Meet Admissions Consultant Shirag Shemmassian

Shirag-Shemmassian-PhotoThis week, I interviewed the awesome Shirag Shemmassian over email about his academic and admissions consulting services for law school applicants.

Q: What motivated you to start your own admissions consulting company?

A: The short story is I love helping students get into top-choice schools so they can pursue their dream careers.

The long story is when I applied to college as a high school senior, I received little admissions guidance. And despite having high grades and standardized test scores, I was rejected from UCLA, my dream school. I was incredibly disappointed.

Rather than get upset, I carefully reviewed my entire application and realized how cliché everything sounded. A week later, I submitted an appeal essay and got into UCLA despite the less-than-1% admit rate for appeals. I was the same candidate; the only thing that had changed was the story I told the admissions committee.

Q: That’s amazing. Is that what motivated you to want to help other people with admissions?

A: Yes, exactly. I fell in love with the admissions process and continued honing my skills to transfer to and graduate from Cornell, graduate from UCLA’s top-ranked clinical psychology Ph.D. program, and secure over $100K in scholarships and fellowships to graduate debt-free. The coolest part is that I translated my knowledge to help my friends, and then word-of-mouth referrals, to get into their dream schools. My passion for helping students led me to found Shemmassian Academic Consulting.

Q: What law school admissions services do you provide and how much do they cost?

A: I help students navigate every aspect of the admissions process. I offer the following three service packages and all of them include unlimited editing of written materials.

Scholar Package ($2499): For students who primarily need help crafting outstanding written materials (e.g., admissions essays, short answers).

Premium Package ($2999): For students who want to develop connections and present themselves effectively across all sections of their applications. This package includes everything in the Scholar Package plus help developing a school list, establishing important contacts at these schools, and reviewing your entire application to ensure that every aspect fits together to tell a compelling story.

Premium Plus Package ($3499): For students applying to schools that require admissions interviews. This package includes everything in the Premium Package, plus 3 1-hour interview coaching sessions.

You can find more detailed information on my Admissions Services page.

Q: Are there specific kinds of students that you most enjoy working with?

A: Believing that you can get into your dream schools is the quality I most appreciate. You don’t have to know how you’re going to get in (that’s my job), but you do have to believe it’s possible. If you believe, you’ll be motivated to put in the necessary effort to make it happen.

Q: Why should I hire you over other admissions consultants?

A: While my primary goal is to help students get into their dream schools, I also want to help them manage their stress during the process. So, in addition to ensuring that my clients submit exceptional applications, I also:

  • Make myself available anytime via phone, email, or text to work through any worries or concerns.
  • Customize an admissions timeline to make sure my clients complete all tasks ahead of time. (That way, my clients can relax while other students are freaking out.)
  • Help my clients build authentic connections at their dream schools.

Q: Do you have a personal philosophy about how you work with students?

A: I’m very confident that my holistic approach can greatly improve my clients’ applications in a timely and relatively stress-free manner. This is why I offer the following satisfaction guarantee. If for any reason you are not completely satisfied by my first set of essay edits, I will issue a prompt and full refund within seven days of receiving my edits. Therefore, you can work with me completely risk-free.

Q: That’s an incredible guarantee. I don’t know many admissions consultants that offer that. Is there anything else you want us to know?

A: I’ve learned over time that no matter how hard you work and what you achieve—whether in school, the workplace, or extracurricular pursuits—you have to effectively present yourself as the ideal candidate to admissions committees in order to get in. That’s what I help people do.

Q: If I’m interested in learning more about working with you, what should I do?

Please contact me via email (shirag@shemmassianconsulting.com) or phone (323-825-9374) so I can answer your questions and learn more about you as well. I look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks for taking the time to answer all my questions, Shirag! Sounds like you offer incredibly supportive and comprehensive admissions consulting for all kinds of students. I love that all your packages include unlimited help with written materials. Readers, if you want your own personal prelaw adviser to help you through the admissions process, definitely check out Shirag’s services.