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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From the Archives: Should You Take a Law Preview Class?

Many of you reading this post have either recently graduated from college or will be doing so in the coming days and weeks. While you’re probably concerned with arranging enough tickets for family members you barely know to attend your graduation, the fall season and the beginning of law school have no doubt managed to creep into that brain of yours.

I’m willing to bet dimes and donuts (as my sixth-grade math teacher Mr. Brown once said) that the prospect of your impending matriculation has caused you some worry. How, you ask, will law school be different from undergrad? Do I need to change my study habits? Will I delve ever deeper into an unending caffeine addiction?

Given your consternation, you may have considered taking one of those law school preview classes that seem to be all the rage with the cool kids these days (how do you like my dated slang?).

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From the Archives: Handling Multiple Law School Offers

If you applied for admission to the law school class of 2017 you might now find yourself in the enviable position of having to make a decision between multiple offers of admission (yay you!). For the sake of this LSAT blog post, let’s say that you have it narrowed down to two schools. According to Anna Ivey, it’s not a great idea to put down multiple deposits for law school admission. It just confuses those bureaucrats in the law school admissions office anyway. So what’s a soon to be law student to do? Make a f*%#ing decision!

All veiled cussing aside, I’m going to attempt to make your law school admissions decision just a tad bit easier with a list of possibly relevant factors:

Handling Multiple Offers for Law School Admissions Tip I: Location, Location, Location

I know it’s a cliché, but location can be incredibly important in your decision.

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How Technology Will Help You in the Legal Job Market

Technology isn’t going anywhere. Just about every law student in the country has at least a laptop and a smartphone. As the years continue to roll on, so too will the use of technology in the field of law. Tasks that used to take days and an army of attorneys, such as document review, now take far less time and manpower thanks to the use of assistive technology. It may seem as though technology is squeezing the legal market even further. For those savvy enough to prepare, this need not be the case.

While some may look at technology as the enemy, it is those who decide to make friends with it that will thrive. Knowing how to make efficient use of the software employed by law firms in executing their tasks is a sure way to make oneself an asset. In other words, while in law school, or at a summer job, it would behoove you to learn everything you can about assisted document review and other uses of assistive software in the legal context.

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LSAT Prep Tips for Thanksgiving (and Thanksgivukkah) Break

Today marks both Thanksgiving eve and the beginning of Hanukkah. Not only is this a momentous and rare occurrence, it also ensures that any member of the Jewish faith will add at least an inch to his/her waistline before the beginning of December. While this all sounds wonderful in theory, it’s an eight-day stretch fraught with peril for the Jewish LSAT student, let alone those who have only Thanksgiving (and annoying relatives, and possibly final exams) to deal with.

It would take an LSAT student of extraordinary discipline to resist the delights of the season. The food and beverage bonanza that is Thanksgiving can scarcely be ignored, and it ought to be enjoyed. Just take care not to over-enjoy.

I took the December LSAT in my time and I can remember studying over the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Life Lessons Learned in Law School

As law schools continue to grapple with issues of relevance in the changing educational landscape, those who work for these institutions have taken to considering the raison d’etre of law school in general. One professor at Michigan Law has opined that going to law school is about more than mere professional training. It is his opinion that law school equips its graduates with “tools of inquiry” that can help law students lead “a richer and more meaningful life.”

Beyond what appears to be ivory tower intellectualism, I actually tend to agree with the professor. Law school isn’t just about learning the mechanics of lawyering. Law school is about learning to think in a particular way about problems and issues. More than any other intellectual pursuit in my life, law school taught me to explore the reasons for, motivations for, and possible outcomes of different courses of action.

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Stand Out in Law School Admissions: Submit Your Apps Early

November 15, two days from now, is widely regarded as the deadline for early law school admission application submissions. If you took the October LSAT, already have your LSAT score, and have submitted all the items necessary to complete your applications (letters of recommendation, personal statement, etc) then good on you. Your application will be considered shortly and you should have an answer from your most-desired schools in the near future. If you are not yet ready to submit your applications, then you needn’t fret…yet.

That said, you should do everything you can to get your law school applications in on or before Thanksgiving. It seems that everyone applying to law school uses those couple extra days in November to bust their butts and complete their law school applications.

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New Law School Rankings! Based on…Social Lives?

At first blush, most of you wouldn’t exactly consider law school and social life being in the same sentence, let alone the same physical space. After all, law school is meant to be the abandonment of all things social, forsaking fun for long evenings spent poring over casebooks and briefs. And yet, decided it’d

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Other TV Shows for Law School Professors to Use in Class

Law students rejoice! There is now a distinct possibility that you could be watching quite possibly the best television crime drama of all time as a homework assignment.

That’s right, a professor at William & Mary Law has been using The Wire to teach Criminal Law. According to the professor, the show is useful as a teaching tool because, unlike most crime drama, it approaches the constitutional and societal issues of crime from a realistic perspective. Are there other shows that share The Wire’s realism? Not so much. That said, there are still other shows that could be of use in the law school context.

Let’s start with any courtroom drama ever. Take any permutation of Law and Order, for example. What happens in those shows?

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Columbus Day: One of December LSAT Prep’s Many Holidays

With Columbus Day today, Halloween right around the corner, and shopping malls already celebrating Christmas, those of you studying for the December LSAT have no doubt begun to fret about how to study around the holidays. Well fret not, LSATers, I’m here with a list of strategies for holidays both prominent and obscure to aid you on your way.

December LSAT Prep Holiday I to be Reckoned With: Halloween

Partying as you normally would probably shouldn’t be your strategy of choice. Hangovers and LSAT Reading Comp passages don’t mix nearly as well as Jack and Coke. That doesn’t mean you can’t have any fun at all, though. Find a friend with a house and use pages full of LSAT Logic Games to scare neighborhood children.

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2013 October LSAT Score Cancellation Deadline is Tomorrow

Let’s cut directly to the chase. If you want to cancel your 2013 October LSAT score, then LSAC needs to receive notice by tomorrow. Did that make a certain part of your body pucker? Don’t worry, that’s appropriate.

Before we discuss whether or not you ought to cancel your October LSAT score, let’s tell you how to do so.

There are three means by which to contact the LSAT overlords: 1) send a signed fax, 2) overnight a letter or 3) send LSAC’s printable LSAT score cancellation form by expedited mail. Make sure you actually request an LSAT score cancellation, include your name and LSAC account number and a signature. After that, you need only bite your nails in agony whilst you await confirmation from on high that your request was received.