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Larry V.

Indianapolis, IN

$30/hour

Recovering lawyer and passionate teacher

300+ Hours
4.8 average from 161 ratings
Excellent Bar Exam preparation
— Alex, South Bend, IN on 5/10/17

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Hofstra University
History
Indiana University School of Law
J.D.
Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Master's

Education

Hofstra University (History)

Indiana University School of Law (J.D.)

Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (Master's)

About Larry

After practicing law for almost 30 years, I changed careers. I chose teaching social studies because my BA is in history. I am interested in economics and government, as well as law, and teaching has been a lifelong passion. I've taught AP economics and AP government as well as world history and geography. My background includes government, public policy and science, having been an environmental regulatory lawyer and earning a Masters in Public Administration, studying statistics and finance as well as administrative law and public administration. As a lawyer, I enjoyed most working with younger lawyers and helping them become better researchers and writers. I've taught both high school and middle school.

Assisting law students and helping them prepare for the bar exam and with legal research and writing is therefore something I have been doing for young colleagues for decades.

A common thread in my experience is working with students one-on-one or in small groups. Therefore, tutoring comes naturally to me. The analytical skills I acquired as a lawyer allow me to teach SAT, ACT, LSAT, GRE, GMAT test prep, in addition to law, history and economics, . essentially anything that requires critical thinking. This variety of subjects is a strength because it never gets boring and I am able to help more students.

I never go into a lesson without being prepared. In economics and government, I have prepared detailed study guides to prepare myself and to assist students. In the first half-hour, or before lessons begin via email or phone, I assess each student's individual needs. Each student learns differently, which is why I reject one size fits all solutions. Having identified the concerns, I tailor tutoring sessions to the individual. For example, many students are visual or kinetic learners, so the use of graphs and other visual aids is especially useful to get to the solution, and to build on basic concepts. I do a lot of work outside sessions on my own time to make sure every session is productive. If I feel I am not the best tutor for you, I will tell you immediately and help you find a better match.

Please feel free to contact me with your questions and concerns about your educational needs. You'll find me a good listener and a prompt correspondent. Before you hire me, I want to know about you and your education goals. Before we start, I will review your syllabus and assignments to craft a custom program that meets your immediate needs. I will never waste your valuable time.
After practicing law for almost 30 years, I changed careers. I chose teaching social studies because my BA is in history. I am interested in economics and government, as well as law, and teaching has been a lifelong passion. I've taught AP economics and AP government as well as world history and geography. My background includes government, public Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

No charge for first half hour while determining student needs. I will discuss discounted group rates for more than two students at a time.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Indianapolis, IN 46236
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent Bar Exam preparation"

- Alex, South Bend, IN on 5/10/17

"Very Supportive and Informative"

- Gwen, Warrenton, VA on 4/4/17

"Great Tutor"

- Doris, The Colony, TX on 2/17/17

"Very helpful, detailed, knowledgable and prepared."

- Nicky, Bay Shore, NY on 1/27/17

"Great in depth review of the subjects"

- Anya, Hollywood, FL on 1/10/17

"Informative1st Lesson"

- Quikeef, Owings Mills, MD on 12/4/16

"Wow!! Great Results!!"

- Logan, Carmel, IN on 9/30/16

"Supply and Demand Homework Review"

- Mike, Lebanon, IN on 9/26/16

"Larry is awesome and teaches in a way that is very easy to understand"

- Keith, Lexington, NC on 9/20/16

"The biggest hugging from me"

- Cuong, Winnetka, CA on 9/9/16

"Truly a great tutor; beyond what I expected"

- Vanessa, Riverview, FL on 7/4/16

"Remedies"

- Maurice, Randallstown, MD on 6/12/16

"Good guy and patient"

- Matt, Los Angeles, CA on 6/7/16

"Excellent tutor"

- Janet, Ithaca, NY on 6/5/16

"Excellent and knowledgeable Professor"

- Cathy, Alexandria, VA on 5/24/16

"Patient and Knowledgeable"

- Amira, Columbia, SC on 1/14/16
Science:
Ecology, Geology
English:
Public Speaking, SAT Writing,
Writing
Test Preparation:
AFOQT,
Bar Exam,
GED, ISEE, LSAT, SAT Writing,
TEAS
History:
American History, Criminal Justice,
European History, Geography, Government & Politics, Political Science,
Social Studies,
World History
Business:
Economics, Law, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

AFOQT

The AFOQT includes a great many questions on law, economics, world and US history and government. I am qualified to work in all those subjects. In addition, there are questions about international relations and foreign cultures. I tutor in political science and am qualified in geography. There is some relatively simple math on the exam, such as exchange rates, which are subject in macroeconomics, another subject I teach. I work with students in many different areas on writing and reading comprehension. I have worked with graduate students in law, political science and internation relations. Finally, I have a masters degree in public administration from the #1 public affairs program in the US, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University (based upon the most recent US News and World Report's graduate school rankings).

Bar Exam

My qualifications for teaching the bar exam come mainly from my record as a law student and from the variety of my law practice. I graduated third in my class in law school, which means I prepared effective outlines and knew how to respond to complex legal hypotheticals. In my practice, I practiced environmental law for 27 years. Since environmental law is constantly changing, it is necessary for an environmental lawyer to stay ahead of the curve at all times. Continually mastering new substantive bodies of law is precisely the skill law students need to pass the bar. My practice involved administrative law, property law, government law and environmental torts, as well as substantive environmental law. In addition, I handled litigated matters, in civil environmental enforcement actions and insurance lawsuits, so my practice involved civil procedure.

Since a lawyer essentially writes for a living, I feel qualified to assist future lawyers with the MEE. During my practice, I devoted a lot of hours to assisting interns and young lawyers with their research and writing. That's a hard thing to document, but I believe I could find lawyers I have worked with who would corroborate my assertions.

Finally, when I decided to become a tutor, I started taking practice exams in contracts, torts, criminal law and constitutional law, and will continue to do so in order to ensure I am fully prepared at all times. For what it's worth, I have been surprised by how much I remember! My practice also involved frequent public speaking on a variety of legal topics and the preparation of class materials for conference attendees. I never farmed that job out to associates as most lawyers of my acquaintance do. I have a work ethic that will not permit me to go into any project less than fully prepared.

I should also mention my training and experience as a teacher. I think learning good pedagogical skills will prove to be valuable in all my tutoring, at any level. I was always most effective when working with students individually or in small groups. Having taught AP government, I have certainly kept up with constitutional and government law.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need further information.

Criminal Justice

AS a practicing environmental law attorney for 27 years, I handled white collar crime cases. From having taught government classes, I have extensive knowledge of constitutional law issues in criminal justice, including search and seizure, due process, 8th Amendment and 5th Amendment issues. I have prepared high school curricula on criminal justice.

Political Science

Besides 27 years of law practice, I earned a Master's of Public Administration Degree. This is essentially a degree in government. I have taught and prepared curricula for AP US Government and Politics, and have extensive knowledge of US Politics from these activities and my law work representing local governments. In law school, one of my specializations was administrative law. I read extensively in politics, government, constitutional law and political philosophy.

SAT Writing

My qualifications for writing come mainly from my career as a practicing attorney. A lawyer basically writes for a living, and success in law practice, as in many other fields, comes from writing clearly, concisely, and simply. I did well as an undergraduate and in law school (third in my class) largely because of my ability to write. As a history major and while earning a degree in public administration I had to write well to perform well.

I was not always a good writer. I owe a lot to two undergraduate professors who made it their business to improve their students' writing. I have adopted the same approach to my own teaching, and in my classroom teaching always required a lot of writing. It's one of the most important skills anyone can have, no matter what their profession is. A teacher owes his or her students an opportunity to learn to write well.

Social Studies

I practiced law for 27 years before becoming a social studies teacher. I taught government, economics and world history and currently tutor in all those subjects. I also tutor law, political science, and help students prepare for a number of standardized tests, including the SAT, ACT, GED, and others.

TEAS

The TEAS V is very similar to other tests that I prepare students for. The reading and English language/usage sections require skills similar to those tested by the LSAT, SAT and SAT. My background in social studies teaching and as a practicing attorney have prepared me for assisting students with language comprehension and writing, skills that I use every day in social studies teaching and tutoring. The science section of the TEAS is principally a test of critical thinking and analysis skills, requiring students mainly to work with the information given in the question. Again, there are the skills I have acquired in my professional life and which I help students with when preparing for other standardized tests. In addition, I attained a background in basic scientific principles as an environmental attorney and as a student in a leading public and environmental affairs graduate program. Finally, the math section, while requiring a background in basic geometry and algebra concepts, is also principally a test of reasoning skills. I am qualified to tutor in science subjects such as ecology and geology, and I also assist students with SAT and ACT math questions, as well as the math portions of the GED. As a student my courses in environmental science, statistics and economics gave me the background necessary to understand the spatial relationships, geometry, and algebra tested on the TEAS math section. Finally, and most important, my experience as a teacher and as a tutor equips me to help students master the concepts and skills tested by the TEAS.

Hofstra University
History
Indiana University School of Law
J.D.
Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Master's

Education

Hofstra University (History)

Indiana University School of Law (J.D.)

Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (Master's)

Excellent Bar Exam preparation

I was looking for someone to tutor me to help me pass the Indiana Bar Exam in February of 2017. I had tried a big-box company and found it lacking. I needed someone to articulate the issues with my writing and keep me focused on studying. Larry V. was an excellent tutor for three reasons. First, he is easy to talk to and is very patient. Second, he has passed the Indiana Bar and has studied the ty

— Alex, South Bend, IN on 5/10/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $30.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

No charge for first half hour while determining student needs. I will discuss discounted group rates for more than two students at a time.

Travel policy

Larry will travel within 40 miles of Indianapolis, IN 46236.