Not everybody needs a tutor to pass the bar exam. Not even everybody that has failed the bar exam in the past needs a tutor to pass the bar exam (although they are more likely to benefit from a bar exam tutor).
In this post, we briefly discuss some of the benefits of having a bar exam tutor as well as our general recommendation regarding which factors to consider when deciding whether to retain a tutor for the bar exam. Note that we always make evaluations on a case-by-case basis when students come to us and ask if they need tutoring (and we encourage you to contact us if you are unsure!). However, the factors below should give you a general idea of how likely you are to benefit from a bar exam tutor. Before we discuss the factors to consider, we’ll list the benefits of having a bar exam tutor. Continue reading Do I Need a Bar Exam Tutor to Pass the Bar Exam?→
If you failed the bar exam, you may be wondering when you should start gearing up for the next exam. Some students want to start studying the day they find out they failed the bar exam. Others start when traditional bar preparation courses start (late December or early January).
We suggest you start studying sooner rather than later.
In this post, we will talk about a good timeline for those that fail the bar exam. This post is tailored to those who just failed the July 2014 bar exam.
Before you ask the question of whether you should write your own appeal or have someone write it for you, you should ask the question: Should I appeal my bar exam score? If you arrive at the conclusion “yes” then you have to decide whether you want to hire someone to write it for you or whether you want to write it yourself.
Important announcement: July 2014 Michigan Bar Exam results have been released. Those who passed the Michigan bar exam are now listed by seat number on the Michigan Board of Law Examiners website.
Official results of the July 2014 Michigan bar exam have been mailed and applicants can expect to receive those results in a couple of days. We generally recommend that you wait until you get your official results before you publicly announce whether you passed or failed. So tell your mom , dad, and significant other or whoever, but perhaps wait until you have your official results in your hand before posting it on Facebook or telling the world otherwise. There has been no problem in Michigan that we know of (either now or in the past) in terms of accuracy of posting results, but it is probably the wiser route just in case. Posting by seat number is new. Continue reading July 2014 Michigan Bar Exam Results Have Been Released→
If you are the kind of person that cannot sit back and relax and feels the need to constantly hit the “refresh” button on the Michigan Board of Law Examiner’s website – join the club. However, you may also find it getting in the way of your productivity or simply get sick of it.
So if you want to try a new method to monitor the Board of Law Examiner’s website: you might want to try this neat little tool called “page monitor” that I have just started using to monitor the Board of Law Examiner’s website (Note: The link will go to the chrome page monitor but you can find one for most browsers – just Google “page monitor”).
The page monitor is free and it takes five seconds to install. Simply click “Monitor this page” on the Michigan Board of Law Examiner’s website and then go to your settings and ask it to check back to the page every five seconds. I made it “chime” so that a chime goes off whenever changes are made. (Note: some page monitors only check pages once a day or once every couple hours – so make sure you get one that can check the page frequently!). Continue reading My New Favorite Way to Monitor the Board of Law Examiner’s Website→
A picture of the Macomb County Swearing In Ceremony.
A Description of Swearing-In Ceremonies in Michigan for those who Pass the Bar Exam
To be admitted to practice law in the state of Michigan, after you pass the bar exam, you will need to attend a “swearing-in” ceremony. You may attend the swearing-in ceremony in any county. It doesn’t make a difference in terms of where you can practice law. Some counties offer different programs or advantages than others, but most students choose which swearing-in ceremony they are going to attend based on location and convenience. Continue reading A Description of Swearing-In Ceremonies in Michigan for those who Pass the Bar Exam→
We don’t mean to be discouraging by posting this before Michigan bar applicants find out about results. However, you’ve probably heard about the possibility of “appealing” a failing Michigan bar exam essay score and you may be curious about how it works – for your own sake (if you’re nervous about your score!) or the sake of your friends that will decide to use the appeal process. This blog post will try to clarify what a Michigan bar exam appeal is and how it works. Continue reading What is a Michigan Bar Exam Appeal and How does it Work?→
Are Michigan Bar Exam Results Always Released on Wednesday or Thursday?
There is a rumor that goes around every May and October that Michigan bar exam results are always released – (in the past, mailed) – on a Wednesday. Recently, I’ve heard students say that “Michigan bar exam results are always released on a Thursday.”
It is true that Wednesdays and Thursdays are the most common release days (with Wednesday being more common than Thursday). However, the announcement that Michigan bar exam results are out has also been made on Tuesday and Friday in the past as well. If we look at the most recent result release announcements for the July Michigan bar exam, we see the following:
We just wrote a post for those who pass the bar exam, so here is a note to those who fail the bar exam. Several states have already found out results but many have not yet found out results. It is better to read this post, and the last post before you find out results so that you can consider them more objectively.
Right off the bat, we want to say we are sorry you didn’t pass the bar exam. It can be very hard to handle when something you have worked so hard for does not come to fruition. It certainly can be a difficult and emotional time.
Bar exam results should be out soon! Many states have already found out and some states are still waiting for results. (We have a massive post on when results are released, whether a state offers regrades or appeals, if you’ll see your score, etc. here if you are interested!)
If you are reading this before you find out your results, perfect. It is best to read this when your mind is not as clouded by excitement (and maybe too much wine…)
Have you been thinking about which classes you want to take your remaining semesters of law school? Do you want your classes to have the added bonus of preparing you for the Michigan bar exam?
If you are taking the Michigan Bar Exam and you want your classes to double as a good source of bar exam preparation, you might wonder which classes are worth your time and which classes are not. We will explain which classes will be the most helpful to you – and why – in this blog post.
There are many reasons that it is a good idea to start bar prep early. We’ve talked about it in prior posts and we will talk about it in more depth here. If you are planning on taking the bar exam this coming February or July, you may want to consider preparing for it early.
Why do students choose to start bar prep early? Some students feel that they need the extra time to learn and internalize the massive amount of material that needs to be learned for the bar exam. Other students do not need the extra time, but feel much less anxious knowing that they will be one step ahead by starting on bar exam preparation earlier than their peers. They feel less anxious going into the exam and more secure about receiving a passing score.
We have helped several students get a head start on bar prep and we can say that without exception, those who start bar prep early virtually never regret the decision.