Archive for February, 2011

Congratulations to All Bar Exam Takers

Posted in Uncategorized on February 24, 2011 by barprofs

You are finished!!  Congratulations for a job well done.  Relax,  sleep, play and be totally frivolous this weekend.  You deserve it.

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Florida Bar Exam Subjects for February 2011

Posted in Uncategorized on February 22, 2011 by barprofs

Here are the Florida Bar Exam Subjects for February 2011:

Florida Const. Law

Family Law/Wills/Real PropConst. Law.

Trusts and Professional Responsibility.

Today is the Bar Exam

Posted in Uncategorized on February 22, 2011 by barprofs

Good Luck to all bar exam takers today – our thoughts are with you.

Bar Professors

1 Day Before the Bar Exam: Be Confident in Your Abilities

Posted in Uncategorized on February 21, 2011 by barprofs

You are almost to the finish line.  Go to the hotel, read over your mini-outlines today, but relax.  Eat sparingly .  Make your meals small and light.  Take the evening off, watch tv, and go to bed early.  You will probably not sleep as well as you would like, but stay in bed and try to just doze if you can.  Don’t get up, move around or study your outlines –  it will just make you tired during the bar.  You will need all of your energy for Tuesday.  When you get up on Tuesday, again, eat lightly, but eat something.  You’ll need the energy for the morning session.

More importantly, be 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!

Good Luck from Bar Professors!!

The Weekend Before the Bar Exam

Posted in Uncategorized on February 20, 2011 by barprofs

No matter how hard you’ve studied and how many practice exams you’ve taken, once you get to the bar exam, you must let go and be in the moment.  This means that you respond to what the bar examiners ask of you and not what you want to tell the bar examiners you know.

Everything you’ve been doing during your bar review has prepared you for this moment.  And, if you’ve prepared properly, you’ll find the exam zone.

Implementing What You’ve Learned

You know exactly what you’re going to do and have practiced sufficiently.  As such, the process becomes second nature.

You want to start smoothly, work efficiently, and above all, remain focused and calm.

Make sure you’ve followed the proctor’s directions for identifying your exam papers.

Write down on scrap paper what you’re afraid you’ll forget.

 

Allocating Your Time

Write down the starting and ending times for each question and follow it.

For the MBE, 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

Focusing on identifying the issue   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.

 

The Bar Exam Writing Process

Posted in Uncategorized on February 4, 2011 by barprofs

Here is a suggested list that you might want to try as you continue to practice your bar exam essays.

Allocate your time for each question.

When you start to read:

  • Begin with the call of the question;

 

  On reading the entire question for the first time:

  • Read through the fact pattern to get a sense of the issues
  • Return to the call of the question

On reading the question for a second time, read “actively” to:

  • Identify the area of law and the legal relationship between the parties
  • Circle amount of money, dates, locations, quantities, and ages
  • Note key words as “oral”, “written”, “minor”

 

  Outline your answer before writing and

 

 When writing an essay, follow an IRAC-based analysis and Conclude