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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Belated Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the LSAT Student’s Dad

While Father’s Day is in the rearview, it’s never too late to do something nice for Dad. If you’re an LSAT student, you’ve given Dad a set off worries beyond that of the average offspring. What might the father of an LSAT student like for Father’s Day? Let’s have a look:

LSAT Student Father’s Day Gift Idea I: Law School Tuition

If you’re like most LSAT students, you’re going to run to Pops, hat in hand, asking for help paying for law school (and probably Mom too). And who could blame you? Law school ain’t cheap. Wouldn’t it be grand if Dad could just win the lottery and throw all that worry out the window? Law school tuition for Dad is like a husband buying his wife lingerie. Sure, it’s technically a gift for the wife, but it’s really a gift for the husband.

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Should the Socratic Method Stay in Law School? Discuss

The Harvard Crimson, amongst others, has recently sought to once again cast doubt upon the utility of the Socratic method in law school. Among the reasons for this doubt is the fact that the Socratic method seems to decrease female participation in class. While this may be the case, I agreed with Above the Law that the Socratic Method can be intimidating across the board and that focusing on gender seems misguided at best.

Cold-calling and putting students on the spot with difficult follow-up questions is not a wholly ineffective means of legal training. For those who plan to pursue trial or appellate work, thinking on one’s feet in the face of authority can be a valuable skill. If it is a professor’s aim to hone this skill in class, then by all means continue on with the Socratic method.

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Answering Your Mom’s Top 3 Questions About Law School

With the recent passage of this year’s Mother’s Day, we got to thinking, what would a mom want to ask her soon-to-be law student? As someone who was once a law a student, and as someone who has a mom, I feel at least 95% qualified to answer that question. And thusly (who doesn’t love an unnecessary suffix?) I bring you a list of things your mom may or may not ask you as you head off to law school.

Mom’s Law School Question I: What are you going to practice?

You can try to placate relatives with assurances that you’ll have it figured out by the time you graduate, but mothers generally require answer of greater depth. Just pray she knows just as little as you do about what you’re actually going to do with your law degree and tell her that you’re probably going to end up doing some “transactional” work.

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This Earth Day, Ensure Your LSAT Prep Environment is Stable

Today is Earth Day, so let’s hope you’re being extra conscientious about keeping our environment healthy (you know, recycling, staying away from single-use cups and the like). While you’re being inundated with “green” messages on the interwebs, let’s also take a moment to ensure that your LSAT study environment stays healthy as well.

Just follow these quick tips and you’ll be back to saving your LSAT score (and Earth) in no time.

Earth Day LSAT Prep Tip I: Have a routine and stick to it

Your LSAT study should be a daily appointment for you. You need to set aside the proper amount of time, ahead of time, to ensure that you don’t fall behind.

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LSAT Prep Lessons You Can Learn From Tax Day

Happy Tax Day, fellow Americans. As you (should) know, today is the last day for you to send in your tax return. For many, it’s a day rife with anxiety and marked by a harried late night journey to the post office. For others, it’s a day forgotten, only to be remembered too late. For this group the consequences can be severe. Too often this group will receive notice from the IRS that they owe ol’ Uncle Sam a stack of cold hard bendy-foldies. “But I’ve already spent the money I owe,” they plead. “I have to take a job I don’t really like to pay back the money,” they squeal. These folks are not terribly different from those who forget to study (or start studying late) for the LSAT.

The LSAT is a test of skill, not knowledge. The best way to develop a skill is through flawless repetition. The later you begin your studies, the less repetition you’re able to get in. Less repetition leads to flawed technique. Flawed technique leads to lower LSAT scores.

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What Spring Break Means for Students in Law School

If you’re a (somewhat) newly minted law student, you’ve no doubt been looking eagerly ahead to Spring Break as a time to catch a much-needed breather.

Good luck with that.

While you won’t be burdened with as much reading and the necessity of visiting a classroom on a daily basis, law school will still follow you around — even on Spring Break.

At some law schools (my alma mater included), Spring Break is when you’ll be auditioning (read: doing research and a ton of writing) for law review. If you’re particularly ambitious, this is a path you may want to consider. I didn’t do it myself, but my colleagues assured me that both the write-on process and being on law review were entirely rewarding experiences.

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The LSAT can be as Easy as Pi(e)

Happy Pi Day, everyone!

As any good Family Guy fan knows, it’s a wonderful day for pie, or in today’s case, Pi. While we know that (thank God) there is no math on the LSAT, all that studying can work up a powerful hunger. And thus, it is with great pleasure that we present the following list of pies both sweet and savory to calm those Logical Reasoning-induced hunger pangs.

1. Buko Pie

Never heard of it? Can’t say I’m surprised. Buko pie is a traditional Filipino pie made with young coconut custard. Why choose this pie? Well, we all know that multicultural sensitivity is key to conquering Reading Comprehension (remember, historically marginalized cultures always win). There aren’t many better ways to work on that sensitivity than by becoming familiar with that most intimate element of foreign cultures, food.

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Who Says You Can’t Have Fun in Law School?

When one thinks of descriptors for law school (or anything related to the legal world for that matter) the word “fun” isn’t often at the top of the list — assuming it makes the list at all. If you’ve talked to anyone who’s attended law school, I doubt they’ve told what a blast it is. You’ve probably heard a lot of griping about mountains of reading and having your entire grade determined by a single test. So it goes.

That said, there is certainly room to play in law school (or at least distract yourself for a bit).

My first bit of advice is to get away from campus as often as you can. Even if it’s just to study somewhere other than the law library. The mental respite one gets from not having to see the same walls and the same faces cannot be understated. You might even be inspired to do something besides study once you get out and about. You know, stuff like talking to people who aren’t law students and doing things that aren’t reading.

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Things to Do the Day Before the February LSAT (Except Study)

Happy February LSAT eve, everyone.

For those in the Northeast affected by Nemo, check out this blog post for details about any February LSAT cancellations. We’ll be updating it throughout the day with the latest info from LSAC. If you are among those affected, hunker down with a bowl of soup and do some LSAT questions to stay fresh. If you are not among those affected, please, continue reading for some handy advice regarding recommended activities for the day before the February LSAT.

Today should be a mental day of rest. The only LSAT-related thing you ought to do today is make sure you’re logistically ready to go tomorrow. Make sure you have the route to your LSAT test center mapped out.

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Smart Lawyers to Blame for Stupid Product Warning Labels

It starts innocently enough. Business makes product. Customer uses product. Product does what it’s supposed to. Everybody’s happy.

But then, the law of averages kicks in and the customer gets injured using the product. In fact, the customer gets injured in a way that the business could not possibly have anticipated. Since the business couldn’t anticipate the customer’s injury, the business didn’t put a warning on its product to prevent such injuries. The customer retains a lawyer. The lawyer rakes the business over the coals. The customer gets a settlement. The lawyer takes a large percentage of said settlement. The business forever covers its ass with a warning label.

And thus, a stupid warning label is born. And boy there are some gems out there.