More than a Number
We know that amazing teaching is about more than knowing the material. Our teachers are caring, committed, captivating instructors who work with students to find their best path to success.
Meet our LSAT experts
Here are just a few of our dedicated faculty you may encounter.
A Kaplan Exclusive
When you enroll with Kaplan, you tap into more than 40 years of expertise researching and teaching the LSAT. Every instructor is a top performer on the exam, undergoes a rigorous training program, and is constantly evaluated by students to ensure that you have a truly exceptional experience. Only one in ten applicants make the cut to teach.
Rated Excellent by 97% of students
Years Teaching Experience: 5 years
A Kaplan LSAT instructor since 2005, Gene is a two-time "Kaplan Teacher of the Year." His law experience is highlighted by having seen the movie "My Cousin Vinny" over 150 times, and his students will affirm that no one knows the LSAT as well as Gene does. His unique broadcasting background (he worked in TV and radio for 3 years) makes his LSAT classes interactive and informative. Gene graduated from the University of Maryland with a dual-degree in Political Science and Communications. Gene is an avid traveler, amateur magician, and guitar player. You can find Gene teaching in the New York/New Jersey area and online in our LSAT classes.
"I once spent 5 months living on a kibbutz in Israel where I dug graves for dead dogs and ripped irrigation pipes out of cotton fields."
"I used to write parodies and do crank calls for United Stations Radio Networks."
Rated Excellent by 90% of students
An LSAT instructor since 2002, Jack is Kaplan's Assistant Director of Pre-Law Programs overseeing Academics, as well as Kaplan's LSAT Summer Intensive Program. Jack is a 2001 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and a member of the Wisconsin Bar Association. Jack has held a dizzying variety of positions throughout his legal career, including working for prisoners in the Wisconsin prison system, an insurance company's corporate legal department, a sports agency, the Philadelphia 76ers, and both consumer and creditor rights law firms. He is also on a quest to get a T-shirt from every NCAA Division I university.
Rated Excellent by 94% of students
Boris Dvorkin hails from Ohio, where he graduated cum laude from Case Western Reserve University with a dual degree in English and computer science. His first encounter with the LSAT was in Kaplan's Teacher Development Program, when a fellow trainee taught a portion of a logic games lesson. Boris remembers thinking, "That looks fun!" He has since become a full-time instructor at the Madison Center. In addition to teaching as many LSAT classes as he can get his hands on, Boris also hires and trains new Kaplan teachers.
"In 1998, when I was in eighth grade, I tied for second place in the 54th annual Ohio Chess Congress and won $433.33."
"For three months, I worked full time writing captions for people with hearing loss."
"When you enter 'Typer Shark' into YouTube, the top video is mine. This is also true of 'Tradewinds 2' and 'Pathfinder Adventures'."
Rated Excellent by 96% of students
With more than 20 years of teaching for Kaplan and a 99th percentile score on the LSAT, Mike Vanden Brooks has consistently been highly rated by his students. Mike has a BA from Saginaw Valley State University. Outside the classroom Mike enjoys working on crossword puzzles and playing strategic board games with his family. "We are competitive game players and spend many late evenings together trying to beat each other. It is this type of strategic reasoning that can help students succeed on the LSAT."
Kaplan's teacher certification and development program ensures that our teachers and tutors are authorities on the tests, on score-raising strategies, and on proven teaching practices. Every instructor completes more than 35 hours of training and development.
Kaplan teachers aren’t just amazing on paper. We put them through a thorough audition and screening process.
It takes a teacher
Seeing strategies on a page is completely different from experiencing them in action. Live, person-to-person learning helps Kaplan students absorb lessons on a deep level.
You may not get to bring your teacher to test day, but you will be hearing her voice in your head, giving you the confidence to do your best.
Fewer than 1 out of 10 candidates qualify to teach Kaplan classes for LSAT exams. That means each of our teachers has second-to-none credentials and top test scores.