Become A JD Advising Bar Exam Tutor!
JD Advising is looking for enthusiastic bar exam tutors who have a passion for mentoring and teaching students, did well in law school, and performed exceptionally on the bar exam. JD Advising bar exam tutors provide students with knowledge, skills, and confidence to sit for the bar exam. Our tutors help students learn substantive law, test-taking skills, and test-taking strategies to increase their performance on the bar exam. In this blog post, we will discuss a typical bar exam tutor schedule, a typical tutoring session, bar exam tutoring tasks, other tasks bar exam tutors have opportunities to perform, and finally, how to apply for a bar exam tutoring position with JD Advising. Continue reading if you think you might be interested in becoming a bar exam tutor for JD Advising.
Become A JD Advising Bar Exam Tutor!
The bar exam is administered in February and July of each year. Therefore, bar exam tutors normally begin tutoring sessions in early January for the February bar exam. In July, tutoring sessions usually begin in late May and end in late July for the July bar exam. There are some students, however, that begin preparation (even months!) in advance of the above timeframe. This means that some tutors have the opportunity to get an early start with tutoring during any particular administration.
We are looking for bar exam tutors who excelled on the Uniform Bar Exam and the California Bar Exam. (UBE jurisdictions include the following: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming, Virgin Islands.)
Bar exam tutors set their own schedules and meet with bar exam students remotely using professional tutoring software. While JD Advising requires a minimum of 10 hours of availability per week for tutors during bar preparation periods, tutors have the flexibility to set their own schedules in accordance with these parameters. Some tutors treat tutoring as a full-time job during the bar exam preparation season. These tutors usually tutor for more than ten hours per week!
Many bar exam tutors work traditional full-time legal jobs and are able to tutor on weekday evenings and on weekends. Other tutors prefer to tutor on weekdays if their availability allows it. Many bar exam tutors with flexible full-time and part-time jobs are able to tutor on weekdays during the day and night as well as on weekends. Our bar exam students and tutors come from all over the United States. Depending on where the student is located, an evening tutoring session for the tutor might be an early afternoon session for the student. We also tutor international students who are preparing to take the UBE or California Bar Exam.
Since JD Advising bar exam students and tutors are located throughout the United States, and even internationally, we are able to effectively match the needs of our students with the capabilities of our tutors. It is a priority at JD Advising to effectively and efficiently match tutors with bar exam students. As a bar exam tutor, you will tutor students only in jurisdictions where you have passed the bar. For example, if you passed the UBE, you can expect to tutor students preparing to take the UBE.
Bar exam tutors are paid at a competitive hourly rate based on the “level” of experience a particular tutor has. As bar exam tutors gain more experience and meet certain benchmarks, they can move up “levels.” Moving up a level allows the tutor to qualify for raises to their hourly rate among other things. Some examples of benchmarks include tutoring a certain number of hours, grading a certain number of essays, and grading a certain number of performance tests. For tutors who want to move up the levels at a faster rate, JD Advising provides opportunities for bar tutors. These opportunities include writing blog posts for the JD Advising website, creating new material for use in tutoring sessions, and working on special JD Advising projects.
JD Advising provides extensive training to all its bar exam tutors, including JD Advising-specific tutoring techniques to help you excel as a tutor. The training teaches tutors not only what to expect from a tutoring session, but also how to organize and execute a proper tutoring session. As a tutor in training, you will learn about bar exam tutoring and how to effectively communicate with students during a bar exam tutoring session. You will also learn how to grade and provide feedback on essays and performance tests for students. JD Advising offers multiple options to submit sample essay grading for feedback.
Additionally, you will learn how to do more procedural-type tasks such as (1) setting your availability, (2) scheduling sessions, and (3) reporting your tutoring and non-tutoring time for payment. Finally, JD Advising recognizes that preparing for tutoring sessions also takes time. As such, tutors receive a number of paid hours that can be used to help tutors prepare for tutoring sessions. These hours can be used to familiarize yourself with JD Advising materials, organize effective tutoring sessions, as well as other bar tutoring session preparation activities you need. This extensive training will give tutors the skills and confidence necessary to meet the needs and goals of bar exam students.
Finally, JD Advising regularly meets with tutors to check in regarding tutoring sessions. These meetings can also provide advice and support as needed to help you excel as a tutor.
JD Advising provides access to tutoring software that allows tutors and students to communicate via video camera in real-time. Bar exam tutors spend time getting to know the student and their learning style as well as identifying and analyzing areas where the student is struggling. Tutoring sessions usually focus on one or two topics that the student will encounter on the bar exam.
During a typical bar exam tutoring session, bar exam tutors will answer questions the student has regarding particular subject matters. This can include issue identification, explanation of rules and exceptions, and examples of how to analyze hypothetical scenarios. For example, a student may be struggling with the tort of trespassing. A tutor will teach the student the rules of trespassing using JD Advising materials and provide meaningful examples to help the student understand those rules. Tutors will also provide practice MBE and essay questions with explanations to help the student learn how to properly apply the rules.
Bar exam tutors also provide positive and personalized feedback to students and assist students with essays and performance tests. Personalized feedback also critiques and corrects any incorrect or partially correct rule statements. This will give the student an understanding of how well they are memorizing and recalling rules. Additionally, students also receive feedback on how they apply rules to facts, organization, and tutors also work with students on timing and strategy for essay questions. Ultimately, students receive a strategic approach to writing essays and performance tests that not only maximize their score on the bar exam but provide students with confidence as they head into the bar exam.
Many students struggle with how to prioritize their studying given that the bar exam tests so much material. JD Advising tutors help students focus their efforts by assisting with study schedule creation and working with students to ensure students understand areas that encompass large portions of the bar exam. For example, negligence MBE questions make up about one-half of all Torts multiple-choice questions and approximately one-fourteenth of the total MBE score. Negligence can also appear on the essay portion of the bar exam. In a Torts study session, tutors often spend time with students to make sure the student understands and memorizes the rules of negligence given its prevalence on the bar exam.
What else do bar exam tutors do? We include some more detail below!
Bar Examiner Tutoring Tasks:
- Help students learn substantive law and understand how to apply the law to bar exam fact patterns
- Provide positive and comprehensive feedback to students on essays and their performance tests
- Give students a methodical approach for taking each section of the bar exam (MBE, Essays, and Performance Tests)
- Help students prioritize their studying to ensure students have a good grasp of highly-tested material
- Mentor students through the bar preparation period and through the bar exam
- Assist students with study plans and remain focused during the bar exam’s stressful preparation times
JD Advising also provides bar exam tutors with other opportunities to grow on an individual level. Tutors participate in the company in a variety of ways! We discuss this in more detail below:
Other Bar Examiner Tasks (all separately compensated):
- Tutors often write blog posts for release on the JD Advising website.
- Bar exam tutors give bar exam-related presentations to student groups and other organizations.
- Tutors assist with creating new materials for use in tutoring sessions.
- Bar exam tutors also assist with other tasks including working on different JD Advising projects.
How to Apply
If you are interested in a Bar Exam Tutor Position, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your resume, your law school transcript, and your bar exam report.
Questions and Inquiries
If you have any specific questions about the position, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!
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