Shawn O’Connor knows law school admissions inside out. As the founder and president of Stratus Prep, he has more than seven years of standardized test prep and admissions experience. O’Connor provides personalized admissions counseling to hundreds of law and business school applicants each year, teaches LSAT and GMAT classes and tutors private individuals for these exams.
He showed an early proclivity for standardized testing, having score a 179 on the LSAT and a 780 on the GMAT. After graduating summa cum laude from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service in 1999, O’Connor earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude from Harvard Law School, and his MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. O’Connor is admitted to the bar in New York and Massachusetts.
Prior to launching Stratus Prep, O’Connor worked for McKinsey & Company, Lehman Brothers, Mercer Management Consulting, and the Boston law firm of Sullivan & Worcester. In addition to his work in the private sector, O’Connor served as a legislative advisor to former Congressman James C. Greenwood and as deputy chief of staff and communications director for Pennsylvania’s former Lieutenant Governor Catherine Baker Knoll.
In addition to his work with Stratus Prep, O’Connor represents clients on a pro bono basis in international human rights and political asylum matters.
Shawn has agreed to help law school applicants with questions at TippingTheScales.com. No question is out of bounds. Worried about your undergraduate record? Concerned about your LSAT score? Not entirely certain where you should apply to get your law degree? Unsure of how to approach your personal statement? Wondering who you should ask to write your letters of recommendation?
Fire away. Shawn will do his best to answer your queries.