Our History

In 1995, The Focus Approach held its first class in the basement of Saint Philip Neri Church in the Bedford Park neighborhood of The Bronx. There were three students and two attorneys: Peter Gormanly and Jim Montagnino.

Today, The Focus Approach:

  • Has anchor locations at Pace, Touro, and Albany Law Schools
  • Prepares approximately 250 students complete the program annually
  • Offers its students an unparalleled on-line 60 hour course with an ever expanding library of LSAT questions and in-depth explanations
  • Has witnessed hundreds of students become practicing attorneys
  • Partners with law schools in offering Pipeline to Admission Programs

The Beginnings (1995 – 1999)

  • Focus arrived on the Fordham Rose Hill campus.
  • Peter leaves his position as an assistant district attorney at the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office to devote his full time schedule to Focus
  • Pace Law School launches an initiative to offer students, previously denied admission, a second chance. Prepare with Focus Approach lawyers, raise your score, and have your application reconsidered.
  • Results: an average improvement of 10 points
  • Siena College welcomes The Focus Approach with its first contractual relationship
  • NY Law Journal publishes, "Unique LSAT Prep Course Looks to Lawyers to Teach"

Making an Impact (2000-2010)

  • Pace Law School, Mercy College, and Focus Approach launch "Strategies for Success in Law School."
  • Touro Law Center and Albany Law School become anchor locations
  • "Meet the Deans" is introduced ----> every Focus student is given the opportunity of sitting down one-on-one with visiting law school deans of admission
  • Visiting programs are established at Fordham Lincoln Center, Fordham Law School, William Patterson College, SUNY Purchase, Mercy College, Brooklyn College, and Pace University
  • Faculty grows to include six attorneys
  • Median reported score = 155

Moving Forward (2011- 2020)

  • Pace, Albany, and Touro Law School Pipeline Initiative launched
  • Introduced Legal Writing class overseen by participating law schools
  • Launches a state of the art web-site
  • Introduces 60 hour on-line course
  • Established on-line video library offering detailed explanations of LSAT questions to enrolled Focus Approach students
  • Median reported score = 156

2020 and Beyond!

  • Launched the COVID Virtual LSAT PREPFLEX Program
  • Median score improvement of 6 points over prior reported score
  • Introduction of the “On-Deck” video library - demonstrating how to apply IRAC to the logical reasoning section on the LSAT
  • Extended continuous program access to 6 months at no additional cost