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One Month Until The Bar Exam – Make Sure You Are Doing These Three Things!

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One Month Until The Bar Exam –
Make Sure You Are Doing These Three Things!

One Month Until The Bar Exam – Make Sure You Are Doing These Three Things!: With one month until the bar exam left, we suggest you avoid the top three mistakes that bar exam takers make.

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Should I Take Time Off Work to Study for the Bar Exam?

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Should I Take Time Off Work to Study for the Bar Exam?

Studying for the bar exam is one of the most important things you will ever do in your professional career.  For this reason, it is critical that you put as much effort into it as possible and that you try to do it correctly.  Taking the bar is incredibly stressful and time consuming, which is all the more reason to do everything you can so that you only have to take it once!  Many people preparing for the exam also have a job, making wondering whether you should take time off work to study for the bar exam a very common question.

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How to Prepare for the DC Bar Exam

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How to Prepare for the DC Bar Exam: The District of Columbia adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) in July 2016. You need a minimum scaled score of 266 (out of a possible 400 points) to pass the exam. The DC bar exam does not have an additional jurisdiction-specific component that examinees must complete in order to become licensed. If you are wondering how to begin preparing for the DC bar exam, we have some tips for you!

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How To Prepare For The UBE

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How To Prepare For The UBE

How To Prepare For The UBE: Are you taking the bar exam in a Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) state? Are you unsure of how to begin studying for the exam? Below we give you some tips on how to prepare for the UBE more effectively.

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Should I Study the Day of a Law School Exam?

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Should I Study the Day of a Law School Exam?

Should I Study the Day of a Law School Exam?: It can be very tempting to want to wake up early the morning of an exam to get a few last hours of studying in. Try to resist this temptation! It is not usually a good idea to study the day of a law school exam.  There are better things you could be doing with your time in those last remaining hours. You are likely going to feel stressed and overwhelmed that day (perfectly normal!), but you don’t want to do anything that could add to that.  If you’re feeling panicky and trying to frantically review information you probably already know, you risk unnecessarily confusing yourself.  You don’t want to risk altering what your brain has already stored correctly.  Trust yourself and the studying that you have already done!

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Law School Final Exam Week Tips

Law School Final Exam Week Tips

Law School Final Exam Week Tips: With final exams rapidly approaching, it’s time to focus on only what is absolutely necessary for success on your exams.  It can be a stressful period, but try not to let it overwhelm you. (If you’re feeling too anxious already, see this post with great tips on lowering stress during finals!)  Stop thinking about all those tiny details in the countless cases you read – let those go!  Focus on memorizing the black letter law and practicing how to issue spot.  This is where the points are for law school finals, not in remembering what the plaintiff argued in a specific case. Here are some more tips on what to do during law school final exam week!

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How To Lower Stress During Law School Finals

How to Lower Stress During Law School Finals

One of the most important keys to success on law school finals is to manage your stress. The thought of your upcoming finals can be very overwhelming, but you will perform much better if you stay relaxed.  Your brain can only do so much at once, so why waste energy worrying over something you can control with good study habits?  This post will offer you a few tips on how to lower stress during law school finals.  And try to remember, law school is a marathon, not a sprint.  If something happens to go wrong, there are plenty of other chances to make up for it.

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How to Study Effectively For Law School Exams

Study Effectively For Law School Exams

How to Study Effectively For Law School Exams

Now that there are only a few weeks left in the semester, it is time to start thinking about how to study effectively for law school exams.  It is important to make sure that you are not wasting the valuable time that you do have on tactics that will not be helpful in the end. At this point you should already have made significant progress on all of your outlines.  If you haven’t, make sure you’re concentrating heavily on that!  Doing detailed case briefs from your readings this late in the semester is not beneficial – your outlines are a much more critical tool for success on the final. If you are feeling a little lost, or feeling the pressure build up, here are some excellent do’s and don’ts on how to study effectively for law school exams!

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How To Make A Law School Finals Study Schedule

How To Make A Law School Finals Study Schedule

Since final exams in law school make up the vast majority of your final grade, it is very important that you learn how to study for finals correctly.  A significant part of that is developing a personalized law school finals study schedule!  Since most of your friends are probably taking different classes, their finals schedule will be completely different than yours – thus the need to make your own!  Your study schedule needs to emphasize the most important elements of studying for law school finals: finishing your outlines, reviewing/memorizing your outlines, and taking practice exams.

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Should My Answers Look Just Like The MPT Sample Answers?

Should My Answers Look Just Like The MPT Sample Answers?

Should My Answers Look Just Like The MPT Sample Answers?: Students frequently ask whether their practice MPT answers must mimic the NCBE’s MPT Point Sheets. Good news- your answers do not have to replicate the NCBE’s answers! Similarly, student answers do not have to look precisely like the MPT sample answers that you can find on the Georgia, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, and Texas websites in order to get a passing score (or even an above passing score!). While the answers do have similarities, none are written exactly the same. Remember that the answers on each state’s website are some of the best in the state during a given administration. You do not need to duplicate these answers to pass the MPT. Rather, use these answers to refine your approach. Below we tell you what to pay attention to when reviewing the NCBE’s MPT Point Sheets and student answers.  Continue reading

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One Month Until Law School Exams: How to Study

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One Month Until Law School Exams: How to Study

As the end of the semester approaches, it’s time to start thinking about the final exam.  Now that there’s only one month until law school exams, your focus should shift to how best to prepare.  You should not be spending as much time on cases. Cases will not help you do well on the exam.  Law school exams are not going to give you a fact pattern that mimics an already decided case.  The fact patterns tend to be long and incorporate many different issues, generally focusing on more grey areas that prompt you to interpret existing law.  This is why it is important for you to focus on learning the rules taught during the semester and then applying them to unfamiliar fact patterns. In this post, we tell you how to do that!

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Should I Brief Cases In Law School?

Should I Brief Cases In Law School?

Should I Brief Cases In Law School?: On day 1 of my first year legal research and writing class we learned about briefing cases.  We were taught how to break down cases into their components (procedural history, issue presented, facts, rule, reasoning/analysis, conclusion), and we learned the importance of each.  Our first homework assignment was to make a word document template for briefing cases and to then fill it in for one case.  The assumption was that this would become a habit and we would make a word document brief for every case we encountered in our reading.

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My Bar Exam Flash Cards Story

My Bar Exam Flashcards Story

My Bar Exam Flashcards Story: Most everyone takes some risks in their bar prep studying; most make some misstates as well.  One of the keys to creating a study strategy that works best for you, and to help minimize the negative consequences of your mistakes and risks, is to understand how you learn.  One of the biggest risks that I (Laura) took while studying for the bar was to insert the creation of flashcards into my study schedule.  Unfortunately I let this extra task spiral out of control. It took too much time away from other important aspects of bar preparation.  My mistake was not fatal however, because I understood enough about myself and how I learn to make sure that I got enough value out of my flash card project.

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