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Julie Ketover

Law School Admissions Counselor

J.D., New York University School of Law
B.A., Yale University, summa cum laude

Academic Background
Julie Ketover is a graduate of New York University School of Law and Yale University.  At Yale, she majored in psychology.  She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa and was a member of the Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology. While in college, Julie counseled survivors of sexual assault and taught conflict-resolution skills to inner city elementary school students. Before attending NYU for law school, Julie served for a year as a paralegal in a boutique white collar criminal law firm in Manhattan.  At NYU, Julie was the colloquium editor for the Review of Law and Social change and developed a symposium relating to the Fourth Amendment.  She also volunteered for the Unemployment Action Center, representing clients seeking unemployment benefits.  In her third year of law school, Julie was a clinic student in the Family Defense Clinic, where she served as counsel for indigent family members of children in, or at risk of entering, foster care.  
 
Work Experience

Julie has nearly two decades of work experience in the legal industry. Most recently, Julie was the Director of Professional Development at a small law firm based in Southern New Jersey. In this role, she supported individual and firm-wide initiatives to build new client relationships, enhance existing client relationships and reinforce the firm’s profile in the marketplace. She also created professional development and performance management protocols for the firm’s more junior attorneys, coached individual attorneys and recruited talent to join the legal team. Prior, Julie held a position at Penn Law’s Career Planning and Professionalism office, serving as a career counselor. During the height of recruiting season, she assumed this broad, high-stakes role and used her extensive knowledge about the private sector legal market- from both practitioner and law firm management standpoints- to counsel Penn Law students in all aspects of job search strategy formulation, development and execution. She also interfaced with employers to enhance their engagement with the Penn Law community, facilitated planning and logistical aspects of formal recruiting programs and managed interview schedules for the on campus interview program. Before moving into the talent development space, Julie held a senior position in Law Firm Management as the Director of Knowledge Management at an AmLaw 100 firm and led cross-functional initiatives designed to drive efficiency in legal service delivery and improve overall matter performance, particularly in the Alternative Fee context. Julie began her career as an attorney and practiced in various areas of litigation in the private sector for nearly a decade.

A little more in-depth:

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

I thoroughly enjoy working with a range of students with different backgrounds and experiences and helping them to reach the “a-ha” moment of the application process.  It’s tremendously rewarding when the clients transcend their misgivings, insecurities and anxieties and are able not only to tap into the qualities that define them but to also bring those qualities to life on paper and in interviews.  Though the law school application process can feel burdensome at the outset, I feel vicarious satisfaction when Stratus clients successfully navigate the process and simultaneously gain confidence in the individual characteristics that set them apart from other applicants.

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

 

I counsel clients to thoughtfully consider experiences in their lives that have been transformative and why.  I ask them to think about how the experiences showcase critical aspects of their identities and personalities.  This type of thoughtful introspection, in my view, leads to more compelling essay-writing, which in turn provides the basis for a stronger application.  This critical introspection work at the outset of the process inevitably helps to present multi-dimensional, interesting, unique application materials.  Law school admissions personnel review countless applications.  One of my goals is to help my client to prepare an application that stands out and is remembered.    

3 Random Facts:
 
– I sang in two all-female a cappella singing groups at Yale.
– I serve on the Board of Directors for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey.
– After college, I participated in an Outward Bound course in the Cascades, and, despite the rigorous physical challenges, for which I was largely ill-prepared, I persevered.  Sadly, I fell while walking on a rickety wooden train track and needed stitches on my leg.  Happily, I returned to the group to complete the adventure!