I love hearing what my former LSAT students are doing in law school and beyond. Lisa Chan took a class from me and will be attending Berkeley Law this fall. Tell us about your experience applying to law school. When applying to law school, I knew that an important factor was location. I was raised in the Bay Area, completed my undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and served my two year term with Teach for America in San Francisco. It goes without having to be said that the Bay Area is a difficult place to leave. I applied to mostly California based law schools, with Berkeley Law as my top choice. When deciding which school to enroll in, school culture was the most heavily weighed aspect. What I admire most about Berkeley Law is the way the students interact with each other and how the professors interact with their students. There is an air of altruism that is undeniable to anyone who visits.
What was it like preparing for and taking the LSAT? At first, I self-studied for the LSAT with supplements and an online course. I felt like I had enough practice, but still found myself to be nervous. The sheer magnitude that the LSAT carries made it psychologically challenging to conquer the test the way I knew I could based on my content mastery. What I soon realized is that a large part of successfully studying for and overcoming the LSAT on test day was to have as many simulated testing experiences as possible.
One of the many things I loved about Fox LSAT was that these experiences are built into the program. I can confidently say that on my actual test day, I would not have been able to score in the point bracket that I had been during my practice tests if it were not for that prior exposure.
In terms of test content, I found Fox LSAT to be far better in quality than other competing test preparation companies not only because of Nathan's level of mastery, but also because of his effective way in which he communicates the underlying logic of the test. Nathan breaks down every part of the LSAT into bits that feel manageable, learnable, and applicable. He listens to the specific needs of his students and makes the process fun. For me, it wasn't so much that Nathan was teaching me how to conquer the test as it was him teaching me how to think like an attorney.
Without Nathan's guidance, I would not have been able to gain the confidence to break my psychological barrier, and ultimately raise my score from low - mid 160's to low -mid 170's.
What extracurricular activities do you plan to do in law school? At Berkeley Law, I am excited to get involved in a number of extracurriculars including, but not limited to, the Business Law Journal, Berkeley Law Foundation, Women's Association, Women of Color Collective, and hopefully, the California Law Review.
What are your future plans and goals after law school? After law school, I plan to work in a private firm in San Francisco. My general interest covers corporate and business law related practice areas. Over the next three years at Berkeley Law, I look forward to engaging in rigorous academic material, exciting externships and clerkships, as well as unforgettable experiences through clinics and journals, all of which will have a special role in shaping my legal career.
Thanks for sharing what you’re doing, Lisa. Good luck as you start law school!
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