About Veritas Doctrina
My name is Mike Gelfound and I created Veritas Doctrina to help students create a legal foundation. Building a strong foundation is crucial for academic success and to launch a legal career.
I’ve developed a study method that will put you light years ahead of your competition.
I wanted to be a lawyer for as long as I could remember. I always did well in school until I got to college. Instead of focusing on grades I decided to have fun. As a result, I had a difficult time getting into law school. To make matters worse, I did poorly on the LSAT. By all predictions I did not belong in law school or would be successful if I got in. Also, I got rejected by numerous law schools, except one. That adversity added fuel to the fire and I became motivated to prove them wrong.
I developed a method that would destroy my competition, and it did! After my first year I made top 10% and Law Review. That wasn’t enough, I needed to do better. I worked even harder and ended up in the top 5% and Cali’d a few classes along the way. I also externed with the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles and made some great connections.
Then, I had to fight for a good job. It was difficult at first because when I graduated the economy had not fully recovered from the 2008 crisis. I had overcome adversity before, so challenge accepted! I worked in a firm that was sink or swim. I realized that law school did not teach me how to be a lawyer. I started over and focused on the fundamentals.
Now, I’m in my 7th year of practice in a reputable firm. I’ve come a long way. I was not supposed to be accepted into law school or get good grades. Everything opened up because of my grades. I would never have made Law Review, externed for a federal court judge, get my first job or land my job today without it.
The good news is that you can achieve similar results. You don’t have to be the smartest, most talented, most privileged, etc. You just need motivation to succeed and to put in the work.
“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln