Adam Tyson is the LSAT instructor for LEAP’s 2020 Fellows. Below, hear directly from Adam about his journey to this role, his advice for students preparing for the test, and why he is eager to work with LEAP.
I attended Southern Connecticut State University, where I graduated from the Honors College with a B.A. in Communications in 1991. I went to law school at North Carolina Central University, attending classes in their part-time Evening Program while working full time, and got my J.D. in 2002. After that I practiced law in North Carolina, primarily in Residential Real Estate, Estate Planning, and Business Formation.
I quickly realized that as much as I enjoyed the study of law, the actual day to day practice of it was not particularly rewarding for me. I looked for a new career path to transition out of my practice, and began teaching the LSAT part-time for Powerscore in 2009. I discovered a passion for teaching, and decided to make Powerscore and the LSAT my new career. In 2016 I moved from North Carolina to Los Angeles to begin teaching and tutoring full time in one of the few markets that would support that career choice, and have been much happier ever since.
Students preparing for the LSAT should begin with the understanding that the test has almost nothing to do with what you know, and everything to do with how you think. They should brace themselves for something akin to learning a new language, and once they are done they will be well on the way to thinking like a lawyer instead of like a “normal” person. It is a very different way of looking at the world than what they are used to!
I believe that programs like LEAP are essential to the future of our nation. We are supposed to be a nation of laws, with “justice for all,” but right now our system is based on justice only for some. We don’t need diversity just for the sake of diversity, but because diversity of opinions and experiences and worldviews is necessary in order to ensure that our system truly respects and understands all of us. The system will only work for all of us when it encompasses and is shaped by all of us. I’m delighted to be a small part of changing the future of the legal community for the better!