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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Understand the Black Letter Law for the February 2013 Bar Exam

Posted in Uncategorized on December 20, 2012 by barprofs

You must build a good, solid foundation of the black letter law. In order to have a good foundation, you must review each bar exam subject. Go through each subject, one by one and absorb each subject as best you can. As you go through the subject, make sure you understand the basic law before you move on.

To build a foundation of the law, you need to break the subject areas into more manageable components. Break your subject into topics. And go through the elements of the topics of each subject.

What I mean by that is to take a subject, like Torts. Then break the Tort subject down to topics, i.e. Negligence. Do you know all the elements of negligence? Do you know the elements of battery? You can outline it and/or make sure you know it by heart before you move on. You can do that memorization by reciting it or writing it down without looking at your notes or outlines.

Once you feel you know that topic, do a few essay questions and some MBE on that topic just so you know you have it.

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Keep a Limited Study Schedule Through the Holidays

Posted in Uncategorized on December 19, 2012 by barprofs

There is less than a week before Christmas, our families are making plans for the holidays, we are doing our last minute shopping and making sure we have our travel plans in place for visiting.  Yet, you have the February 2013 bar exam right around the corner.

This is not the time to do round-the-clock studying.  You will not be able to keep up a schedule like that anyway and you shouldn’t have to do it during this time of the year.  But there are batches of time you can take during these holidays so that you can keep up your schedule plan. 

Don’t put the books away.  If you are traveling by plane or by train, you certainly can read your outlines instead of playing games or watching movies on your computer or iphone.  If you are driving to your destination, get some tapes and play them as you drive instead of listening to music to pass the time.  You can get an hour or two in for studying every day while you are enjoying the holidays.  Think about getting up an hour early while everyone else is still asleep or go to bed an hour early and read your outlines in bed before you sleep.

Also think about taking a few days off completely from studying , i.e Christmas Day, New Years Eve– it will refresh your mind and make you eager to get back to work after those breaks.

These study techniques will keep you focused on the job ahead, but also allow you to take the remaining time off and relax with your family.  You know that your family will do anything to help you achieve your goal, so let them fuss over you – you deserve it.

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Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year Celebrations: Include Your Family in Studying for the February 2013 Bar Exam

Posted in Uncategorized on December 18, 2012 by barprofs

For those students who are taking the February 2013 bar exam, take a few days off to relax your mind and have quality time with those that love you. Take the time off with no guilt attached. You can get back to work full time after the holidays.

Those that really love you want to see you pass the bar. Know that with certainty. Those who are pulling and picking at you, saying you don’t have to study that long or want you to go to the clubs and parties are not your true friends and do not want you to be successful.

Sometimes those loved ones see you study and see your struggle and wish they could help you, but don’t know how. Bar applicants who have children find it hard to be both a parent and have a full time study plan. Don’t ignore them. Try to integrate them into your “experience”.

During these weeks of celebration for Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years, look at those that are supporting you in ways you may not even realize. Maybe your mom makes you breakfast every morning before you leave to go study. Maybe your spouse is doing the heavy lifting as you study. Let them know you appreciate their support, even if they are just getting out of your way during this period before the bar exam.

No person is an island. You need your family and friends during this stressful period of bar exam studying. Have your family help you. They will be glad to help and they will be proud of the little part they played in your success. Give your family members or your children one of your study books and have them test you. This is particularly good for the elements of a cause of action. Have your family help you recite those causes of action. See if you can make a game out of it, with your children or family members each calling out an element of a cause of action.

You may be surprised on game day when you are calling up the exceptions to the hearsay rule and you remember the face of your loved ones yelling it out to you.

Have a terrific Christmas, Hanukah and New Years. Rest, relax and then get back to work. The February Bar Exam is right around the corner.

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