Please read everything on this page carefully, as this will constitute the contractual terms of our engagement should we decide to proceed. If you have any questions, please ask.
My default is remote tutoring through the Zoom app. Skype and Google Hangouts are also popular options, and I’m open to anything else you prefer – it just needs screen sharing capability so I can utilize my digital whiteboard setup. Requests for in-person tutoring will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Generally speaking, I’ll do my best to accommodate your wishes as long as it doesn’t interfere with my other scheduling. But if I can’t make it work for whatever reason, you’ll have to be okay with remote sessions. I reserve the right to bill travel time to and from in-person lessons at my discretion, though I will of course always let you know when that is happening so we can all be on the same page.
COVID-19 Note: For obvious reasons, I won’t be doing any in-person lessons until further notice.
My base hourly rate is $300 USD/hour. In addition, you are also responsible for any bank or transaction fees incurred by your chosen method of payment. I acknowledge that this is a top-of-market rate, but I am confident that you’ll find my decade-plus of experience and expertise warrants it. Also, if you have a fee waiver from LSAC, please let me know that!
Payment is accepted via the following methods:
- Venmo to @brightlinelsat
- Zelle payment to email@example.com
- A list of banks that can send money via Zelle can be found here
- PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org – add the % stated below to cover the transaction fee
- US students add 3%
- Non-US students add 4.5% – please make sure to send in USD!
- Wire transfer – add $15 USD to cover the wire fee
- Credit card on file – add 3.5% to cover the processing fee
Payment logistics can be handled in one of the following ways:
- Lump sum retainer in advance – I offer a 5% discount on each block of 10 prepaid hours.
- Per-lesson payment in advance
- Per-lesson payment immediately following each lesson
- An alternative payment arrangement, specifically discussed with me
If you choose to pay after a lesson, payment is due within 24 hours of the end of the lesson. Late payments will be subject to a 10% fee per day late, compounding. I absolutely, positively loathe having to chase people down for back payment, so if I ever have to do so, you will be subject to the late fee and I will require you to pay in advance from that point forward. If you are worried that you will forget, please choose one of the advance payment options.
I don’t usually mind setting up installments or other special arrangements (within reason), as long as I’m kept up to speed on what the situation is. I’m generally very flexible and understanding of peoples’ circumstances and don’t mind working with you to find an arrangement that works for everyone. I once had a student spread his payment out over nine additional months after we finished tutoring, and had no complaints. But to be clear – any such arrangement must be made explicitly in advance with me, and I must be kept in the loop at all times.
First Session Logistics
Generally speaking, I hate wasting time. My students ideally come to me already prepared with issues to discuss, and I think the best way for a student to figure out whether we jive is to actually work through some stuff together. So, that’s what we’ll do. My LSAT skills (excellent) speak much louder than my sales skills (poor), so I don’t mind actually demonstrating my knowledge instead of just claiming to know things. We’ll get an hour on the calendar, and when the time comes we’ll just dive right in, get the diagnosis process going, and work through some issues together.
This is not a free trial. You must pay the first lesson’s fee in advance to reserve a time slot, and your lesson time is not confirmed until payment is received. I will be using the full measure of my experience and expertise in that first lesson right away, and I won’t be holding anything back. Since you will be receiving a real lesson and diagnosis tailored to you and not just some ‘getting to know you’ fluff, it’s only fair that I be compensated for my time and effort spent, even if you choose not to continue with me.
In the process of working together in that first hour, we’ll discover together whether there is a mutual fit. If so, great – we’ll keep the ball rolling. And if not, that’s totally okay too – there’s no pressure or obligation. I only ask that you please explicitly let me know if you decide not to continue so I don’t waste time trying to accommodate your scheduling restrictions unnecessarily.
I’m flexible with scheduling – you can have a standing weekly session or arrange sessions ad hoc, whatever you think you need. Popular choices are 1x 2-hour session per week, 2x 1-1.5 hour sessions a week, or 2x 2-hour sessions a week, but we’ll only ever do what makes sense for you. I typically schedule between 10am-10pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, on a first-come first-serve basis. Scheduling standing sessions is therefore very helpful, both in terms of securing your time slots in advance and also for predictability and ease of week-to-week scheduling for all parties involved.
In general, I do not work weekends. I have been known to give lessons occasionally on weekend mornings in special circumstances, but it’s very rare for me to give a standing weekend session. It has happened before, though, so if that’s something that you will need, feel free to inquire.
Cancellation and No-Show Policy
Cancellations within 24 hours of the scheduled lesson start will be billed for half (50%) the scheduled lesson time, and cancellations within 6 hours of the scheduled lesson start will be billed the full (100%) lesson time. No-shows will be billed for 2 times (200%) the full lesson time. No further lessons will be conducted until this penalty is paid in full.
Late cancellations carry a huge opportunity cost for me, especially when I am very busy. No-shows are particularly disrespectful, which is why they are penalized especially harshly. I understand that life happens, so I’ve historically given my students plenty of leeway for emergencies and other such circumstances. If these circumstances are legitimate, infrequent, and you are respectful of my time, you won’t have to worry about a thing. Nevertheless, this policy will be enforced solely at my discretion.
I make no promise or warranty with regard to your performance on the test as a result of any tutoring provided. My track record suggests that I am very good at my job, and I will always do my best to help you achieve your maximum potential, but it’s like the old cliche goes – the only things that are guaranteed in this world are death and taxes.
Choice of Law
This agreement shall be governed according to the laws of the State of New York. Venue for any legal or equitable action which relates to this Agreement shall take place in New York County. I’ve never had anything get to this point, so please don’t be the one to change that.
Just Be Cool
For me, nothing would be better than never having to even think about any bad stuff like late payments, no shows, and so on. Unfortunately, because the world doesn’t work that way, I need to have something in place that spells everything out. Most of the provisions contained here are for my protection, and are therefore worded in rather severe terms. I will not hesitate to enforce my policies if I have to. But I promise you that I am a very chill and very understanding person who just wants to help you learn the LSAT. I don’t want to have to think about or deal with any of this other stuff, and with most students I don’t have to. I hope that I won’t have to with you, either.
If you have read, fully understood, and are agreement with everything contained here, please include the phrase “I’m on board!” in your email response to me. In addition, please include the following information for my records:
If you don’t do both of these things, I reserve to right to bill you for one 2-hour session for no reason. Just kidding, I’m not going to do that – I just want to see who actually reads my logistics and follows instructions. After over a decade of doing this, it continues to surprise me how many people either don’t pay attention or just think the rules don’t apply to them, and it causes problems down the road that I don’t want to deal with.
If you’ve made it this far, give yourself a pat on the back – you deserve it. Looking forward to getting started!