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Ashley Heidemann

About Ashley Heidemann

Ashley Heidemann has taught and designed several bar exam courses, lectures seminars. She has also authored two books on the bar exam, blogs regularly about it, and has been featured in numerous publications. She has a staff of highly qualified bar exam course instructors, bar exam tutors, law school tutors, and LSAT and law school prep tutors. Ashley Heidemann graduated as the #1 student out of over 200 students in her class of 2011 at Wayne State University.

Bar Exam Essay Tips

Bar Exam Essay Tips

Bar Exam Essay Tips: If you are looking for tips on how to improve your bar exam essays, look no more! We find that if you implement these few, easy bar exam essay tips into your practice, you will make your essays much stronger.  Note that this post was written by Meagan Jabbori, who scored in the 99th percentile on the essay portion of the Uniform Bar Exam.

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July 2017 UBE Predictions – MEE and MPT predictions for the July 2017 Uniform Bar Exam

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July 2017 UBE Predictions – MEE and MPT Predictions for the July 2017 Uniform Bar Exam

Are you wondering what is going to be tested on the essays on the July 2017 Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)? Us too! We have created our own July 2017 UBE predictions, primarily based on past essay and MPT questions.
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LSAC’s Update on LSAT Testing Frequency: What Does It Mean?

 

LSAC’s Update on LSAT Testing Frequency: What Does It Mean?

LSAC recently change its LSAT testing frequency guidelines so that students can take the test multiple times in succession. What does this change mean for the average LSAT taker? Read further to find out!

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Wayne Law Purchases JD Advising’s How to Pass the Michigan Bar Exam Book for Bar Exam Takers

Wayne Law Purchases JD Advising’s How to Pass the Michigan Bar Exam Book for WSU Law Bar Exam Takers

Wayne State University Law School has purchased JD Advising’s How to Pass the Michigan Bar Exam book for it’s July bar exam takers signed up for JD Advising’s 5-part bar exam preparatory program at WSU.   The five-part program includes graded essay exams, a Michigan Bar Exam seminar, a Multistate Bar Exam seminar, as well as JD Advising’s book. Wayne State University Law students who have copies of the book will be at a distinct advantage when taking the bar exam. The 2017 edition of How to Pass the Michigan Bar Exam book provides all of the following:  

  • secrets for studying smart for the Michigan bar exam,  
  • a step-by-step guide for writing high-scoring Michigan bar exam essays,  
  • a time-tested method to improve your multiple choice (MBE) score,
  • MBE strategies by subject,
  • twenty-four “one-sheets” that condense the most highly-tested areas of law for each of the potential Michigan bar exam essay subjects into one sheet each, and
  • essay questions, model answers, as well as actual graded students answers from the July 2014 Michigan essay exam, both essay exams in 2015, and both essay exams in 2016.

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Nervous About Starting 1L Year – What Should I Do?

Nervous About Starting 1L Year – What Should I Do?

It’s perfectly normal to be nervous about starting 1L year.  An approaching big change in your life is always nerve-wracking.  But one thing to remember is that everyone in your class is going to be nervous.  I remember a few months before I started I asked a friend who was going to be in my class if he was excited.  The response?  “Not really.”  Everyone feels some sort of apprehension about this new challenge.  No one really has an advantage going in as no one has ever done this before.  At the risk of sounding cliché, you’re all in this together!

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How Many MPTs Should I Do?

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How Many MPTs Should I Do?

How Many MPTs Should I Do?: One of the easiest, yet overlooked places to get points on the bar exam is the MPT. In Uniform Bar Exam jurisdiction’s the MPT is worth 20% of applicant’s overall score (or the same as 70 multiple choice questions!) . The great thing about the MPT is that with some tailored practice, it is relatively easy to improve your score significantly. This is mainly because the MPT provides you with all of the law and facts that you need to complete the task. In other words, it is a “closed universe.” So, the applicant just needs to know how to complete the task in the requisite time.

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JD Advising publishes article in Michigan Bar Journal

Ashley Heidemann Michigan Bar JournalJD Advising founder, Ashley Heidemann, is proud to have an article published in the May 2017 edition of the Michigan Bar Journal.

Ashley Heidemann’s article is titled “The Business of Practicing Law: Targeting Millenials.” The article discusses how law firms and laywers can better tailor their practices in order to reach the millenial generation.  The Michigan bar journal article outlines 7 steps for lawyers and firms to take if they seek to make their businesses more “millenial friendly”.

To read the article on “The Business of Practicing Law: Targeting Millenials” please click on the link.   Continue reading

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Will I Be Fired If I Fail the Bar Exam?

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Will I Be Fired If I Fail the Bar Exam?

Will I Be Fired If I Fail the Bar Exam?: Failing the bar exam is a terrible experience. Confusion, anger, and depression are just a few of the emotions many feel. For those who secured employment before their results came out, the next question often is: “Will I be fired if I fail the bar exam?” In this post, we’ll go over several scenarios, and how they might play out if you failed.

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JD Advising was proud to attend and sponsor the Women’s Bar Association annual dinner

JD Advising was proud to attend the Women’s Bar Association’s Annual Dinner! JD Advising WLAM

JD Advising’s Ashley Heidemann, Meagan Jabbori and Klaudia Psari were happy to attend — and sponsor — the Women’s Bar Association – Oakland Region of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan’s annual dinner on Thursday, May 11th at 5:30 p.m. at the Birmingham Athletic Club.

The annual dinner honored award winners, the Hon. Elizabeth Pezzetti (ret.), Oakland County Probate Court (winner of the Joan Young Judicial Excellence Award),  Barbara McQuade, University of Michigan Law School, formerly U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan (winner of the Evelyn Forrest Distinguished Advocate Award) and Michelle Shember, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law (winner of the Sarah Killgore Wertman Scholarship).

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How to Pass the Michigan Bar Exam

how to pass the michigan bar examWondering how to pass the Michigan bar exam? Many students find themselves overwhelmed by their bar review courses when they begin studying for the Michigan bar exam. Their outlines are too long, the lectures are too long, and there is so much to do that they can never complete everything on their to-do lists.  In this post, we share detailed guides and videos on how to pass the Michigan bar exam. Specifically, we share (1) an overview of how to pass the Michigan bar exam; (2) a detailed guide and video on how to pass the essay portion of the Michigan bar exam; and (3) a detailed guide and video on how to pass the multiple-choice portion of the Michigan bar exam. Continue reading

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How to Prepare for the DC Bar Exam

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How to Prepare for the DC Bar Exam: The District of Columbia adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) in July 2016. You need a minimum scaled score of 266 (out of a possible 400 points) to pass the exam. The DC bar exam does not have an additional jurisdiction-specific component that examinees must complete in order to become licensed. If you are wondering how to begin preparing for the DC bar exam, we have some tips for you!

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Should I Ask My Boss To Pay For Bar Review?

Should I Ask My Boss To Pay For Bar Review?

Should I Ask My Boss To Pay For Bar Review?: While law school itself can be incredibly expensive, unfortunately it does not end there.  Bar review courses can cost in excess of thousands of dollars.  Now while that doesn’t sound appealing, it is a necessary evil, and something you need to commit to.  You didn’t just work your way through three years of law school to put your career as a lawyer in jeopardy by not preparing properly for the bar.  A bar review course is well worth it, especially for first time takers.  The bar exam is not something you want to tackle on your own.

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Looking for Washington DC Bar Exam Tutoring?

washington dc bar exam tutoring, failed the washington dc bar exam, failed the dc bar examLooking for Washington DC Bar Exam tutoring? We have many students who are taking part — or all — of the Washington DC Bar Exam that are looking for private one-on-one tutoring.  We have helped several repeat takers and first time takers pass the Washington DC bar exam after utilizing a private tutor or some of our other options. We delineate different options for repeat bar exam takers as well as first-time bar exam takers below.  Continue reading

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February 2017 Michigan Bar Exam Results Reveal Passage Rate is Lowest it has been in Decades. Why is it so Low? And What Does It Mean For July’s Exam?

Why Is The February 2017 Michigan Bar Exam Passage Rate So Low? And What Does It Mean For July’s Exam?

Official statistics for the February 2017 Michigan bar exam have not yet been released. However, doing basic math with the numbers we have available, it appears as though the February 2017 Michigan bar exam passage rate was 46%.

(How did we get this number? It looks like, based on the seat number list, there were approximately 390 bar exam takers without accommodations. There were also approximately 15 bar exam takers with accommodations in the 600’s and 15 attorneys licensed in other jurisdictions in the 700’s. So the total number of bar exam takers appears to be around 420. There are about 194 seat numbers on the list. That makes for a 46 – 47% passage rate.)

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February 2017 Michigan Bar Exam Results have been Released!

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February 2017 Michigan Bar Exam Results are Released! As of May 9 at 4:00 PM, February 2017 Michigan bar exam results are out! They have been posted by seat number on the Michigan Board of Law Examiner’s website online. Continue reading

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