Pandemic 1L

Pandemic 1L

Jelena and Branden sit down with Claire McCall, TestMax’s former Director of Marketing and current 1L at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.

Show notes

Listen in as Jelena and Branden sit down with Claire McCall, TestMax’s former Director of Marketing and current 1L at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles. Claire shares the ups and downs of starting law school in a pandemic, including making friends over Zoom, finding a summer associate job (or not), and arranging a home to be an extension of law school. Despite all that, Claire’s assessment of Zoom law school is upbeat and hopeful.

Also, get the scoop on…

  1. Which 1L doctrinal classes are fun and which are, well, not so fun
  2. What the On Campus Interview program (OCI) looks like when “on campus” isn’t a thing
  3. How the crazy election factored into an already crazy 1L experience
  4. How Claire’s furbaby Tipper is holding up with Claire at home all day

Links and further resources from from this week’s episode:

The TikToks that Got Claire Through the Election:

Become a Bison at Southwestern:

Everything You Need to Know About Law School On Campus Interviews:

"33 Common LSAT Flaws", Available Now in Paperback & Kindle Formats:

Start Your LSATMax Free Trial:

Start Your 1L Free Trial Now:

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Jelena Woehr

Jelena Woehr

Jelena was born & raised in Golden, CO. 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 & constitutional debate. Jelena took the June 2017 LSAT, partly out of curiosity and partly because she developed a serious Logic Games addiction. After three months of 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 career in tech startups behind and began teaching. 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 & 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, & a competitive equestrian endurance rider.

Branden Frankel

Branden Frankel

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.


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