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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Possible Solution for Law Schools: Make Year Three Optional

There have been murmurs for some time now, but the discussion about giving law students the option to forgo a third year has been picking up steam. This op-ed piece in the New York Times makes a strong case for the option and it’s one with which I largely agree.

The most obvious reason to favor the optional third year of law school is the reduction of debt. With the American legal job market contracting through automation and outsourcing, the amount of debt with which law school graduates are saddled is becoming ever more onerous. Reducing that debt by a third would no doubt ease the squeeze a bit. Law school would become a more attractive post-graduate option, thus enlarging the potential pool of lawyers and arguably enriching the profession through a reduction in exclusivity.

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Several February LSAT Deadlines Expire Today

If you’ve got the 2013 February LSAT in your sights, then today (and Jan. 20) are important dates for you. So keep readin’, pal.

Today is your last day to register late for the February LSAT online. Today is also your last day to change your February LSAT test center and/or your February LSAT test date by mail, phone or fax (Jan. 20 is the last day to do so online). And today is the last day to withdraw registration for the February LSAT and still get a little money back.

Of course, all of these February LSAT deadlines come with prices. Do you want to register late? Get ready to toss an extra $69 LSAC’s way, along with the $160 they were already going to charge you. Want to change your February LSAT test center? That’ll be $35, thanks. Want to change your February LSAT test date? That’s another $80. And if you withdraw altogether, you get a measly $49 back (which means you spent $111 to NOT take the February LSAT).

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What to Do Once Law School Applications Start Coming Back

Tom Petty and his Heartbreakers knew it all too well. The waiting is indeed the hardest part. And while those fine gents were almost certainly not waiting to receive the results of law school applications, misery has not ceased to enjoy company. You no doubt felt a great sense of accomplishment when you completed and sent in all of your law school applications (you did do that, right?). However, that feeling has since faded into feverish nail biting.

Unfortunately, that self-administered oral manicure isn’t likely to stop in the extremely near future. Granted, most law schools attempt to admit students on a rolling basis. That is, the sooner you complete your law school application, the sooner you should (theoretically) get a response.

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Graduating from Stress: The Progression of the Law Student Winter Break

The quality of one’s winter break in law school depends almost entirely on two factors: what year one is in law school, and one’s general disposition. I’m not sure how many of you reading this are prone to freak out, so I’ll focus on your place in law school instead.

Let’s take the 1L. I’m sure that, by now, everyone has told you how important your first semester grades are. They’re mostly right. If you’re a 1L, you get to spend winter break mentally rehashing every final you took and worrying about your performance on finals. Sounds fantastic, no? If you find yourself in this position, my advice is to get as far away as possible from law school/students during winter break. Find some semi-exotic locale and plant yourself firmly in a state of willful ignorance of your possibly impending doom. After all, there’s nothing you can do about at this point anyway, right?

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Top Law School Stories of 2012 (With a Look Ahead to 2013)

It has been a tumultuous year in the wide world of law school news: suits filed, requirements imposed, tuitions raised, and accreditation denied. To put it simply, that’s a lot of stuff. Here are some of the top law school stories of 2012:

Top Law School Story of 2012 I: No Overseas Accreditation

The ABA denied accreditation to schools outside of the United States. You could say “boo-hoo” for those foreign lawyers seeking to practice in the U.S. or you could thank the ABA for protecting your legal education and shrinking the legal labor pool in this country. Think about it. Would you rather compete with a bunch of people paying the same as you for the same education or a bunch of people paying way less for the same education and status (and thus willing to accept lower initial pay).

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Chanukah Gift Ideas for Jewish LSAT Test-Takers

Tonight will mark the third night of Chanukah, that holiest of Jewish holidays that Adam Sandler has managed to mangle almost as badly as his movie career. Oy! Since we’re already two nights in, it seems a bit belated to suggest any gifts for nights one and two, but here are six LSAT appropriate Chanukah gifts for the remaining evenings of celebration.

LSAT Appropriate Chanukah Gift I: The Gift of Self-Confidence:

There is nothing more important on LSAT test day than confidence. Hopefully that confidence is born of incredibly effective and complete LSAT preparation. However, even for those who are extremely well-prepared (did all your homework, scoring at the level you want to, etc), doubt can creep in. In fact, that dedication to LSAT preparation might even be caused by one’s lack of confidence.

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Any Undergrad Major Can Work for Law School Admissions

Folks often assume that there is some magical undergrad major that will open up every law school admissions door to which they’d like access. These people are sorely mistaken. There is no “best” major for getting into law school. Every curriculum for every major is different at every undergraduate institution, giving admissions officers no baseline by which to judge the quality of your major.

What law school admissions officers are looking for is analytical aptitude. Nearly every undergraduate major (and indeed, college in general) involves using and honing one’s analytical ability to some degree. Being an English major does not mean you’ll have a leg up on writing legal briefs. If anything, the florid prose you’ll use in English classes will work to your detriment in law school.

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Finding Your Stride Two Weeks Before the December LSAT

To those about to take the December LSAT, we salute you.

You have about two weeks left before you take the all important exam, and some of you are no doubt in full-on, teeth-chattering, knees-shaking panic mode. You know what I say to that? I say that’s probably just fine.

Believe it or not, it’s not my opinion that confidence in your December LSAT preparedness is the biggest deal in the world. Frankly, I don’t think it’s possible to ever feel as prepared as you want to be for what may be the biggest standardized test of your life. Even if you’re consistently scoring where you want on LSAT practice exams and you’ve done all your homework, doubt and worry still manage to creep in. It just means you care.

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See Which December LSAT Deadlines Await You Tomorrow

Say it with me now (and try not to panic): “The December LSAT is less than a month away.” Now that you’re done crapping your mental pants, it’s time to remind you of a couple important December LSAT deadlines. Tomorrow, Nov. 9, is the last day you’ll be able to do the following:

– Register late for the December LSAT
– Change your December LSAT test center
– Change your December LSAT test date
– Withdraw from the December LSAT and get a partial refund

And, surprise, surprise, each of these above items comes with an associated cost. An LSAT test center change will run you $35. An LSAT test date change will run you $80.

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On Food Day, We Ask: Should You Change Your LSAT Diet?

It seems like nearly everything has a “day” celebrating its existence now. I haven’t formally investigated, but I know there’s a Talk Like a Pirate Day, and I’m willing to bet there’s a Whiskey Day (but what day isn’t whiskey day?). As it so happens, today is Food Day, which presents us with an opportunity to discuss the types of foods that one should eat as part of an ideal pre-LSAT diet.

As I’ve noted in previous posts here on the LSAT blog, your LSAT prep is not the time to change your habits. You’ve got enough stress without adding the stress of making major life changes. In other words, if you regularly eat like crap right now, continue eating like crap until you’re done with the LSAT. If you eat super a balanced diet and exercise a lot right now, keep doing so.