The Balanced Approach

The bar exam balance

Purposeful Practice = Perfect 


Amy Parekh

Amy Parekh

Amy Parekh

Amy is a 2002 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and a 1999 graduate of the University of Michigan.  As a practitioner, she has represented children and families in neglect and custody proceedings, as well as criminal defendants charged with state and federal felonies. Amy also has represented clients facing the death penalty. She continues to pursue an appellate practice in criminal defense.

Beginning in 2010, Amy served as the Interim Director and then Assistant Director of the Academic Skills Program at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law.  In this capacity, she worked extensively with students and graduates preparing for the bar exam.  Every first-time taker who worked individually with her passed the bar, contributing to an overall 90% pass rate for the law school (ranking second only to Stanford in California bar passage).  She subsequently worked with UCI graduate bar exam repeat takers; each of these individuals then passed the bar on their second try.  Since leaving UCI, Amy has tutored  and coached individual private clients.  She has also served as an adjunct professor at both University of San Diego's and Chapman's bar prep programs.  Amy's clients have had tremendous success on the bar exam after working with her.  In February 2016, one of her client's written answers were chosen to be published by the CA Bar Examiners.

Amy is also an avid follower of mindfulness and yoga and implements this “purposeful” philosophy in her teaching style.



J.D., 2002

B.S., Political Science & Womens' Studies 1999

Bar Admissions

• California
• Illinois, inactive
• District of Columbia (2003-2013)
• Michigan (2006-2013)


Self-regulated students engage in a three-phase learning cycle: they engage in a planning phase, an implementation phase, and a reflection phase.
— Gerald f. Hess et al., Techniques for Teaching Law 2 (2011)