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Ashley Heidemann teaches an online law school preparatory course, and is also a tutor for law school and the bar exam. Ashley Heidemann graduated as the #1 student out of over 200 students in her class of 2011 at Wayne State University.

MBE Tip of the Day: Criminal Procedure

MBE DiagnosticMBE Strategies Blog Post Series:  Welcome to our MBE tips and tricks blog post series! This post focuses on a Criminal Procedure MBE tip. We started this 14-day series months ago and it was so popular that we are continuing it for February bar exam takers.

You will see 25 Criminal Law and Procedure MBE questions on the Multistate Bar Exam. About half of those will be Criminal Procedure questions.

Note that we have posted a total of 16 posts that focus on a specific multiple-choice question that many students answer incorrectly.  If you can master these 16 questions, it could increase your MBE score by that many points if you see any of these issues tested again (which, by the way, you will!). These posts of MBE tips and tricks will not only cover substantive law but also strategy.  So each post covers one highly-tested area of substantive law as well as an important MBE strategy. Continue reading

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Ready for the Bar Exam? Take our Bar Exam Quiz!

Ready for the bar exam? Take our bar exam quiz to find out!! Our bar exam quiz is short — only 7 questions long. But it tests whether or not you are able to articulate some of the most highly-tested areas of law. The point of a quiz like this is not to see if you truly understand and/or can apply the law. Rather the point is just to see how your memorization is!

If you struggle with memorization, then you will also struggle with application (because you won’t have enough law to apply!). So this quiz tells you whether you need to work on memorization these last two weeks before the bar exam.

Note: We have purposely chosen questions that are highly-tested on many state bar exams. These questions also correspond with subjects that we think could be coming up on the multistate essay exam (and written portion of the uniform bar exam). Continue reading

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How to Write a Law School Addendum

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How to Write a Law School Addendum

Crafting a law school addendum can be an intimidating process – most likely, you must re-confront an issue that you hoped was behind you. For purposes of Character & Fitness, this statement is an essential piece of an application package for several applicants. Instead of viewing it as an obstacle, however, we want you to think of what you have overcome, how you adapted and grew, and how capable you are of pursuing your dream as a law student.

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What Do I Do After the LSAT?

What Do I Do After the LSAT?

You’re done! The most tortuous part of applying to law school is finished! All those hours spent studying and reviewing for the LSAT are now behind you! This sense of relief is one shared by almost everyone that sits for the test. For many, though, it’s quickly followed by a question: what do I after the LSAT is finished?

Luckily, there are plenty of things you need to do before you apply to law school. So, take that newfound sense of liberation and apply to other parts of the law school application process!

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MBE Tip of the Day: Constitutional Law

MBE Strategies Blog Post Series:  Welcome to our MBE tips and tricks blog post series! This post focuses on Constitutional Law on the MBE. We started this 14-day series months ago and it was so popular that we are continuing it for February bar exam takers.

You will see 25 Constitutional Law MBE questions on the Multistate Bar Exam — and many of them will cover the powers of Congress, which we will cover in this post.

Note that we have posted a total of 15 posts that focus on a specific multiple-choice question that many students answer incorrectly.  If you can master these 15 questions, it could increase your MBE score by that many points if you see any of these issues tested again (which, by the way, you will!). These posts of MBE tips and tricks will not only cover substantive law but also strategy.  So each post covers one highly-tested area of substantive law as well as an important MBE strategy. Continue reading

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The Three Bar Exam Books You Need to Pass the Bar Exam

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The Three Bar Exam Books You Need to Pass the Bar Exam

The Three Bar Exam Books You Need to Pass the Bar Exam: Based on our experience with the bar exam, we’ve compiled a list of bar exam books we think are extremely helpful in bar preparation.  These books are meant to be used as supplements to your bar exam course materials.

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The Ins and Outs of Law School Extracurriculars

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The Ins and Outs of Law School Extracurriculars: During the second semester of your first year of law school, the “shock factor” of this new environment is finally starting to wear off and you’re beginning to settle in to the routines necessary to succeed.  However, contemplating your second year can bring on an entire new set of anxieties.  Not only are you on your own for choosing classes, there is a whole new world of extracurricular activities.

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Our UBE One-Sheets Are a Must-Have!

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Our UBE One-Sheets Are a Must-Have!

Looking for one-sheets tailored to the Uniform Bar Exam? Our UBE one-sheets (also called “MEE one-sheets”) provide a fantastic overview of the highly-tested issues on the multistate essay exam (MEE) portion of the uniform bar exam.

Our UBE one-sheets are a must-have if you are taking the Uniform Bar Exam.

We make the UBE one-sheets by going back to 1995 and reading every single Multistate Essay Exam from 1995 to the present date. Then, we compile the most highly-tested areas of law for each subject into one sheet (front and back). In addition, we note the “key principles” that you should remember for each subject. We also tell you the dates that each topic was tested.

Our UBE one-sheets are an extremely efficient way to approach the Multistate Essay Exam portion of the Uniform Bar Exam.

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Taking a MacBook Pro to the Bar Exam? Think Twice!!!

Taking a MacBook Pro to the Bar Exam? Think Twice!!!

Several states, including New York and Michigan, have announced that they are banning the new MacBook Pro for the February 2017 bar exam. Read further for details!

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How Do I Approach LSAT Assumption Questions?

How Do I Approach LSAT Assumption Questions?

Depending on how you classify them, the LSAT Logical Reasoning section has something like 10-15 different types of questions. LSAT assumption questions are, by far, the ones students ask me most frequently about. They also tend to be the ones students have the most difficult mastering. Here are a few tips to help you unlock what these questions want you to do.

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JD Advising at Michigan State University College of Law – January 25, 2017!

 JD Advising at Michigan State University College of Law – January 25, 2017!

We would like to thank the Michigan State University College of Law students who attended our speech on January 25th.  Ashley Heidemann, founder of JD Advising, provided the MSU students with strategies, secrets and tips on how to pass the Michigan bar exam!  Students who attended the speech commented that the speech was very helpful and informative!

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My Bar Exam Flash Cards Story

My Bar Exam Flashcards Story

My Bar Exam Flashcards Story: Most everyone takes some risks in their bar prep studying; most make some misstates as well.  One of the keys to creating a study strategy that works best for you, and to help minimize the negative consequences of your mistakes and risks, is to understand how you learn.  One of the biggest risks that I (Laura) took while studying for the bar was to insert the creation of flashcards into my study schedule.  Unfortunately I let this extra task spiral out of control. It took too much time away from other important aspects of bar preparation.  My mistake was not fatal however, because I understood enough about myself and how I learn to make sure that I got enough value out of my flash card project.

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Best Uniform Bar Exam Outlines

Best Uniform Bar Exam Outlines 

In you are using outlines that are poorly-written, inaccurate, or do not contain the highly-tested areas on the uniform bar exam, you are already starting your bar exam preparation on the wrong foot. Having bad outlines spirals will poison the rest of your bar prep. You can study your outlines all day – but if they are incomplete or inaccurate – you will not be doing yourself any favors. You want the best uniform bar exam outlines available!

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How to Get (Or Create!) A Law School Summer Internship

How to Get (Or Create!) A Law School Summer Internship

How to Get (Or Create!) A Law School Summer Internship: Law school is unique in that almost every industry touches law in some way. Some companies have larger legal departments, with a hierarchy of hires: summer interns, associates, paralegals, researchers, and general counsels. Some companies, however, have a sole general counsel. Whether you see yourself working in a firm in the future or in-house, the best way to get hired is by having experience. A great way to do this is through a law school summer internship!

Securing an internship is no joke, especially if you want to work at a company that has only one or two in-house counsels in popular destination cities. Here I’ll outline the tips I (Adrianna) used when forging a legal/licensing internship with an international fashion house in New York City.

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UBE Essay Frequency Chart

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UBE Essay Frequency Chart: Which subjects are tested frequently on the Uniform Bar Exam. To be the most efficient when you study, you will want to study the subjects that you are most likely to see. Below we reveal the highly-tested subjects on both the multiple-choice portion and essay portion of the Uniform Bar Exam.  Continue reading

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