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MBE Scores Drop to New Low! What Does this Mean for Me?

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The ABA recently posted an article about the recent all-time-low MBE scores. Last February’s MBE average was 135. This year’s is 134.1. We all know one point can make a difference in passing and failing. It is also low considering that iother years have had much higher MBE averages (e.g. 137 in 2012 and 138 in 2013 and 2014).

Erica Moeser from the National Conference of Bar Examiners’ credits the drop to lowering standards for admissions. She says that the decrease in scored questions from 190 to 175 is not a factorContinue reading

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JD Advising Bar Exam Pre-Sale Day #2 – MBE!

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JD Advising Bar Exam Season Kickoff Pre-Sale Launch – Day #2

Thank you so much for all of your views, comments, and questions so far.  We are very excited about our JD Advising bar exam kickoff sale. It is the first, and probably last time, we will offer such a thing.

This is Day #2 of our 3-part pre-sale launch. Just a reminder that our pre-sale launch consists of three parts:

  • April 10: We discussed how to pass the bar exam generally as well as how to pass the essay portion of the bar exam (do not miss the GREAT free guides and videos we give out here!);
  • April 13 (today!): We will discuss how to pass the MBE portion of the bar exam (and we will be giving you a fantastic MBE video and guide)
  • April 17: We will discuss how you can use JD Advising services to pass the bar exam

Launch! On April 19, we will begin our sales campaign. It will last until April 24. April 19th through April 24th will be the only dates you will be able to take advantage of our sale!

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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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MBE Tip of the Day: Civil Procedure MBE Tips

MBE Strategies Blog Post Series:  Welcome to our MBE tips and tricks blog post series — this post focuses on Civil Procedure MBE tips. We started this MBE series months ago and it was so popular that we are continuing it each bar exam administration.

You will see 25 scored Civil Procedure MBE questions on the Multistate Bar Exam.

Note that we have posted a total of 19 posts that focus on a specific multiple-choice question that many students answer incorrectly.  If you can master these 19 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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MBE Strategy of the Day: Real Property

MBE tutoring, MPRE sample questionsMBE Strategies Blog Post Series:  Welcome to our MBE tips and tricks blog post series — geared toward those looking for extra MBE help! This post focuses on a Real Property 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 Real Property MBE questions on the Multistate Bar Exam.

Note that we have posted a total of 18 posts that focus on a specific multiple-choice question that many students answer incorrectly.  If you can master these 18 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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MBE Tip of the Day: Evidence

MBE Strategies Blog Post Series:  Welcome to our MBE tips and tricks blog post series! This post focuses on an Evidence 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 Evidence MBE questions on the Multistate Bar Exam.

Note that we have posted a total of 17 posts that focus on a specific multiple-choice question that many students answer incorrectly.  If you can master these 17 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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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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MBE Tip of the Day: Constitutional Law

MBE Strategies Blog Post Series:  Welcome to our MBE tips and tricks blog post series! This post focuses on Constitutional Law on the MBE. 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 Constitutional Law MBE questions on the Multistate Bar Exam — and many of them will cover the powers of Congress, which we will cover in this post.

Note that we have posted a total of 15 posts that focus on a specific multiple-choice question that many students answer incorrectly.  If you can master these 15 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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Highly Tested Areas of Law on the MBE

highly tested areas of law on the MBEHighly Tested Areas of Law on the MBE

You may be wondering what the highly tested areas of law on the MBE (multistate bar exam) are. It is worth it to be aware of the highly tested areas of law on the MBE because these are the most worth your time to know well! (This is especially the case if you are reading this now — about 30 days before the bar exam!)

If you have a half-day to review Torts, for example, it is much better to spend your time on negligence than, say, privacy torts or defamation. Because negligence will compose half of the 25 torts questions! It is also highly-tested on most essay exams. Continue reading

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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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How to Pass the Uniform Bar Exam: Avoid the Top 5 Mistakes Students Make

how to pass the uniform bar examHow to Pass the Uniform Bar Exam: Avoid the Top 5 Mistakes Students taking the Uniform Bar Exam Make

How to Pass the Uniform Bar Exam: In this post on how to pass the uniform bar exam, we examine the top five mistakes we notice students make on the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) We also reveal how we advise students to avoid them!

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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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I’m Worried About My MBE Score!

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“I’m worried about my MBE score!” For many law students, the MBE portion of the bar examination is a source of anxiety.

During bar exam preparation, many students find that they struggle with this portion over the essay portion.

Since your MBE score is about 50% of your passing grade depending on what jurisdiction you are in, it is imperative to strengthen your MBE muscle as much as possible prior to taking the bar exam. If you are discouraged because you repeatedly get MBE questions incorrect, this post is dedicated to you!

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Where do I find Real MBE Questions?

mbe score mean, take the MPT seriouslyAre you wondering if real MBE questions exist? The answer is yes! Many commercial courses, such as Barbri and Kaplan, do not distribute many real MBE questions. That is, they do not distribute questions that were used on past bar exams. Instead, they make up their own questions. There is nothing wrong with making up MBE questions, but it is much more worth your time to answer real MBE questions that have been released by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Continue reading

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