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Lelaine Paik



What are schools looking for in an applicant? Lelaine has been asked this question thousands of times during her tenure as Assistant and Acting Director of Admission and Financial Aid at Northwestern University School of Law (now Northwestern Pritzker School of Law). 


Lelaine has evaluated countless applications and conducted hundreds of interviews. Thin-slicing among accomplished, admissible applicants, Lelaine honed her evaluative skills and instincts. She also refined her resume writing and interview skills as a recruiter with an information technology services company.


Through her experiences, Lelaine learned to identify stellar personal qualities in each student and bring them to the fore. 


Since 2014, Lelaine has helped hundreds of high school students, college transfers, and law school applicants throughout the U.S. and internationally. She also volunteers her services to military service members and veterans. 


In addition to working one-on-one with students, Lelaine presents frequently to groups about college admissions trends and application tips. She has addressed groups of five to one hundred, from parents’ coffee gatherings, school alumni groups and boards, to community organizations and sports teams. 


Raised by a well-meaning Tiger Mom, Lelaine vowed not to be one to her children. While her standards were high, she tried not to add to the pressures of high school. Lelaine brings the same high standards and supportive attitude to her educational consulting practice.


Lelaine received her undergraduate and law degrees from Northwestern University, and Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA. Lelaine holds the highest distinction of the profession as a Certified Educational Planner (CEP). She is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), and National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC). 


Lelaine and her husband live near Chicago in Winnetka, Illinois, where they raised their two sons.

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