JD Advising Celebrates a 100% passage rate for Students Enrolled in Bar Exam Course

jd-advising-2-287x400JD Advising celebrates a 100% passage rate for its Michigan Bar Exam Course

Ten students signed up for our exclusive 10-person “full service” Michigan bar exam course. The course covered all MBE topics and Michigan topics in depth. It also covered strategies for approaching each portion of the bar exam. The course met for approximately 22 sessions on Monday and Wednesday evenings. It was taught by Ashley Heidemann.

The majority of the students who attended the course repeat takers—some on their second, third, or fourth time taking the bar exam. Many of the students worked full time while studying for the bar exam, but all ten diligently attended our JD Advising classes during the months of December, January, and February.

We are proud to report that all ten students enrolled in the course passed. Several students raised their prior bar exam scores by 15-20 points. The highest score in the course was a 160 (by a student that raised their score 29 points from the prior bar exam).

To celebrate the wonderful accomplishments of the students, we were happy to host a reception on Friday night, giving away champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and JD Advising wine glasses to each attendee :)

We are very proud of our students for their hard work and dedication to passing the bar exam and very proud of our 100% passage rate for students who attended the full service MBE/essay course.

If you are interested in applying to sign up for our full service Michigan bar exam course, please see more information here.

Here are some testimonials from the February 2016 course:

When I failed the bar exam, I was completely and utterly devastated. I utilized a commercial bar prep course the first time around, which obviously did not adequately prepare me. The material that the course provided was overwhelming. Watching lectures, going from one subject to another daily, all the while, trying to do essays AND MBE questions had me frantic. I do not believe that taking a commercial bar course is for everyone, especially someone like me who needs to completely comprehend and absorb a subject before moving on to the next.

 I had previously heard of Ashley from other students who had tutored with her and raved about her work. I knew she was the person to call. The same day I found out I failed, I contacted Ashley. She was so understanding, encouraging, and helpful.

I signed up for her course immediately. What I came to discover immediately about the course was that everything is concise, easy to follow, and efficient. Ashley provided us with only the relevant information and highly tested issues pertinent to the bar exam. She also would administer quizzes and essays weekly, which helped immensely. Ashley was always available was when I had questions or difficulties. I would e-mail her constantly and her responses were always prompt and helpful.

I did not have to read extraneous material like I did with the commercial bar course. I did not have to spend as many hours as I did previously studying for the bar exam because I was understanding and absorbing the law much more clearly with her curriculum. I did not feel stressed or worried because she was always available to explain and go over issues.

I cannot recommend Ashley enough. Not only is she a great tutor, but she has become a great friend of mine. Failing the bar is probably one of the most disheartening experiences to occur to a law student. However, Ashley’s positivity and enthusiasm truly helped me get through this difficult period. She helped me to realize that this failure was just a roadblock to success. I am proud to say that I increased my score 29 points and received a 160 on the bar exam. I am so thankful for meeting Ashley. She is the best at what she does!


The first time I sat for the Bar I used a commercial study course and felt that I wasn’t feeling properly focused.  Rather, the scope of their course was so broad and intimidating that I was so lost.  When it actually came to taking the exam I felt completely unprepared and it was as if the questions were in a completely different language.  I failed on my first attempt and was devastated.  All those gallons of coffee and countless hours studying seemed wasted.

After some time to reflect and through conversations with colleagues, friends and family, I decided to retake the Bar but knew that I needed the proper ammunition to attack it.  I knew of Ashley through her book “How To Pass the Michigan Bar,” and signed up for her Bar prep class.  Ashley, as it turns out, is an incredibly amazing Bar exam guru.  Her class filtered out all the extraneous info I received in my commercial course and gave me exactly what I needed.  As a result, I was able to continue working full-time and raised my score by 19 points.

When I sat for the Bar after taking Ashley’s class, every question presented was familiar and I knew exactly how to confidently answer all of them.  Hiring Ashley and her colleagues at JD Advising was hands down the best decision I made preparing for the Michigan Bar.  As a true testament to Ashley’s abilities and effect, our class of all repeat takers had a 100% pass rate.  I highly recommend Ashley and her team to anyone with their Bar prep – her results speak to her ability and success.


We invest three years of our lives into law school to have the opportunity to sit for the bar exam, make it count. I failed the July 2015 bar exam after using a commercial course to study. I am not blaming my failure on the commercial course, but after taking Ashley’s essay course for the February 2016 bar exam, I was so much more confident. Ashley has honed in on the Michigan bar exam in a remarkable way, through comprehensive outlines, study schedules, and quizzes. Ashley combines her knowledge of the Michigan bar exam with passion and positivity. I improved my score by 16 points. I highly recommend Ashley’s course to anyone taking the Michigan bar exam.


I have nothing but good things to say about the JD Advising program! I only wish it was around in 2008 when I first took the exam ;-)

I can’t say enough about the Michigan Bar Exam course, as well as the private tutoring provided by Ashley and Meagan. This was my fourth attempt at the Bar Exam and I was very nervous. I had a full time job and was in my last semester of graduate school (I know, I had entirely too much going on!) The first thing Ashley did was help me create a realistic study schedule. She encouraged me to start early and reduce my hours and course load. Since time management was key, the course outlines were great. The outlines contained the commonly-tested law, so I didn’t waste time studying law that likely wouldn’t be tested. Unlike commercial courses, the Michigan distinctions were presented along with the common law so that I could learn MBE subjects and Michigan specific law for the essay portion of the exam more efficiently.

I also took advantage of private tutoring sessions for my “weak” subject areas. It was so helpful to spend the extra time with Ashley or Meagan to go over materials or practice extra essays to build my confidence. As a re-taker, I’ve never felt more comfortable with the materials. I actually went into the exam excited and confident!  My score improved by 12 points. My timing issues, which had been a problem during previous exams also improved tremendously!

It was a difficult three months, but during that time Ashley and her staff were my tutors, friends, therapists, and everything in between.  I knew that I could text, email or call at any time and someone would respond with an answer and the encouragement to keep studying.

I could not have made a better choice in bar exam prep and tutoring!

When I failed the bar exam, I was completely and utterly devastated. I utilized a commercial bar prep course the first time around, which obviously did not adequately prepare me. The material that the course provided was overwhelming. Watching lectures, going from one subject to another daily, all the while, trying to do essays AND MBE questions had me frantic. I do not believe that taking a commercial bar course is for everyone, especially someone like me who needs to completely comprehend and absorb a subject before moving on to the next.

 I had previously heard of Ashley from other students who had tutored with her and raved about her work. I knew she was the person to call. The same day I found out I failed, I contacted Ashley. She was so understanding, encouraging, and helpful.

I signed up for her course immediately. What I came to discover immediately about the course was that everything is concise, easy to follow, and efficient. Ashley provided us with only the relevant information and highly tested issues pertinent to the bar exam. She also would administer quizzes and essays weekly, which helped immensely. Ashley was always available was when I had questions or difficulties. I would e-mail her constantly and her responses were always prompt and helpful.

I did not have to read extraneous material like I did with the commercial bar course. I did not have to spend as many hours as I did previously studying for the bar exam because I was understanding and absorbing the law much more clearly with her curriculum. I did not feel stressed or worried because she was always available to explain and go over issues.

I cannot recommend Ashley enough. Not only is she a great tutor, but she has become a great friend of mine. Failing the bar is probably one of the most disheartening experiences to occur to a law student. However, Ashley’s positivity and enthusiasm truly helped me get through this difficult period. She helped me to realize that this failure was just a roadblock to success. I am proud to say that I increased my score 29 points and received a 160 on the bar exam. I am so thankful for meeting Ashley. She is the best at what she does!


Signing up for the JD Advising Bar course was one of the best decisions I made to help me pass the Michigan Bar Exam. The first time I took the Bar I used one of those generic Bar prep courses. To them it didn’t matter if I passed or failed, I was only a number. I knew I needed someone who cared that I passed and took the time to teach me the way to achieve that goal. Ashley and Meagan truly care whether or not you pass and are always there to help. On top of that, Ashley and Meagan are two of the nicest people you will meet. With their help, I was able to turn a 115 essay score into a 150! I can proudly say I am now an attorney and no longer need to worry about taking the Michigan Bar Exam. I only wish I would have signed up for the JD Advising course the first time.


I could not possibly recommend Ashley and her staff at JD Advising more highly! As a repeat bar-taker and someone that missed passing by three points, I was searching for a tutoring service that could take me over the edge. I knew that I understood the law, but that my approach to the essay portion of the exam needed tweaking in order to maximize points. Ashley’s course not only assisted me in that regard, but also increased my knowledge of the law a great deal in many subjects.

The study materials that I was provided with were unrivaled! They were well organized, concise, and easy to follow. I greatly appreciated the fact that I was not studying and piecing together information from a number of different sources.

The cerebral and formulaic manner in which the course taught me to answer essay questions made attacking them incredibly simplistic. It assisted me in not overthinking things and purely relying on the law and my analysis. Ashley truly understands what the graders are looking for and the best way by which to present it to them.

In addition – should you retain her services – you will never have to fear that you are not completely updated on current Michigan law, which is something that is often overlooked by other services. This is a very important factor and will set you apart from others when it comes to Michigan-specific questions.

The class sessions and essay feedback were absolutely priceless. The weekly assignments established a level of accountability that other services simply lack. The personal interaction and instruction I received was truly worth every penny. The JD Advising staff was accessible to me around the clock and a joy to work with.

There is no denying that studying for the bar exam is an arduous and burdensome task. However, my experience with JD Advising truly eased the pain and made the best out of a difficult situation. Ashley and her staff are more than fantastic tutors. On top of the superior materials and instruction, I received a limitless amount of support and encouragement. All of these factors culminated in me passing the Michigan Bar Exam and ultimately increasing my score by 14 points. JD Advising provided me with more than just the slight edge I was looking for. I wholeheartedly endorse Ashley as a person and instructor!

Ashley-Heidemann-Profile-382x356Ms. Ashley Heidemann scored over a 180 on the Michigan Bar Exam in February of 2011. She (as well as a team of bar exam tutors!) offers private one-on-one tutoring for bar exam students nationwide as well as Michigan bar exam courses and seminars. For any questions about her bar exam services, please click here to contact us. We are happy to assist you in any way we can. 

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