Archive for February, 2013

The February 2013 Bar Exam: Good Luck to Those Who Are Still Taking the Bar Exam

Posted in Uncategorized on February 28, 2013 by barprofs

There are a few states that are sitting for their state essays today.  Students from Massachusetts, New Jersey, and, of course, California are working on their bar exams today.  Good luck on your final day of the exam.  You can do this – you can pass the bar exam.

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The February 2013 Bar Exam: Today is the MBE Exam

Posted in Uncategorized on February 27, 2013 by barprofs

Today is the MBE for everyone taking the bar, no matter where you are taking the bar exam (except for Louisiana and Washington).  Relax and be confident.  Pace yourself.  Remember, 1.6 minutes a question.  Keep your time.  You must answer every question.  You have studied hard for this day and you will perform to the best of your ability.  Good luck to everyone.  Keep believing in yourself.

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The February 2013 Bar Exam: Florida Essay Subjects Tested

Posted in Uncategorized on February 26, 2013 by barprofs

These are the areas tested on the Florida bar exam for February 2013;

  1.  Intentional Torts/Defamation and Ethics
  2. Family Law
  3. Contracts

 

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Today Is the Bar Exam and You Will Begin the Rest of Your Life

Posted in Uncategorized on February 26, 2013 by barprofs

Today is the bar exam.  Relax, be confident and do your thing.  You have studied hard for this day and you will perform to the best of your ability.  Tonight, go back to your home or to your hotel  and rest.  Don’t do anymore studying for the MBE.  Eat, watch a little television and then go to sleep.  You will be so tired, you will be asleep before your head hits your pillow.  But it will be a well earned rest.  Good luck to everyone.  Keep believing in yourself.  This is the first day of your life as an attorney.

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1 day until the February 2013 Bar Exam: Relax and Be Confident

Posted in Uncategorized on February 25, 2013 by barprofs

You are almost to the finish line.  Get ready today by relaxing and being 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 to your hotel room and  try to have a quiet, restful day.  No upsets and no panic  is allowed.  Review your essay notes today, get to bed early and relax.  Even if you can’t sleep, lie down  with the lights off and get some rest.

Wake up early on Tuesday, get to the exam site in plenty of time to get registered and kick the stuffings out this bar. Do well, my friends.  You can do this.

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2 days to the February 2013 Bar Exam: The Monday Before the Bar Exam

Posted in Uncategorized on February 24, 2013 by barprofs

Take Monday off so you can rest and be alert during the exam.  Keep the final day low key and try not to think about the exam.  If you are staying at a hotel, get to your hotel early, check in and relax.   Keep your anxiety under control and you’ll be fine.  Work on being calm and collected.

The Night Before the Exam

Eat small meals on Monday – you want to eat something that gives you some strength but nothing that you know can make you feel sick.  You know your own body, so play it smart.  Avoid anything that makes you feel queasy.  Don’t drink alcohol, even if you think it will calm your nerves – you do not want to be foggy Tuesday morning.

The night before the exam is the one time you may want to read a little material or study because you probably will have trouble sleeping on Monday night.   Try reading a bar outline.  If you can’t fall asleep, just lie there.  Don’t try to do extra studying, just rest.  If you can’t fall asleep, don’t get out of bed, pace, watch television, play on the internet or exercise.  You do not want to do anything that will keep your mind active.  You want to keep your mind at rest, even if your body can’t rest.

The Day of the Exam

Eat a small breakfast the morning of the bar exam so you have enough fuel to keep going.  Don’t drink too much that it causes frequent restroom visits.

Leave your cellphone at the hotel or in the car.  Do not bring it into the site.  You will be kicked out of the bar if your phone rings.

Also important is your lunch.  Avoid heavy foods that will make you sleepy.   Again, limit your drink intake to avoid frequent restroom breaks.

During Your Breaks

Do not talk to anyone about the exam during your breaks. Inevitably someone will want to talk about the bar and inevitably that person put down something different from what you did.  Do not second guess yourself by rehashing the exam.

Make sure you have a positive outlook.  You’ve done hundreds of practice questions by now.  You can do this.  You will pass.  Good luck to all.

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3 days before the February 2013 Bar Exam: Powering Down This Weekend

Posted in Uncategorized on February 23, 2013 by barprofs

One of the most important factors in your performance on the bar exam is going to be your stamina – to sit for 3 hours at a stretch, with no breaks, concentrating solely on the bar exam will be quite an endeavor.  You need to remain focused and energized throughout the bar exam in order for you to do your best work.

First, you need to catch up on your rest and start powering down on your studying this weekend.  Try to have a less stressful couple of days.  Put in study time, but also sleep, rest and relax.  You have done your preparation and now it’s time to get in the game, mentally and physically.

You will be nervous this weekend, but try to contain your anxiety – you have studied hard and you are ready.  Review your materials, go over your outlines, write out an essay or two to keep in practice and also work on some MBE questions – making sure you read the explanations of why the answer choices are right or wrong.  Don’t let doubt creep into your thinking.  You must be confident – you know you will pass.  Good luck.

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4 days before the February 2013 Bar Exam: Essay Predictions

Posted in Uncategorized on February 22, 2013 by barprofs

During this last week before the bar exam, I have many students ask me what my prediction is for exam subjects.  Anyone who claims to predict what will be on the bar exam is just guessing.  I remember one year, a lecturer on the bar exam circuit claimed that since trusts had been tested in the previous test cycle, it would not be tested again and to forget about trusts.  Unfortunately, many students took that advice and freaked when they opened the exam questions on the day of the bar exam and saw that the bar examiners did in fact test trusts twice in a row.  This cautionary tale is meant to be what it is – do not endlessly search for predictions or to take anyone’s predictions as gospel.  You have prepared for any eventuality – in any subject that is tested.  Don’t try to second guess yourself and your preparation or to find a shortcut in your studies.  This weekend, make sure you review every subject that is tested in your state.  Only then will you be thoroughly prepared, with or without, any person’s prediction of what subjects will be tested on the essays.

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5 days to the February 2013 Bar Exam: Using Facts for Your Essays

Posted in Uncategorized on February 21, 2013 by barprofs

Most lawyers know that the facts of their case will win or lose their argument.  The law remains static.  The elements of a cause of action are always the same.  A contract is always formed with the same elements of offer, acceptance, consideration and no defenses.  Negligence is still a breach of a duty that caused an injury.  What turns the case is the facts.  One set of facts show a clear case of a validly formed contract, another set of facts show there was no meeting of the minds and  no contract was formed.  This is where a lawyer’s “bread and butter” lies – it’s what we get paid to do – make distinctions between a set of facts.

A good lawyer can articulate the facts as it relates to the law.  That is what you are being tested on in your essay questions.  The bar exam graders are looking to see how you take the facts they give you and relate it to the elements of the law.  That is why you must blend the law with the facts.  Do not just repeat the facts of the essay question.  That is not your job.  You are to take those facts and apply it to the law for complete analysis.  Tell the bar examiners why these facts point to a certain legal issue.  For example, if you see a formation of a contract, tell the bar examiners why you see a contract.  Patiently, discuss why there is an offer, who accepted the offer, if there was a bargained for exchange and if defenses apply.  Take each element separately.  As a rule of thumb, for every element of the rule, state a corresponding fact.  Take you time to discuss the facts, but only in context with the law.

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6 days to the February 2013 Bar Exam: Analyzing the Answer Choices For the MBE

Posted in Uncategorized on February 20, 2013 by barprofs

Since the MBE is so important  for your overall score, it is essential to recognize that analysis of the answer choices deserves as much of your time and attention as the fact pattern or story.

You first must identify the issue in each answer choice. Each answer choice has one.  Once you recognize the issue then you can choose between the answer choices. Only the issue that addresses and answers the one presented in the fact pattern can be the correct answer choice.

Sometimes, despite all you best efforts to work through a question according to your process, you may find that the only way to arrive at the correct answer choice is through the process of elimination.  You’ll have to examine each of the answer choices and eliminate those that can’t possibly be correct.

When can’t an answer choice be correct?

The first rule for eliminating incorrect answer choices is that an answer choice must be entirely correct or it is wrong.   Don’t be misled simply because the statement is partially correct.  Look for misstatements or misapplication of a rule of law. You need to know the law to distinguish between answer choices that misstate or misapply the law.  Also, look for answer choices that mischaracterizes the facts. Look for contradictions between the facts in the story and the facts as characterized in the answer choice.  Such an answer choice cannot be correct.  Nor can an answer choice that requires you to make assumptions that go beyond the facts in the fact pattern.

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