prospective law students to identify the raw stories that form the essence of the applicant’s life narrative – then helping shape their story into a complete, sincere and compelling law school application.

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

Law schools are looking for talented individuals to come together to make a bright, inquisitive and diverse class in the short term and successful lawyers in the long term. As a result, the goal of the application process is to present your unique characteristics, experiences and strengths in a sincere and persuasive manner to demonstrate that you will be a good student and an even better attorney. Do not, however, try to package yourself into what you imagine to be the ideal law school applicant. If you focus on what you think schools want to hear, you risk losing sight of what you want to say. Each one of you has a captivating story to tell; be bold in telling it.

3 Random Facts:

  • I’ve been to over 50 National Parks in the last five years.  My favorites were Zion and Arches National Parks in Utah, the Great Smokey Mountains in Tennessee, and Guilford Courthouse National Military Park in North Carolina.
  • One of my favorite former VO clients is the voice of Mr. Krabs on SpongeBob SquarePants.
  • I never attended the same school for more than 2 years until I was 14 years old.

Blogs by Joy

Do I Take a Gap Year Before Law School? What to Consider When Deciding If You Should Take a Year Off

Applicants often ask me if they should take a year off after college and before they attend law school. There is no one-size-fits-all answer. Increasingly, however, many top law schools seem to be in favor of taking some time away from academics before pursuing a law degree. Among Yale’s Class of 2020, 38% are 1-2

Intellectual Property: Choosing The Right Law School

The rising popularity of Intellectual Property (“IP”) Law comes as no surprise given its pertinence in the modern world: protecting people and companies’ most valuable assets – their ideas and creations. IP law encompasses a number of fields so before jumping in or declaring your commitment in your law school applications, be sure to get

Choosing the Right School for Entertainment Law

In Hollywood, it’s often said that success is based on “who you know.” When it comes to ranking the top schools for entertainment law, the industry applies the same standard. A recent Hollywood Reporter article ranked “Hollywood’s Top Law Schools,” based on the number of alums on their industry’s Power Lawyers List. While it may be