How I got here: The summer after my second year at GW Law School, I clerked at the U.S. Department of Justice. It was exciting.
A few weeks into my clerkship, I was tasked with writing an appellate brief on behalf of the U.S. Government—gulp—that was later submitted to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Of all the legal experiences that I could have had that summer, writing that brief was probably one of the best. Yet my excitement waned. I soon realized that I didn’t want to work at the DOJ or, possibly, anywhere as an attorney. The writing part was fun, but the research was dreadful.
A year later, shortly after graduating from law school, I started working for the law professor I had worked with in law school. His consulting firm—which helps attorneys write better briefs—was taking off, and I jumped at the opportunity. It was fun. The main difference, looking back, was that I was helping him create course materials for legal-writing programs that were presented at many of the world’s top law firms—Skadden, Cleary Gottlieb, and others. In other words, I was helping him teach.
A few years into this opportunity, I realized I could combine my long-lost passion for the LSAT with my new-found passion for teaching. That’s when I started Strategy Prep in Washington, DC.
I scored 176 on the LSAT. But the test didn’t come naturally to me. I started with 153, and I had to push my way through the games and just about everything else. I’m glad I did, though. It’s a challenging test that forces you to think clearly and precisely—one of the reasons I enjoy teaching it. These skills will help you to do well not only on the test but also in law school and beyond. So if law school is your goal, reach out. I’m here to help.
I took the LSAT in February of 2007 and scored 179. In 2008, I enrolled at UC Hastings Law. It was the best school within biking distance from my home in San Francisco’s Mission District. I was 32-years-old at the time, and I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I already had a master’s degree in journalism, an MBA, and felt unfulfilled from a succession of different jobs.
After graduating from Hastings, I happily decided not to take the bar exam. The same year I started law school, I discovered my true passion and obvious calling in life. I’m not a lawyer. I’m a teacher.
I taught for over two years with one of the big prep companies before starting Fox LSAT and the LSAT Demon with Ben. I wanted to simplify the curriculum and focus more on the things that really translate into higher scores: fundamentals, confidence, and a happy, focused mindset on test day. I teach you how to have fun with the test, leading to dramatically increased scores. Additionally, my methods not only prepare for the LSAT, but for the critical thinking required in law school.
I’m also the author of several books including Cheating the LSAT, Breaking the LSAT, Exposing the LSAT, Introducing the LSAT, and The Fox LSAT Logical Reasoning Encyclopedia.
If law school will help you find your calling, then I’ll do my damnedest to help you get in. My goal isn’t just to squeak you into a mediocre law school. My goal is to get you a scholarship and help you get into a truly great school. Don’t hesitate to call or email me. I’m here to help.
The Podcast Team