The quality of an LSAT class is largely dependent on the caliber of its teacher. Blueprint LSAT Prep was founded by a group of instructors, and amazing instruction remains our focus to this day.
All LSAT companies will claim that they have the best instructors, but here are some things they can't say. First, all of our instructors have scored a 170 or higher on an actual LSAT. In addition, every instructor undergoes a rigorous training process - each one is flown to Los Angeles to learn from the founders of the company. So you can be assured they know their stuff.
Second, we pay them incredibly well. Our instructors earn up to $100/hour. When you combine that with our large number of class hours, an instructor is able to make thousands more by teaching a Blueprint course than they would elsewhere.
Finally, we don't have as many classes. It's simple math - that means we don't need as many instructors. Fewer than 5% of applicants to Blueprint actually go on to teach a course.
Did you know that horseshoe crabs have blue blood? And that elephants enjoy being intoxicated? Elan does.
He also knows that he graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Literature and Creative Writing, got a 174 on the LSAT, obtained a J.D. from Berkeley Law School, and is currently working on a Ph.D. in Anthropology from CUNY. Also, that squirrels live eight times as long as rats.
If you haven't guessed it, Elan enjoys incorporating odd factoids to help teach the LSAT. Our favorite is the talk on how logic games are like mutant zombie barnacle crabs. (It's all about grouping versus ordering, people). He also enjoys making sure his students reach their full potential on the test, which is perhaps the nicest fact of all.
Rumor has it that Michael was the only "gaijin" (foreigner) to ever become an official member of one of the Kyoto Volunteer Firefighter Brigades. He considers this his crowning achievement.
After graduating from Boston University with a degree in International Relations and a minor in Japanese studies, Michael found himself in Brazil (of course). While learning Portuguese by watching City of God, Michael suddenly realized he should become a lawyer. The two have no clear connection. However, he was able to score a 173 and gain entrance into the University of Chicago Law School where he will at once fulfill his dreams of lawyer-dom (and hopes to make articulate arguments in different languages).
Michael believes that the LSAT is actually a super awesome video game in disguise (without the "video" or "super awesome" component). He hopes to inspire all of his students to have a ton of fun with the test so that they'll study longer and better.
While teaching, Michael has been known to reference a variety of topics, including obscure references to 1960s Samurai films, behavioral economics, and why Brazil is the greatest country on earth (with Japan as a close second).
Despite a last name inspired by the lone star state, Daniel grew up in Maine. Maine. Yep.
So Daniel attended the University of Maine which meant he stayed, that's right, in Maine. After joining the statewide jazz choir and visiting the easternmost point in the US, Daniel decided he had seen all the great state of Maine had to offer so he moved to...Sacramento. Not our choice, but who can argue with the 177 he achieved while there? Not us non-Maine types.
Daniel likes to think of himself as more of a gardener than a teacher. The concepts and strategies he teaches aren't going to develop immediately. They need to be practiced consistently and determinedly over the course of the months leading up to the LSAT. Daniel will plant the seeds of logical skills in your brain, but it's your job to water, fertilize, and nurture those little suckers.
When Daniel isn't doing LSAT stuff, he follows the Boston Red Sox and Celtics with a passion that even he recognizes is excessive. You know, since Maine has no professional sports teams.
Defying the universe’s best attempts to end him, Phil has survived a black widow bite, multiple head first landings from snowboard jumps, and a 27-hour van ride to Disneyworld with his family.
Phil studied Finance at the University of Miami, got a job in consulting, and promptly wept until he found a way out of working in an office by scoring a 172 on the LSAT. Of course, being a lawyer requires working in an office, but we won't burst his bubble by telling him that just yet.
An avid tennis player, Phil approaches teaching the LSAT like training for a match. First, students need to learn what to do, then they need to practice hitting the ball against the wall 1,000 times to get the technique down. (So far his experiments with hitting LSAT problems against the wall have been satisfying but remarkably unproductive.)
When not learning how to swear in different languages, you can find Phil studiously avoiding poison ivy after a 2-week period in China involving a wrong turn on a hiking trail, an industrial sized bottle of iodine, and more gauze than a mummy convention.
Rumor has it that Christian’s great-great-great-grandmother was the mistress of an Egyptian Prince who dumped her in Naples after knocking her up. If this is true, then Christian and his family are the bastardized descendants of Egyptian royalty. One day, Christian shall return to his home country and restore his family’s rightful…ahh, screw it; no he won’t.
Christian attended Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he majored in English and Philosophy. Upon graduating in 2010, he initiated project “put off law school for as long as possible” and joined Teach for America, then became an instructor for Blueprint.
After earning 172 on the LSAT, Christian decided to help other students to reach their goals on the exam. He likes stressing the interpersonal dimension of classroom learning by telling stories and by getting to know about his students on an individual basis.
If Christian swings his head from side to side really fast, he can make his cheeks “clap” against his gums really loudly. Yep. Clearly descended from royalty.
Since turning twenty, Jennifer has hunted for the perfect cup of coffee. She came close once in a monastery in the mountains of Italy, but a lack of crema ultimately did it in.
As an English and Human Rights major from the University of Chicago, Jennifer's parents worried that she would ultimately be employed making coffee. Fortunately, her Human Rights studies came in handy when Jennifer landed a job teaching kindergarteners. After experiencing the cut-throat world of recess and dodge ball, Jennifer decided to downshift to a less competitive environment and become a lawyer.
Though her 170 attests to her mastery of the exam, Jennifer's teaching style is all about fun. She makes lessons as simple and active as possible because she realizes that average undergraduates, if they're anything like her, have roughly the same attention span as one of her kindergarteners. She 'll make picking A through E as easy as A-B-C!
Though still searching for the Platonic form of caffeine, Jennifer's current coffee of choice: two shots of espresso followed by the frothiest drink that Starbucks has to offer.
A rare San Francisco native, Aaron manages to get paid in money and beer to play his double bass in establishments both sordid and respectable around the Bay Area.
Aaron majored in Music and minored in What Can I Use this Major for? at Stanford University. He found out the answer when he put his degree to practice by working as a maintenance guy for a private school. After tiring of early mornings and a key ring the size of Calcutta, he turned his attention to helping students with the LSAT. This was after scoring a 180 on his own LSAT, by the way.
Aaron thinks that studying for the LSAT is much like practicing a musical instrument: if you want to be able to do it quickly and accurately, you have to learn to do it slowly and accurately first. The difference is that musical success won't get you into the law school of your dreams. On the other hand, a stellar LSAT score is less likely to bring in groupies.
Aaron grinds the beans for his coffee by hand. He brings the same dedication verging on insanity to teaching the LSAT.
In his spare time, John leads tours to North Korea. He didn't actually meet Dennis Rodman, but he did hand off his plane ticket to Dennis' handler.
After graduating from Yale University with a degree in Physics, John decided to move to New York and live a Bohemian lifestyle. This lasted until a police raid revealed that apartment 1B was actually a brothel. Realizing that "Bohemian" wasn't all it was cracked up to be, John took the LSAT, scored a 177, and was accepted to Northwestern University School of Law as a John Henry Wigmore Scholar. After graduating, John practiced for three years as a biglaw M&A attorney in New York and Hong Kong.
John wants you to think of his course less as an LSAT class and more as an LSAT saga where you are the hero. Why? Because it's truly epic, often powerful, sometimes tragic, and always uplifting. John is the (slightly) aged magi who at once fades away and remains in your heart, giving you the perfect mix of wisdom and courage to fulfill your destiny of slaying the LSAT.
Best part about North Korea? Pyongyang's surprisingly solid microbrews.
An LSAT dinosaur of a different kind, Jay has been teaching LSAT classes for Blueprint in southern California since he scored his own 172 in a Blueprint class in 2006. In that time he has sent thousands of students on to the law schools of their dreams, dozens with full scholarships.
Jay's teaching style is laid back and sincere, and he can often be found chatting with students to explain tricky concepts long after a lesson has ended. When not teaching, Jay enjoys globe trotting, searching for logical fallacies in remote corners of the world.
Whether it's eating scorpions in Bangkok, swimming with great whites in Cape Town, or machete hacking his way through South American jungles, Jay chases his idol in an attempt to become the World's Second Most Interesting Man. When your profile picture hits the front page of Reddit, you know something is going right.
Come for the crazy stories, leave with a great LSAT score.
Carol's formative years were spent in Queens and Long Island, where she can report firsthand that fist pumping to music at a bar is a phenomenon not limited to the cast of the Jersey Shore.
After scoring a 175 on the LSAT, Carol left bump-its and spray tanning behind to attend Columbia Law School. When torts and contracts failed to inspire, Carol focused on enriching her personal life by simultaneously pursuing a fashion degree at FIT, marrying a guy she met on the subway, giving birth to a baby girl, and eventually moving cross-country.
Before teaching the LSAT, Carol taught 6th grade English in NYC. This means she's read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe over twenty times, uses literature as an analogy to teach diagramming (if Holden Caulfield goes to prep school, then he will get expelled), and loves teaching reading comprehension.
Carol now finds herself in Los Angeles struggling to understand the passage of time in a seasonless clime. We just wonder if the rhyming was deliberate.
A true stat geek, Sam spends nearly all his free time obsessively pouring over advanced basketball statistics, which makes up for his complete lack of basketball ability. At least in his mind.
After an upbringing in the scenic metropolis of Stockton, CA, Sam begrudgingly moved to Los Angeles for college, where he graduated from UCLA with a BA in Economics. Ever since, he has instructed students of all ages in a wide range of subjects, particularly math. He brings this experience to the field he enjoys most: the LSAT.
In the classroom, Sam is like your cool (his adjective, not ours), older brother. He likes beer and fart jokes, and he can recite Chappelle's Show sketches, but he also has the experience to help you tackle the LSAT beast. He's happy to discuss the tactics that helped him get a 173, but he won't let you drive his car. It's '91 Camry, so that shouldn't be an issue.
With his Tom Brady haircut, Sam defies the widely accepted notion that a mullet must be roughly 50% ''business''.
Branden started life in the small, sleepy, mountain community of Crestline, CA - the place where Lake Arrowhead dreams go to die.
After tumbling out of countless pine trees, Branden landed at UC Santa Barbara, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy. He spent the next half decade seeking full time employment as a philosopher before realizing such work is rarer than a unicorn. Branden scored a 175 on the LSAT, got his JD from UCLA, and went on to practice patent law for a brief moment.
Branden believes that any difficult LSAT concept can be clarified with a Star Wars analogy - mostly from Episodes IV - VI, occasionally from Episode III, but never, never from Episodes I - II. That leads to the dark side.
Dylan has worked as a used car salesman, an online poker pro and an LSAT instructor. While his affection for selling '92 Cabriolets and losing money on the river card has waned, his love for teaching continues.
Dylan was an undergraduate at Yale, where he spent time debating and developing an affection for Cheetohs. In between washing orange dust off his hands, he became the second person ever to be both a national debate champion and North American debate champion in 2007, and the only American undergrad to win Cambridge University's invitational tournament. The latter allowed him take part in the quintessential American activity: beating the British.
Dylan believes strongly that his philosophy degree and his LSAT score of 178 should be only partially wasted, and so emphasizes understanding the logical structures on the LSAT. He'll also teach you the importance of understanding why the incorrect answers are incorrect, as well as the role Cheetohs can play in a well-crafted study plan.
In addition to helping you get a great LSAT score, Dylan knows where you can get a good price on a 2005 Spectra.
Ilan speaks four languages, including Greek and Latin. So if you ever cut someone off in traffic and are called a pathicus, chances are it's Ilan.
Because it's important to use higher education for nothing practical whatsoever, Ilan majored in Classics at UC Davis. Like all Classics majors, he had to decide between translating Greek plays into modern languages for the ten people a year who read them, or going to law school. Needless to say, Ilan scored a 171 on the LSAT.
Ilan approaches teaching the LSAT like learning a foreign language. First become familiar with grammar and vocabulary, then practice endlessly until you're able to speak it fluently and ask directions to the nearest bar. (The last part comes after taking the LSAT).
When he's not teaching or reading 2,000 year old literature, Ilan spends time playing guitar and singing Taylor Swift songs.
Upon graduating from college, Gerry decided that spending his time avoiding growing up was far more desirable than any other option. After working as a touring musician, he then decided to spend time with people of a similar maturity level and became an elementary school teacher.
Substituting quality for quantity, Gerry has learned to "fake it pretty well" on over 10 instruments and has performed with musicians ranging from Willie Nelson to Howie D (the guy from the Backstreet boys with a pony tail). Fun fact: Willie Nelson often has a freezer full of Ben and Jerry's "Willie Nelson's Country Peach Cobbler" ice cream. Whilst on a biking trip from San Francisco to L.A., Gerry decided that he really liked the term "whilst" and that taking the LSAT sounded like a fun idea. He scored a 173.
Gerry's teaching style is laid back. He enjoys incorporating seemingly random, old man-ish anecdotes to help his students stay entertained and more vividly remember LSAT concepts. One of Gerry's 3rd graders describes his teaching as, "pretty good I guess."
Whilst on vacation, Gerry enjoys hitchhiking up the coast. His best advice? Go for the soccer moms; they tend to share food.
Steve once smacked a lion across its face. He says it was an accident but we who know him think otherwise.
Save for his stint in the jungle, Steve has stayed true to his Philadelphia roots. After graduating from Villanova with a degree in Political Science, Steve scored a 177 on the LSAT. He is now finishing up his JD at Temple University while bringing LSAT joy to the classroom.
Steve likes to demonstrate how the LSAT is applicable to every day life. More specifically, he loves showing students how they can use LSAT logic to pick apart arguments made by their significant others. Though this may not necessarily bode well for your love life, it will help with your LSAT score. And you can always get back together after the LSAT, right?
When not toying with felines or teaching, Steve can be found playing Skyrim which you should NOT confuse with World of Warcraft.
Sam follows two mantras. First, as Sun Tzu says: He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot, will be victorious. Second, as another venerable scholar and philosopher (Ice Cube) says: Check yo' self before you wreck yo' self.
Sam grew up in the Mile High City of Denver but emigrated to the east coast to study business at U Penn's Wharton School (cue Rocky theme). After a brief investment banking stint (yep, not so good timing), he went back to school to get a Masters in Engineering at Stanford. Because that wasn't quite enough schooling, he's currently at Rice University working on a PhD in philosophy (cue Jeopardy theme).
You'll find Sam to be friendly and personable. He sprinkles analogies and stories throughout class (lyrics from Weird Al and Flight of the Conchords have been known to make an appearance) to help illustrate the study habits that helped him obtain a 170 on his own LSAT. Rumor has it he will also provide an occasional song if the situation calls for it and if you ask him nicely.
When he's not teaching or discovering new music, Sam rocks out with his blue betta fish, Nemo.
After college, Albert made money by weighing in on the important things. Like which 'lite' beer has the truest taste and what truly constitutes ''Miller Time.'' It's weirder than you'd think. Also, less lucrative.
As a true experiment in extremes, Albert spent half his childhood in the rural hills of the Sierra Nevadas and the other half in the neon skyscrapers of Tokyo. He received his Political Science degree at Brown University, where his crowning achievement was writing a play professing his love of CNN correspondent Soledad O'Brien. She responded with a restraining order. He then hunkered down for three years of Chicago winters and emerged with a 173 on the LSAT. Wiping the snow from his shoulders, he packed up and moved to LA.
Albert loves how the LSAT pulls us out of the world of facts and figures and into the world of hypotheticals, since that's all his degree qualifies him to discuss. Students are engaged by his energy and frequent references to last weekend. And he promises us he won't write a play about anyone in his class. Unless Rachel Maddow shows up.
When not diagramming an argument, you can find Albert either in a comedy club or watching When Harry Met Sally on repeat.
Jessica is such a huge New Orleans Saints fan that she once wore a 3 foot cheese grater on her head when they played the Packers. Constructed from painted cardboard and styrofoam peanuts, in case you were wondering.
Jessica graduated with a B.A. from Emory University. After scoring a 170 on the LSAT, she attended the University of Oregon Law School where she learned about torts and poked fun of the local football team (have you seen the uniforms?). After graduating from law school at the top of her class, she worked as a litigator in the Child Advocacy section of the Oregon Attorney General's office and learned that candy can go a long way toward making friends with humans under the age of 12.
Jessica's desire to help others has had a few drawbacks (she gained 5 pounds before swearing off tootsie rolls forever), but it makes for a great LSAT teacher. The only thing bigger than her heart is her desire to say ''to diagram or not to diagram'' whenever she faces an LR question.
Jessica isn't commenting on the Saints' loss to the 49ers in the NFC playoffs, but she may have burned an Alex Smith doll in effigy.
Mark is a certified NBA geek, amateur stats nerd, and the world's biggest Dirk Nowitzki fan. The Mavs will win the title this year; book it. (Note - Mark took enough contract law to know that this doesn't constitute an offer.)
After graduating from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in Chemistry, Mark moved to Taipei and worked as a research assistant in a physics institute. An unfortunate incident involving
quantum neutrino theory science prompted Mark to reevaluate his options. Armed with a 178 on the LSAT, Mark briefly attended the University of Houston before Mark decided to join Blueprint.
Mark thinks that the key to LSAT success is practice, strategy, practice, hard work, and then some practice to top it off. His goal is to help you master the LSAT like Dirk has perfected the one-legged fadeaway.
Watch out, Jeter. Rafi is the star shortstop and leadoff batter on his recreational softball team. The average player age may be 55, but that's beside the point.
Rafi’s days in the limelight began as a child when he landed a role as a choir boy in a Mexican commercial for instant flan pudding. No photo evidence yet, but we're working on it.
After graduating from UC Berkeley with a BA in Rhetoric, Rafi scored a 171 on the LSAT and earned his JD from UCLA. Adding light to his legal education, Rafi moved to Jerusalem to study Religion. Now, in addition to teaching classes on Kabala, Rafi works as a Public Defender. Criminals by day and mysticism by night; it’s the Yin and the Yang, he says, that makes sweet and sour sauce sooo good.
As Blueprint’s resident mystic, Rafi has been accused of having the spiritual power to inspire, motivate and reveal the inner LSAT master in any student within a 50 cubit radius. So, stand back or prepare to be enlightened.
Andy's most memorable summer was spent in a molecular biology lab. His goal? Create a mouse/chicken hybrid. He failed, mainly because he couldn't come up with a good name. Chickouse? Mousken?
A recent NYC transplant, Andy hails from the self-described desolate, de-industrialized town of Buffalo (their tourist board isn't very good). His educational background is in Mathematics, which means he can scientifically prove he's the biggest nerd ever. When he realized he did not want to spend his entire life in a windowless room with a chalkboard, he took the LSAT and scored a 173. Then, he promptly started teaching for Blueprint. In a windowless room. With a
chalkboard whiteboard. Success!
Taking a class with Andy is like studying time travel with Doc Brown. Though students may be initially intimidated by the logic of the LSAT, Andy can show them that the test is not a form of dark magic; in fact, the magic is within them.
Andy's math background has pervaded most of his life, including his analysis of relationship structures and dating. He's developed the ''Kiersz Formula'', which correctly predicted the last three winners of The Bachelor.
Raina recoils at the word ''hipster,'' but she is admittedly an experimental film/video artist who loves Bikram yoga.
After majoring in Film Studies at Dartmouth College, Raina realized her most marketable skill was writing notes in the dark. This, and her LSAT score of 170 naturally led her to apply to law school. After graduating from the University of Chicago with a JD and practicing big law, it dawned on Raina that having no marketable skills wasn't such a bad thing after all. She's now at CalArts making experimental films and becoming well-acquainted with her new, best buddy, student loan debt.
Raina won't show off by diagramming logic games in the dark, but she will help her students identify their shadow areas of the LSAT and shed light on them. She believes staying cool, calm and collected is key to great test-taking, and you get there by demystifying the LSAT with strategy, discipline, and practice. Oh yeah, and a good chuckle never hurts (oh, silly LSAC).
Raina wears a Casio watch, but she is adamantly not a Vegan and hates ironic facial hair.
Adam's 6'5, 280 pound frame has earned him a nickname in the weight room he's learned to love: The Bear Jew.
After graduating Cum Laude from the University of Florida with a degree in Anthropology, Adam took the LSAT and scored a 171. He is a self-professed LSAT nerd, scratching at LSAC's door for the latest released exam so that he can pore over it and pick it apart. (Yes, people like this really do exist.)
Adam's classes are much like his weight room routine: he focuses on the technique first, then gradually builds up the routine until his students are crushing the LSAT like he crushes the bench press. When you break the test down into basics and start from the bottom up, it's an easily learnable test and he's there to spot you through it. Though he discourages grunting through the exam as you would through a weight routine, Adam believes that pushing through the hard work will make the LSAT a piece of (low-carb) cake.
When not teaching the LSAT or pumping iron, you can find Adam critiquing the state of pop music. This, however, does not explain why his workout playlist includes Call Me Maybe.
Bears like beer. Steven can attest to this after one poked its nose in his tent while camping in Sequoia National Park. Fortunately, bears are sensible and know to stay away from Old English, so no mauling occurred.
After growing up in the concrete sprawl of northeast New Jersey, Steven traded great pizza for amazing tacos by moving to California. While at UC Berkeley, he studied early Scandinavian religion and American folklore before graduating summa cum laude with a BA in psychology. Upon deciding that going to law school made a bit more sense than becoming a folklorist, he promptly earned a 170 on the LSAT and moved to Los Angeles to go to the UCLA School of Law.
Steven actually enjoyed studying for the LSAT! It can be fun... really... no, really. He brings enthusiasm and humor to his teaching, and will do his best to help turn the studying process into something that you might kinda look forward to.
Steven once fought off a rabid Rottweiler with his bare hands, and he's got a pretty gnarly scar to prove it. Conclusion: You will get an amazing score on the LSAT. Oh, and he'll work with you to find the missing premise that makes this a valid argument.
Morgan's first pets included an alcoholic cat and a deaf and blind dog with a marble in one eye. Sarah McLachlan would be proud.
Despite being born and raised in the Valley in Southern California (yes, that "Valley"), Morgan considers herself a NorCal girl. She enjoys fulfilling Bay Area stereotypes by rock climbing, brewing kombucha, and talking about her bike. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in History and Gender & Women Studies, Morgan enrolled in a Blueprint course, scoring a 171 on test day. (See, it works, people!) She now brings her LSAT prowess to the teaching front, eager to usher new students into the light of LSAT understanding.
Morgan believes that studying for the LSAT is a lot like rock climbing. You start off feeling weak, broken and frustrated, but with hard work, support, and perseverance you can develop strength and skills that are of minimal value in any other context. Except, of course, law school. Because that's why you're here, right?
As a child, Morgan was chased by baboons in Botswana. We suspect this has some connection with her love of slightly impaired pets.
As a Bay Area native, Philip is an avid fan of the 49ers, Giants, Sharks, and Pros (his former Alpine Little League team).
When Philip moved to Southern California for school, he found himself deep in the heart of rival territory, surrounded by Dodgers and Lakers fans. However, he overcame this adversity to graduate from the UCLA with a degree in English. While studying 19th Century British Literature and the works of Shakespeare, he came to realize that he might need an exit option to avoid a life of unemployment. He then enrolled in a Blueprint course and scored a 172 on the LSAT.
Philip approaches the LSAT like practicing for a sport: if you want to succeed, you have to spend time honing every aspect of your game. Also, a great coach can really help. And steel cleats and hardwood floors don't really mix. This last one has a narrow, but important field of application.
When Philip isn't teaching the LSAT, he spends his time fly fishing and dissing Dodgers fans (sometimes simultaneously).
In a town where Ohio State football reigns supreme, Nick loves European soccer. Otherwise known as football. It's all so confusing.
Nick escaped Dayton, Ohio by moving to Athens, Ohio. Not the hugest of moves, but it got him degrees in Philosophy and Political Science from Ohio University. Between IPA’s and brown ales at the brewpub 20 seconds from his house (a blessing and a curse), he also studied his way to a 172 on the LSAT. In no particular hurry to start another three years of school, Nick decided he’d rather start an adventure teaching in a new city than attend law school. As long as the city was nowhere near Ohio.
Nick firmly believes the LSAT is among the most learnable of standardized tests. He creates a warm, easy-going environment in the classroom so students can ask questions and participate without feeling self-consciousness.
Between classes, Nick can be found watching soccer. Or football. Or futbol. Or jalgpall. You get the drift.
Thomas free-climbs 100-foot rock walls, manhandles rattlesnakes, dresses impeccably, is ranked in the top 1% of League of Legends players, and teaches the secrets of the universe. Four of the above are true and one is a lie (hint: ask for photos of him as a teenager).
Thomas enrolled in college at 16, stopping six years later with a graduate degree in philosophy from Biola University. He has been working with confused college students since 2011, teaching them how to think deeply about the things that matter most: the nature of reality, the role of reason in the good life, and the strategy of serious video gaming. Thomas is also a licensed minister and offers a great deal on combination LSAT tutoring/marriage packages.
Because he believes enjoying the test was the key to scoring his own 173, Thomas looks to bring that fun into the classroom as he prepares students for the most important test of their lives. He views teaching the LSAT as imparting life skills of logical reasoning and clarifies hard concepts by relating them to everyday life.
When he's not teaching philosophy or logical reasoning, you can find Thomas watching old movies with his wife, watching his ridiculous cats, or honing his gaming skills to exquisite perfection.
Having played the piano since the age of four, Patrick has a peculiarly astute ear for music. For instance, Patrick can tell you what note your wine glass makes when you hit it with a spoon—a trick, he surmises, that would make him a hit at parties during the 18th century. He’s a man born several hundred years too late.
Born and bred in Detroit, Michigan, Patrick ventured to nearby South Bend, Indiana to attend the University of Notre Dame. He was able to trade up his miserable, lifelong support of the Detroit Lions in exchange for the occasionally hopeful, yet perpetually heartbreaking, fandom of the Fighting Irish. After college, Patrick again traded up by abandoning the harsh winters of the Midwest in favor of a slice of the good life in Durham, North Carolina, where he picked up his insatiable appetite for Carolina barbecue. And his J.D. at Duke University.
A former writing tutor, Patrick sees a lot of similarities between college-level writing and the LSAT. Bombing that first practice test feels a lot like that first semester college paper—you know, the one the T.A. ripped apart and gleefully drowned in red ink. It's demoralizing, and yet it happens to all of us, which is why Patrick's teaching style is all about building his students back up again through generous use of his quirky humor and charm.
Josh grew up in Amarillo Texas, which although in the northern part of the state is commonly referred to as “west Texas,” which is something that he is still confused by. While living there he tore his ACL 3 times (and had 3 subsequent knee surgeries) which, in ascending order of story-worthiness, were due to his participation in the following activities: basketball, rock climbing, and the card-game “Memory.”
After a few years each of full-time work and part-time community college attendance, the latter of which might be described at best as “irregular,” he transferred to UT-Austin where he is currently completing a degree in philosophy. After scoring a 178 on the LSAT, Josh joined the Blueprint team.
Josh believes that one of the most difficult things about the LSAT is that it hides simple arguments behind complex language. He enjoys helping students to recognize and overcome this issue through his use of silly and often embarrassing and/or exaggerated stories from his own life. He will be sad if you don’t laugh at his jokes, but understands that he has no one but himself to blame.
Compared to the rest of the human population, Greg has a high number of Neanderthal genes. This can best be seen in a pronounced brow ridge and an affinity for Geico commercials.
Greg grew up in the Bay Area and made the questionable decision to head to the University of Chicago for college to major in Biology with a minor in "how to freeze your ass off." He tacked on a Philosophy major because hey, why not, and found it useful in scoring a 179 on the LSAT, which was then useful for getting into Harvard Law School.
For his teaching mantra, Greg looks to his homo sapiens neanderthalensis roots: students are aspiring hunters, and the LSAT is their wooly mammoth prey. His goal is to provide you with the tools (the contrapositive beats a wooden club any day) that will allow you to bring the LSAT pachyderm to its knees.
As a Philadelphia area native, Tim naturally enjoys playing...soccer. Due to his profound skill on the pitch, Tim has been called the American Lionel Messi (both by himself, his younger brothers, and at least one other person).
Tim studied History at the University of Virginia and later took a Blueprint class in California's bay area, where his score jumped from a 161 to a 171. He is now working on his JD at the University of Pennsylvania, and in his spare time is mastering the arts of eating cheesesteaks and long distance running – though rarely at the same time.
Tim taught middle and high school science in the mean streets of Oakland, so while his teaching style is typically laid back, he's not above a stern talking to for students who don't practice diagramming. But Tim is perhaps best known for accepting absurd bets from his students – once he dyed his glorious red beard black after losing a bet regarding the Phillies/Giants matchup in 2011. Never bet against a man whose slogan is 'fear the beard'. Lesson learned.
In his spare time Tim reads judicial opinions, like all good law students do. We devoutly hope that's code for ''party like the Phillies just won the World Series, again.''
A bit of a thrill seeker, Tony enjoys jumping out of airplanes, biking down mountains, climbing rock faces, and eating pop rocks while drinking vodka.
Tony grew up in the sunny (read: muggy and miserable) state of Florida where he got a BS in Finance from the University of Central Florida. Before graduating, he spent a semester abroad studying International Business in the quaint town of Nancy, France where he got hooked on snowboarding and searched every bakery in the city to find the best Pain au Chocolat (for the fellow traveler: bigger = better!). Upon his return, he scored a 174 on the LSAT, matriculated at USC Law School, and discovered that he's a direct descendant of Daniel Boone. Talk about ancestor triple word scores.
Tony finds that the LSAT is a lot like flirting. Neither are going to go well if you're nervous and it's important to dress well. The latter actually has no bearing on the test whatsoever but he does have a fund of test-taking tips for the former. Tony also enjoys helping students dismantle the façade LSAC puts on questions to reveal how the test is actually much easier than it first appears.
When Tony isn't buried under a pile of casebooks, memos, and accumulating debt from law school, he tries to find time to bike and climb in LA's beautiful weather.
An avid music fan, Lucas will gladly tell you about the great album that just came out. His latest favorite? Let's just say he's not a belieber.
After growing up in Santa Monica, Lucas decided it was too warm to keep living in LA. He headed to college at Boston University, bought a parka, earned a degree in Economics, scored a 170 on the LSAT, and returned to SoCal as fast as humanly possible.
Lucas strives to keep LSAT class stress levels down by emphasizing that the test is learnable. That and stealing quotes from funny movies. His thoughts on the experimental section: Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get. His advice for students who don't want to study: Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn. His attitude about the contrapositive: My precious.
If you want to find Lucas after class, he'll probably be rock climbing. Or reading up on the decline of modern music.
Joe has met two US Presidents, a future King of England, and the Dalai Lama. Fun fact: the Dalai Lama has never seen Caddy Shack.
After graduating from UCLA with a degree in political science, Joe did what all poli-sci majors do and
lived in his parents' basement decided to go to law school. He took a Blueprint class, scored a 176 and got his JD from Harvard (we're so proud!). After a stint as a corporate attorney, Joe decided that making money was too much fun and currently works as a public interest attorney in LA.
Joe's teaching philosophy can be traced to his roots in Buffalo, NY. If you weren't paying attention to the NFL in the early 90s, the Bills lost four (four!) Super Bowls in a row. Joe clings to the fact that past actions can't predict future actions (temporal fallacy, people) and uses similar examples to help students analyze arguments on the LSAT.
Joe is thrilled to be back in Southern California, home to 80-degree weather in February, In-N-Out burgers, and no football teams to lose the Super Bowl.
Nick has a 180. From taking a Blueprint class. That's just good marketing so we're going to mention it a bunch of times. He also lists slack lining as his favorite hobby. Our best guess is sewing, gynecology, or rock climbing.
Nick left Half Moon Bay (yes it's as beautiful as it sounds) to attend UC Berkeley. Four years later, he left with degrees in Rhetoric and Legal Studies and an appreciation for homeless person soliloquies on politics. He also got a 180 on the LSAT after taking a Blueprint class.
Nick's teaching approach is much like slack lining in that you must trust your instructor to give you the right advice, then practice over and over so you can perform on test day. We still don't know what slack lining is, but the method sounds good for the LSAT. Especially from someone who got a 180 after taking a Blueprint class.
When not teaching formal logic, Nick can be found reading Dharma Bums or similar Beatnik literature. This is because all people in Northern California think Beatnik writers are cool, even though the writing is fairly lame. Except Ginsberg's ''A Supermarket in California''. Did we mention that Nick has a 180? And that he took a Blueprint class? Tell your friends.
Frequently spotted on a beach cruiser near the southern California shore, Matthew Riley is a Bay Area native who earned his BA in Psychology from UCLA, and like so many Bachelors of the Arts, went on to not use his degree at all.
A former student of Trent's, Matt received a near perfect score of 179 (99.9%) the first time that he took the LSAT. In 2005, he joined his old instructor as a business partner and brought his extensive knowledge of the LSAT to Blueprint. Over the course of his now seven-year teaching career, Matt has instructed thousands of students and scored 176 or higher on the LSAT four times (but who's counting?). He recently scored a 178 on the September 2009 exam, but a certain question regarding mathematical proofs kept him from a perfect 180 and the first step on the path to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Matt creates an engaging classroom setting by combining humor with a deep understanding of the test. Informative and entertaining, his classes provide a lighthearted atmosphere in which students excel. He brings that same mix of humor and LSAT skillz to our online course, Blueprint: The Movie. The video course has helped students from weird locations around the globe, like Canada, and is available anywhere the Internets cast their webs.
Matt is an avid snowboarder and he is convinced that knowledge of 'Saved by the Bell' trivia is a mark of intellectual distinction.
Ross spent his formative years in San Diego, longing to join the cool kids surfing in the Pacific. After realizing that he had a debilitating fear of the ocean (riptides and shark attacks are real things, people), Ross picked up a skateboard and has been annoying pedestrians, dogs, and security guards ever since.
While earning his degree in English and Political Science at UCLA, Ross wrote pretentiously overwrought album reviews for the Daily Bruin. One in particular inspired his then-girlfriend to say, "That was the least fun thing I've ever read." Finding that a career in music journalism was not in the cards, Ross signed up with Blueprint, which helped him earn a 170 on the September 2009 LSAT. Ross matriculated to the USC Gould School of Law in 2010 where he spent time working on the campus' Post-Conviction Justice Project and apologizing to his Bruin friends for setting foot on the Trojan campus.
Ross strives to create a convivial environment in his Blueprint classes so that students can feel comfortable during what is often a stressful time in their lives. Ross also knows a little about picking yourself up after falling down (conservative estimates indicate that Ross has failed over 2,810,543 skateboard trick attempts), so he knows how important it is to provide support for his students as they learn the skills that will get them a great LSAT score.
Ross will tell you his favorite movies are La Dolce Vita, Bicycle Thieves, and Breathless, but we know Purple Rain and Clueless actually top the list.
Spencer has seen Bruce Springsteen in concert over 20 times. This number would be far greater if Spencer had been alive during the '70s.
After a childhood spent negotiating the concrete playgrounds of New York City, Spencer attended Amherst College in Massachusetts where he studied Philosophy. When paid itinerant philosopher positions failed to materialize, he returned to the big apple and spent three years teaching middle school.
Spencer's teaching style is a blend of the tactics that helped him achieve a 179 on his own LSAT and 7th grade pedagogy. This means he preaches the discipline to learn the Blueprint methods and practice them, but counsels taking frequent snack breaks and reading about dinosaurs.
While Spencer recognizes that LA is, objectively, a failed city whose population is doomed to die in a mudslide while waiting for traffic on the 405 to clear, he's really enjoying the beaches.
Laura won the school-wide spelling bee in 6th and 7th grade with ''oratorio'' and ''antediluvian.'' She's been trying to regain that pinnacle of excellence ever since.
Laura grew up in the suburbs of Grand Rapids, MI which is a city by Michigan standards, meaning that there is a downtown area and Lady Gaga played there on her most recent tour. She then moved to Manhattan where she attended NYU and studied politics and Spanish (but please don't ask her if she wants to be a Spanish politician, because she's heard that joke before).
As a Blueprint alum with a 178, Laura uses the same coaching methods for her LSAT students that she learned while running track for NYU: learn from your coach but it's the time you spend training on your own that can make the most difference. That, and never eat a Big Mac before a big race. Or before the LSAT. Or really, ever.
For those who are interested, ''antediluvian'' means ''antiquated''. You're on your own for oratorio.
In his early teens, Johnny was considered the top Dance Dance Revolution player in the country. When this prestigious achievement failed to generate either wealth or interest from those of the feminine persuasion, he gave in to convention and went to college.
After landing at U.C. Berkeley, Johnny majored in Legal Studies and taught a class on Blackjack and Poker. After school he attempted to live the dream and count cards professionally, but found that inhaling second-hand smoke for more than an hour made his throat itchy. Luckily, he was able to score a 177 on the LSAT, a success he attributes to the test center being a smoke-free environment.
Johnny’s teaching style relies heavily on examining propositions from bad rap songs. His reasoning is that if Mims can rap about a causal argument and a conditional relationship in one track, you have you no reason to feel intimidated.
Johnny's dream job (second to teaching the LSAT for Blueprint, of course) is to play Ted Logan at Universal Studios’ Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure.
Yuko doesn't trust people who dislike custard. We agree: what rational person can resist its creamy lusciousness?
Between trolling bakeries for the best creme anglaise, Yuko attended McGill University where he majored in philosophy and political science. After receiving a terrifyingly low first practice LSAT score, Yuko got his life together. He burnt his ex's legwarmers in effigy, moved out of his parent's basement, deleted his World of Warcraft account, and scored a 170 on the LSAT.
Yuko flavors his Blueprint lessons with frequent references to the genius of Larry David (co-creator of Seinfeld). He believes that to improve on the LSAT you can't just practice, you need to practice correctly. As Vince Lombardi once said, ''Perfect practice makes perfect.'' Also from NBA player Vlade Divac, ''We all get heavier as we get older because there's a lot more information in our heads.''
In his spare time, Yuko enjoys performing with an Antoine Dodson cover band. Free custard goes to the first student who can identify the missing assumption in Antoine's argument.
As a high schooler, when Reilly sensed a flaw in parental dinner table arguments, he would rush to Wikipedia for help in articulating their errors. Aha! Denying the antecedent! Mom and Dad were shut down.
Reilly continued to immerse himself in all things both logical and illogical at Middlebury College, where he majored in Philosophy and Theatre. This meant he was cast as either a lawyer or comic buffoon, or both. After escaping the wintry cold of Vermont, he moved back home to the Bay Area and then to New York, where he currently resides. Along the way, he scored a 175 on the LSAT, founded an independent record label, and became a Blueprint instructor. Not necessarily in that order.
If (and only if) long walks on the beach are a metaphor for helping students to achieve their full potential on the LSAT, then Reilly loves long walks on the beach. His teaching style makes use of both silly analogies and a firm hand to get you the score you want.
In the fourth grade Reilly choked on a "True Love'" conversation heart while doing the chicken dance on Valentine's Day. He is still hated in certain circles for the resultant elementary school ban-on-candy policy.
The man, the myth, the monster. Trent Teti is one of the best known and most highly regarded LSAT instructors in the world.
Trent holds a BA from UC Berkeley (Philosophy) and is currently finishing a Ph.D. at UCLA (Philosophy). In addition to scoring a 174 on the LSAT, Trent has taught courses in logic and all areas of Philosophy. He has received numerous teaching awards and fellowships, and is a former nationally ranked debater.
Trent has been teaching the LSAT for nearly a decade. What for him is a painfully long time is for you a wealth of LSAT knowledge. Using his vast teaching experience and ignorance of how much work it would be, Trent founded Blueprint in 2005.
Raw, uncut and brash, his class is more entertaining than any other educational experience you've had. It’s not just a class; it's an event. And you don't have to live in LA to experience the hype. Trent brings his acerbic wit and teaching prowess to the big screen in Blueprint: The Movie. The Blueprint video course allows students to study with the authors of the Blueprint curriculum from home. Or the wide open plains of the Mongolian Steppe, as long as Ulaanbaatar has a strong wireless connection.
Trent rides a VFR800, principally because he is unable to parallel park or use windshield wipers.
While not drawing or making lattes, Casey keeps herself busy trying to feed Spam to the neighbor's cat, Sproingle. No, that's not the cat's actual name, but Casey knew that's what he wanted to be called.
Casey grew up in Minnesnowta but decided to escape to California for college. While at UC Berkeley, she studied post-WWII Japan, minored in French (she's fluent and tres chic), and earned a 171 on the LSAT after spending a summer doing Logic Games for fun. Kind of like Sudoku, but for even bigger nerds! She then moved to Washington, DC and worked on foreign relations in the U.S. Senate. After solving the vast majority of the world's most pressing problems, she moved back westwards to make art and learn the finer art of barista...ing.
Casey loves teaching the LSAT. She regularly points out logical fallacies in the media and tries to teach ordering games to all her friends (their numbers are dwindling). And no matter how hard she's worked with him, Sproingle has yet to identify a single contrapositive.
Casey has taught sex ed to middle schoolers, trained people how to ask for money on the street (she calls it ''canvassing''), and captained rugby and debate teams (those other parliamentarians didn't know what hit them). She's seen, taught, or tried to persuade just about everyone. Of what, we're not sure.
Chris van Elk
Chris thinks the most important phrase to know in any language is "where is the bathroom?" because few questions demand an answer in less time.
Chris graduated from the University of Michigan with a BA in Political Science and Japanese. In an effort to postpone getting a job, he scored a 174 on the LSAT and attended NYU Law School. After 11 years practicing as a corporate lawyer in New York, Chris decided that he'd spent enough time helping millionaires become billionaires. Now he's happy to be helping LSAT takers become law students.
Chris is convinced that the LSAT is a direct precursor to the Hunger Games. By teaching you how to play the game behind the game, he's sure he can mold you into the LSAT version of Katniss or Peeta, depending on whether your talents lean more towards archery or cake decorating.
Chris judges everything (weddings, cities, ballparks, etc.) based on food. He thinks that Logic Games is the tastiest LSAT section.
Anisa grew up in San Diego, where she neither learned to surf nor ever succeeded in getting a tan. (Thank you, genetics). Instead, she focused on drawing little pictures of animals, including a comic strip about the real-life romance between her Labrador, Ruby, and a German shepherd named Sammy.
At UC Berkeley, Anisa majored in Rhetoric, from which she mainly learned how to describe to other people what rhetoric was. She graduated in 2010 and began tutoring high school students in the art of taking the SAT. When she realized (after scoring a 176) that the LSAT was even more fun, she turned her attention to bringing logical enlightenment to the masses. Anisa finds the world of the LSAT comforting in its objectivity, particularly when the stimuli involve infant monkeys, tent caterpillars, and undercover police officers drinking on the job.
In her spare time, Anisa likes to write and illustrate her own children's books about animals. Her latest involves a parade of fish and a snuggly octopus that protects a stranded ocean traveler.
A connoisseur of low-budget cinema, Matt is always ready to compare the merits of Arena and Robot Jox, to celebrate Patrick Swayze's roller-disco prowess, and to explain why Gymkata is the most refined of all the martial arts.
Born in Austin, Matt is a graduate of Texas Law, where his 173 on the LSAT helped him attend on a full scholarship with a stipend. After completing his JD, Matt attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where he earned an MFA in fiction. Although he is a recent transplant to Miami, he's played dozens of hours of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City to prepare for the move.
Matt says the key to acing the LSAT is understanding how the test's writers use pretentious language and a bizarre cast of characters-including drunken police officers, a group of children viciously beating a clown, and a scientist sifting through turkey dung-to conceal simple argument structures. To help his students identify these structures, he makes frequent references to Gymkata.
When he isn't teaching for Blueprint, Matt writes short stories about robots and edits a literary magazine that publishes short stories about robots.
Jason's formative years were spent in San Diego where he turned to playing music to hide his inability to surf or skateboard. That theme continued post-college when he took a job at a very famous old recording studio, gaining experience bringing huge recording artists quadruple-espressos at 4 in the morning. Highlight: meeting (read: freezing like a deer in the headlights in front of) Paul McCartney.
Jason graduated from UCLA with a degree in Political Science in 2010 and has used the knowledge to aid Congressmen and argue with family members with equal fervor. After taking Trent's Blueprint course, he scored a 173 on the LSAT.
With over 5 years of tutoring experience, Jason's teaching style is easy-going and peppered with sub-par to average jokes. Even accounting for groans and face-palms, he finds the irreverent style makes his students more productive and comfortable.
When not tutoring, Jason can be found honing his basketball skills against total strangers at a lighted court in K-Town. He suspects his dreams of a career in law will be moot when the NBA comes calling.