Mehran Ebadolahi graduated summa cum laude from UCLA in 2004 with a B.A. in Business Economics and a minor in Accounting. The first time he took a practice LSAT, he scored a 148, which made him seriously reconsider his law school dreams. Through hard work and perseverance, however, he was eventually able to score a 174 on the December 2004 LSAT and he has been an LSAT instructor/private tutor ever since.
In 2010, Mehran graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School. It was during his time at HLS that he co-founded BarMax (“the $1000 app”) in an effort to disrupt the bar exam prep space that had long been a monopoly. Since graduating from HLS, Mehran has continued to work on BarMax (now TestMax, Inc.) full-time and he is currently the CEO of the company.
Matt grew up in Freehold, New Jersey, the home of Bruce Springsteen. He earned a biochemistry degree from Boston College and a law degree from Harvard (where he sadly didn't get a chance to meet Mehran despite them being there at the same time).
After law school, Matt has spent much of his career building materials and programs for students to take their LSAT prep to the next level. He's taught and designed classes, wrote and edited study guides and books, and written or edited an explanation for essentially every question that's been on the test. His focus on why someone would select each answer allows him to address the pitfalls that he's seen students fall into.
Ross graduated from UCLA in 2009 with a BA in English and Political Science, and from USC Law in 2013. (Yes, he gets a lot of questions about attending both of those crosstown rivals.)
But after graduating from law school, Ross couldn’t escape the gravitational pull of the LSAT. Ross has been teaching the LSAT since 2014, leading dozens in-person and online courses, tutoring many students, developing LSAT courses, creating written and filmed LSAT explanations, writing about the exam for several outlets, training and mentoring other LSAT instructors … he’s been around this test for a long time and has approached it from many angles. And yet, he has never tired of the exam, or helping his students achieve life-changing score increases.
Ross knows how difficult studying for the LSAT can be and always aims to create a comfortable and convivial learning environment, in which asking questions and making mistakes are not only accepted, but embraced as an integral part of the learning process. In fact, making mistakes is something Ross is all too familiar with: Ross has been an avid skater for over 20 years, and has messed up about a million (give or take) trick attempts. When the LSAT and falling on his skateboard have worn out Ross’s mind and joints, respectively, Ross enjoys playing tennis, collecting records, and searching for the perfect cup of coffee.
Jelena Woehr was born and raised in Golden, Colorado, known as “the gateway to the Rocky Mountains.” There she cut her teeth on logic by getting into, then out of, an impressive amount of trouble. When not organizing student protests or lobbying the school board, Jelena competed in equestrian sports and constitutional debate.
More recently, Jelena took the June 2017 LSAT, partly out of curiosity about the legal profession and partly because she developed a serious Logic Games addiction after her initial diagnostic. After three months of self-directed study, Jelena achieved a score of 178. While she didn't end up falling in love with law school, she did find herself really enjoying the LSAT—so much that she left her previous, ten-year career in tech startups behind and began teaching the test. Jelena prides herself on helping her students understand not just the systems and methods they can apply to get a good score, but the underlying logic of the test and its applicability to the challenge of learning to think like a law student.
Outside of her work with the LSAT, Jelena is a writer, creative content producer, and a competitive equestrian endurance rider. Her work appears on several popular true crime podcasts, and her spec TV pilots have been recognized in major competitions. She recently completed both the 100-mile Tevis Cup and the 50-mile AERC National Championship.
In 2000, Branden graduated with a BA in Philosophy from UC Santa Barbara. For a few years after, he cast about in vain for entry-level philosopher positions, but, when he was visited by the Ghost of Student Loans Past, he knew it was time to make a change.
In June 2006, Branden took the LSAT, scoring a 175. Thereafter, he attended UCLA School of Law, graduating in 2010 and practicing patent law for several years. Since 2013, he has taught dozens of live LSAT classes and tutored scores of successful test takers.
When he's not considering the finer points of a particularly tricky Logical Reasoning question or kicking it with his daughter, Branden writes Science Fiction. You can find him after work at the local Starbucks, typing furiously, then deleting what he typed, then typing more, and so on for hours.
Ravi Reddy received his B.A. in sociology from Pomona College in 2013, where he graduated cum laude, was a Pomona College Scholar, and received a Distinction in the Senior Exercise award. After teaming up with attorneys on projects at work, Ravi developed an interest in pursuing a legal career and decided to take the LSAT. Before beginning his LSAT prep, Ravi took a practice LSAT as a diagnostic and scored a 159. After several months of studying and countless hours in the library, he scored a 180 on the July 2018 LSAT.
Through his LSAT preparation, Ravi developed a love for the test and enjoys sharing his passion for the LSAT with others and making the experience of studying for the test an enjoyable one. Ravi resides in Los Angeles and enjoys bodybuilding, cooking, hiking, and reading.
Nazaneen [Naz] Akbari graduated from UC Berkeley in 2009 with a dual degree in English Literature (concentration in Shakespearean Literature) and French Language. The first time she ever took a practice LSAT test she scored a 145 and raised it to a 175 through hard work and practice. Since then she has been an LSAT instructor and private tutor.
Naz has always had a penchant for standardized tests and finds happiness in helping others raise their LSAT scores. Naz lives in Los Angeles and is a real-life starving artist trying to find success as a novelist. In her free time she likes to bake, paint and read anything she can get her mitts on.
A native New Yorker, Henry earned a BA in 20th Century American History from Columbia University in 2017. After graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to work in the film industry, first in talent representation and more recently in feature film and documentary development. Henry scored a perfect 180 on his first official LSAT and is now sharing his innate understanding of logic and reasoning with his students.
Shunhe Wang is a senior at Yale studying Ethics, Politics, and Economics. His first practice test score was in the mid 160s and studied until he raised it to a 180 on the January 2019 LSAT. He has worked before as a tutor for other standardized tests, such as the ACT, SAT, and SAT subject tests. He enjoys the outdoors and likes avocados.
Ben Mingov received his BSc in Biology from York University in 2018, where he graduated with First-Class Honors. Starting with a 157 diagnostic, Ben studied his way to a 176 on the June 2019 LSAT. He has worked as a biology and chemistry tutor for two years, but has now shifted gears to tutoring LSAT.
Ben is currently applying to law schools and is looking forward to starting classes in Fall 2020. Outside of the LSAT, Ben enjoys playing chess and exploring the Toronto food scene.
Rosalyn received her BA, magna cum laude, in English, Mandarin Chinese, and Education from Mount Holyoke College in 2018. Throughout college, she worked as a writing mentor and teaching assistant for college students at all levels and a classroom teacher for adult learners. Following graduation, she spent a year in Guatemala as a Fulbright Fellow and worked with local organizations to study migration in Central America. She currently works as an immigration paralegal in Boston.
In February 2020, after studying for six months while working full-time, Rosalyn achieved a score of 180 on the LSAT. Her approach to LSAT preparation emphasizes setting a consistent and manageable schedule. Outside of work, Rosalyn enjoys spending time with friends and volunteering as a Spanish-English translator.
Annie Madding received her B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, from Vanderbilt University in 2015. The first time she took a practice LSAT she scored in the 150s, however she ultimately scored a 175 on the test after many hours of studying. Annie graduated from Harvard Law School in May 2019 and currently lives and works in Honolulu, HI.
Max Van Zile
Max Van Zile graduated from Cornell in 2017, where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in English. After working as a book editor for a few years in sunny Florida, he decided to take the February 2020 LSAT and scored a 180, having raised his score from a diagnostic of 158.
During that course of study, Max came to appreciate the LSAT in its own right and decided to start tutoring to help others master the test before he attends law school. Outside of tutoring, he enjoys cooking, reading, and obsessively following NBA basketball.
Heather Pincus grew up in Falls Church, Virginia. She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2019 with a B.A. in Government with honors and a minor in Economics. After graduating, she took the July 2019 LSAT and scored a 178, and she will be starting at Harvard Law School in the fall of 2021.
Heather spent her first year after undergrad working as an economic consultant in Boston, before becoming an LSAT tutor. She also coaches Wesleyan’s mock trial team after spending four years as a mock trial competitor. Through mock trial, Heather learned that she enjoys deconstructing and analyzing arguments, skills that served her well on the LSAT. Heather finds that working with students to develop and improve those critical thinking skills is one of the best ways to help a student achieve their LSAT goals, and learn useful and fun ways of reasoning in the process. In her free time, Heather loves to bake, spend time with her new kitten, and read -- short story recommendations are always welcome!
Sam graduated from UC Berkeley in 2018, with a degree in Political Economy and a minor in Spanish. He returned to his hometown of Salt Lake City, UT where he worked as a staffing coordinator while studying for the LSAT. Sam is currently applying to law schools. He spends his free time as an amateur guitar player, Greek folk dancer, and fantasy football commissioner.
Sam worked hard for his score, but he is not someone who can study for 8 hours a day. He prepared for the test by setting clear goals and creating a manageable practice schedule. Taking the LSAT led to new opportunities for him, and he hopes to share his enthusiasm with students.
Anne Kettler graduated cum laude from Colby College in 2017 with a B.A. in Global Studies and a concentration in International Economic Policy. With a passion for education, at Colby College she tutored both Italian Language and International Relations and mentored over 50 first-year students on the transition to college. Since graduating she has worked as s teacher for at-risk youth and as an Assistant Director of Admissions at an international school.
Drawing from her myriad of educational experiences, she increased her LSAT score over ten points by tracking her progress and targeting specific skills and question types. She received a 173 on the July LSAT-Flex and still does logic games for fun.
Currently, Anne resides in Jackson, Wyoming where she works at a law firm and hikes and skis as much as possible. She anticipates beginning law school in 2021.
Chris Moore received his B.A. in Philosophy and Classics, summa cum laude, from the University of Texas in 2017. He then taught in schools in Boise, ID and later Guadalajara, MX. Now, Chris is back in his hometown of Austin, TX applying to law schools and teaching the LSAT.
Chris spends his free time playing sports, reading classical Greek literature, and eating tacos. He enjoyed prepping for the LSAT, and he hopes his enthusiasm will rub off on his students.
Ethan Mackey graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in History. For his senior honors thesis, Ethan investigated the development of papal power in medieval Europe by exploring the personal correspondence of Pope Gregory VII. Ethan scored a 163 on his diagnostic LSAT and set the goal of raising his score to a 170. However, as he came to understand the finite number of LSAT question types, he sought an even higher score, devoting his entire summer to the endeavor. With guidance from an LSATMax tutor, Ethan worked to find the specific approach that worked best for him for each section of the LSAT. Making his French professors proud, Ethan took the July 2020 LSAT Flex on Bastille Day and earned a 180. As a tutor for LSATMax, Ethan hopes to share his devotion to personalized strategy and goal-oriented study with his students.
Brett graduated from Amherst College in 2019 and worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in eastern Ukraine until he had to evacuate in March 2020. This turned out to be a mixed blessing however, for it allowed him to prepare for the July LSAT-FLEX on which he managed to get a perfect score of 180. He plans to begin law school next fall.
Jillian received a BA in Neuroscience from Claremont McKenna College in 2017. She worked as a researcher for San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research for two years and published several peer-reviewed articles on wildlife conservation. Jillian scored a 163 on her first LSAT but was able to achieve a 173 on her second through self study and an emphasis on time management. Jillian is currently a 2L at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and is a staff writer on the Arizona State Law Journal and a member of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team. She hopes to pursue a career in environmental law. In her free time, Jillian enjoys painting, yoga, and being outdoors.
Bhavishya completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto with a Major in Statistics and Economics. She took the LSAT with a particular liking for logical games and logical reasoning. After two months of self-study, she achieved a score of 172.
She intends to apply to law school this year. Bhavishya likes watching movies, biking, and horse riding.
Originally from the midwest, Andrea Kerndt traded winter for the beach cities of the west coast, graduating from Chapman University in 2018 with a B.F.A. in Television and Broadcast Journalism and a B.A. in Political Science. She presently works in the entertainment industry and resides in the Los Angeles area. A westside, non-vegan or gluten free Angeleno, Andrea is a career-orientated early riser and a tennis rookie weekend warrior.
Though she has a passion for discovering the city's best cheeseburgers, she has an even greater enthusiasm for the law. She likes long walks on the beach and writing tenant contracts for her friends. She is both a cat person and a dog person. She is a lefty who can now parallel park. Most of all, she likes helping you score your very best on the LSAT. She believes no goal is too large for the committed achiever.
Irina Rodina received her dual B.A. in Business and Political Science, summa cum laude, from Columbia College in 2014 . She led an LSAT study group her senior year of college and scored 166 on her first practice LSAT, subsequently getting 174 on a real test. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2014, spending her 3L year as a visiting student at Yale Law. Irina is a member of the NY bar and has been practicing energy law for the past five years serving as a regulatory consultant to renewable energy developers, advocacy organizations, and academic institutions.
She also has substantial experience as an LSAT tutor and an admissions consultant, having worked for several test prep companies as well as a private tutor over the past 8 years, and volunteering as an interviewer for the Harvard admissions office. Irina resides in Los Angles and enjoys hiking, cross-country skiing, and photography.
Albert Qian grew up in Irvine, California, and eventually graduated from the University of Southern California in 2020 with a B.A. in Political Science and a M.S. in Journalism. He started studying for the LSAT in May 2020 with a diagnostic of 158 and eventually scored a 178 on the July 2020 LSAT. Having worked as a private tutor throughout high school and college, Albert is passionate about helping his students reach their goals through individualized lessons and adapting to each student's unique strengths and weaknesses.
Currently, Albert lives in Los Angeles, CA, applying to law schools and working as a freelance journalist. In his free time, he enjoys cooking (and eating) Asian food, discovering new music, and learning how to surf.
Nina Herth graduated from the University of Florida with a Masters of International Business in May of 2019 and a Bachelor of Science in Finance in December of 2018. She currently is working in fundraising and communications at a non-profit law firm in the District of Columbia. Nina is applying to law school now and hopes to practice Public Interest Law in the future.
She scored a 150 on her first diagnostic. Through a lot of practice, she increased her score by 25 points and achieved a 175 on the actual LSAT. Nina found that her understanding of the test increased when she focused on approaching the LSAT systematically, like a beatable game. She is looking forward to helping other prospective law students to increase their score and to enjoy the studying process as much as she did.
Tom Fogarty graduated summa cum laude in May 2020 from the Ohio State University with a BA in History. In December of 2019, he took his first diagnostic test and scored a 151. Over the next six months, Tom studied intensely, making full use of the LSATMax course materials. In July of 2020, he received a 173 on the LSAT-Flex. Since then, Tom has been inspired to share his story with others to take their scores to the next level.
Having desired to become an attorney since high school, Tom is currently applying to all T14 law schools and hopes to pursue a career in criminal law. In his free time, Tom enjoys learning languages, writing novels, and exercising. Tom delights in seeing students succeed, and regularly searches for new and innovative methods to tackle the most difficult sections of the LSAT.
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Dylan attended Middlebury College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 2019. Upon taking his first practice LSAT, he was excited by the prospect of a practical application for his analytical training and, after two months of self-study, scored a 180. He's now applying to law schools and hopes his patient nature and penchant for logic can help his students achieve their goals.
Dylan lives in bucolic Vermont with his partner and puppy Ellie (a key supporter of his LSAT success). In his free time, he enjoys pizza making, being dragged to the dog park, and watching Top Chef.
Originally from outside Philadelphia, Caroline now lives in Nashville, TN, where she attends Vanderbilt University. She will graduate in December 2020 with a B.A. in Psychology and Law, History, and Society (LHS). Caroline is in the middle of applying to law school and plans to matriculate in the fall of 2021. Starting out with a diagnostic score in the 150s, she ultimately received a 175 on the July LSAT-flex. Caroline improved her score by approaching the test piece-by-piece, tackling the specific areas that were giving her trouble before addressing the exam as a whole. Having had personal experience with the new flex-test format, she looks forward to helping other prospective law students improve their scores in the midst of these unexpected circumstances. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys hiking with her dogs, horseback riding, and painting.
Originally from Texas, Jacob Kennedy currently resides in Boston. He is on track to graduate in 2020 with a B.A. in Computer Science and a minor in Economics. Jacob has tutored for hundreds of hours over the last three years in subjects including LSAT, SAT, ACT, and Statistics. He looks forward to tutoring sessions each day because he finds them to be genuinely fun and rewarding.
Jacob's approach to the LSAT focuses on making the exam as systematic as possible. He excels not only at identifying where a student is going wrong but also at offering plans of action to rectify the mistake. During his free time, Jacob enjoys snowboarding, traveling, and watching Boston sports.
Jordan Zanzuri received her BA in Finance and International Business this past summer from Florida International University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude. Currently she is pursuing her Master of Science in Technology Management at Columbia University in New York City. Jordan is currently applying to law school and hopes to practice corporate law in the future.
On her diagnostic test she earned a 152. She was able to increase her score by 22 points to a 174, by changing her mindset regarding the test. Jordan found her success by learning to enjoy studying for the LSAT.
Abigail George (she/they) graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology (Phi Beta Kappa) from Reed College. Although she was not a natural at the LSAT, she dedicated a gap semester to its mastery, eventually earning a 176. Supported by research grants, Abigail lived in Guatemala for 6 months between 2017 and 2019 to conduct ethnographic field research. Abigail has published peer-reviewed articles on Guatemala and Brazil and presented their research at national academic conferences.
Following graduation, Abigail earned a sommelier certification and worked harvest at a winery near her home in Napa, CA. Abigail currently lives in Paris, France and studies political philosophy at Sorbonne University. Abigail will start at Columbia Law School in fall 2021 where she will use her anthropology background and language skills to pursue international human rights work.
Skylar Drefcinski will graduate from Indiana University in 2020 with a B.S. in Public Affairs, a certificate in Public Management, and minors in Spanish and Communication & Public Advocacy. She is currently in the process of applying to law schools and looks forward to a career of practicing law.
Skylar used LSATMax to study for a month full-time leading up to the June 2019 LSAT, where she scored in the 99th percentile. Her favorite thing about the course is the flexibility it allows students. As a current undergraduate who just took the test, she can relate to the time constraints students face and the need to maximize and personalize prep time.
Kalyn recently graduated from Colorado Christian University with a degree in Economics. She participated in Speech, Debate, and Moot Court, but only decided to pursue a career in law after studying economic inequality in South Africa.
She has extensive teaching and curriculum development experience and took her diagnostic 163 to 177 after using LSATMax and changing her approach to the LSAT. Her favorite section is logical reasoning, but she worked hardest on reading comprehension and loves teaching others how to master it.
She lives in Austin, Texas, and is applying to law schools in the 2020 cycle. She spends most of her free time with her basset hound, Lizzo, and takes any opportunity to travel!
Victoria Kacer graduated from Trent University in 2019 with a B.ESS in Environmental Science/Studies. Volunteering with organizations championing environmental justice and Indigenous resurgence throughout southern Ontario sparked her passion for social and environmental justice.
Victoria studied for the LSAT during the summer of 2018 and, with the help of LSATMax's thorough and flexible course of study, was able to raise her score from 157 to 175 while working full-time conducting policy evaluations for the Government of Ontario. Victoria will be attending the University of Victoria in British Columbia this fall with plans to specialize in environmental law.
Katherine Robinson graduated from Columbia University in 2013 with a B.A. in History and Human Rights. Through hard work and lots of practice, she was able to score a 176 on the June 2014 LSAT.
Katherine graduated from Harvard Law School in 2018 and is now working at a criminal justice non-profit organization in Los Angeles.
Jacob Reisberg graduated from Grinnell College in 2010 with a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science. Jacob first attempted the LSAT his senior year of college, without much preparation, and got a 161. With intensive study and practice, he was able to get a 177 and went on to attend Harvard Law School.
Since graduating cum laude in 2015, Jacob has clerked on the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals, the District Court of Oregon, and has also practiced as a legislative counsel and criminal defense lawyer.
Max received a BA in Economics from the University of Rhode Island in 2019. He also played french horn in the University Orchestra and Wind Ensemble as well as with the Newport County Orchestra. He spent three years working as a sailing instructor in his hometown of Norwalk, Connecticut, where he discovered his passion for teaching. Max scored a 160 on his diagnostic but was able to achieve a 172 on the actual LSAT through dedicated study and an emphasis on understanding not only how to identify the correct answer, but also on recognizing the mistake made in each incorrect answer.
Max is currently applying to law schools and hopes to pursue a career in either intellectual property or litigation. In his free time, Max likes to spend time on the water, play french horn, and play soccer with friends.
Chris Dinkel earned his BA in Church History from Oral Roberts University in 2008 and his MA in Diplomatic History from Fort Hays State University in 2010. After working nearly a decade in marketing and sales, Chris chose to pursue a legal career and found LSATMax to be the best way to prepare for the LSAT while maintaining a full-time career. Starting with a 152 on his first practice test, he ultimately scored a 174 on the December 2016 LSAT, was offered admission to multiple T14 law schools, and will be attending Columbia Law School in the fall of 2018.
In contrast to the dread that many people associate with studying for and taking the LSAT, Chris enjoyed the process of mastering the exam and believes that taking the LSAT need not be a traumatic experience. By taking advantage of LSATMax's comprehensive course of study, extensive library of practice material, and expert instructors, he was able to score in the 99th percentile and is eager to help you maximize your potential on the exam as well.
Stephen graduated from the University of Miami in 2009. After scoring a 158 on his first practice LSAT, he was able to boost his score to 172 and gain admission to Georgetown Law. Rather than head straight to law school, however, Stephen spent two years tutoring SAT, ACT, and LSAT, and playing in a reggae-rock band in his hometown of Buffalo, NY.
After finishing law school, Stephen passed both the New York and California bar exams, and now calls Venice Beach home. He loves teaching and has at times coached soccer and taught piano. He plays in a couple of bands and enjoys hiking, going to concerts, playing beach volleyball, and eating burritos.