Founder and Instructor
Dr. Ajay Amar, founder of Austin LSAT Prep, Austin GMAT Review, and Austin Elite Prep for GRE test prep, holds a doctorate in physics from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management. Physics majors make the highest LSAT scores on average, according to the test-maker. However, Dr. Amar has found that by using his methods, students from all types of majors can do well on the exam.
Dr. Amar brings experience from the corporate world as well as academia. A veteran of the semiconductor industry, he led his organizations with an integrated vision of strategy and risk-benefit analytical thinking. However, Dr. Amar always credited his education as being the basis for his professional success, and in 2008, drawn by his love of teaching, he began preparing students for graduate school admissions exams..
Dr. Amar has a long-time commitment to academic excellence. In his early years at the University of California, he worked as teaching assistant to Owen Chamerlain, a renowned Nobel Laureate. He subsequently won Berkeley's prestigious Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor award.
A published researcher, Dr. Amar has taught and mentored students who have gone on to law schools and other graduate programs. He has been a speaker at the ASAP (Achieving Success in the Application Process) pre-law weekend on behalf of the Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO). His abiding belief in the value of a high-quality education is the foundation of our company.
Natalie McCauley taught at Austin LSAT Prep in 2016 after earning her master’s in Environmental Law and Sustainable Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Natalie graduated magna cum laude from New York University in International Relations and Environmental Studies in 2015. While at NYU, she studied in Florence, Paris, London, Dakar, Abu Dhabi, Accra, and Mumbai.
Putting her international experience to good use, Natalie led efforts to create a global student government system at NYU, working with students and administrators across six continents to advocate for better student experiences.
Natalie scored a 172 on the LSAT. After graduating from Harvard Law School, she is now pursuing a career in international public interest law.
Summer Instructor 2016; Harvard Law School Graduate
Ajay Amar, Ph.D.
Natalie McCauley, J.D.
“Once the course was over Dr. Amar and I would stay in touch and he would still advise me, mentor me, and even help me with tasks like reviewing my personal statement....I applied to 3 different law schools in Texas, and got accepted into all three.”
"Dr. Amar was much more encouraging, helpful, precise, and knowledgeable than anyone else I worked with. He had a precise, easily understandable answer to every question, and really helped me understand why each answer was correct or incorrect. I improved radically in Logical Reasoning (my worst section) and Reading Comprehension, using Dr. Amar's specific methods."
A native Austinite, Nathan Palmer spent a decade out West and overseas before coming to Austin LSAT Prep. He performed two years of volunteer missionary work in New Zealand before taking up a double major in philosophy and psychology at Brigham Young University, from where he was the recipient of a four-year academic scholarship and graduated magna cum laude. He subsequently completed an MS in psychology (also from Brigham Young University).
Nathan served as a high school math teacher with Teach for America and as an adjunct psychology professor at the University of Texas at Brownsville. He also directed a philanthropic foundation.
Nathan achieved a 173 on the LSAT. He left Austin LSAT Prep to attend Harvard Law School and is now a graduate.
Instructor and Tutor 2011-12; Harvard Law School Graduate
Nathan Palmer, M.S., J.D.
“Dr. Amar identified question types with which I was struggling as well as patterns in my errors, and helped me to recognize and target them so that I could better handle them under time pressure. He also worked step-by-step with me through the logic games on my practice tests so that I could learn how to get through them faster and more efficiently.”
“Dr. Amar is a wonderful instructor. My first practice test was 155, and my LSAT score was 173.”
David Miracchi, J.D.
Instructor and Tutor 2020; Texas Law Graduate
David Miracchi taught at Austin LSAT Prep in 2020 while in his final year at the University of Texas School of Law. He scored a 174 on the LSAT, and had spent several years helping prepare others for the LSAT before beginning law school.
In keeping with Texas Law's mission of "Advancing Justice through the Knowledge of Law," David provided pro bono legal service for low-income Texans, racking up over 500 hours of pro bono work while in law school.
He graduated from UCLA with a BA in History in 2013. An avid motorcyclist, David once rode along the beautiful Pacific Coast from Mexico to Canada, and then back down to San Diego.