We work with hundreds of Uniform Bar Exam students every single administration. And we see the common mistakes that Uniform Bar Exam takers make when they are studying for the Uniform Bar Exam. In this post, we tell you what not to do when you study for the Uniform Bar Exam!
Stop doing THIS when you study for the Uniform Bar Exam
Stop ignoring the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) portion of the exam.
The MPT portion of the exam is one of the most under-studied for portions of the Uniform Bar Exam. It is very important to take the MPT seriously. Many students put it off for three reasons:
- First, bar exam courses do not emphasize the MPT portion of the bar exam. And many do not teach very good MPT strategies. So students don’t know exactly how to begin studying for the MPT. (We have a MPT guide and MPT Seminar if you are looking for better strategies!
- Second, students worry so much about the other portions of the bar exam (like the multiple-choice portion) that they naturally put off studying for other portions of the exam, including the MPT.
- Third, some students feel more confident about their writing abilities and their abilities to “wing” the MPT portion of the bar exam.
- Lastly, students do not realize that the MPT is worth 20% of their score — or the equivalent of 70 Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) questions! We write here how the MPT is the key to passing the Uniform Bar Exam.
Note that many students who put off practicing MPT exams often also put off practicing Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) questions. Make sure that you do not fall into this common UBE trap!
Stop trying to learn every word of every outline!
Many students who study for the Uniform Bar Exam get overwhelmed by their outlines. Then they get lost in them and focus equally on every subject and every topic.
While this is an efficient way to learn the 14 areas of law that could be tested on the Uniform Bar Exam, remember that your goal is not to learn all 14 areas of law that could be tested on the Uniform Bar Exam. Your goal is to PASS the bar exam. And you do not need to know everything to pass the bar exam. It is better to study efficiently by learning what is most likely to appear on the bar exam.
Focus on these highly tested MBE and MEE topics rather than trying to focus on everything equally!
Stop using MBE questions invented by a commercial course.
So many students spend the bulk (if not all) of their practice time on MBE questions invented by Barbri, Kaplan, or Themis. These are fine secondary sources of practice but you do not want to spend the bulk of your time on these questions because they are not real questions.
The best source of questions to practice are actual official MBE questions released by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). You can see where to find real MBE questions here. You can also purchase real MBE questions here.
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