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Mary Basick

Assistant Dean of Academic Skills

UC Irvine School of Law


Mary Basick is the Assistant Dean for Academic Skills at UC Irvine Law School. For over a dozen years she has successfully designed programs, developed innovative and engaging curricula, and taught courses in bar preparation and academic skills. She previously was the Assistant Dean of Bar Preparation at Southwestern Law School, where she led the school to historic bar passage rates. She is enthusiastic about the challenge of preparing students for the bar exam and has written several popular books on bar preparation with longtime collaborator Tina Schindler. Their bar preparation books are concise and practical, condensing vast amounts of substantive law into manageable concepts presented in a useful and easily understandable format. Together they have authored MBE Decoded–Multistate Bar Exam (Wolters Kluwer, 2021), Essay Exam Writing for the California Bar Exam (Wolters Kluwer, 2nd updated ed. 2020) and California Performance Test Workbook (Wolters Kluwer, 2nd ed. 2020), In addition, she authored the Multistate Bar Exam flash card set for the Emanuel Law in a Flash series.

Fun Facts fun facts

I love true crime.

I am an adopted person married to an adopted person (which makes for a huge family circle.)

My great uncle was the president of Costa Rica.