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Seven Disadvantages of Taking Barbri — and How to Combat Them

Seven Disadvantages of Taking Barbri

Seven Disadvantages of Taking Barbri: While plenty of students pass the bar exam with Barbri, there are some disadvantages of taking Barbri that students walking into the bar exam (particularly first time takers) are not aware of when they write their big check for the bar review course. In this post, we talk about some of the disadvantages of taking Barbri as well as how you can combat them.    
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How do the California Bar Exam changes for July 2017 affect how you should study?

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How Do The California Bar Exam Changes For July 2017 Affect How You Should Study?

How Do The California Bar Exam Changes For July 2017 Affect How You Should Study?: Are you taking the California Bar Exam in July 2017?  Should you change your approach because it is now a 2-day exam instead of a 3-day exam? Below we will highlight which parts of the exam have changed, which parts have stayed the same, and how these changes will affect your study plan.
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Should I Take Barbri Twice?

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Should I Take Barbri Twice?

Should I Take Barbri Twice?: The short answer to this question is no! Treat it like anything else you would treat in life. If it didn’t work out the first time, why do it again and risk the exact same result? We see many people who are unsuccessful with the bar exam and yet they stick to their same approach over and over again. Finally, after multiple attempts and lots of lost time, they decide to do something different. Usually they are successful after they change their approach. So, the long answer to the above question is to change up your approach to the bar exam. In other words, don’t take your commercial course over again. Click here for our post on how to change your approach the second time you take it.

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California Bar Exam Essay Frequency Chart

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California Bar Exam Essay Frequency Chart

Are you looking for a comprehensive California bar exam essay frequency chart? Here’s our chart chart of the essay subjects tested on the California bar exam since 2006 through the present date. The essay chart will show you which subjects tend to be frequently tested (e.g., Professional Responsibility!) and which ones are not tested as often (e.g., agency).  You can also get an idea of which subjects are generally tested in conjunction with another subject (which you are more likely to see with the new test format as of July 2017). Our chart provides a more accurate representation of when subjects were tested because we have separated Corporations, Agency, and Partnership; Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure; Contract Remedies and Tort Remedies; California Civil Procedure and Federal Civil Procedure; Trusts and Wills; and the California Evidence Code and the Federal Rules of Evidence.

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February 2017 Bar Exam Results Release Dates by State

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February 2017 Bar Exam Results Release Dates by State

Wondering when the February 2017 bar exam results will be released in your state? In this post, we tell you:

  • When examinees find out their February 2017 bar exam results;
  • How examinees find out their February 2017 bar exam results;
  • Statistics and Pass lists for the bar exam;
  • A passing score for the bar exam;
  • Whether you will see your bar exam score;
  • Whether your bar exam will be regraded or whether there is an appeals process; and
  • Where you can find more information about the bar exam.

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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

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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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