Erin Abrams

Senior Law School Admissions Counselor

J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Duke University

Academic Background

Erin Abrams is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and Duke University. At Duke, she majored in political science, concentrating on international relations and minored in comparative area studies and economics. Erin was the recipient of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for leadership in public service and the recipient of the Hart Fellowship for documentary work in areas of humanitarian conflict. After graduating from Duke, Erin spent a year and a half living in Nepal working for Save the Children US, designing rehabilitation and reintegration programs for women and girls who were victims of sexual trafficking and working on a multi-media documentary about human trafficking. Following her fellowship, Erin worked at the Triangle Institute for Security Studies, conducting research on the war on terror, civil-military issues, and public opinion. At Harvard, Erin was a senior editor of the Harvard International Law Journal and the Journal on Law and Gender and did extensive coursework in human rights, international law, and national security.

Work Experience

Erin has over ten years of experience tutoring students for the LSAT and helping aspiring law students revise their essays and admissions packages. After law school, Erin spent seven years working as a litigator in the white-collar criminal defense and securities litigation group of an AmLaw 100 law firm. During her time at the law firm, Erin spent a year as a fellow at a non-profit in the Bronx that provided free family legal services to victims of domestic violence. After leaving private practice, Erin spent two years as a senior compliance officer at a major investment bank. Erin has advised dozens of applicants over the past several admissions cycles at Stratus. She specializes in helping high-achieving clients gain admission to top ten law school programs.

A little more in-depth:

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

I love working with diverse clients from different backgrounds and helping them articulate the qualities and experiences that make them unique. I enjoy learning about my clients’ life experiences and helping them to present them in the most interesting and favorable light to maximize their chances of admission to a top law school.

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

I advise clients not to merely explicate their resumes, but to dig deep and think about formative experiences that shaped their character and made them into who they are today. I urge my clients to think about their deeply held values and moral convictions and to share the experiences, ideas, and decisions that have influenced their decision to attend law school and shaped their career aspirations.

I also suggest that if they have worked as a paralegal, that they don’t explain their paralegal duties in detail. Everyone knows what a paralegal does! They should explain what makes them tick instead.

Highlight or greatest accomplishment while working with Stratus:

Over the years, I have helped many students gain admission to Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Columbia, Berkeley, and NYU. However, one of my most rewarding experiences came in helping a client on the other end of the spectrum. He had transferred colleges three times, from one community college to another to a third small state school, graduating with a 2.6 GPA. He took the LSAT three times, never scoring higher than a 146. He came from a disadvantaged background and saved the money to pay for his tutoring package with Stratus by working two jobs. He had applied to law school in two prior admissions cycles and was rejected from every school he applied to. In his essays, I helped him tell his story of perseverance and overcoming obstacles to pursue his dream of becoming a lawyer. This year, he was accepted early decision to Villanova (his top choice) with a generous need-based scholarship.

3 Random Facts:

– I have hiked to the base camp of Mount Everest.
– I am an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction.
– I’ve traveled to Zimbabwe alone, participated in a silent yoga retreat in India and studied cooking in Thailand.