Flunked the Bar?


Words cannot express my gratitude to you. You made me a lawyer!

I utilized every conceivable study method, study guide, private tutoring ... but none worked. However, with your help and guidance ... everything fell into place and I passed!!

You were the best advisor a person could ask for. You were a fabulous teacher, mentor, and most of all ... a good friend. We always laughed, even though I cried while studying. Aloha!!
Hofstra University School of Law Graduate, Class of 1996
Sworn Into NY Bar, September 17, 2014

If you flunked the bar exam, don’t feel devastated or ashamed. Flunking a bar exam is not a measure of your intelligence, nor is it necessarily a reflection of how well you know the subjects. However, flunking a bar exam is a reflection of how well you prepared for the exam and whether or not you understand the standards applied to your work.

If you flunked a bar exam, it is important to know why! It is important to recognize you will have to change your study methods, preparation, writing, and thinking. Don’t just study harder when you re-take the bar exam! Studying harder will not necessarily work.

Professor Skillman’s observation is that students flunk the bar exam nationwide each year because there is an unacknowledged communication gap between law professors and significant numbers of law students. As a result, many students are graduating from law school without fully understanding the substantive law and without a clear understanding of the standards applied to their work.

With The Skillman Method™, you will have the tools for success! Recently, two Skillman re-takers were admitted in New York and in Minnesota. One of the students had failed the bar exam ten times before taking the Skillman courses, another had taken the bar exam at least fifteen times before taking our courses. After watching The Basic Bar Preparation Course™, the student who had failed ten times, exclaimed in frustration, “Why didn’t they teach this to us in law school?!!!”

As a Skillman student, if you are re-taking a bar exam, you will attend classes, receive at least ten hours of private instruction, and submit as many as sixty essays for written critique. You will also learn how to respond properly to MBE and MPT exams. Given the intense preparation and feedback, you will know two weeks before the bar exam whether or not you are in position to pass the bar. Our bar pass rate for our re-takers is phenomenal and seldom less than 80%. For several years, our re-takers had a 100% bar pass rate.

Thousands of students fail the bar exam each year.* According to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the MBE scores on the February 2016 bar exam were the lowest in decades.

Today, most students who have failed a bar exam have taken one of the commercial bar review courses. If you took a commercial bar review course before, we do not suggest re-taking the course. Instead, it is important to know why you failed. It is essential to realize that you will have to change your study methods and preparation to pass the exam.

If you plan to take the Skillman courses, sign up for The Basic Bar Preparation Course™ and ten hours of Individual Instruction. You will also be able to participate in The Supplemental Bar Preparation Course™ without an additional charge.

The Basic Bar Preparation Course™ was sponsored by and filmed at Vanderbilt University School of Law. The eight-hour, video course is available online 24/7 365.

Professor Skillman,

Thank you for all of your help. Your wisdom, persistence and expectation of excellence was invaluable. You pushed me more than I've ever pushed myself. I though you were crazy having us read and reread our own essays! Thanks to you, I passed the February bar!!!!!!!!!!!!
T. F.
The Catholic University of America
Member, Maryland State Bar Association
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*If it is of any comfort, according to buzzfeed.com, a list of fourteen well-known people who have flunked a bar exam includes former Governors Pete Wilson and David Paterson, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, former Mayors Richard Daley and Ed Koch, Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo, John F. Kennedy Jr., Congressman Harold Ford Jr., Pat Robertson, Governor Jerry Brown, Kathleen Sullivan, a former Dean of Stanford Law School, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and First Lady Michelle Obama.