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Five Essential Last Minute Bar Exam Tips

Five Essential Last Minute Bar Exam Tips

Taking the bar exam in a few days? Here are five essential last minute bar exam tips to keep in mind. These last minute bar exam tips make the difference between passing and failing for some!

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Is It Normal To Not Feel Ready For The Bar Exam?

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Is It Normal To Not Feel Ready For The Bar Exam?: In short, yes. Many students do not feel “ready” for the bar exam. Everybody wants one more month to study (and yet everybody doesn’t want that because they want to take it and get it over with!).

We have very few students – even our highest scoring students – that feel “confident” going into the exam. Most feel worried, anxious, and not ready for what awaits them.

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MBE Tip of the Day: Criminal Procedure

MBE DiagnosticMBE Strategies Blog Post Series:  Welcome to our MBE tips and tricks blog post series! This post focuses on a Criminal Procedure MBE tip. We started this 14-day series months ago and it was so popular that we are continuing it for February bar exam takers.

You will see 25 Criminal Law and Procedure MBE questions on the Multistate Bar Exam. About half of those will be Criminal Procedure questions.

Note that we have posted a total of 16 posts that focus on a specific multiple-choice question that many students answer incorrectly.  If you can master these 16 questions, it could increase your MBE score by that many points if you see any of these issues tested again (which, by the way, you will!). These posts of MBE tips and tricks will not only cover substantive law but also strategy.  So each post covers one highly-tested area of substantive law as well as an important MBE strategy. Continue reading

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Taking a MacBook Pro to the Bar Exam? Think Twice!!!

Taking a MacBook Pro to the Bar Exam? Think Twice!!!

Several states, including New York and Michigan, have announced that they are banning the new MacBook Pro for the February 2017 bar exam. Read further for details!

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Tips For Outlining Bar Exam Essays On Exam Day

Tips For Outlining Bar Exam Essays On Exam Day

Are you having trouble figuring out how to best organize your essay answers? Creating a short outline can be an effective tool to help you with organization and time management. Below we provide some tips for outlining bar exam essays — try to incorporate some of these strategies as you do your practice essays.

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What Are the Changes to Real Property on the MBE?

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What Are the Changes to Real Property on the MBE?

What Are the Changes to Real Property on the MBE? In August 2015, the NCBE announced on its website that it would be making changes to how Real Property is tested on the MBE and MEE beginning with the February 2017 administration. Regardless of whether you are taking the exam for the first time or whether you are retaking the exam, there will be new topics to learn. Below we explain some of the major changes you will encounter on the exam.

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25 Best Bar Exam Tips – From Someone Who Scored a 180 on the MBE

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25 Best Bar Exam Tips

Bar exam tips are as varied as there are people in the world. Everyone who passes has their own tricks or tips that were effective for them. The following bar exam tips, however, are ones that worked for us and that we have seen work with great success. Whether you struggle with getting started, or want tips on a specific part of the exam, the following 25 bar exam tips work time and time again with our students! This is written by founder of JD Advising, Ashley Heidemann, who scored a 180 on the MBE and a 184 on the essay portion of the Michigan bar exam in February 2011. In other words, she scored in the 99th percentile for both portions of the bar exam.

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Why Am I Having Trouble With the MBE?

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If you are having trouble with the MBE (multistate bar exam), you are not alone. Several students complain that they complete several practice questions but never seem to see an improved score. They answer 100 questions a day but it doesn’t make a difference. Certainly, their lack of improvement isn’t due to lack of effort.  If you find yourself in this category, you may realize that answering 100 questions a day is not what you need to do to improve. So what, exactly, is it that you need to do?

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How to Pass the Baby Bar

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How to Pass the Baby Bar: The Baby Bar (California First-Year Law Students’ Examination or FYLSE) is a one-day exam, during which students must complete four one-hour essays and 100 multiple-choice questions in Contracts, Criminal Law and Torts. Examinees must score at least 560 points out of a possible 800 points to pass the exam. this is the equivalent of answering 70% of the questions correctly. The exam is administered twice a year, in June and October.

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Professional Responsibility on the California Bar Exam — How to Spot it in a Criminal Law Question

california bar examProfessional Responsibility on the California bar exam — how to spot it in a Criminal Law Question

Professional Responsibility has been tested on the essay portion of 14 of the previous 15 California Bar Exams. Therefore, when reviewing the California subjects, it is imperative to prioritize Professional Responsibility. Always read the instructions to see whether you must include both the American Bar Association (ABA) and California distinctions in your answer. It is important to memorize an attorney’s general duties towards his or her client, third parties, and the court. Continue reading

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Six Tips to Improve Your Timing on the MPT

student-849828_640Six Tips to Improve Your Timing on the MPT: The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) is a lawyerly exercise that requires examinees to complete a task that is outlined in a memo. In order to complete the task, students must critically evaluate and analyze information provided in the file and the library.

The MPT is worth a significant percentage of an examinee’s overall score on many bar exams. For example, if you are in Uniform Bar Exam jurisdiction, the MPT is worth 20% of the total score. In California, the MPT is worth 26% of the overall score. Many students believe that because no outside law is required to complete this section that they do not need to spend much time preparing for this section. However, even when students feel comfortable analyzing the documents in the file and the cases and statutes in the library, they often run out of time while writing their answer and get a low score. This can make the difference between passing and failing the bar exam. Here are some tips to help you improve your timing on the MPT: Continue reading

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Why it is worth it to hire a Multistate Bar Exam Tutor:

multistate bar exam tutor, uniform bar exam tutor, michigan bar exam tutor, MBE tutorWhy it is worth it to hire a Multistate Bar Exam Tutor: The Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) is worth approximately 50% of your score in most jurisdictions, including Uniform Bar Exam jurisdictions. Even jurisdictions, like New York, (where the Multistate Bar Exam used to be worth 40%) have now increased it to being worth 50% after adopting the Uniform Bar Exam. California will also increase the weight of the MBE score to 50% (up from 35%) in July 2017.

Not only is the Multistate Bar Exam worth a large part of your overall bar exam score on its own but if you increase your knowledge of the law tested on the Multistate Bar Exam, you will also likely increase your essay score. Many subjects that are tested on the Multistate Bar Exam (Real Property, Evidence, Torts, Constitutional Law, Contracts & Sales, Criminal Law & Procedure, and Civil Procedure) are “double tested” on the essay portion of state exams (including states that offer the Uniform Bar Exam).   Continue reading

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Eight Tips for the California Bar Exam Performance Test

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The California Bar Exam is three days long. The written portion, which consists of six subject essays and two California Bar Exam Performance Tests, is worth 65 percent of the overall score. During the afternoon of the first and third days, you will have 3 hours to do the Performance Test (PT). Because the PT score comprises 26 percent of the written score, a strong score on the PTs can help you if you do not score as high as you would like on an essay or on the MBE section. Here are eight tips to help you study for the California Bar Exam Performance Test. Continue reading

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February 2016 California Bar Exam Passage Rate is 35%

MPT tutor UBE tutor MEE tutor MBE tutorFebruary 2016 California bar exam results were released yesterday (a week early) on March 13, 2016. Statistics show that the February 2016 California bar exam passage rate is a mere 35.7%. Out of 4758 takers, only 1700 passed.

By any standards, a 35.7% passage rate is dismal! This is even down from the low — and much talked about — February 2015 bar exam passage rate of 39.5%. Because the February passage rate tends to be lower than July (in California as well as most states) and because the MBE scores dropped across the nation this February, we are not shocked that the passage rate is low, but even we are surprised that it is this low! Continue reading

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Seven California Bar Exam Essay Tips

student-849828_640Seven California Bar Exam Essay Tips: The California Bar Exam is three days long. The written portion, which consists of six subject essays and two Multistate Performance Tests, is worth 65 percent of the overall score. On the morning of the first and third days, you will have three essay questions to answer. You have an hour to answer each essay. A strong score on the written section can help you if you have a lower MBE score.

Here are some tips to help you study for the essay portion of the California Bar Exam: Continue reading

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