Bar Exam Appeals

For the July 2016 Michigan bar exam, only six bar exam appeals passed in the state of Michigan. We wrote five of those six appeals – or 80% of the passing appeals in the state.

The Heidemann Law Firm

Partners of the Heidemann Law Firm, Ashley Heidemann and Meagan Jabbori

Michigan Bar Exam Appeals: If you failed the Michigan bar exam, we want to start by saying we are very sorry that you did not pass. We know it can be devastating when something you have worked so hard for does not come to fruition.

The good news is, depending on your score as well as the content of your essays, you might be able to appeal your score. An appeal is basically a persuasive brief that argues why you should receive more points on the essay portion of the Michigan bar exam. A successful appeal would mean that you can become a licensed lawyer without having to retake the bar exam. We know something about writing successful appeals — as we wrote half of the passing appeals in the state for the July 2015 Michigan bar exam. We received a total of 29 points back on the appeals that we wrote. For the July 2016 Michigan bar exam, we wrote five of the six appeals that passed in the state of Michigan.

If you are wondering whether you have a good chance of succeeding on an appeal, we have a detailed online resource that is worth consulting. This resource should help you make a determination about whether it is worth it to appeal.  If you would like to hear our opinion about your specific score, feel free to give us a call (248-497-0187) or send us an e-mail (ashley@jdadvising.com or meagan@jdadvising.com). We are happy to review your essays, talk about your score and discuss the likelihood of succeeding on an appeal — free of charge.

The two partners of the Heidemann Law Firm, Ashley Heidemann or Meagan Jabbori (pictured to the left), will talk to you personally about your appeal if you call or email us. Ashley and Meagan have been partners in the Heidemann Law Firm since the beginning and have extensive experience writing successful appeals. Both Ashley and Meagan scored extremely high on the bar exam and both teach courses on the Michigan bar exam.

If you decide to appeal your score, the next decision you have to make is whether you will write your own appeal or whether you want to hire us to write one for you. We have a blog post that specifically talks about this decision and the factors you should consider. You can read the blog post, Should I Write My Own Appeal or Should I Have Someone Write it For me?” here. We have plenty of resources and how-to guides for students who decide to write their own appeal. You can also check out our guide to “the next step” if you decide to appeal your score. To read all of our posts on Michigan bar exam appeals, click here.

If you are looking for someone to write the appeal for you, please do not hesitate to contact us.We  write all of our appeals through our firm, the Heidemann law firm. Our firm specializes in writing Michigan bar exam appeals. As mentioned above, we wrote five appeals out of the six appeals that passed in the state for the July 2016 bar exam.

We only take a limited number of appeals each administration so feel free to sign up early then take your name off the list if you decide not to appeal your score or change your mind about having us write it.  It is best to contact us sooner rather than later!

We charge $5,000 as a flat rate per appeal. For more information, please contact us at ashley@jdadvising.com or 248-497-0187.

Michigan Bar Exam Appeals Testimonials

After I first received my bar exam results, I was completely devastated. The score I has earned was 2 points lower than what I needed in order to pass the exam. I immediately reached out to Ashley Heidemann, who I had heard marvelous things about. From the start to the process, Ashley was nothing but kind and helpful! She guided me through each question that was going to be appealed and explained everything very detailed. Anytime I had a question or concern, Ms. Heidemann was extremely prompt in her response. Within 24 hours I always had an answer to my questions. I needed 3 points to pass and that is exactly what I got! I cannot be more grateful for the service and kindness JD Advising provided. Thank you! Appealed and Passed the July 2016 Michigan bar exam

Learning that I failed the Bar exam by one point was absolutely devastating. I did some research on Bar exam appeals and decided to reach out to the Heidemann Law Firm. I emailed my answers to Ashley on Saturday morning and she replied back in a couple hours with specific opinions on each answer. Not only were Ashley’s opinions thorough, they were also honest. There wasn’t one point during our consultation that I thought I was just being told what I wanted to hear. It was that level of dedication and professionalism that led me to retain the Heidemann Law Firm for my appeal.

During the drafting process, both Ashley and Meagan kept in constant contact with me (at my request—they left it up to me to decide how involved I wanted to be with the drafting). Once finished, they hand delivered my appeal to the State Bar and provided me with a receipt!

After waiting a month, I received the best Christmas Present ever—I received the one point I needed to pass the Bar!

My whole experience with the Heidemann Law Firm made both failing and appealing the Michigan Bar Exam as stress-free as it can be. I would gladly and eagerly suggest them to anyone who is even considering an appeal. Appealed and Passed the July 2016 Michigan bar exam

Failing the bar exam by 1 point is not one’s best moment.  I was devastated to learn that I failed the July 2016 Michigan Bar Exam by one point. I contacted Ashley Heidemann immediately and she urged me to get my essays back from the Board of Law Examiners. I received my essays back on a Saturday and sent them to Ashley and she reviewed them right away! Ashley showed great compassion and a deep understanding of what I was going through. She sent back a detailed analysis of each question that I should and should not appeal. From that moment on I knew she was the right choice to write my appeal. Ashley and her co-partner Meagan both go above and beyond in their process to make sure they write the best possible appeal to get you your license.  Ashley and Meagan would both contact me every 2-3 days to inform me on the status of the appeal. Ashley always replies to e-mails and phone calls very promptly!  When I met with Meagan she allowed me to review my appeal with as much time as I needed.  Ashley and Meagan are both very professional and there is no doubt in my mind that they are the best in the business when it comes to Michigan Bar Exam Appeals.  I received the one point I needed on appeal and I am so happy I trusted Ashley Heidemann. It would be reckless for anyone to not go with Ashley Heidemann for their Bar Exam Appeal.  Thanks to her I am finally at ease and she is the reason why I am going to be practicing law.Appealed and Passed the July 2016 Michigan bar exam

I would only recommend the Heidemann Law Firm to write someone’s bar exam appeal. Ashley and Meagan offer only the highest amount of professionalism during the appeal process. 

At the beginning of the appeal process, they provided me with in-depth and honest feedback regarding my essays. They also always answered any question I had about the process in a timely manner and with great detail. Most importantly, Ashley and Meagan do a great job fighting for you.

Even before I received the two points I needed to pass the bar exam, I felt that I made the best choice hiring Ashley and Meagan, and I hope anyone who needs to appeal the bar exam chooses the Heidemann Law Firm. Appealed and Passed the July 2016 Michigan bar exam

I was devastated when I realized my name was not on the bar examination pass list. After receiving the official letter, confirming that I failed by only one point, I decided it was worth it to file an appeal. My boss suggested that I contact The Heidemann Law Firm. They responded quickly to all of my emails and telephone calls, even after business hours and on weekends. They were always professional, extremely knowledgable and incredibly nice!

Ashley and Meagan told me that there were arguments they could make on appeal, after reviewing my essays. They answered all of my questions and explained that there were never any guarantees, because of the inherent risk of appealing bar exam results.

I decided to appeal, with the help of The Heidemann Law Firm, and I am very happy that I did. They went above and beyond, providing exceptional service, during the entire appeal process. I was completely at ease, knowing that they were handling my appeal as if it were their own.  I only needed one point and ended up receiving three points on appeal and passing with a 136. I was extremely happy that I did not have to sit for the bar exam again.Thanks to The Heidemann Law Firm, my appeal was successful and I am licensed!  Appealed and Passed the February 2016 Michigan bar exam 

I’d had the pleasure of working with Ashley in the past for tutoring so when I realized I was one point away from passing the bar exam, she was the first person I contacted. Ashley has always been extremely professional and is quick to respond to emails. In addition to this, she is an amazing person who will go out of her way to ensure you are comfortable from the moment you walk in the door. The appeal Ashley and her team wrote was extremely thorough. I could tell they put their heart and soul into it even though there was a likely chance only the first question would be read when the board determined whether to grant me the needed point. I highly recommend Ashley and the team at Heidemann Law Firm for any of your matters, but especially for the Bar Appeal process. Appealed and Passed the February 2016 Michigan bar exam 

I was devastated when I realized my name was not on the bar examination pass list. After receiving the official letter, confirming that I failed by only one point, I decided it was worth it to file an appeal. My boss suggested that I contact The Heidemann Law Firm. They responded quickly to all of my emails and telephone calls, even after business hours and on weekends. They were always professional, extremely knowledgable and incredibly nice!

Ashley and Meagan told me that there were arguments they could make on appeal, after reviewing my essays. They answered all of my questions and explained that there were never any guarantees, because of the inherent risk of appealing bar exam results.

Ashley HeidemannAshley and her team provided exceptional service and support during a very stressful time.  I was devastated and embarrassed about failing the bar exam for a third time.  I emailed Ashley before 7 a.m. on a Saturday and she responded within 30 minutes.  Ashley made me feel better about my situation and I was certain that she would only take my case if she felt there was a likelihood of a good outcome.  After evaluating my score report and later my answers, Ashley agreed to take my case.  From that point forward, I knew that I had an advocate in Ashley.  She was professional, kind, and confident.  Hiring Ashley to handle my appeal allowed me to focus on other things.  I would recommend her without hesitation.  I feel fortunate that Ashley was on my side.  She got me the point I needed to pass the bar!  Many thanks to Ashley and her team for a job done exceptionally well! Appealed and Passed the July 2015 Michigan bar exam

When I got my results back from the July 2015 bar exam, I was devastated to find out that I did not pass. I needed three points to pass and contacted many attorneys to see if appealing my score was feasible. After getting different opinions from multiple lawyers, I felt most confident with Ashley. From start to finish she made the process so easy for me. I was more at ease, and felt hopeful but still had the thought of losing on appeal. My appeal was well written; it was extremely organized, easy to read, and still contained a sufficient amount of detail. Every time I called, texted, or emailed Ashley I got a prompt reply. I put all my faith into her and I could not have been happier with the end result. I got the three points that I needed and did not have to go through the torture of taking the bar exam again. I am forever grateful for Ashley! -Appealed and Passed the July 2015 Michigan bar exam 

I emphatically recommend Ashley to any person interested in appealing Michigan bar exam results. She provides the perfect combination of knowledge, skill, and unwaivering determination. Ashely genuinely cares about her clients’ best interests and will explore every option at her disposal. I can sincerely state such things because I passed the Michigan bar exam due to Ashley’s assistance. On appeal, I received the one point I needed to pass.  I felt at ease throughout the appeals process. Even without my solicitation, Ashely remained in contact with me–she provided key updates and described her courses of action. She quickly responded to every question I asked. Ashley also provided a copy of the brief; her attention to detail was quite impressive. Altogether, I couldn’t have asked for more. If you wish to successfully appeal the Michigan bar exam, please look no further than Ashley.  -Appealed and Passed the July 2015 Michigan bar exam 

The day I found out my Bar result, I contacted Excellence for Law School and this was one of the best decisions I ever made. Ashley is amazing! She and her team got me 2 points back on appeal for the July 2015 Michigan bar exam. Ashley indisputably is the most diligent, meticulous, and result oriented lawyer. She so much cared about my case the entire process. She first explained the entire process in great detail. She then kept me posted about the progress of the appeal throughout the process. In addition, during the waiting period, whenever I felt nervous, disappointed, or had questions, I would talk to her and she would promptly and patiently reply and give me hope and energy. Ashley also helped me to find a judge for my swearing-in-ceremony (as I was in a rush). In sum, she is more than just an attorney. I truly enjoyed her service as well as her personality. I highly recommend her if you need to appeal your MI Bar result!  -Appealed and Passed the July 2015 Michigan bar exam 

Ashley was amazing, timely and professional.  She and her team were able to get me the two points that I needed. The appeal process was easy and Ashley gave me regular updates on the progress. I would recommend her to anyone who is seeking an appeal on their results in Michigan! – Appealed and Passed the February 2015 Michigan Bar Exam

I was very happy with the appeal that Ashley wrote for me. Throughout the process I felt that my appeal was a priority for Ashley and she regularly updated me on the status of the appeal. She explained where she thought I had a good chance of getting extra points, and how she would use the law to argue for a higher score. I was confident at every step that my appeal was in great hands, and I did get the points I needed to pass!Appealed and Passed the February 2015 Michigan Bar Exam

While studying for the bar, I would periodically check the excellence in law school blog for some good Michigan specific information and general bar help. I never expected that it would save my bar exam. Failing the bar was a disappointing experience, but speaking to Ashley made me feel a lot better. When I came to her about my appeal, she was honest and practical with me regarding my appeal. She let me review some of the work before sending it out and was clear about exactly what we would be appealing and why. I even made some suggestions, which she took under serious consideration. I felt comfortable entrusting my appeal process to her, and she always kept me up to speed regarding the status of my appeal. Ashley got me 4 points and a pass on my bar exam! That saved me months of studying for a new exam, time waiting for the new results, and months of lost income while my student loans were coming due. Best investment I made in law school! — Appealed and Passed the July 2014 Michigan Bar Exam

“Ashley Heidemann got me three points back on appeal for the July 2014 bar exam. Every other firm I talked to told me they could not get me more than two. Enough said.” – Appealed the July 2014 Michigan Bar Exam

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