about scoreitup and mark sacks

“I want to pay more and get less.” If those are the words you live by, you’ve come to the wrong place!  My name is Mark Sacks and I founded ScoreItUp LSAT Prep in 2008 after (1) working as an instructor for a national LSAT Prep company, (2) graduating from Harvard Law School, (3) teaching law courses to thousands of University students, and (4) scoring in the 99th percentile on the LSAT.

The unparalleled achievements of my students include a world record for student 180 LSAT scores, and double-digit LSAT score increases as high as 35 LSAT points (an approximate 88 percentile increase).*  Countless ScoreItUp students have earned (1) enormous merit-based scholarships to “Top 10,” regional and/or local law schools, and (2) acceptance into the nation’s top legal institutions, including Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Chicago, NYU, UC Berkeley, Virginia, Michigan, Penn, Duke, Cornell, UCLA, USC and UCI.

By “cutting out the middleman,” I offer you all the fundamental training provided in corporate LSAT Prep courses, but much more…as well as a significantly better value for your hard-earned money. It’s literally as simple as that. See Top 15 and read “How SIU Classes Work” in Course Information for more details.

Also, in stark contrast to the industry norm, I guarantee in writing the most important part of your LSAT Prep course: the instructor teaching it!  All your LSAT Prep lessons are taught by me, the owner of ScoreItUp. Part-time student instructors, who may have questionable teaching credentials and motivation levels (and who may not have a law school degree), are not used. My LSAT Prep teaching experience and legal reasoning training includes:

-personally teaching LSAT Prep to thousands of students for well over a decade,

-routinely providing LSAT Prep workshops to all the top Universities in Southern California,

-teaching over 50 law courses to undergraduate, graduate and working professional students at UCI, Chapman and CSUF,

-writing extensively on LSAT Prep and the law school admission process,

-creating all of ScoreItUp’s LSAT Prep course programs, and

-working with the legal reasoning skills tested on the LSAT at Harvard Law School, and as a University professor, criminal prosecutor and “BigLaw” civil litigator.

Candidly, I do not believe you will find an instructor anywhere with more depth of LSAT Prep teaching experience and expertise, or a greater desire to help you succeed. ScoreItUp has an A+ rating with the BBB, and you are welcome to review independently verifiable student evaluations about my courses at yelp.com or in Student Comments. Here is a sample:

“Most helpful course I have ever taken in my life.” – Ashley D.

“There is no one I’d trust more than Mark when it comes to preparing for the LSAT.” – Ben M.

“The teaching technique was phenomenal.” – Jacquelyne D.

“After ScoreItUp, I was able to do what I did not think was possible of me.” – Manuel E.

“Mark’s expertise on how to master the LSAT is matched only by his great sense of humor.” – Kyle P.

“Mark, simply put, is an amazing teacher.”  – Robyn L.

“Trust me, you will not find another LSAT Prep course remotely as good as ScoreItUp.” – Randy T.

“You could never go a day in Mark’s classes without laughing.” – Nadia J.

Well-taught classroom courses have huge advantages over self-study, but they vary in quality. If you appreciate the importance of the LSAT and are open to taking your course in Orange County, I can offer you a far more comprehensive, thorough and effective LSAT Prep course. Video courses and tutoring options with me (in-person or by Skype/telephone) also are available.

And finally, a personal note: I vividly recall the stress of being in your shoes, studying for this critically important exam. But I do not believe hard work and having fun are mutually exclusive. Your rigorous LSAT Prep lessons will be supplemented by nightly “war stories,” designed to reinforce LSAT Prep concepts, keep the classroom environment lively and entertaining, and show you how exciting “life as a lawyer” can be. Hugely popular networking events – allowing you to meet practicing lawyers, law students and other pre-law students – also will be part of your ScoreItUp LSAT Prep experience, if you wish to attend.

To enroll in a ScoreItUp course with me, please go to Classroom (live courses) or Online (video courses). If you have any questions or simply want to get to know me before enrolling, please contact me. Let’s work together to figure out the best way to address your law school goals today. Thanks for taking the time to read this – it would be a privilege to work together with you, help you bring the LSAT to its knees, and turn you into another ScoreItUp success story.

*Comparing a student’s initial mock exam score to his/her official LSAT score. Results vary, of course, and should not be taken as a guarantee of any student’s individual performance…but those are some impressive stats!

MARKS TEACHING CREDENTIALS AND EXPERIENCE

As a high school Valedictorian and summa cum laude college graduate, I have been tutoring students throughout my life. Teaching has been my lifelong passion and continues to be to this day. Here is a more detailed list of my LSAT Prep teaching credentials and training in the LSAT’s legal reasoning concepts:

  • Harvard Law School graduate (also accepted into Stanford, UC Berkeley (Boalt), UCLA, and UC Hastings law schools).
  • Only known LSAT instructor to ever coach multiple students to perfect 180 LSAT scores in one year.
  • Extensive LSAT Prep teaching experience.
  • Consistently excellent student evaluations.
  • Taught over 35 full-length University law courses to undergraduate, graduate, and working professional students at UC Irvine, Chapman, and Cal State Fullerton.
  • Developed and taught UC Irvine’s “Logical Reasoning and the Law” undergraduate course, integrating the LSAT’s legal reasoning concepts and case law analysis.
  • Written numerous articles on the LSAT and LSAT Prep.
  • Advisory committee member to Harvard University’s admission committee.
  • Taught national seminars to lawyers throughout the nation.
  • Scored in the 99th percentile on the LSAT.
MARK’S LSAT PREP TRAINING AND EXPERTISE

The LSAT is specifically designed to test the legal reasoning skills used by law students and lawyers (e.g., strengthening arguments, parallel reasoning, analogies, etc.). I have worked with the LSAT’s legal reasoning concepts throughout my professional career as a LSAT Prep instructor, University professor, civil litigator and criminal prosecutor.  My law school education and extensive teaching and work experience with the LSAT’s legal reasoning concepts enables me to (1) explain clearly the reasoning in LSAT questions, (2) demonstrate the fallacies of incorrect answer choices, and (3) enable students to answer LSAT questions much more easily, accurately, and efficiently.

MARK’S LSAT PREP LESSONS

Your course lessons begin by focusing on developing the key legal reasoning skills tested on each section of the LSAT, and using real LSAT questions to demonstrate how these concepts appear in actual questions. (Plenty of time is made available for student questions as well.)

After these initial “core” lessons, we spend a tremendous amount of time allowing you to apply the LSAT’s legal reasoning concepts to additional real LSAT questions. In addition, my live ScoreItUp courses also include seven (7) full-length proctored exams. These proctored exams use real LSATs, are timed by a live proctor, and precisely simulate the experience of taking the official LSAT. By taking these mock exams and reviewing the explanations, you are able to deepen your understanding of the LSAT’s legal reasoning concepts, improve timing and efficiency, and begin mastering the exam.

ScoreItUp courses include enormous added benefits as well. Please visit Top 15 for more details!

MARK’S “SOFT FACTORS” EXPERTISE

The so-called “soft factors” of your law school application include your personal statement, letters of recommendation, the LSAT’s Writing Sample, and your responses to law school application questions.  In other words, everything contained in your application except your LSAT score and undergraduate gpa.

I have gained tremendous insight into the law school application process from my extensive discussions with law school admission members from a variety of law schools, my work on the advisory committee to Harvard University’s admission committee, and my own law school application experience.  In addition, after assisting countless students with their personal statements and applications, I know how to effectively present the background and unique life history of any pre-law student in a powerful way that resonates with law school admission committees.

Students in my ScoreItUp courses are provided training in these “soft factors” at no additional charge.  All students are given access to my one-hour video tutorial on the Personal Statement, and one-hour video on the LSAT’s Writing Sample (the sixth and final section of the LSAT).  In addition, students in my live courses have substantial opportunities to discuss their “soft factors” with me informally.  We also devote part of one classroom lesson to formal training on the personal statement and the Writing Sample.  If you would like additional assistance, you are welcome to work with me on a 1-on-1 basis to help perfect your personal statement and other “soft factors.”


CONCLUSION

If you are seeking a LSAT Prep course that demands top-quality instruction, 100% focus upon the most relevant and important course instruction material, and a lively and entertaining presentation, ScoreItUp is the course for you!