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. Read more
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If you are considering applying to law school, or taking the LSAT, you may be wondering what college courses you should take in order to prepare for these two. In order to appeal to admissions officers, you should display that you have challenged yourself with a thorough, comprehensive course of study–specifically, one that will help you meet the challenges of law school. Read more
Welcome to our MBE tips and tricks blog post series! Today, we will be covering Criminal Law — and specifically, a homicide question. Out of the 25 scored questions on Criminal Law on the MBE, 3-4 of them will be on homicide. So it is well worth it to know homicide very well! Read more
Six 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: Read more
Welcome to our MBE tip of the day series. This “MBE tip of the day” post focuses on Torts!
You will see 25 scored Torts MBE questions on the Multistate Bar Exam. In this post, we will review a Torts question together. Note that we have posted several MBE tips (which you can find links to at the bottom of this post) that focus on a specific multiple-choice question that many students answer incorrectly. If you can master these 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 “MBE tip of the day” post covers one highly-tested area of substantive law as well as an important MBE strategy. You can sign up to receive these posts directly to your inbox for the upcoming administration at the bottom of this page. Read more
MBE Tips and Tricks: Blog Post Series
Welcome to our MBE tips and tricks blog post series! We will be posting an MBE question once every day along with an answer. You will see multiple questions on each of the seven MBE subjects.
These are MBE questions that students commonly get wrong. If you can master these 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!). Read more
Why 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 be worth 50% after adopting the Uniform Bar Exam. As of July 2017, California has also increased the weight of the MBE score to be worth 50% of an examinee’s score (up from 35%).
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). Read more
How a Multistate Essay Exam Tutor Can Help You Pass the Bar Exam!
The Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) is offered in many jurisdictions including all UBE jurisdictions. The Multistate Essay Exam is an important component of the bar exam for it is usually worth 30% of an applicant’s score on the bar exam. Thus, the grades received on the Multistate Essay Exam can certainly make the difference between passing and failing the bar exam! Read more
Should I take Breaks during Bar Prep?
Many of our students ask us, “Should I take breaks during bar prep?” And the answer is: Yes! One of the hardest things about the bar exam is managing your schedule. You cannot study 14 hours a day every day! Instead, we recommend that you incorporate breaks into your study schedule. In this post we will tell you why it is beneficial to take breaks during bar prep and how to incorporate breaks into your schedule. Read more
Our bar exam book, How to Pass the Michigan Bar Exam, has received glowing reviews from students, particularly after the February 2016 Michigan bar exam. Some students have said that our How to Pass the Michigan Bar Exam book it is the only reason that they passed the bar exam!
One student emailed us saying that he received a score of “10” on the February 2016 Michigan bar exam solely from reviewing the Secured Transactions “one sheet” in the book.
Multiple students said that the book was the only reason they were able to pull off passing scores on Agency question and Conflict of Laws question on the February 2016 Michigan bar exam. Here is one particular testimonial that was emailed to us this week: Read more
In this post, we tell you not only how to read a law school case, but also how to “speed read” it. That is, how to read a case quickly and efficiently so that you are getting everything you need to get out of it without spending all of your time on cases. Read more
They also ask “Do you review essays for free?” “What is the turnaround time?” “Should I study even if I hire you to write my appeal?” In this post, we answer all of those questions! Read more
Eight Tips for the California Bar Exam Performance Test
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. Read more
February 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! Read more
If you are a parent and your child failed the bar exam, it can be hard to know what to do or what to say. We have talked to several parents of students who fail the bar exam. We have also talked to several students about what they find (and don’t find!) helpful. Here is some time-tested advice. Read more