Lee Burgess


Legal Education Expert


J.D., University of San Francisco

B.A., Psychology and Media Studies, Claremont McKenna College


  • Co-founder of the Law School Toolbox, the Bar Exam Toolbox, and the Trebuchet Legal
  • Founder of Amicus Tutoring, which helps students prepare for their California Bar Exams
  • Lawyer in California since 2008
  • Served as a law clerk in the criminal division of the United States Attorney's Office in Oakland, as a consultant for AAA of Northern California, and as an adjust professor of Golden Gate University School of Law


Lee Faller Burgess is a former writer for ThoughtCo who worked for two years writing articles about law school, bar exams, and preparing for a career as a lawyer. Burgess is the co-founder of the Law School Toolbox, the Bar Exam Toolbox, and Trebuchet Legal, which are resources for law students, young lawyers, and those studying for the bar exam. In 2009, she also founded Amicus Tutoring, which offers one-on-one test preparation to help students study for the California Bar Exam and law school exams.

After graduating cum laude from the University of San Francisco School of Law, Burgess spent time as a commercial litigator at an international law firm. Before law school, Burgess worked as a consultant with an international consulting firm. Burgess' true professional passion is helping people find success in law school, the bar exam and then find a place in the legal profession where they can be happy and successful.

Burgess' advice has been featured in a variety of publications including Solo Practice University, Ms. JD, ABA Student Lawyer, LexisNexis, Greenhorn Legal, Business Insider, Accepted, Happy Go Legal, Student Appeal, and I Passed My Bar Exam.

She also teaches a course for Solo Practice University on passing the bar exam and has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco School of Law and Golden Gate University School of Law. She speaks frequently to law students about careers and conquering the bar exam. Outside of the legal world, Burgess is on the Board of Directors of GirlVentrues, a Bay Area nonprofit that provides leadership programming to middle-school and high-school girls.


Burress earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Media Studies from Claremont McKenna College in 2001 and a Juris Doctor degree in law from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2008.

Awards and Publications

  • Managing Editor, "USF Law Review, Volume 42"
  • Director of Women's Law Association at USF
  • Awarded "Best Thesis" in Organizational Psychology from Claremont McKenna College
  • CALI Awards in Legal Research and Writing (2006), Forensic Evidence (2008) and Family Law (2008)
  • The Law School Toolbox
  • The Bar Exam Toolbox
  • Trebuchet Legal

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