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California’s Provisional Licensure Program

An Overview Of California’s Provisional Licensure Program

An Overview Of California’s Provisional Licensure Program

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic and its challenges, the California Supreme Court introduced a new attorney licensing program. Much to the relief of many bar exam applicants around the state, the California Committee of Bar Examiners introduced a new provisional licensure program. The program is classified under Rule 9.49.1 of the California Rules of Court and the Committee introduced the program on July 16, 2020. For those who recently took the California Bar Exam or graduated from law school, you might be curious about the program. In this blog post, we’re going to be exploring California’s provisional licensure program and how it may impact you.

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What To Do If You Blank On An MPT

What To Do If You Blank On An MPT

The bar exam comes with pressure. Job offers, memorizing large amounts of material, financial stress, and more are often on the line when students take the bar exam. In talking about pressure, it’s important to note how pressure impacts students differently. Some students may suffer from anxiety leading up to and during the exam. Others may double down on preparation efforts leading up to the exam. However, all of this pressure can lead some students to completely draw a blank during the bar exam, including the Multistate Performance Test. Here are JD Advising’s top tips for what to do if you draw a blank on the Multistate Performance Test.

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Three Tips For Better MBE Performance

Three Tips For Better MBE Performance

The MBE portion of the bar exam is a daunting and challenging prospect, to say the least. Not only must you answer 100 questions in three hours (and then an additional 100 in another 3 hours) but there are also answer choices aplenty. Each MBE question comes with four possible answer options. For many students, eliminating two answer choices and deciding between the remaining two can feel like gambling. JD Advising has some more tips for better performance on the MBE.  These tips are designed to help you during the preparation process for an upcoming administration of the bar exam. Let’s take a look at JD Advising’s tips for better performance on the MBE.

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How To Study For The Bar Exam After Time Off

How To Study For The Bar Exam After Time Off

Although most students take the bar exam immediately after graduating from law school, this is not the case for everyone.  Some people get jobs after law school that do not require a license to practice law. (and thus, they do not need to take the exam).  Other people are unsuccessful on the exam and choose not to retake it.  Still, others may experience unexpected life events that cause them to put off taking the bar exam.  Or, maybe you are already licensed in one state but are taking another bar exam to become licensed in another state.  And then, suddenly, these individuals find themselves in a position requiring them to take the bar exam, sometimes years (decades, even!) after they have finished law school.  Whatever the reason, if you are taking the bar exam well after law school, you are not alone!  In this post, we discuss some tips for preparing for the bar exam after time off.

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Why Do People Skip The Bar Exam After Graduation?

Why Do People Skip The Bar Exam After Graduation?

You’ve done it! You’ve successfully graduated from law school. First, congratulations! You have completed a major milestone in your professional career. Law school is no easy task, and you should be proud of your accomplishments! After law school graduation, almost every graduate will immediately start studying for the next administration of the bar exam. That’s right, after three long and grueling years of intense study…more studying. So, what if you don’t want to take the bar exam right away? Maybe you feel exhausted and need a break from everything. Maybe you never intended to practice law and always wanted to explore a JD Preferred career path. Whatever your reason, choosing to skip the bar exam after law school graduation is a personal decision. Let’s take a closer look at some reasons why students choose to skip the bar exam after law school graduation.

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Three MEE Issue-Spotting Tips For Exam Day

Three MEE Issue-Spotting Tips For Exam Day

If you look at an MEE and ask, “what’s wrong with these facts?” or “where’s the concern here?” it’s likely an issue-spotting problem. On the MEE portion of the bar exam, quick thinking is important strong issue-spotting techniques can be a lifesaver. To help students facing issue spotting concerns, JD Advising has compiled some of our favorite MEE issue-spotting tips, which we discuss in more detail below.

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Bar Exam Supplies

Four Essential Bar Exam Supplies

Four Essential Bar Exam Supplies

Taking the bar exam is an involved process with lots of moving parts. First-time and repeat test-takers know that there’s a lot more preparation for the bar exam than simply showing up expecting to take the test. There’s how to get to the testing center, what and where to eat for lunch, and how to manage emotions. There’s how to handle the person with a stuffy nose that’s sitting next to you and what to do if you blank on a question. Don’t even get us started about the possibility of your laptop crashing! There’s also the subject of this blog article – what bar exam supplies to bring with you which we discuss in more detail below.

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Chapter Six Violations

A Summary of California Bar Exam Chapter Six Violations

A Brief Summary of California Bar Exam Chapter Six Violations

Almost every student who has taken or plans to take the California Bar Exam has heard the words “Chapter Six Violations.” So, what exactly is a chapter six violation, and should you be concerned? Well, the answer used to have a more clear-cut explanation. However, now that students have taken the California Bar Exam remotely due to COVID-19, the issue has gotten much more complex. Long story short, you definitely don’t want to receive a chapter six violation when taking the California Bar Exam. We discuss some of the chapter six violations in more detail below.

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Which Uniform Bar Exam Should I Take?

Which Uniform Bar Exam Should I Take?

So many UBE options so little time! Ok, not really but it makes for an exciting introduction. If you’re a student preparing to take the Uniform Bar Exam (or “UBE”) or deciding where to take the UBE, this post is for you. Deciding which UBE to take may seem like a straightforward decision, however, there are several different factors that are worth considering before making the final decision. Given that the UBE is offered in thirty-six states, applicants can take the same exam in different locations. However, just because the same UBE is offered in different states doesn’t mean the passing rate is identical. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most important considerations when deciding which Uniform Bar Exam to take.

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Should My MBE Practice Be Quality or Quantity?

Should My MBE Practice Be Quality or Quantity?

Many students studying for the bar exam find themselves inculcated by advice.  Study eight to ten hours a day.  Focus on the multiple-choice questions, only.  Practice all parts of the exam equally.  The advice is never-ending and almost always conflicting.  One particularly intense debate is this: should MBE practice be quality or quantity? We are here to first tell you that the answer is unequivocally both.

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How To Avoid A Bar Exam Meltdown On Exam Day

How To Avoid A Bar Exam Meltdown On Exam Day

You’ve probably heard the horror stories of students taking the bar exam and experiencing some sort of catastrophe. From computers crashing to applicants crying – the bar exam can be somewhat of a rollercoaster. JD Advising has helped thousands of students pass the bar exam, which means we know how important preparing both academically and mentally is. Below we discuss how to avoid a bar exam meltdown on exam day.

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How To Perfect Timing On The California Bar Exam

How To Perfect Timing On The California Bar Exam

The California Bar Exam doesn’t just test legal knowledge. The test also indirectly focuses on stamina, time management, and the ability to problem-solve under pressure. Put simply, knowing the black letter law from front to back isn’t a guarantee you’ll pass. You also need other soft skills to conquer the California Bar Exam. In this post, we’ll focus on how to perfect timing on the California Bar Exam.

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What A Missed MEE Question Means

What A Missed MEE Question Means

Leaving a question blank on the bar exam is never a great feeling. This is especially true if the blank question was part of the MEE portion of the exam.  Similarly, answering an MEE question and later realizing you missed the mark can also be demoralizing. The good news is that it’s not the end of the world. Whether you missed an MEE question because you got anxious, lost track of time, or simply didn’t know the answer, you’re not alone! Each bar exam administration, JD Advising gets hundreds of students asking whether they failed the bar exam because they missed an MEE question. Luckily, a blank, skipped, or missed MEE question doesn’t mean you automatically failed the bar exam! We’ll discuss what a missed MEE question can mean in more detail below.

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Is The MBE Really That Difficult?

Is The MBE Really That Difficult?

There is nothing like getting ready for a really big test and hearing only horror stories about how difficult the exam might be.  Many students, when faced with the bar exam, find themselves asking, “Is the MBE really that difficult?”  While there is, of course, no precise answer, this post will help you to think through what the word “difficult” means in the context of the MBE.

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Can You Pass The Bar Without A Prep Course?

Can You Pass The Bar Without A Prep Course?

The preparation and studying that goes into taking the Bar Exam is always a hot topic. For students who have yet to take the Bar Exam, they hear many stories about non-stop studying, and discussions about bar exam preparatory courses are common. Some will remark that they’ve heard studying and preparing for the Bar Exam “is like a full-time job.” Others will claim that they “know someone who studied for hundreds of hours and didn’t pass.” We’ll put it this way – studying for the bar exam isn’t always enjoyable nor easy. However, passing the bar exam is doable and thousands of recent law school graduates successfully take part in the process every year, the bulk of whom participate in a bar exam prep course. Can you pass the bar exam without a prep course?  We’ll discuss this in more detail below.

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