Daniel Waldman

Law School Admissions Counselor

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.

A little more in-depth:

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)