The Spine-chilling Tale of The Bar Examiner

Darkness falls upon the land. Blood-curdling screams are heard in the distance. Is it a werewolf attack? The zombie apocalypse? No, something far more sinister…The Bar Exam. On this Halloween, I want to tell you the spine-chilling tale of The Bar Examiner. A great many law school graduates have fallen victim to this blood-thirsty fiend.…

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How to fail the Bar Exam Essays in 6 easy steps

You may be asking: “Why wouldn’t a bar applicant do everything possible to AVOID failing the bar exam essays?”  When teaching bar review students, I often wonder why so many sabotage themselves.  When it comes to bar prep, too often we are our own worst enemies. So, if you want to fail the bar exam…

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Bar Exam does not measure ability to practice law

Despite what you may have heard, the bar exam is not designed to test your ability to practice law. Therefore, the bar results do not say much about the kind of lawyer you will be. There are many excellent attorneys in practice today who did not pass the bar exam on their first try. The…

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Steps to MPRE Success

Do NOT underestimate the MPRE. Too many students have done so to their peril. MPRE success is a process. I will break it down for you into the following steps: STEP 1: Register For The MPRE The first question to ask yourself is when should you take the MPRE? After taking Legal Ethics class in law…

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Seven Hurdles To Bar Exam Success (and how to overcome them)

I am going to let you in on a little secret: The bar exam isn’t fair. That’s right. Despite what you may have been led to believe, the bar exam is not a fair test of your ability to practice law. If it were, then you would expect that a higher percentage of graduates from…

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Time management is the key to bar exam success

You may think that the bar exam is a test of your legal knowledge and ability. In reality, bar exam success is often the result of a disciplined approach to time-management. In fact, if I had to bet on who would be more likely to pass the bar, a student with a high IQ or…

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The MPT – What does it really test?

The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) is the most misunderstood part of the bar exam. However I do not blame students for failing to appreciate what the MPT is all about. They are only relying upon what they are told. According to the National Conference of Bar Examiners’ MPT Information Booklet, “The MPT is designed to…

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How to talk to your loved ones about the bar exam

Before you begin the arduous process of preparing for the bar exam, there is a conversation that you will want to have with your loved ones regarding what to anticipate in the coming weeks and months. While you attended law school your family and friends became accustomed to seeing you spend long hours in the…

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Why you must take a full-service bar review course

In these difficult economic times, many students have been tempted to forego the traditional bar review course in order to save some money. I want to caution against doing so. You may protest that after three or more years in law school you are tapped out financially. However, you must consider a full-service bar review…

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Essay Advice: Write like a lawyer

Many bar applicants lose sight of the fact that the bar examiners are testing your ability to communicate in a lawyer-like fashion. Perhaps your law school professors were forgiving of your stylistic errors as long as they understood your arguments. If so, bear in mind that in many states the essays will be graded not…

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