Archive for July, 2009

July 2009 New York Bar Exam EssayTested Subjects

Posted in Uncategorized on July 28, 2009 by barprofs

Today, the July 2009 New York Bar Exam Tested essay subjects were:

Question 1:  Agency and Contract

Question 2:  Domestic Relations

Question3:  Criminal and UCC 3

Question 4:  Tort and Conflict

Question 5:   Wills and Trust

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July 2009 California Bar Exam Tested Subjects – Essays and Performance Test

Posted in Uncategorized on July 28, 2009 by barprofs

Today, July 2009 California Bar Exam’s Tested Subjects were:

Essay Exam 1:  Torts and Civil Procedure

Essay Exam 2:  Professional Responsibility

Essay Exam 3:  California Evidence

Performance Test:  Motion and Demurrer is coming to California for February 2010.  E-mail us at

July 2009 Florida Bar Exam Tested Subjects

Posted in Uncategorized on July 28, 2009 by barprofs

Today, the July 2009 Florida bar exam essays tested were:

Contracts/Professional Responsibilities

Family Law

RealProperty/Professional Responsibilities

The July 2009 Florida  Multiple Choice Questions tested were:

Criminal and Civil Procedure


Business Entities

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Today Is the Bar Exam and You Will Begin the Rest of Your Life

Posted in Uncategorized on July 28, 2009 by barprofs

Today is the bar exam.  Relax, be confident and do your thng.  You have studied hard for this day and you’ll will perform to the best of your ability.  Tonight, go back to your home or to your hotel  and rest.  Don’t do anymore studying for the MBE.  Eat, watch a little television and then go to sleep.  You will be so tired, you will be asleep before your head hits your pillow.  But it will be a well earned rest.  Good luck to everyone.  Keep believing in yourself.  This is the first day of your life as an attorney.

1 Day Until the Bar Exam: Relax and Be Confident

Posted in Uncategorized on July 27, 2009 by barprofs

You are almost to the finish line.  Get ready today by relaxing and being confident in your abilities.  You have been preparing for your chance to be a lawyer for 3 years or more.  You can do this.  Go ahead on Tuesday and kick butt!

Schwarzenegger: Overlook Glitch, Let Paralyzed Grad Take California Bar Exam

Posted in Uncategorized on July 26, 2009 by barprofs

I saw this at CNN today.  Yet another example of bureaucratic nonsense.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Saturday called on the state bar to overlook a technical error and allow a paralyzed law school graduate to take the bar exam next week.

“It is outrageous that someone who has overcome so much in life is penalized by a bureaucratic error that prevents her from taking the bar exam next week,” the governor said in a statement.

“Government should work for the people, not against them, and I’m calling on the state bar to allow Sara Granda to take next week’s test. Sara is a fighter, and I am with her all the way.”

The state bar’s Web site never processed Granda’s application for Tuesday’s test because California’s Department of Rehabilitation paid her $600 fee with a check, according to the Sacramento Bee. The Web site requires a credit card number, but Granda said she was assured by a state bar representative that she was properly registered with the check, the newspaper reported.

Granda, 29, a University of California-Davis Law School graduate, has petitioned the California Supreme Court to allow her to take Tuesday’s test.

She said she was “surprised” to hear about Schwarzenegger’s statement in her defense.

“I’m not used to a lot of attention,” she told CNN television affiliate KCRA. She said she went to the governor’s office last week, “but they wouldn’t let me in.”

“So I knew there was no way that the governor was going to get involved,” she said.

Granda was paralyzed from the neck down after a car accident in 1997, when she was 17. The accident happened a month before she was to attend California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, on a full scholarship, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Granda, who has been studying 11 hours a day for the bar exam with the help of assistants, said she wants the state of California to resolve the matter because it spent about $100,000 for her education.

“I worked very, very hard for every cent,” she told KCRA. “So for everything to come together in the end and for it to just kind of fall through on such a minor, minor detail.”

2 Days Until the Bar Exam: Good Luck to All

Posted in Uncategorized on July 26, 2009 by barprofs

For those taking the bar exam, good luck to all of you and remember the lessons I gave you in this blog.  Come in with a plan, remember your goals and you will be calling yourself an attorney in a few months. 

Be confident in your abilities.  You have studied hard these past couple of months, you have practiced endlessly, and you know what you need to do.  Don’t psych yourself out.  You can do this and will do it.  Keep your focus and you will do well.

A special shout out to my students.  Good luck people – now you know why I was so hard on you and you know that the “Parson Group” believes in you.

Good Luck to all.

3 Days Before the Bar Exam: Find the Exam Zone

Posted in Uncategorized on July 25, 2009 by barprofs

Being in the Moment

No matter how hard you’ve studied and how many practice exams you’ve taken, once you get to the bar exam, you will do well.

Everything you’ve been doing during your bar review has prepared you for this moment.  And, if you’ve prepared properly, you will know what to do once you get started.

Allocating Your Time


Using the exact time you were told to begin the exam, set your timetable and write down the starting and ending times for each question.

You have to complete between 16 and 17 questions in a 30 minute period, averaging 33-34 questions every hour to complete the 100 questions in a three hour period; set your clock on the half hour with appropriate milestones.

If You Get Stuck on an MBE Question

Make your best choice, but circle the question and if you have time at the end of the exam, you can go back to it.

With only 1.8 minutes per question, there’s only so much time to allow for doubt.  There will be questions you just don’t know.  Don’t squander precious time that could be spent on questions you can answer.

If You Get Stuck on an Essay Question

Write the issue, whether or not you know the rule at this point.  Formulating the issue will get your points from the grader even if you blank out on the rule.  Rely on your knowledge of general legal principles and standards to guide you, even if you don’t know each and every element of the rule.

Be confident in your abilities to have prepared as best you could for the exam.


4 Days to the Bar Exam: Coach, Let Me In the Game

Posted in Uncategorized on July 24, 2009 by barprofs

Take Monday off so you can rest and be alert during the exam.  Keep the final day low key and try not to think about the exam.  If you are staying at a hotel, get to your hotel early, check in and relax.  Keep your anxiety under control and you’ll be fine.

The Night Before the Exam

The night before the exam is the one time you may want to read a little material or study because you probably will have trouble sleeping on Monday night.   If you can’t fall asleep, just lie there.  Don’t try to do extra studying, just rest.  If you can’t fall asleep, don’t get out of bed, pace, watch television or do anything to keep your mind active.  You want to keep your mind at rest, even if your body can’t rest.

.Food and Drinks

The night before the exam, eat something that gives you some strength but nothing that you know can make you feel sick.  You know your own body, so play it smart.  Avoid anything that makes you feel queasy.

During Your Breaks

Do not talk to anyone about the exam during your breaks. Inevitably someone will want to talk about the bar and inevitably that person put down something different from what you did.  Do not second guess yourself by rehashing the exam.

5 days until the bar exam: Powering Down This Weekend

Posted in Uncategorized on July 23, 2009 by barprofs

Like most law students, you’re probably conditioned to study hard even the day before the exam.  In fact, you may think it’s wise to study right up to the last minute.  With the bar exam, that’s a serious mistake.  This isn’t a two or three hour exam.  The test’s duration is nearly eight hours, including your lunch break.

One of the most important factors in your performance is going to be your endurance.  You need to remain focused and energized throughout the bar exam and this is difficult.  Most students find themselves hitting a brick wall somewhere during the exam day.  There are some ways to try and minimize this detrimental impact. 

First, you need to catch up on your rest and start powering down on your studying.  This weekend try to have a “normal” couple of days.  Put in study time, but also sleep, rest, watch tv, go out to dinner and relax.  Do your sleeping this weekend.  Why?  Because you probably will not be able to sleep soundly on Monday night. Tuesday night you will sleep like a rock because you will be exhausted from a good day of focusing.  Sleeping longer on the weekend prior to the exam will enable you to get rest and not be too groggy on Tuesday.

Second, eat well this weekend since you probably have had a lot of fast food these past 6 weeks.  You may not be able to eat much on Monday if your nerves start showing.  Do not drink any alcohol.  You do not want that in your system.  Obviously, no drugs are needed now or any other time.  Try not to eat rich food or foods you know have adverse effects on your stomach. Monday, eat solid but light foods to keep you alert.   Just think boring foods because you stomach may be upset due to nerves.  Try to relax a bit because you have done your preparation and now its time to get in the game.

Tomorrow, we will talk about Monday and the exam days.