Archive for January, 2013

The February 2013 Bar Exam: Answer Every Question on the MBE

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2013 by barprofs

Some questions on the MBE will stump you.  You look at the call of the question, the fact pattern and the answer choices and you have eliminated at least half the answer question.  But you are now stuck between two answers and you can’t decide which answer is the right one. 

With the limited amount of time you have to answer every question, you are going to have to guess.  At least with your decision down to two answers, you have a 50% chance of getting it right.  Pick one of them and move on to the next question.  Remember, you do not lose points for an incorrect answer.

Do not ever skip questions on the MBE.  Answer them in the order they are given.  Put a check by the question or even write down the number and, only, if you have time left, you can go back and recheck your answer.

But make sure you fill in the bubble for your answer choice for the correct question.  You do not want to skip that question, lose your place on the bubble exam answer sheet and then mismark the remaining answers because you forgot you skipped the question.  That is a horror story that has happened to applicants too many times to count. 

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The February 2013 Bar Exam: Examining the Facts on the MBE

Posted in Uncategorized on January 30, 2013 by barprofs

Don’t ever assume facts when you read the fact pattern on the MBE question.  There are no omitted facts in the MBE.  Do not read into the question any facts that are not there or to assume any facts that are not there. Also, always assume that the facts are important. There are no red herrings on bar exams.  Don’t feel any sympathy or hatred for anyone in the fact pattern.  They are sometimes designed to elicit emotion from you in order to steer you to the wrong answer.  For example, a serial murder will have a procedural defect he can rely on, so he will be found not guilty.  You don’t want him to be found not guilty, so you look for the guilty answer  choices and you end up picking the wrong answer.

As you read through the fact pattern, ask yourself why these facts are important.  Since you have read the call of the question, you will have a better context of why the facts are there and why they are important.  Make sure you pay attention to dates, ages, dollar amounts and parties.  They will be important.

Also, look at the parties and how they are acting.  For example, look for words like intentionally, knowingly, mistakenly, reasonably, etc.  These words will be important when you look through the MBE answer choices.

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The February 2013 Bar Exam: Today Marks 4 Weeks to the Bar Exam

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2013 by barprofs

Today marks 1 month to the February bar exam. Today is a good day to think about where you are in terms of your studying.  By this time, you should be well into knowing and understanding the law.  Of course, there will be areas where you are still weak, but, overall, do you know enough law to make it through the bar exam?  If not, hit those review books and try to memorize the law as much as you are able to in the next 4 weeks.

The next 4 weeks are crucial to your run up to the bar exam. Once you have the law down, you need to practice – and practice alot.  Go through your practice essays and your MBE questions like the bar exam is tomorrow.  Practicing your essays, PTs and MBEs will ensure that you know the law and you know how to apply the law.  Application of the law will be the difference between passing and failing.

Resist those voices of people who tell you horror stories, or want you to stop studying and power down.. Accept that you have 30 days of study ahead of you. In the scheme of your lifetime, the next 30 days are not a lot of time to get yourself ready or to sacrifice to get yourself ready. It’s worth your time to have a lifetime career as a lawyer.

It’s all about getting yourself ready for the best performance of your life in February. Keep your focus.

Happy Studying!!!

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The February 2013 Bar Exam: The MBE Progression

Posted in Uncategorized on January 28, 2013 by barprofs

To recap what we have talked about concerning the MBE, here is the list of progressions you must follow.

  1.  Read the call of the question first.
  2. Read the fact pattern carefully and critically
  3. Try to decide the issue after you read the fact pattern and before you look at the answers.
  4. Once you have figured out the issue, think of the black letter law and the distinctions.
  5. Read the answer choices.
  6. Try to eliminate the answer choices, one by one, looking for errors in law or in fact or both.
  7. Remember that in order for the answer choice to be correct, it must be correct in all of its answer.
  8. After you are done with the question, let it go and go to the next answer.

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The February 2013 Bar Exam: The Answer Choices in the MBE

Posted in Uncategorized on January 25, 2013 by barprofs

As we know, after the fact pattern and the call of the question, there are 4 multiple answer choices.  One of those multiple choice answers is the correct one, while distractors form the other 3 choices.  How do we know which choice is the correct answer?

The good thing about the MBE is that the right answer is staring at you.  Your just have to find the right answer out of 4.  That’s a 25% chance you’ll pick the right answer. The wrong answer choices usually come in various categories:  the law is incorrect, the facts are incorrect, there is a mixture of wrong facts and wrong law, or the law is correct but doesn’t apply to your facts. 

Yes, it the MBE uses every trick in the book, but you can find the right answer by eliminating the wrong answers first.  Being able to eliminate the wrong answers is critical to your success in finding the right answer. Because even if you don’t know the right answer, you may be able to successfully eliminate the other 3 answers and get to the right answer, even without knowing what the right answer is.. 

Eliminating the obvious wrong answers will substantially increase your chances of getting the right answer.  If you successfully eliminate two, you chances become 50% of getting the right answer.

Remember that the correct answer must state the correct law, must state the correct facts, have a sound application of law to facts and finally needs to address and resolve the central issue in the fact pattern.

Remember, you get no points for choosing the wrong answer, so you must get the right answer for your MBE questions at a rate of at least 65% – 70% in order to pass the MBE.

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The February 2013 Bar Exam: The Fact Pattern in the MBE

Posted in Uncategorized on January 24, 2013 by barprofs

After you have read the call of the question, you now must read the fact pattern.

Do not read the fact pattern like you were reading a novel. You must read the fact pattern critically. Absorb every word, figure out the parties and the cause of actions, making notes, if you have to, on the side of the examination page. If you see dates and numbers, make sure you highlight them or write them down. An abundance of dates probably means something important, especially with contracts and formation. Sometimes property questions are so convoluted, making a tiny map of who own what can help you understand the fact pattern.

The point I am making is that you must read carefully and deliberately.

After you read the fact pattern, re-read the call of the question to make sure that you understand what the call of the question is asking you now that you’ve read the fact pattern. If you need to, you may want to again look at the fact pattern to make sure you understand what is being asked before you examine the multiple choice answers.

Remember, you have 1.8 minutes for each question. You must read quickly and carefully.

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The February 2013 Bar Exam: The Call of the Question in the MBE

Posted in Uncategorized on January 23, 2013 by barprofs

The call of the question determines how you will answer the multiple choices you must shift through.  The call of the question will also give you an idea of what type of question you are looking at, for example, which of the 6 MBE subjects you have before you, and also might even narrower it further by sub issue, i.e. you see the question is a Torts issue, but you might also see that it’s a negligence issue.  Remember that the MBE questions are all mixed up between the 6 subjects and you need to quickly determine which subject is being tested so you can get into an evidence state of mind or a torts state of mind as you read the call of the question.

That’s why reading the call of the question first is very important.  Reading the call of the question first will allow you to know exactly what is being asked and you can approach that question knowing what subject is being tested.  Reading the call of the question will give you context and save you time when you know what the question will be focused on.

The call of the question can take various forms.  Sometimes it’s a negative type of question, i.e. what shouldn’t the defendant rely on? Or you are asked to find the best argument or even the worst argument.  Be careful when you read the call of the question, because sometimes, if you read too fast, you might miss what the actual call of the question is or what party the question is asking about.  You do not want to lose points because you carelessly read the question.

After you read the fact pattern, you will then read the call of the question again before you attack the multiple choice answers.

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