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The February 2013 Bar Exam Results: Massachusetts Bar Exam Results Statistics

Posted in Uncategorized on April 30, 2013 by barprofs

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Massachusetts’ applicants received their results by email last weekend and Massachusetts has just posted their statistics. A total of 671 applicants sat for the February 2013 bar examination, of whom 425 (63.3%) passed.  There were 354 first time takers, of whom 259 (73.2%) passed the exam.  The second time takers passed at 61.7%; third time takers passed at a 38.9%; fourth time takers passed at 40% and fifth time takers or more passed at a 15.4% rate.

By Law School, the statistics are as follows:

Boston College:   first time taker: 87.5%, overall:  69.2%

Boston University:    first time taker: 87.5%, overall:  83.3%

Harvard:   first time taker: 100%, overall:  100%

Massachusetts School of Law:   first time taker: 62%, overall:  51.6%

New England Law:   first time taker: 61.5%, overall:  64.6%

Northeastern:    first time taker:  88.2%, overall:  81.8%

Suffolk:   first time taker: 70.5%, overall:  64.2%

Univ. Of Mass at Dartmouth:   first time taker: 57.1%, overall:  52.4%

Western New England:    first time taker: 40%, overall:  37%

All other schools:   first time taker: 80.5%, overall:  67.6%

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The Bar Exam Results for February 2013: Washington and Massachusetts Bar Exam Results

Posted in Uncategorized on April 29, 2013 by barprofs

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Washington has now publicly released the names and statistics of its bar exam results.  247 candidates passed the Bar Exam administered in February 2013. Of the 421 candidates who took the exam, 58.7% passed.  First time takers (non-attorneys) passed at a 67.3% rate. Repeaters (non attorneys) passed at a 60.9% rate.  Washington will be a UBE state.

Congratulations to those who passed.

Applicants in Massachusetts were sent their results by mail on Friday.   Congratulations.  We will post the statistics when they come out.

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The Bar Exam Results for February 2013: Oregon and Alabama Bar Exam Results Are Now Out

Posted in Uncategorized on April 26, 2013 by barprofs

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Oregon’s bar exam results are now out. The pass rate for first time takers was 77%, for repeat takers it was 57% and overall, the Oregon bar exam pass rate was 69%.

Congratulations to those who passed.

Applicants in Alabama were sent their emails this morning for those who passed.  Congratulations.

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The Bar Exam Results for February 2013: Ohio Bar Exam Results Are Now Out

Posted in Uncategorized on April 26, 2013 by barprofs

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Ohio’s bar exam results are now out.  The results by name are posted on its website.

Congratulations to those who passed.

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The Bar Exam Results for February 2013: Virginia Bar Results Are Out, Oregon, Ohio Alabama and Washington Will Come Out Today

Posted in Uncategorized on April 26, 2013 by barprofs

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Virginia’s bar results have come out yesterday.  Virginia’s first time pass rate was 65.7% and its overall rate was 57.45%.

The law schools’ first time taker pass rate was:

Appalachian:  25%

William and Mary:  50%

George Mason:  90%

Liberty:  100%

Regent:  66.7%

Richmond:  45.45%

Virginia:  100%

Washington and Lee:  57%

We have at least four states releasing their bar exam results today.

Oregon, Ohio, Alabama and Washington’s bar exam results will all be coming out today on Friday, April 26th.  We will post the results as they come out.

Good luck to those waiting for bar exam results.

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Florida Bar Exam Results for February 2013: Why Do Law Students Fail the Florida Bar Exam; How Can I Pass?

Posted in Uncategorized on April 25, 2013 by barprofs

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Most law students fail the Florida Bar Exam for three major reasons:

1. They revert back to bad writing habits developed in law school.

Under the pressures of the bar exam, many students revert back to bad habits. These bad habits allowed them to graduate from law school, but will be the kiss of death on the bar exam. Some of the bad habits include, not organizing your answer, no line by line analysis and not answering the call of the question. Remember that the bar exam essay is completely different from your law school exams. You must organize, find your issues and discuss the issues fully to be successful on the bar exam.

2. Poor Preparation and Time Management.

Many law students start their bar preparation entirely too late, leaving most in a rush mode. For the upcoming July 2013 bar, your preparation should start no later than May 15, 2013. You should allow yourself 5 to 6 hours per day for studying. But more importantly, studying correctly is the key. You need to write and answer many essays and MBE questions. Your answers must be evaluated by a private tutor.  The tutor can answer questions and assess your progress.  Be focus driven towards your goal of passing the bar exam.

3. They don’t really believe that they will pass

You must have a belief that you will pass. Get rid of all negative thoughts, people and things. You must truly believe that you will pass. You must say this every single day prior to the bar and you must have the confidence to succeed.  Although you have taken the bar exam more than once, you must know that you can pass.

For those who have not passed the bar exam, get back on the horse and start preparing for July 2013.  You can pass the exam, with help from a private tutor like Bar Professors.

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The Bar Exam Results for February 2013: Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington

Posted in Uncategorized on April 23, 2013 by barprofs

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Oklahoma and Minnesota have released their bar exam results.  Oklahoma had a total of 132 applicants taking the bar exam, with 103 passing for a pass rate of  77%.

Oregon, Virginia and Washington’s bar exam results will all be coming out on Friday, April 26th.

Good luck to those waiting for bar exam results.

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The Florida Bar Exam Results for February 2013: Important Advice for Repeat Florida Bar Takers

Posted in Uncategorized on April 22, 2013 by barprofs

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We have been talking with students all last week.  The questions we’ve been asked more frequently is “what should I do if I was unsuccessful on the Florida Bar Exam?”  First, let the shock of failing the bar subside with a few days of reflection. Clearly, this may be one of your greatest disappointments, but don’t let it control or define who you are. You can pass the bar exam in July 2013. Get right back up and say, “I will pass in July 2013.”

Ok, now let’s start. Do not repeat the same class, study plan or approach you used the last time. It did not work. Coming close on the bar is good only in horse shoes. One size does not fit all. Hard work and having a study plan and study strategy will pay off. Say to yourself, “I will be a lawyer.”

You want to get the bar exam behind you and start your new life as a lawyer.  Don’t dither or waste time with the “what ifs”.  Stay focused and true to your goal to pass.

Obtaining a Bar Professors Florida bar exam tutor will help you pass. Many students who are repeat bar takers need a bar exam coach to help them improve their writing and analytical skills so they can properly navigate through the Florida bar exam. Remember, the Florida bar exam is unique and more difficult to pass than other jurisdictions.  This structured, personalized program is the key to passing the bar for repeat takers.

Above all, never give up.

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The February 2013 Florida Bar Exam Results: The Grading

Posted in Uncategorized on April 20, 2013 by barprofs

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The Florida bar exam results have come out and most of the applicants have gotten their letter telling them the breakdown of the scores.  Here is the way the grading is done in Florida.

Grading the Florida Bar Exam

The MBE & Florida sections are weighted equally on the Florida Bar Exam. This is called the “overall method”. (Rule 4-25(a)). A combined weighted score of 136 is required to pass the Florida Bar Exam. It doesn’t matter if your score in one section or the other is below the 136 – it’s the average score that matters. So basically you can fail the FL or the MBE section and still pass the FL bar exam if your overall score is at least 136.

If you fail one section of the bar and choose to re-take only that one section in the next examination, you must score the 136 points or higher on that section. The Florida Board of Bar Examiners calls this the “individual method”. (Rule 4-25(b)). Your chances of passing are slightly lower than re-taking the entire bar again.

If an applicant attains a passing scaled score on only 1 part and elects to take the overall method of the General Bar Examination as described above, the previous passing status will not be replaced by a failing status if the applicant fails to achieve a passing score on a subsequent submission effort. (Rule 4-25.1).

Each examination paper produced by an applicant on the General Bar Examination will be separately graded. The scores of each section of Part A will be converted to a common scale by a recognized statistical procedure so that each section is equally weighted. The sum of the converted section scores is the total score for Part A. All total scores attained by the applicants on Part A are converted to the same distribution as their Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) scaled scores. MBE scores (Part B) are the scaled scores on the MBE provided by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Scaled scores are used in order to ensure that the standard of measurement of competence from examination to examination is not affected by the difficulty of the particular test or the ability of that particular group as distinguished from the general population of applicants. Rule 4-26.1

On the Florida portion of the bar, each essay is worth 100 points for a 300 point total. The multiple choice questions are worth 100 points total, so each question is approximately 1 point each. There are usually 10 experimental questions. The average essay score is around 40 points, requiring you to get your remaining points on the multiple choice questions.

Depending on the difficulty of the essay question and the average grade, the Board of Bar Examiners may adjust your score either downward or upward. There is a school of thought that a bar taker should hope for a difficult question so that the average grade is lower – thereby requiring the Bar Examiners to adjust upward. If the essay is an easy one, usually the average score is higher, thus requiring a downward adjustment. The Board does not adjust the multiple choice questions – there are what they are and the point totals do not change.

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The February 2013 Bar Exam: The MBE Analysis

Posted in Uncategorized on April 17, 2013 by barprofs

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We have seen from both Illinois and Missouri how the MBE has “shaken” out for the February 2013 bar exam.

The average raw score for the MBE subjects is:

Evidence:  19.03 out of 33 

Const. Law:  19.17 out of 33

Property:  19.63 out of 33

Contracts:  20.06 out of 34

Criminal Law/Pro:  20.07 out of 33

Torts:  21.25 out of 34

I have put the average raw score in order of hardest to easiest.  As we can see this February, 2013, the hardest subjects were evidence and constitutional law; the easiest subjects were criminal law/procedure and torts.  It is a surprise to see constitutional law as one of the harder subjects.  In addition, from what my students told me,  property did not have many future interests or mortgage questions, which was a great relief to many and pushed property into the middle range of the subjects (when it usually the hardest subject).

The average range for all the subjects is from 58% to 62.5%.   These are the numbers you should be reaching when you practice your MBE questions.

It appears that the scaled score this year fits within the usual range of 12-15 extra points, depending on where you fall.  That is consistent with prior years.

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