Daniel Ellman

Law School Admissions Counselor

J.D., The University of Michigan Law School, cum laude

M.S.T., Pace University

B.A., Dartmouth College, magna cum laude

Academic Background

Dan Ellman graduated with his Juris Doctor from Michigan Law School. While in law school, Dan worked in the Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic, representing low-income clients in a variety of legal proceedings, and the Urban Communities Clinic, developing small business for first-time business owners in downtown Detroit. During law school, Dan also interned at the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, investigating allegations of employment discrimination based on national origin or ethnicity. Prior to law school, Dan earned his Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College and, subsequently, a Master of Science in Teaching from Pace University.

Work Experience

After graduating law school, Dan worked as a public defender in New York City. In this capacity, Dan managed a combined misdemeanor and felony caseload and was responsible for all pre-trial work as well as litigating hearings and trials. Since his practice also focused on the collateral consequences of a criminal case, Dan simultaneously developed detailed understanding of immigration, family, and employment law. Dan is currently a judicial law clerk on the Michigan Supreme Court. He also tutors for the law bar exam. Prior to his legal career, Dan worked as fifth-grade bilingual teacher in Washington Heights, New York.

A little more in-depth:

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

I enjoy taking a client’s application off the page, outside the bounds of GPAs and LSAT scores. No one’s life started with law school, and I enjoy learning about why my clients want to be lawyers and what motivates them. These unique inspirations and aspirations are what I highlight in a client’s application, developing the diverse and vibrant perspective each person has to offer. At the same time, I try to share my own experiences and insight to help guide my client’s thinking and decision-making.

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

Applying to law school is as much about you choosing a law school, as it is about a law school choosing you. Each school offers its own unique learning environment and opportunities. Deciding upon one depends on you understanding your own priorities and goals. Start with who you are and where you want to go, then decide which law schools can best help you grow and reach towards those horizons.

3 Random Facts:

– I can’t ride a bike.
– When I was young, I wanted to be the Zamboni driver for the New York Islanders.
– I really enjoy making my own hummus.