Passing the Bar

It is not often that you find an in-depth legal writing platform such as Legal Writing Launch (LWL). The platform is extremely user friendly. LWL provides a closed library consisting of statutes, cases, and specific fact patterns as part of its writing assignments. Students write letters, legal memoranda, motions, and briefs using the closed library. I am not aware of any on-line program that so simulates a Bar’s Performance Test, which is what LWL does. Professor Meyers’s feedback regarding writing assignments is invaluable. Having a solid foundation in legal writing is critical to the preparation for and the taking of a State’s Bar Exam, specifically, the Performance Test; LWL provides this solid foundation. The LWL program has improved my legal writing significantly, and is an invaluable program for all legal professionals.
I took the California Bar Exam three times. Then, I took the LWL Weekly Zoom Meeting Add-On (which includes Assignment Editing.) I passed the Bar on my fourth attempt!
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Justin Swierchek
John F. Kennedy University, School of Law Graduate, J.D., Class of 2016 California Bar passage, October 2020 Bar Exam
Legal Writing Launch (LWL) provided me the legal writing tools that law school did not. Through the Weekly Zoom Meeting Add-On [which includes Assignment Editing], Professor Bev Meyers dedicated the time to understand what my writing was missing that was necessary for success. The assignments in LWL are similar to those that students write on the Performance Test on the Bar Exam. After each writing assignment, I met with Professor Meyers via Zoom, and she provided me specific feedback. In completing LWL, I have become a different writer than I was when I started just a few months ago. My confidence in my writing ability has bounded upward. I wish I had discovered LWL long ago; it would have made a huge difference in my legal education and my Bar performance.
Having taken the California Bar twice, I then took the LWL Weekly Zoom Meeting Add-On (which includes Assignment Editing.) I passed the California Bar Exam on my third try
Richard Rose
John F. Kennedy School of Law, J.D., Class of 2019 California Bar passage, October 2020 Bar Exam

New Attorney

Legal Writing Launch (LWL) has been my savior. I am a licensed attorney who needed to improve my legal writing skills. I am glad I found this course. LWL is a comprehensive course that is practical, hands-on, and fun. It covers all elements of basic and legal writing: basic grammar, style, punctuation, organization, CRAC—Conclusion, Rule, Analysis, and Conclusion, citation formats, and more. After taking the initial grammar assessment in Core Grammar for Lawyers, I realized how little grammar I knew after my studies at law school. Each reading and writing assignment, in LWL, is designed to help students develop their legal writing skills gradually and effectively. Completing all the assignments (i.e., legal and non-legal paragraphs, legal memos, opinion letter, demand letter, motion, and appellate brief) can be intense, but it is well worth the effort. The founder, Professor Bev Meyers, was very attentive, and her feedback was conscientious. She answered all my follow-up questions, and most importantly, she cares about her students’ learning. The course is accessible well after completion, so a student can always go back and refer to the materials. I recommend it to anyone who is serious about improving their legal writing skills. After all, lawyers’ effectiveness depends on the quality of their legal writing.
Kanako K. Blondet, Esq.
Law Offices of Kanako K. Blondet Long Beach, California

Worked with Professor Meyers

Bev Meyers is a clear writer, sharp editor, and thoughtful mentor. Having her as a supervisor early in my legal career was invaluable—with her assistance, I developed my own approach to legal writing and the courage to be a better writer. During the summer after my first year of law school, while working in the California Office of the Attorney General, under Bev’s supervision, I drafted briefs opposing motions for writ of mandate, a cease and desist letter, and legal research memoranda. Not only does Bev draw upon her significant experience to help train young lawyers, she is interested in constantly growing herself—I found her openness, kindness, and passion for life one of the best parts of her teaching style. I cannot recommend Bev more highly to develop legal writing technical skills and one’s voice.
Malia McPherson Law School, Deputy City Attorney, Oakland
Malia McPherson, Stanford Law School, J.D. 2016
Deputy City Attorney, Oakland City Attorney's Office
Bev helped launch my career as a legal writer. I spent the summer of my 1L year as a law clerk in the Office of the California Attorney General, in the Health, Education, and Welfare Section, working under Bev’s direction. Be it working on legal memos or draft motions to dismiss, Bev taught me how to write concisely, make my point powerfully, and organize my arguments and evidence to be as clear and persuasive as possible. I have used these skills throughout my career, first as an associate at Cooley LLP, then as the Legal Director for nonprofit California Common Cause, and now as small business owner running my own policy and legal consulting firm. As a seasoned litigator, supervising attorney to the law clerk’s program, and legal writing professor, Bev is an experienced and natural teacher. I am excited that, with her online legal writing program, she will be able to reach even more attorneys and students.
Nicolas Heidorn Headshot, Harvard Law Class of 2011
Nicolas Heidorn, Harvard Law School, Class of 2011
Principal, Heidorn Consulting
I took several paralegal courses from Bev Meyers when I attended John F. Kennedy University. After graduation, I worked for Bev as a teacher’s assistant, which was a priceless opportunity to learn even more from an amazing teacher. What I really like about Bev it that she always took the time to help her students improve their legal writing skills. Even when the legal analysis was “spot on,” she would ask questions and provide feedback to help the student be more succinct and effective. One of my goals in the paralegal program was to become a better writer, and thanks to Bev's courses, I accomplished that goal. Writing is a powerful tool, and I firmly believe you can never stop improving your writing skills. I can say with certainty that what I learned from Bev has carried over into my current profession as a real estate professional where I negotiate, in writing, real estate purchase contracts and draft e-mails that, if not written carefully, could lead to lawsuits. It amazes me how many professionals that I have encountered who cannot write effectively, and how many real estate lawsuits have emerged from contracts not carefully written. For any professional looking to take their legal writing skills to the next level, I highly recommend Bev Meyers to mentor them.
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Sonia Ledo, John F. Kennedy University
Paralegal Degree Program, Class of 2012
Bachelors of Arts, 2013
I attended Professor Meyers’s Legal Writing class at John F. Kennedy University in the Winter 2017 quarter as a requirement for the paralegal degree program. Prior to taking her class, I was already a published poet. Additionally, at the age of twelve, I began writing plays and short stories as a way of self-expression. Despite my extensive experience as a creative writer, Professor Meyers’s class successfully exposed, and corrected, the biggest weaknesses in my grammar and punctuation, and my writing has since improved ten-fold. Professor Meyers is a stellar reminder of what a university professor should be. Therefore, I urge everyone to take part in Professor Meyers’s online tutoring sessions. I can confidently say that Professor Meyers’s Legal Writing class was not only fun, but the skills that I learned in her class, and the support and guidance she gave her students in and out of the classroom, will be an asset to me throughout my legal career.
Jessica Melton JFK University, Paralegal Student
Jessica Melton, Paralegal and John F. Kennedy University
Paralegal Degree Program, Class of 2017
I first worked with Bev Meyers as an intern during my second year of law school, at Golden Gate University, and then, as an extern, after I graduated. I had entered law school after a nine-year career as a librarian. As my supervisor, Bev was instrumental in my early development in the area of legal writing, particularly in drafting legal memoranda and motions. Her editing was invaluable. I had a rare opportunity to work extensively with an experienced lawyer and legal writer during and right after law school. After I completed law school, I joined the Office of the Attorney General’s Criminal Division, where I wrote appellate briefs in all California appellate courts and in the California Supreme Court. I worked there for twenty years before I retired in 2011. I believe that my work as an intern and extern served as the foundation for my work as an appellate lawyer, where I wrote extensively. In 2014, I published my first novel, Stolen Identity, which is available at http://www.stolenidentitynovel.com. And in 2020, I published my second novel, Mystics and Warriors, which is available at Amazon.com. I cannot recommend Bev highly enough as a legal writing instructor and tutor.
Mike Banister headshot, deputy attorney general (retired)
Mike Banister, Golden Gate University School of Law, 1999
Deputy Attorney General (Retired), California Office of the Attorney General