Archive for December, 2012

The February 2013 Bar Exam: Learn Your Bar Exam

Posted in Uncategorized on December 31, 2012 by barprofs

Bar Exams are creatures of habits.  If you study your bar exam you should have a pretty good idea of what you will see when you sit for your bar exam in February 2013.

Look at past exams in your state.  What is the format? Is it a long fact pattern or a short fact pattern? Look at the call of the question.  What type is the call of question?  Is it a generic type, i.e , talk about the issues that give you no clue as to the essay itself or is it a two or three specific questions that  you can answer, pointing the way to the issues that the bar examiners want you to focus on?

Now, look at the subjects tested on your past exams.  Is there a pattern of frequently tested subjects? Are there 7 or 8 topics that the bar examiners like more than others?  This will enable you to practice those frequently tested subjects.

By learning your bar exam, you will be better prepared to face the unknown and you will not be surprised when you open your exam booklet on the day of the bar exam.

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February 2013 Bar Exam: Answering Only the Call of the Question

Posted in Uncategorized on December 29, 2012 by barprofs

Often in essay answers, I have seen students try to impress the bar examiners with all of their knowledge, even if it doesn’t apply to the specific call of the question. 

The bar examiners don’t want a bunch of archane and esoteric information that you know about a particular subject.  Don’t tell the bar examiners that the question is particularly interesting or that you know a lot of the subject at hand.  Don’t make jokes in your essay answer.

Time is of the essence.  The bar examiners craft the questions for the time allocated.  They do not expect to see anything unrelated to the specific s of the question. 

I have seen essay answers that look panic-stricken with a lot of useless information at the end of the answer, as if the student is putting everything in the answer but the kitchen sink.   These brain dumps do nothing for you and will get you no extra points.

As boring as it sounds, answer the specific call of the question only. 

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February 2013 Bar Exam: Sound Like a Lawyer When You Write

Posted in Uncategorized on December 28, 2012 by barprofs

The purpose of the bar exam is for the bar examiners to determine if you are ready to be a lawyer. That’s why using lawyer-like words will help you when you write.

I don’t mean for you to use legalisms or a lot of “wherefor art thou” type of language. Instead use the verbs that lawyers use. For example, don’t tell the bar examiners that the court will find the criminal defendant innocent. A defendant is always found not guilty. When a plaintiff prevails, don’t say that the plaintiff won the case. Instead of telling the bar examiners that the court will reject the petition, tell the bar examiners that the court will dismiss the petition. Instead of a party losing a venue issue, for example, say that the party waived his right to it.

Also use “term of art” lawyer words. For example, one of my pet peeves is when a law students doesn’t use the word pretermitted child when discussing a child who was omitted from a will . Use words like elective share when discussing what the spouse is entitled to in the will.

Your essay will be much better when you use language that lawyers use.

Remember, write like a lawyer for your bar exam essays and MPTs. Only then will the bar examiners know you are ready to practice law.

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For Repeat Bar Takers and Foreign Educated Lawyers Taking the February 2013 Bar Exam

Posted in Uncategorized on December 26, 2012 by barprofs

Bar Professors has expanded its bar review course for repeat takers for the February 2013 Bar Exam.  A special course will also be offered to foreign lawyers and/or LLM and ESL students taking the New York or California Bar Exam.

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The February 2013 Bar Exam: The Frequently Tested Subjects on the MBE

Posted in Uncategorized on December 24, 2012 by barprofs

The Bar Examiners frequently test the same areas over and over again. Part of your preparation for the bar exam is knowing the areas in which the Bar Examiners like to test. Here are some of the more heavily tested areas on the Multistate.

Torts

Torts on the bar exam emphasizes negligence, just like in law school. Of course, negligence comes in many shapes and hues, including negligence per se, res ipsa loquitur and differing standards of care.

Evidence

When you think of evidence the only thing that should be ringing in your ears is the word hearsay. The vast expense of hearsay requires knowledge of what out-of-court assertions are not hearsay, as well as what statements fall within the exceptions. The Best Evidence Rule is on the exam, but not a highlight for examiners.

Criminal Law and Procedure

It is important to know search and seizure issues from the Fourth Amendment as well as Miranda issues from the Fifth Amendment and right to counsel issues from the Sixth Amendment. Also focus on common law crimes, such as criminal homicide.

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The February 2013 Bar Exam: The Frequently Tested Subjects on the MBE

Posted in Uncategorized on December 22, 2012 by barprofs

The Bar Examiners frequently test the same areas over and over again. Part of your preparation for the bar exam is knowing the areas in which the Bar Examiners like to test. Here are some of the more heavily tested areas on the Multistate.

Constitutional Law

Individual rights matter a lot. These range from Equal Protection, to Due Process, to the Privileges and Immunities Clause to, of course, the First Amendment

Property

Property law covers a wide variety of subjects.  While basic Property concepts, such as easements, covenants, adverse possession, estates in land and future interests, are covered, the examiners have taken a liking to mortgages in recent years. For many students, mortgages were not even included in their basic property class.

Contracts

The most tested area in contracts is basic formation issues. Conditions, third party beneficiaries and remedies also matter..

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The Bar Exam Writing Process

Posted in Uncategorized on December 21, 2012 by barprofs

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

1) Allocate your time for each question

2) When you start to read:

  • Begin with the call of the question

3) 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”

 

4) Outline your answer before writing and

 

5) When writing an essay, follow an IRAC-based analysis

 

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