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Steve ZikmanLet Steve Zikman, Esq. be your strategic coach and nurturing tutor during your preparation for the Bar Exam.

Premium Unlimited One-Price™ Programs: Our Premium Unlimited One-Price™ Programs include:

  • Unlimited Personalized Tutoring and Coaching on Essays
  • Unlimited Personalized Tutoring and Coaching on Performance Tests
  • Personalized Tutoring and Coaching on MBEs
  • 1-on-1, Line-by-Line In-Depth Review of Essay & PT Answers
  • Exclusive Flash Outlines™ for Each Essay Subject
  • IRAC-Proof Essay Structure Template
  • Annotated Realistic Model Answers
  • Customized Study Schedule
  • Write to Pass™Timed Essay Drills
  • Special Emphasis on Professional Responsibility
  • Exclusive Tip Sheets for Essays, PTs and MBEs
  • Exam Day Telephone Updates & Strategizing
  • Confidential Review and Assessment of your Bar Exam Results
  • Stay on Track to Pass™ Telephone Conferences
  • From Full-Time Job to Full-Time Study
  • Experienced with Accommodation Students
  • Flexible Start Dates

Premium Packages: We also offer affordable and customized Premium Packages of Essays, PTs and/or MBEs. Our most popular Packages are 22 Essays, 6 PTs & 6 MBE Drilldowns and 19 Essays, 5 PTs & 5 MBE Drilldowns. You can create any combination of Essays, PTs and/or MBEs that suit your specific needs and budget.

All Coaching/Tutoring Programs are Fully Customized: All of our tutoring/coaching programs are customized to meet the needs and budget of each individual student. We work very hard to ensure that whatever your challenges, the solutions lie in meeting your specific needs.

No Cookie-Cutter Written Feedback: Our feedback is interactive and in real-time over the phone. We don't rely on cookie-cutter, boilerplate written feedback to tutor our students. We review each foundational Essay or PT with you on the phone, 1-on-1, line-by-line, highlighting your strengths, fixing your weaknesses, and modeling how you might have written a better answer. Based on that discussion, you then revise your Essay, exercising your Essay and PT writing muscles. We want you to get the most of each Essay by examining each Essay on five levels: (1) the issues, tricks and complexities of the particular Essay question, (2) broader strategies and tactics for the particular subject, (3) IRAC structure, (4) factual analysis, and (5) timing. We strongly believe that this process can only occur through actual interactive conversations to ensure that each point is fully understood and implemented.

All Essays are Written Open Book/ No Early Memorization is Required: We believe that effective tutoring requires an 'open book' approach to doing the essays. While many tutors require you to memorize the law before you do their essays, we don't see the sense in memorizing weeks and months before the exam. In fact, most students aren't good at memorization and indeed don't see the value in early memorization. Requiring students to spend their energy on early memorization slows down the learning process and hinders their ability to make the critical changes that are needed to pass the exam. Of course memorization is important for the bar exam; however, it is most effective when done 14-21 days before the exam when the material will be fresh in your mind and you will have a much better appreciation for how to use the law. We want to see what you can do with the law if you had it at your fingertips.

Save $ and Valuable Time with Telephone Meetings: All of our meetings are conducted over the phone. Our students are located all over the California, across the country and around the world. Even if a student lives in Los Angeles where Steve is located, traveling across the city results in too much wasted time and energy. We have found that telephone meetings are ideal for the busy bar exam student who doesn't have the ability or the time to travel to meet Steve in person. With telephone conferences, students save on gas and avoid traffic jams unnecessary delays and waiting. This is especially critical as students get closer to the exam when every minute counts.

Flexible Start--It's Never Too Early, or Too Late: You can start whenever you want (as long as there is space available). Take the time you need to make sure that the next bar exam is your last. Feel free to speak with Steve about early study options to meet your needs and budget. If you find yourself close to the exam date and think you might need some last-minute help, inquire about the possibility of our short-term solutions.

All of Our Programs will:

  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses
  • Help you write consistently passing answers
  • Provide you with ongoing constructive feedback and guidance

Further Information: For more information (including pricing), please contact us at 626-441-0011, or by email at
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