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Our 7 Best Workflow Tips

7 best workflow tipsOur 7 Best Workflow tips: Nothing is more annoying than spending a day unmotivated, dragging your feet. Or realizing you have spent the past two hours on Facebook instead of getting anything done. Or, seeing half of your to-do list left for tomorrow. Here are our five best workflow tips to combat unproductivity and inefficiency.  Whether you are a law student, a lawyer, or something else entirely, we hope our seven best workflow tips can help you! Continue reading

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Have you Failed the Bar Exam? Do you Want Free Money? Apply for our JD Advising Scholarship!

failed the bar examHave you Failed the Bar Exam? Do you Want Free Money? Apply for our JD Advising Scholarship! Continue reading

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Text Someone! Take Five Minutes to Participate in Suicide Prevention Week

Ashley-E-HeidemannpictureText Someone! Take Five Minutes to Participate in Suicide Prevention Week

September 5 – 11, 2016  is National Suicide Prevention Week. Given the high rate of depression among law students and lawyers, we felt compelled to write a post increasing awareness about suicide and depression. Continue reading

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Top 5 Advantages and Disadvantages of Being an Entrepreneur

start a small businessStarting your own business is super-exciting. It is something that is challenging, fulfilling, and different than any thing you have probably done in your life.

Unlike other goals, there is not a clear “start” or “finish.” There is not a set path. You have to find one as you go along. This brings a lot of surprises and challenges on the way. In this post, I discuss the advantages of being an entrepreneur as well as the disadvantages.

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So you want to start a small business (…Or Law Firm. Or side business?) Here are Five Tips to Start!

start a small businessA lot of our bar exam students (and even people who are not our students!) will set up appointments with me either after they take the bar exam or pass the bar exam to discuss business ideas they have and get our advice. Some want to start law firms. Others want to start side businesses selling products that they make. Others sell consulting services in a particular field where they have developed some experience. Continue reading

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Feeling Lonely, Suicidal, or Depressed during Bar Prep?

lonely during bar prep, depressed during bar prep, suicidal during bar prepFeeling Lonely, Suicidal, or Depressed during Bar Prep? Yesterday, I was on the phone for over an hour with a student who was feeling completely burdened by anxiety, depression, and loneliness during bar exam preparation.  She felt lonely because she was a repeat taker. She did not tell any of her friends that she failed.  She was also self-studying using an online commercial course, so did not interact with other bar takers. She felt anxious since she had taken the Michigan bar exam twice before and did not pass. She felt depressed, wondering what she would do if she didn’t pass this time, what she would do if she did pass, and if the fact that she took it more than once would be a permanent blemish on her record. Continue reading

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JD Advising Attorneys Grateful to Attend FLAC Annual Fundraiser and Help with Silent Auction

JD Advising giftArticle by Tish Browning — The Free Legal Aid Clinic (“FLAC”) held its 51st Annual Fundraiser on Saturday, April 16, and it was a tremendous success.  FLAC is a student run, non-profit organization that provides free legal services to survivors of domestic violence and the elderly community in the metro-Detroit area, and JD Advising was grateful to be a part of the festivities!

Attorneys from JD Advising helped FLAC students organize their silent auction, and JD Advising was happy to donate two baskets to the auction and a gift certificate for a free, two-hour tutoring session!  We enjoyed creating the baskets, which were a “Coffee Lovers Basket” that included a French press, gourmet coffee, and a number of other treats; and an “Italian Dinner Basket,” which contained everything the winner needed to create a delicious Italian meal, including a variety pastas, sauces, a colander, and even an apron. Continue reading

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Kids for Cash — A Movie to Watch This Weekend

law school I know that I am probably late to the game in watching this documentary, Kids for Cash, which was released in 2014. However, it is currently available to watch on Netflix and I highly recommend it to anyone who has a remote interest in the law, the legal system, or the juvenile system.

Law students and lawyers will find it  very interesting — especially in light of the right to counsel issues and ethical issues that are raised by the conduct of the judges involved in the scandal. Continue reading

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A Tour of Our Office!

We have had this office in Birmingham, Michigan for a while and figured it was time to give our readers a virtual tour (…and partly because we got a new lens for our camera and thought we would put it to use!)

Our office suite is located at 999 Haynes, Suite 260, Birmingham, MI 48009. Parking is free and easy (there is a parking lot as well as street parking available).  We have two office rooms, a conference room, and a classroom.

Here is the entrance to our office:


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Challenges of Being a Female Entrepreneur

challenges of being a female entrepreneurI normally don’t write about gender-related issues. I have honestly not given that much thought to such issues in the past. However, I’ve recently read some articles that talked about the challenges of being a female entrepreneur which enticed me to think more about the topic.

Even considering what challenges come with being a female entrepreneur is difficult. It is hard to draw a circle around specific experiences and say I’ve had certain ones because I was a female. It’s even harder to know what perspectives and biases of my own that I bring to the table.

Many of the articles seemed to point to the following challenges (many called them disadvantages) of being a female entrepreneur: Continue reading

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Somm: A Movie I Recommend to Bar Exam Takers!

IMG_3569I love wine and I love difficult exams. So I loved the movie Somm. It is a documentary about four Master Sommelier candidates who try to pass the Master Sommelier exam.

The Master Sommelier exam is an extremely difficult exam − similar to the bar exam except with an even lower passage rate. Anyone who has taken the bar exam will appreciate the enormous pressure that Master Sommelier (MS) candidates are under. Continue reading

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Top Ten Tips for Starting Your Own Law Firm

Ashley HeidemannLast year, I started my own law firm, the Heidemann Law Firm, PLLC. My firm specializes in writing bar exam appeals.  Admittedly, it is not my only source of income so I do not have the pressure that many of my friends and students who have started their own firms have.

Many people wonder if they should start their own law firm, and if so, where to begin. Some people want to start their own firms right after law school. Others start them after gaining a year or two of practice under their belt.

So we compiled a list of tips that our friends, our students, and ourselves have found helpful in starting our own law firms. This is by no means a detailed guide to starting your own law firm. Nor does it answer the question, “Should I start my own law firm?” It is, however, a very helpful list of ten things to consider before starting your own law firm. Continue reading

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My New Years’ Resolution for Myself and My Business (And Lesson #6 I’ve Learned as an Entrepreneur)

entrepreneurMy Resolution and Lesson #6 I’ve Learned as an Entrepreneur:

Sometimes I get asked what my business goals are. People assume I have a monetary goal or a goal to expand my services, hire a certain number of employees, get a new office, etc. I don’t have any of these goals. I don’t even have a goal for my business to survive another year (if people do not think that the services I offer are outstanding, I do not want to waste my time and energy trying to sell them – I will use my skillset to do something else!)     Continue reading

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Productivity Tip: Live Each Day as if….Someone was Recording Everything you Did

SunsetI am used to hearing the quote “Live each day as if it was your last.” I understand where people are going with that quote. In one way, the quote inspires me to try to make each day as meaningful as possible. However, on the other hand, the quote rings a little bit hollow. If it was honestly my last day on earth, I don’t think I’d be working.  I think, instead, I’d hang out with as many people as possible, eat a lot of chocolate, tie up any loose ends…you get the point.

So here is a different variation of that quote that rings truer to me. I read this wonderful quote and productivity tip in the book Die Empty by Todd Henry.  Continue reading

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Five Lessons I’ve Learned my First Year as an Entrepreneur (Part 1 of 2)

entrepreneurDeciding to quit my day job as a lawyer was a strange decision for me. It was like it dawned on me one day, “Wait, I can actually quit?” It seemed unreal that quitting was an option. I had gotten so used to my  work routine at that point.

Once I realized I could actually quit, I couldn’t get the idea out of my head. Getting called about deposition dates while I was on vacation, constantly going back and forth with opposing counsels about a few thousand dollars, putting on a show in court, managing my own docket….It had gotten stale and stressful after three years and I wanted to do something more meaningful and challenging. At that point, I had been tutoring law students and bar exam students on the side but aimed to make it my full time career. Continue reading

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