LSATMax LSAT Instructors

Our LSAT instructors all share three key qualities: they all scored in the 99th percentile, they are great communicators, and most importantly they were not naturals.

To achieve their target score they had to work hard to learn the strategies and change the way they think. They are uniquely qualified to help you do the same.


Mehran Ebadolahi

Mehran Ebadolahi

Score: 174

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 Shinners

Matt Shinners

Score: 180

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 Rinehart

Ross Rinehart

Score: 173

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

Jelena Woehr

Score: 178

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.

Branden Frankel

Branden Frankel

Score: 175

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

Ravi Reddy

Score: 180

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.

Naz Akbari

Naz Akbari

Score: 175

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.

Annie Madding

Annie Madding

Score: 175

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.

Sam Adondakis

Sam Adondakis

Score: 174

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.

Irina Rodina

Irina Rodina

Score: 174

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.

Jacob Kennedy

Jacob Kennedy

Score: 172

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

Jordan Zanzuri

Score: 174

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

Abigail George

Score: 176

Abigail George graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology (Phi Beta Kappa) from Reed College in 2019. While an undergraduate, Abigail conducted ethnographic field research in and published peer-reviewed articles on Guatemala and Brazil. Although she was not a natural at the LSAT, she dedicated five months to its mastery, eventually earning a 176.

Following graduation, Abigail earned a sommelier certification and worked harvest at a winery near her home in Napa, CA. She currently lives in Paris, France and studies political philosophy and ethics at Sorbonne University. Abigail will start at Columbia Law School in fall 2022 where she will use her anthropology background and language skills to pursue international human rights work.

Skylar Drefcinski

Skylar Drefcinski

Score: 172

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.

Victoria Kacer

Victoria Kacer

Score: 175

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

Katherine Robinson

Score: 176

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

Jacob Reisberg

Score: 177

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.

Chris Dinkel

Chris Dinkel

Score: 174

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 Ruotsi

Stephen Ruotsi

Score: 172

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.

Adam Sommers

Adam Sommers

Score: 175

Adam graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2019 with a degree in chemistry and a minor in history. While at UNC he tutored organic chemistry for 2.5 years. After graduating Adam went to work as an implementation project manager for multiple tech companies.

While studying for the LSAT Adam realized he really enjoyed the test and was not ready to leave it behind after taking it, so he decided to become an LSAT tutor. Adam loves all things LSAT and is passionate about helping others improve on the exam so that they can get into their dream law schools. When not tutoring the LSAT, Adam enjoys spending time with his wife and dog, reading, and playing video games.

Benjamin Tu

Benjamin Tu

Score: 173

Benjamin graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2018 with a degree in Political Science with honors. He is an experienced tutor with years of experience teaching standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, and AP Tests. Despite his background, Benjamin did not have a natural penchant for the LSAT. With a diagnostic score of 151, Benjamin dedicated his time and effort towards mastery of the test. Although he had a full-time job, he eventually scored a 173 on test day.

He credits a lot of that success to the never-ending support of his wife along with taking a plethora of practice tests. Benjamin plans on applying to law school this year and hopes to find a practice area that is engaging and fulfilling. In his free time, Benjamin enjoys playing basketball, watching football, and trying new foods.

Clyde Engles

Clyde Engles

Score: 176

Clyde earned a BA magna cum laude in Political Science in 2015 from Williams College, and has since been a management consultant, political staffer, and private tutor for everything ranging from high school math to the SAT, ACT, and LSAT. He values most the relationships and camaraderie he is able to build with his students. Raised in Maui, Hawaii, Clyde currently lives with his partner in the misty mountains and crisp alpine air of Denver, Colorado. He scored a 176 on the July 2019 LSAT after intensive personal study, and is jazzed about helping students improve and increase their scores. It’s super corny, but he loves the LSAT and looks forward to sharing that love with others (you, too, can learn to love the LSAT!).

Clyde will continue his journey through the great educational institutions of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts when he begins study at Harvard Law School in August 2022. Until then, he is psyched to be guiding students down the Yellow Brick Road of LSAT improvement and success. In his free time, Clyde enjoys watching baseball and all things politics, spending time with his affable friends, trying the world’s greatest chocolate lava cakes, clamoring for LGBTQ+ rights, listening to Elton John (the greatest songman of his time), and is currently taking a 100-hour podcast journey through the History of Rome.

Emil Kunkin

Emil Kunkin

Score: 172

Emil, a native of the Philadelphia area, graduated from Cornell University in 2019, where he majored in Economics and Government. He began his LSAT studies with only a vague idea of how to approach the test. During his months of focused study he developed an appreciation for the test, in particular logic games and logical reasoning.

In addition to sharing LSAT strategies with others, Emil enjoys attempting to cook, reading (particularly current events and history), and avidly following baseball. You can find him at most Washington Nationals home games, that is, when he is not drilling logic games for fun.

Jackeline Carcamo

Jackeline Carcamo

Score: 172

Jackie graduated cum laude in 2017 with a BA in Political Science and International Relations from Boston University, and minors in French and History. As a Senior at BU she was inducted the Scarlet Key Honor Society. Upon graduation, she entered the workforce as a paralegal with one of the world's largest law firms. She will be attending a T6 Law School this fall.

As part of her LSAT prep, Jackie took a diagnostic test and scored a 149. The LSAT was not an intuitive exam for her, but after several months of studying and targeted review she achieved a 172 on her official exam. She was able to overcome her test anxiety and maintain a reasonable study schedule while working full-time. Jackie's experience with the LSAT has allowed her to develop key skills she now wishes to share with others. She also has previous mentoring and tutoring experience.

Jenny Chen

Jenny Chen

Score: 174

Jenny graduated with a B.A. in Economics and minored in Business from Rice University in 2018. After graduating, she spent half a year traveling through several countries before working as an investment banking analyst for over a year. Believing law to be a better fit for her skillset and interests, she decided to study for the LSAT and started out with a diagnostic score of 164. She was able to raise her score to a 174 on the actual exam after a few months of self-studying and focusing on sections that she struggled the most with until she was able to master them and move on to tackling the test holistically.

Jenny is currently applying to law schools and enjoys painting, hiking, learning foreign languages, and cooking in her free time.

Jay Etter

Jay Etter

Score: 180

Jay recently graduated with a BA from McGill University, double majoring in Philosophy and Biology. He has worked in local politics and community organizing, and hopes to pursue a legal career in public interest work.

He scored a 164 on his diagnostic test. After three months of self-directed study, he earned a 180 on the July 2020 LSAT. Jay firmly believes that anyone can master the LSAT by bringing the right strategies to the exam.

Jordan Schlinger

Jordan Schlinger

Score: 172

Jordan took the July 2020 LSAT, earning a 172 just two months after his diagnostic put him in the low 150's. He recently earned a BA in History, graduating Magna Cum Laude from his local university. His primary passion is reading: he reads on average a book every day and is on track to read a full 365 books in 2021. One thing he recently discovered was how much he missed studying for the LSAT. Figuring out complex problems, breaking them down, and establishing efficient study habits were enjoyable. At the time he was studying he was balancing a full time job, a full course load, and of course his study time for the LSAT- his strongest belief is that anyone can do well on the LSAT even if they have only a few hours to spare a day.

Madeline Smith

Madeline Smith

Score: 175

Madeleine received a political science degree from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently attending NYU Law. She took the LSAT (Flex) in August 2020 and received a score of 175-- much higher than her initial diagnostic score!

Mina Ezikpe

Mina Ezikpe

Score: 173

Mina is a student at Harvard Law, where she is involved in public interest law and lawyering for social justice. She currently participates in student practicing organizations and clinics at Harvard Law, where she represents and defends indigent clients in the greater Boston area on both criminal matters and civil housing matters.

Mina is pursuing her passion in direct representation of people from directly impacted and frontline communities. This work has given her a much greater appreciation for the LSAT. When taken seriously, it is not just a means to the end of getting into a top law school, but also is a tool that has sharpened her own ability to make precise and cogent arguments when advocating on someone else's behalf.

She sees approaching the LSAT like preparing for a long-distance marathon. Developing the reasoning abilities tested on the LSAT requires mental, physical, emotional, and holistic preparation, retraining the nervous system through technique and repetition that can build life-long skills.

Nate Stein

Nate Stein

Score: 175

Nate Stein received his B.A. from the University of Florida and his J.D. from the New York University School of Law. His career as a lawyer has been focused on human rights and public interest law, and he has worked on rights of people with disabilities, mechanisms for the enforcement of human rights in international contexts, and environmental protection and greenwashing litigation. He has years of experience in teaching and truly enjoys helping students achieve their studying and career goals.

In his free time, Nate enjoys drawing, writing, photography, and learning languages.

Ryen Lim

Ryen Lim

Score: 175

Ryen Lim grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, and appropriately dedicated herself to a lifetime of justice work. She graduated from New York University in 2020 with a B.A. in Public Policy, and will graduate in 2024 from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Despite her passions for educational and economic justice, Ryen never expected to pursue law school. Studying for the LSAT – doggedly raising her score from 155 to 175 – permanently transformed Ryen's work ethic. She believes that self-knowledge, smart questions, and clear learning goals are key to a great LSAT score.

Ryen has been tutoring since she was fourteen years old. She has worked with clients ages seven through forty-seven, clients who are English language learners, clients who are BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+, and clients with ADHD, dyslexia, autism, learning disabilities, and/or executive functioning issues. In her spare time, Ryen moonlights as a model and volunteers with legal aid groups and climate activism groups.

Naryan Shukle

Naryan Shukle

Score: 174

Naryan is a typical Canadian that says "eh" more than he would like to admit. When he graduated from Carleton University in 2020, COVID-19 locked him in his room and forced him to face his greatest fear: the LSAT. He started with a 156 as an LSATMax student. After 4 months he scored a 164. Then a 162.

Through determination and hard work he scored a 174 in April 2021. In his spare time, Naryan swaps between being a geek and an athlete. Before law took over his life, he competed nationally in judo. Between sports games, he's routinely beaten by his friends in video games. But more than anything, Naryan wants to share everything he wished he'd known when he was an LSATMax student. You CAN improve your RC score. There ARE faster ways to finish games . And that reddit is wrong—the LSAT can be mastered by anyone who puts the work in.