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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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Bar Exam Essay Tips

Bar Exam Essay Tips

Bar Exam Essay Tips: If you are looking for tips on how to improve your bar exam essays, look no more! We find that if you implement these few, easy bar exam essay tips into your practice, you will make your essays much stronger.  Note that this post was written by Meagan Jabbori, who scored in the 99th percentile on the essay portion of the Uniform Bar Exam.

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Wayne Law Purchases JD Advising’s How to Pass the Michigan Bar Exam Book for Bar Exam Takers

Wayne Law Purchases JD Advising’s How to Pass the Michigan Bar Exam Book for WSU Law Bar Exam Takers

Wayne State University Law School has purchased JD Advising’s How to Pass the Michigan Bar Exam book for it’s July bar exam takers signed up for JD Advising’s 5-part bar exam preparatory program at WSU.   The five-part program includes graded essay exams, a Michigan Bar Exam seminar, a Multistate Bar Exam seminar, as well as JD Advising’s book. Wayne State University Law students who have copies of the book will be at a distinct advantage when taking the bar exam. The 2017 edition of How to Pass the Michigan Bar Exam book provides all of the following:  

  • secrets for studying smart for the Michigan bar exam,  
  • a step-by-step guide for writing high-scoring Michigan bar exam essays,  
  • a time-tested method to improve your multiple choice (MBE) score,
  • MBE strategies by subject,
  • twenty-four “one-sheets” that condense the most highly-tested areas of law for each of the potential Michigan bar exam essay subjects into one sheet each, and
  • essay questions, model answers, as well as actual graded students answers from the July 2014 Michigan essay exam, both essay exams in 2015, and both essay exams in 2016.

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How to Pass the Michigan Bar Exam

how to pass the michigan bar examWondering how to pass the Michigan bar exam? Many students find themselves overwhelmed by their bar review courses when they begin studying for the Michigan bar exam. Their outlines are too long, the lectures are too long, and there is so much to do that they can never complete everything on their to-do lists.  In this post, we share detailed guides and videos on how to pass the Michigan bar exam. Specifically, we share (1) an overview of how to pass the Michigan bar exam; (2) a detailed guide and video on how to pass the essay portion of the Michigan bar exam; and (3) a detailed guide and video on how to pass the multiple-choice portion of the Michigan bar exam. Continue reading

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February 2017 Michigan Bar Exam Results Reveal Passage Rate is Lowest it has been in Decades. Why is it so Low? And What Does It Mean For July’s Exam?

Why Is The February 2017 Michigan Bar Exam Passage Rate So Low? And What Does It Mean For July’s Exam?

Official statistics for the February 2017 Michigan bar exam have not yet been released. However, doing basic math with the numbers we have available, it appears as though the February 2017 Michigan bar exam passage rate was 46%.

(How did we get this number? It looks like, based on the seat number list, there were approximately 390 bar exam takers without accommodations. There were also approximately 15 bar exam takers with accommodations in the 600’s and 15 attorneys licensed in other jurisdictions in the 700’s. So the total number of bar exam takers appears to be around 420. There are about 194 seat numbers on the list. That makes for a 46 – 47% passage rate.)

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February 2017 Michigan Bar Exam Results have been Released!

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February 2017 Michigan Bar Exam Results are Released! As of May 9 at 4:00 PM, February 2017 Michigan bar exam results are out! They have been posted by seat number on the Michigan Board of Law Examiner’s website online. Continue reading

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I Failed the Michigan Bar Exam. What Should I do?

failed the michigan bar exam, michigan bar exam private tutoringI Failed the Michigan Bar Exam. What Should I do? If you failed the Michigan bar exam, you may not know what do next. We recommend you follow the following steps.

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I Failed the Bar Exam by Five Points (or Less). What Should I Do?

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If you found out that you failed the bar exam by five points — or even fewer! — you may feel both very frustrated and encouraged! Students tend to have two conflicting reactions — first, they think of all of the things they wish they would have done (“I wish I would have written XYZ”). Then they are also somewhat encouraged because at least they don’t have that far to go to pass! Students also wonder what their options are. Here we tell you what to do if you are that close to passing! Continue reading

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Our Latest Article in the National Jurist: How to Avoid the 3 Biggest Mistakes that First-Time Bar Exam Takers Make

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Click here to read our latest article in the National Jurist “How to avoid the 3 biggest mistakes of first-time bar exam takers.”  The three biggest mistakes are: Continue reading

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2017 Edition of “How to Pass the Michigan Bar Exam” Book Now Available!

how to pass the Michigan bar examOur Second Edition of “How to Pass the Michigan Bar Exam” is now available! The second edition of our book is updated in the following ways:

  • The 24 “one-sheets” in the back of the book are updated to reflect what was tested on Michigan bar exams through February 2017.
  • Michigan bar exam essays, model answers, and student answers for July 2014, February 2015, July 2015, February 2016, and July 2016 are now included in the book.
  • The essay portion has been expanded upon with new and updated essay tips.
  • The multiple-choice portion has increased substantially in length. The book now includes MBE Tips by Subject for each of the seven MBE subjects.
  • New charts and diagrams have been added to reflect Michigan bar exams through February 2017.
  • The book is approximately 300 pages longer than the first edition.

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Where to Find Real MBE Questions

Where to find Real MBE Questions: 

Wondering where to find real MBE questions? Many bar exam takers are surprised to learn that many of the major commercial bar review courses, such as Barbri and Kaplan, make up their own MBE questions rather than providing students with real MBE questions that have been used in the past. This is a huge disservice to students! Continue reading

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Wayne Law Students – Are you Taking the July Bar Exam?

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Wayne Law Students – Are you taking the July bar exam?

Join us Saturday, May 6th at 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in the Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium as JD Advising’s Ashley Heidemann shares strategies, secrets, and tips on how to pass the Michigan bar exam! Students attending the session will receive a handout detailing tips on how to approach the essay and MBE portions of the Michigan bar exam.  The handout also includes a detailed list of the highly-tested subjects and topics.

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Cooley Law Students – Are you Taking the July Bar Exam? Join Us May 6th!

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Cooley Law Students – Are You Taking The July Bar Exam?

Cooley Law Students – Are You Taking The July Bar Exam?: Join us Saturday, May 6th at 1:30-2:30 p.m. in AH 100 as JD Advising’s Ashley Heidemann shares strategies, secrets, and tips on how to pass the Michigan bar exam! Students attending the Grand Rapids and Lansing locations will also be able to view the speech via live broadcast in rooms GR 111, and LAN 308.  Students attending the session will receive a handout detailing tips on how to approach the essay and MBE portions of the Michigan bar exam.  The handout also includes a detailed list of the highly-tested subjects and topics.

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I Failed the Bar Exam with Barbri. What Should I Do?

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I Failed the Bar Exam with Barbri. What Should I Do?

With bar exam results coming out across the country, one of the questions we get the most often is from bar takers who took Barbri, failed the exam, and are trying to figure out what to do next. So, if you failed the bar exam with Barbri, here are some steps moving forward!

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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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