What is The Skillman Method™?

"Thank you! I received four HH’s (A+) last fall (after taking The Basic Exam Course™ for law students)."
1st Year, U.C. Berkeley Law Student

The Skillman Method™ is an educational model that gives law students and bar candidates a step-by-step approach for learning law school subjects. As a Skillman student, you will learn how to study effectively and how to successfully apply your knowledge of the substantive law on law school and bar exams. The educational model is practical, yet at the same time very sophisticated.

With The Skillman Method™, you will have the tools and strategies to EXCEL in law school and on bar exams. You will learn specifically how to study course materials and learn to use a linear approach so you do not feel overwhelmed. You will learn exactly how to take class notes, brief cases, and write and develop your own long outlines to achieve maximum success. You will learn how to write excellence essays and respond successfully to multiple-choice exams.

The Skillman Method™ truly demystifies law school and the bar exam. We don’t hide the ball! The Skillman Method™ is time tested. The Skillman Method™ was developed by Professor Nerissa Shklov Skillman, an experienced law teacher and a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall School of Law).

More than twenty thousand students have attended The Skillman Method™ courses since 1978. Skillman students have gone on to become top lawyers, tenured professors, judges, appellate court justices, and public advocates. One Skillman lawyer, let us know that he is admitted in eight jurisdictions.

Using The Skillman Method™, you will learn study methods which will allow you to excel. Instead of being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of course materials you are studying, you can feel comfortable with each of your courses from Day 1.

If you are a first, second, third or fourth year student, take the eight-hour video course on study methods, which is called The Basic Exam Course™. Students from the four American Bar Association accredited law schools in Minneapolis–Saint Paul were invited to attend. The course was filmed at the Minnesota Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education studio and sponsored by The Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers.

The course is available online 24/7 365 days a year. The Basic Exam Course™ for Law Students has three classes including,

  • Class 1 How to Excel in Law School,
  • Class 2 How to Outline Law School Courses, and
  • Class 3 Exam Writing, Legal Analysis, and the Exam Templates™.

After registering, you will have access to the online Basic Exam Course™ for a year. If you are a bar candidate, register for The Basic Bar Preparation Course™.


"I have recommended your class to every law student I know. I can't tell you how much your writing method has helped me... I finished out my first semester strong, earning an A in Contracts.... My second semester was even better, earning a spot on Law Review and an additional scholarship for being in the top 10%. I ... am interning for a federal judge in the EDNY. .... Thank you so much!"
2L Student, Brooklyn Law School
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