Archive for September, 2012

Repeat Bar Exam Takers: The Myths and Reality of Passing

Posted in Uncategorized on September 30, 2012 by barprofs

Most law graduates are under the false impression that the more times you take a state bar exam the greater your changes are to passing

In fact, it is just the opposite. The more times you sit for a state bar, you increase your chances of being unsuccessful.

The statistical proof is clear and convincing that repeat takers continuously do poorer on the bar exam than first time takers. Here are the hard facts:

The Pennsylvania July 2011 bar results indicate that the first time takers passed at an 85%. The second time takers pass rate was 27%, the third time taker pass rate was 39% and the fourth time takers were 15%.

For the California July 2011 bar, the first time takers passed at  69% and all repeat takers passed at 18%.

In Massachusetts, for the February 2012 bar results, first time takers passed at a 72% rate, second time takers passed at a 58%, third time takers passed at a 33% rate, fourth time takers passed at a 0% rate and 5th time takers or more passed at a 10% rate.

These statistical repeat taker numbers are a clear representation that repeat takers, on an average, only pass the bar exam at about a 33% rate. Obtaining a bar exam tutor should be the number one goal for all repeat takers.

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July 2012 Bar Exam Results: The MBE or Essays, When You Fail the Bar

Posted in Uncategorized on September 29, 2012 by barprofs

What happens if you only pass one section of the bar but fail the overall bar? Should you sit for that section that you failed or do you take the entire bar exam over again? I think it depends on which section you passed. I will use Florida as my test case. In this possible scenario, say you pass the Florida section but fail the MBE. Should you take the Florida section again to get carry-over points for your MBE score?

I think it depends on what your MBE score is. I usually tell my students that you have to stay competitive in the MBE and let your extra points on the Florida section pull you over the top. It is my experience that many of the students who pass the bar, do not pass the MBE or only have a 1-5 point pass on the MBE. That is why I think doing well on the Florida essays for those extra overage points can help you pass the overall bar, even if you do not pass the MBE.

First, evaluate your scores. Were there subjects that you were just horrible in or were you pretty consistent on each subject? If you were awful in real property, you may, by concentrating on that subject, be able to push your scores up. Next, start to re-read your outline book, starting from your weakest subject to your best subject. Then you must again practice, practice, practice. I think commercial review courses will not help at this point. You have learned the most you will learn in your first go around. Listening to 4 hour multistate lectures will not help you.

I also believe that once you fail the bar that you would better spend your money on a private tutor, if a repeater is to spend any more money in the process. It is expensive, but working one on one with a qualified (and I mean qualified) tutor will push you over the finish line. To me, no price is too much to get you to your goal and start your life as a lawyer. A private tutor can help with the subject material, motivate you and keep up your confidence.

Evaluate your essay scores. Did you pass the essays with a large margin? If you did, it’s an easier decision to make – you obviously write well and 3 more essays won’t freak you out. I think that if you sharpen up your writing with some more practice essays, you could get maybe another 5-10 points to bring over to your MBE scores. If you passed with only points to spare, you may not be able to pass another 3 more essays.  That’s the pros and cons of your situation. You must make the decision for yourself. Of course, it is easier to concentrate on only one section of the bar and if you think you can pull it up over 7+ points then go for the MBE alone. But you want to make sure that your second attempt is your last attempt. So do anything and everything to make that happen.

Don’t do anything rash or rush your decision making. But I would start reviewing the multistate subjects pretty much immediately. Don’t despair, don’t be depressed, but do get busy.

Bar Professors provide private bar exam tutors for repeat bar exam takers who have difficulty with the MBE, Florida, California and New York bar exams. You can find us at http://barprofessors.com, like us on facebook at BarProfessors, follow us on twitter @BarProfessors or email us at pass@barprofessors.com.

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July 2012 Bar Exam Results: Kentucky and Connecticut have Released its Results

Posted in Uncategorized on September 28, 2012 by barprofs

The Kentucky Bar Exam Results for July 2012, as well as the Connecticut Bar Exam Results for July 2012 are out. The exam numbers of the successful applicants for Kentucky are on its website now. The names of the successful applicants for Connecticut are on its website now.

Congratulations to all those who passed.

Bar Professors provide private bar exam tutors for repeat bar exam takers who have difficulty with the MBE, Florida, California and New York bar exams. You can find us at http://barprofessors.com, like us on facebook at BarProfessors, follow us on twitter @BarProfessors or email us at pass@barprofessors.com.

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July 2012 Bar Exam Results: Kentucky and Connecticut Bar Exam Results to Be Released Today

Posted in Uncategorized on September 28, 2012 by barprofs

Kentucky and Connecticut’s bar exam results for July 2012 are scheduled to come out on today, September 28th.  Kentucky will come out later today, with the exam numbers posted to its website.

Good luck to those waiting in Kentucky and Connecticut today.

Bar Professors provide private bar exam tutors for students who have difficulty with the MBE, Florida, California and New York. You can find us at http://barprofessors.com, like us on facebook at BarProfessors, follow us on twitter @BarProfessors or mail us at pass@barprofessors.com.

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July 2012 Florida Bar Exam Results: The New Tested Subjects for the Florida Bar Exam

Posted in Uncategorized on September 27, 2012 by barprofs

Last week we discussed the new tested subjects on the Florida bar exam for February 2013.  The main concern for the students I talked to was Article 3 and Article 9 of the UCC.  Unfortunately, many students did not take the two subjects during law school and must learn it anew.  Additionally, the repeat bar taker did not learn the subject through their bar review course and are now facing the prospect that they will have to learn the two subjects, along with prepping to take the Florida bar exam again.

We will discuss the subjects in more depth at a later date, but if you can’t answer these questions, then you will have to take time to learn the subject matter.

For Article 3 ask yourself:  What is a negotiable instrument?  What are the types of negotiable instruments?  What are the requirements of the instrument?  What are the demands for payment and to whom?

For Article 9, What is the scope of Article 9?  How do you create a secured interest?  What is an attachment?  How do you perfect the attachment? Who gets priority?

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July 2012 Bar Exam Results: Essay Writing for the Bar Exam and Repeat Takers

Posted in Uncategorized on September 26, 2012 by barprofs

Essay writing is a  skill that you must master in order to pass the bar exam. For those persons who have failed the bar exam and are repeat takers, you have to examine how you have answered your essays and look for ways to improve your performance.

Always, write for an uninformed audience. For example, assume your audience knows nothing about the law. The bar examiners look for how well you know the substantive knowledge and how well you apply it.

You want to be able to show you can communicate the law, through your essay, in an organized fashion. If you are poorly organized, the examiner will find it hard to follow your train of thought or to give you much needed points. Your writing skills do matter as does spelling and grammar and using legal terminology.

Practice Time Management

Practice Writing

Keep sentences short and concise

 

 

Bar Professors provide private bar exam tutors for students who have difficulty with the MBE, Florida, California and New York. You can find us at http://barprofessors.com, like us on facebook at BarProfessors, follow us on twitter @BarProfessors or mail us at pass@barprofessors.com.

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July 2012 Bar Exam Results: Indiana has Released its Results

Posted in Uncategorized on September 25, 2012 by barprofs

Indiana Bar Exam Results for July 2012 are out.  The Bar Examiners have released the results for the July 2012 Indiana Bar Exam.  The names of the successful applicants are on its website now.

Congratulations to all those who passed.

Bar Professors provide private bar exam tutors for repeat bar exam takers who have difficulty with the MBE, Florida, California and New York bar exams. You can find us at http://barprofessors.com, like us on facebook at BarProfessors, follow us on twitter @BarProfessors or email us at pass@barprofessors.com.

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