I can honestly say that your cram session put me in the position to pass the July California bar exam. I felt dead in the water around the 4th of July. But after taking your bar exam cram session I felt I had a fighting chance. It all came together. Thank you for your class ad all that you taught us. It was invaluable!
Well, you did it!! With your guidance, I finally passed the California bar exam. I owe such a debt of gratitude to you and your invaluable instruction! I am utterly convinced there is no method of bar prep like yours out there — it is not only uniquely effective, it is also based on the soundest of principles and practices. In short, it is nothing short of brilliant.
All my academic life — since high school and through three graduate degrees — I have had enormous trouble with standardized tests. While my grades were very good, and i attended excellent schools (including Yale), I kept underperforming on standardized tests. I went to many people for help, and tried many different things, from a variety of disciplines. But nothing did the trick. It wasn’t that I didn’t understand the material, it was that i was a terrible test-taker. But amazingly enough, you did the impossible: with your tutelage, I passed the bar!!
By the time I found Bar None Review, I had looked into, or taken courses from, more than a few bar prep providers. I can say with confidence that your methodology is unique. While so many bar prep courses offer unfounded speculation, flawed materials or recondite methods that don’t work, yours is the only one grounded in research and a 100% rational and pragmatic approach to giving the bar examiners what they want. What you’re doing makes so much sense it hardly seems right to even compare it to other bar prep companies. Plus, the ongoing guidance — up to and even through the actual bar exam — was a lifeline, pure and simple. Since I have taught at major universities including Yale, UCLA and UCSD, I know a bit about what it takes to teach, and you have that special gift. Your curriculum, approach and presentation is as solid as it gets.
No question, the best choice I made in the past year was to sign up for your full program, the Score MaximizerTM. You gave me a fresh approach for all parts of the exam, including the Performance Tests, and it was as though the proverbial lightbulb went off. I would not hesitate to recommend you to anyone needing to retake the bar, or to attorney takers. You were the perfect teacher for me, and that’s no small thing.
After 20 years as a journalist with the LA Times, as well as many years working in the entertainment industry, I will now be working full-time for a law firm — starting Monday! I will be forever in your debt. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I believe that your Cram SessionTM and, in particular, the crucial guidance you gave for the last two weeks of study, made the difference and enabled me to pass on my first try.
To Lisa & the rest of the Bar None Review Staff:
WE did it! You have helped, yet again, countless people pass the California Bar Exam. Congratulations!
I would like to truly thank you for everything you have done and all the efforts you put forth to help me through this hectic process. After being unsuccessful after my first attempt at the CA bar, I honestly did not know where to turn or what to do to improve my performance. After spending money and dedicating my life to one of the “big-box courses,” I felt defeated. And then, I found you.
From our first meeting at your free workshop, you made me believe that I could do this, and that the bar is not something to be feared, just something you need to understand to pass.
During the course of our studies, you continued to make me feel like I could pass the exam and gave me every tool necessary to do so. Most days, I was even excited to open your materials and get started. I learned more than I ever thought I could and even felt semi-confident during the exam. Ok, afterwards I was a wreck, but who isn’t!
When I saw those green letters appear on the screen last night, that my name appeared on the pass list, I couldn’t have been happier. I have been waiting for this day for years and owe it to you.
From my heart, I thank you, Lisa.
Thank you so much! Your template method was exactly what I needed. I especially appreciate the prompt response with comments on all of the practice essays I uploaded for review. I submitted over 30 essays and the extensive comments were a very helpful guide for future essays. When I took the exam, I knew exactly what to write and what issues to cover. I would recommend Bar None Review to anybody studying for the bar exam!
Excellent review of substantive law (overview), plus invaluable hints about how to maximize scores through helpful pointers on issues to include, formatting, etc. The Guru has a great, upbeat personality that is very encouraging and motivating. Being in this class makes me feel like I can do it this time! (Margaret S. passed the bar after taking one of our Bar Exam Cram Sessions)!
Honestly I do not know where to begin. I have dreamt of this day for a while now. When I put my information in yesterday evening and saw that magic phrase, “the name above matches a name on the pass list,” only one thing came to mind; LISA!!! If it wasn’t for you, I would not be sitting here today. Law school came very easy to me and gave be a very big head. The first time around taking Barbri was difficult, frustrating, and overwhelming. Barbri just kept saying do what you did in law school you can do this. So I did what I did in law school. That certainly worked in law school but the California Bar just sat there and laughed!
My soul and spirit was crushed failing the first time around and not knowing what to do. I have never failed at anything and you came to my rescue! I owe this all to you and bar none review! Your teaching gave me the opportunity to attack the California Bar like no-one else! On every essay there was something that I can remember you teaching us. It is not about the information… everyone in that room knew what to talk about for every essay, you taught me how to say it in a way that showed the graders that I deserved to be a lawyer. Look at me now, because of you and Bar None Review, I am an associate attorney at one of the biggest Personal Injury Firms in the state of California!!!! Thank you so much, I owe you everything.
Passed! Passed! Passed! Lisa, your program is proof that you can work full time and take care of a child AND pass the California bar exam! Your program is ideal for the person who is willing to work hard for a few months, but has a full agenda and can only manage to take a week or two off before the bar. If I would’ve taken you the first time, I would not have had to retake it! You said I would pass. Your essay approach is better than any video lecture I have ever watched. Your Bar Exam Templates ROCK! I would be happy to share my experience with any of your future lawyer students!
WE DID IT! I am so so so so so happy right now. Honestly Lisa, I would not have passed this bar without you and your guidance. Right before 6 pm my wife, mom, dad, and I stood around the computer screen, and I swear I felt as if I was going to pass out. Then my wife typed in the numbers and my name popped up, but we were all very very quiet for what felt like 10 seconds, and then all of a sudden we realized what just happened, and then suddenly we all erupted in screaming and hugging ( a scene only matched by a family winning a multi-million dollar lottery). It is without a doubt the exciting moment of my life. And I have you to thank for that moment. You are a brilliant professor, and I will never in all my life forget who helped me start my career.
Dear Ms. Duncanson and Bar None Review,
Thanks to you the ordeal is over… thank you for all of your help. I could not have done it without you.
I truly believe that you have perfected a method that is the best out there for bar takers. The other day I pulled out the Evidence outline just to review it. I wish I had had your materials for law school because I’m sure I would have been towards the top of the class had I understood exam writing like I do now – after your class. I can’t thank you enough for getting me through the California bar exam on my first attempt!
I could not have passed without you. The exam feedback, individual attention and the way you structure everything really pushed me over the top to pass. Finally, thanks to you, I passed!
Dear Bar None Review: I just received passing results on the California bar exam! As you well know, this was my first attempt. I knew that because I had waited 14 years to sit for the bar exam that I needed a program that would give me personal attention. I knew that I would not survive a program that consisted of video tapes no live instruction. Thank you for getting me through the bar exam! It’s been 14 ears since I graduated from law school. I know I could not have done it without you! I’m incredibly happy and my Mom wants to personally thank you too!
Thank you for helping me attain the skills I needed to pass the California Bar Exam. The first time I prepared for the bar I took BarBri. With BarBri I had to learn by watching video tapes every day. I feel that BarBri was overall a poor learning experience. Your class and teaching style were completely different from my BarBri experience. With Bar None Review, I learned essay approaches for every subject, you provided me with a realistic study schedule that worked! Your instruction, prompt feedback, and encouragement made all the difference. I passed the exam! Your class – without a doubt – provided the necessary environment for me to learn important bar exam skills. I acquired the essay and performance test approaches and study habits I needed to pass the bar. I am sincerely grateful for having the opportunity to take Bar None Review. Thank you for your encouragement and guidance.
Very truly yours,
Dear Lisa and Bar None Review,
Thank you from the bottom of my heart! The one-on-one attention, exam feedback and those templates made all the difference! Thank you so much!
I have tried many bar programs before yours and I can honestly say that your program is the most effective. The combination of a small classroom atmosphere, 1 on 1 help, and those wonderful essay templates are a proven formula for success. I recommend this class to everyone.
Bar None Review is the best bar review on the planet! Thanks to your program, I passed the Bar Exam!
I passed! I passed! I passed!
I cannot even begin to thank you – not only for the wonderful instruction, but also for all the support and encouragement! Your class is truly amazing. I would recommend it to anyone having to go through this crazy experience!
I cannot thank you enough! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Dear Professor Duncanson,
I just found out that I passed the BAR and wanted my first email to be to you. Thank you so much for all of your guidance and for believing in me. I truly believe that you have an amazing program with Bar None. I could not have done it without you! Thank you so much!
Dear Ms. Duncanson and Bar None Review,
As you know I had taken the California Bar Exam unsuccessfully four times. I found myself at a complete loss as to how I was ever going to be able to pass the California Bar Exam until I found you! The time you took with me personally and the guidance and support that you provided made all the difference to me. The approaches that you taught us in class and the materials that you drilled into my head paid off. I owe my passing all to you!
Dear Bar None Review,
I am writing to express my gratitude to your company and excellent staff for preparing me to pass the California bar exam. My friends were all taking Bar Bri and I was tempted to do the same. I’ll admit I wasn’t sure if I was making the right choice – with everyone telling me that I should take the big course because it was the best. But after I spent just a few hours in class with Bar None Review I knew that I had made the right decision for my needs. I knew that I needed to have a professor and not a video taped series. Every class day in your program made me feel more and more prepared for the bar exam and more and more confident. Meanwhile, my friends were struggling to stay awake while watching video tapes and getting more and more nervous. I was motivated and coached and prepared by all of your staff and can now say that it was your company that got me through the bar exam in ONE ATTEMPT. I also want to thank Professor Shahon for making contracts understandable, Professor Cota for making Civil Procedure (which was on our test!) easy and Prof. Shinen for making me relax and especially, a huge thanks to Professor Duncanson for the mentoring and coaching. The bar exam templates rock! Thank you all so much!
To Professor Duncanson and Bar None Review:
I passed the bar exam! I am so grateful for your program and thank you so much for everything!
Dear Ms. Duncanson and Bar None Review,
Your exam templates were excellent! I felt so confident during the exam. I really don’t think that I would have passed this time without your assistance. Thank you for making my second bar exam attempt my last!
I am writing to inform you that my name appears on the list of successful applicants for the California Bar Exam. I credit you for these results. Thank you for everything.
Lisa, Thank you for your message. You and our class have been in my mind the last few days too. I was scared to death to check last night. But miracles of miracles I PASSED!!!!!! I couldn’t believe it (that MBE had me especially nervous) Anyway, I certainly could not have done it without your fantastic program and of course all of your personal help. I was writing on the first question within 5 minutes that first day thanks to you and that really set the pace for the entire exam.
Dear Ms. Duncanson,
Thank you for getting me through the bar exam. I took a “big bar review course” on my first attempt. I sat through hours of video tapes and followed everything that I was told to do, but it didn’t work for me. I needed a course that wouldn’t make me sit through hours of video taped lectures where I could actually ask a question and get some feedback on my essays. I feel so lucky to have found your program. Your program was great and I am recommending it to everyone I know. Thank you!