How do you do this? Each time you draft an answer to an essay question, make sure to spend a good amount of time studying the model answer and comparing it to your answer. This is especially helpful if you grade your own answer with a different color pen using the model answer as your “key.” If you are on the computer, use a different color font.
Improve Your Bar Exam Essay Score: Ask yourself the following questions when you grade your answer:
- Did I spot the same issues that the model answer focused on or did I miss important issues? How will I make sure to spot all of the relevant issues in the future?
- Did I clearly lay out all of the rules and elements of law? If not, which rules do I need to review? (Don’t worry if you do not cite cases or exact rule numbers in your answer!)
- Did I apply the law to the facts?
- Was I concise in my analysis or did I spend too much time on issues that were not important?
- Did I arrive at the correct conclusion (or an arguably correct conclusion)?
- Overall, was my answer legible and well-organized?
If you are honest about your strengths and weaknesses, you will improve as you keep practicing!
Comparing your essay answers to the model answers has numerous benefits: First, you will naturally become better at issue spotting and stating the highly-tested rules of law in a clear manner.
Second, you will learn to think like an essay grader. You will learn to write in a clear and concise manner. You will naturally write what the graders want to hear because you will have practiced writing your essays with them in mind.
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