Alex Davis

Stewie: I'm the dog. I'm well read and have a diverse stock portfolio. But I'm not above eating grass clippings and regurgitating them on the rug.

Brian: I'm a pompous little antichrist who will abandon my plans for world domination when I grow up and wind up settling with a rough trick named Jim.

Alex: I'm the LSAT instructor who can carry on a complete conversation using only Family Guy quotes and Antoine Dodson references. I will climb in your LSAT window and snatch your people up.

When he wasn't binging on pop culture, Alex found time to graduate from UCLA in 2005 with a degree in History and English. Putting his degrees to good use at a golf shop was fun, but a Jewish mother and a sense of impending doom led Alex down the law school path. His 171 and sweet, sweet luck got him into UCLA Law School. Upon graduation in 2010 he promptly decided that craft beer was more than fun toiling away in the corporate law salt mines (go figure) and now plans to open his own brewpub. That, and teach the LSAT.

Alex's teaching style is just like his voice - serious, yet playful, and a little high-pitched after 2AM. You can expect a healthy dose of self-deprecation and other polysyllabic hyphenates in his class, along with a whole lotta advice about the best way to make it through the LSAT so that you, too can taste LSAT victory, which probably tastes good, like salt-water taffy or a Chunky.

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Satisfy Your Hunger to Know Food Etiquette in Law School

With the schedules most law students keep, eating can often take a backseat. Between reading, briefing, class and whatever recreational time you can find, you’re often stuck grabbing what you can and eating it when you can. Sometimes the “when” portion of that equation has to occur during class. While I’m not against sneaking a snack or beverage in the cozy confines of the lecture hall, one must be aware of the effect one’s eating has on the other members of the class.

Here’s how to avoid being that student:

Law School Eating Etiquette Tip I: Avoid crunchy items

Pretzels are out. Chips are out. Nuts are probably a no-go as well. There is nothing worse than hearing the constant sound of crunching in your ear while trying to take accurate notes.

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3 Common Law School Myths Debunked

Anyone who has considered going to law school has almost certainly heard any number of awful things about the law school experience. I’ve got news for you: most of what you’ve heard is false. Need further proof? Check out the list of law school myths below:

Law School Myth I: You will have angry, pedantic professors who cleave to the Socratic method

I suspect this myth is born mostly of ages-old horror stories and people who have seen The Paper Chase one too many times. People imagine an old, white professor leering at a room full of law students, continuously peppering them with questions until he finds one they can’t answer. While you may run into a professor who believes strongly in the Socratic method, your law professors want to help you understand law. They don’t want it to appear mysterious and difficult.

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No Matter Your LSAT, It’s Law School Application Time

If you’re studying for the October LSAT, it’s a good bet that any part of your law school application (aside from the exam) isn’t the closest to your mind right now. That said, the specter of law school application submission draws nigh, and as they say, “Fortune favors the prepared.”

If you have any free time, doubtful though that is, you can at least get the ball rolling by signing up for the Credential Assembly Service (“CAS”) offered by LSAC. The CAS is the means by which you will submit applications electronically to all the law schools on your list. You can even start filling out your basic information (date of birth, SSN, etc), but don’t worry about going any further than that until you’re done with the October LSAT. You may even wish to wait to submit any applications until after receiving your LSAT score.

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Obama’s 2-Year Law School Proposal May Not Be Necessary

Lately, much has been made about the high cost of legal education. Many law school graduates are being greeted with a difficult job market and a mountain of student loan debt. One proposed solution to the issue of cost has been the elimination of a year of law school. The rationale is twofold. Firstly, most law students would likely tell you that they did as little as possible during their 3L years. Secondly, by lopping off a third of law school, you would also lop off a year’s worth of tuition.

Well now President Obama has gotten in on the action, suggesting that law schools look into the elimination of the 3L year. The reactions have been mixed. As far as the potential efficacy of this approach to cost reduction, I can speak only to my own experience as a law student.

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Future Defense Lawyers Should Follow the Nidal Hasan Trial

I’ll do us all a favor and spare you the details of the Ft. Hood massacre. If you need them, a quick Google search ought to turn up whatever you need. What I will discuss here is the unique position in which the lawyers for gunman Nidal Hasan find themselves.

Hasan has been allowed by the court martial to defend himself with the aid of a legal team headed by Lt. Col. Kris Poppe. Poppe has asked the judge in Hasan’s case to stay her order requiring Lt. Col. Poppe and his team to help Hasan in his defense. Lt. Col. Poppe believes that Hasan intends to facilitate a verdict requiring the death penalty so that he can, in essence, force the military to help him commit suicide.

Lt. Col. Poppe, as someone who opposes suicide, finds himself in what he describes as a “morally repugnant” position.

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What Would They Score on the LSAT: Breaking Bad Edition

In a scant two days, the long slog towards the beginning of the conclusion of Breaking Bad will finally be over. We will, at long last, find out what Hank decides to do when he finds Gale’s book in Walter’s bathroom. We will see what Walter decides to do with the immense pile of cash Skyler has stashed away in a storage locker. And now, with a little imagination, we’ll find out how Breaking Bad’s biggest characters would deal with the little ol’ LSAT and the preparation therefor:

Walter White: The (in)famous Heisenberg is nothing if not cold, calculating and meticulous. While his carefully laid plans generally encounter a hiccup or two (see the magnets and evidence room escapade), he either plans for or works his way out of every eventuality he faces.


4 Things You’ll Wish You’d Asked About Your Law School

If you’re going to be a 1L this year, it won’t be long before you’re on campus and drowning in a pile of casebooks. Before you decided on a law school, you no doubt read all the literature about the places where you were accepted. You probably even toured a few schools (travel schedule permitting). You know how impressive your school’s law review is and you know how many books are in the library and you know what your faculty-to-student ratio is. But do you know the things about your school that are actually important?

Here are some things you’ll wish you asked about your law school:

1. How many coffee shops are within walking distance of your domicile?

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For Aspiring Lawyers, the Whitey Bulger Trial is Must-See TV

If you’ve been following the Whitey Bulger trial, you know that its goings-on are the stuff usually reserved for the cinema or television screen. Lifelong subterfuge, murdering rivals, being pursued by one intelligence agency while working for another, and any other number of incredulities litter the trial’s landscape.

For those unfamiliar with Monsieur Bulger, some of his life is loosely chronicled by Jack Nicholson’s character in The Departed. For those who haven’t had the pleasure of watching that particular film, suffice it to say that Whitey was a bad, bad man.

The most recent development in the Bulger trial would make a Law and Order writer drool over her keyboard.

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October 2013 LSAT – The Time to Start is Now

If you’re going to take the October 2013 LSAT, now is the time to start forming your plan of attack. If you’re going to take a prep course, most of them (including Blueprint’s) will start sometime this month. In other words, it’s time to sign up…now.

Secondly, you should pick a test center as soon as possible. While the deadline for registration is a ways off, the test center that you want may fill up fast. If you don’t get a test center close to home, you’ll likely end up having to sleep in a hotel room the night before the exam and eat a less-than-satisfying breakfast the morning of. In addition, failing to book your desired test center will make it much more difficult for you to do a practice run of your test day activities, and doing so will require a lot more driving.

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Today we Celebrate our (Law School) Independence Day!

For many, going to law school will be the first real taste of independence. Gone will be the days of driving home on the weekend with laundry for mom or leaning on one’s sorority or fraternity mates for support. With our nation’s independence day coming tomorrow, it seems appropriate to show you future law students how you can truly declare your independence as a law student.

1. Don’t get taken in by every offer of free food you see.

As a law student, there will be plenty of opportunities to accept free pizza (or burgers, or burritos, or donuts, etc.) for attending a brief seminar put on by Lexis or Westlaw. You have to learn to use these research programs anyway, right? So why not get some free food from the deal? While these opportunities sound great in theory, they are, in reality, your ticket to the freshman fifteen redux. Cook at home. Pack a lunch. Grab a Subway sandwich on your way to class. Declare your independence from free food.