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The July 2014 Bar Exam: Discussing the Florida Bar Exam

Posted in Uncategorized on July 31, 2014 by barprofs

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Bar Professors was once again able to correctly predict the 3 Florida essays: Contracts/Commercial Paper; Contracts/Torts, Trusts, and of course, Ethics. We expect a 100% bar pass rate from our students for July 2014. The Florida bar exam results will be released on September 22, 2014.

For discussion purposes, let’s talk about the essays.

Contracts/Commercial Paper/Ethics:

Manufacturer has new top of the line golf drivers the T1 Bomb. Retailer learns of the new clubs at a golf show and the $200 wholesale price. Retailer sends a signed purchase order to Manufacturer to ship 1000 T1 bombs, $200 each, with a 2% discount if paid within 10 days or total net amount due in 30 days. Manufacturer ships 500 drivers with its own signed order form that said, 500 drivers, $200 each, the other 500 will be shipped upon full payment of $200,000 if payment is received within 3 days of receipt of the 500 clubs. 5 days after Retailer received the 500 clubs, Retailer sends a note payable on demand to the order of Manufacturer in the amount of $196,000 (minus the 2% discount). Upon receipt Manufacturer indorsed it over to Supplier.

After the 500 clubs arrived to Retailer, Manufacturer, knowing that the market price has doubled, calls Retailer and says Retailer shorted him $4000 and he will not ship the other 500 clubs and that the current price is now $400. Retailer Owner calls Manufacturer from another trade show and said, I paid in full, send me the clubs or return the note. Manufacturer says, too late, I’ve paid Supplier. Competitor hears Retail Owner tell Manufacturer that he had no right to give the note to Supplier. Competitor, wanting to cause trouble, then purchases the note from Supplier for $190,000. Competitor presents the note to Retailer and demands immediate payment of $196,000.

Retail Owner contacts Larry Legal in Tampa who works in a very large national law firm. He knows Larry is a golf fanatic and to save on legal fees, Retail Owner verbally offers him 10% of the clubs he may ultimately recover from Manufacturer. Larry immediately takes the representation and begins work. Manufacturer is also a client of Firm and one of the partners in another office of Firm serves as Manufacturer’s general counsel.

Discuss Retailer’s legal rights with respect to Manufacturer, Supplier and Competitor and damages. Also discuss ethical issues that arise for Larry and Firm.

Contracts/Torts/Ethics

Seller owns a piano store, and placed an ad to sell a baby grand piano claiming that it is a 6 month young Topnotch baby grand piano for $60,000. Buyer, a successful businessman, wants to learn how to play a musical instrument and knows a Topnotch sells for $75,000. He responded immediately as he thought it was a great bargain. The bill of sale, signed by both parties, says “Baby grand piano, as is, $60,000.” The bill of sale did not specify the brand of piano.

The Buyer had the piano tuned. Although the piano had the Topnotch name and logo embossed on it, it was really an Offbrand piano. After purchasing the Offbrand piano for $6000, the Seller had changed the nameplate and logo on it. Attorney, who was Seller’s personal friend, had been with Seller when he bought the Offbrand piano but did not participate in the resale of it to Buyer. Buyer now plans to sue Seller. Prepare a memo discussing the civil claims that Buyer may bring against Seller, Seller’s defenses, possible remedies and which party should prevail. Include in your response a discussion of the ethical issues involved in whether Attorney should represent Seller in the civil suit brought by Buyer. Do not include any issues of criminal law.

Trusts:

Stan Settlor was a resident of Orlando for the last 10 years. He volunteered at a homeless shelter in Orlando called New Beginnings. Last year, Stan used his new smart phone to make a video recording, identifying himself and the date. He stated he was making a 5 million dollar trust for the benefit of New Beginnings. He appointed his friend, Tom Trustee, as the trustee. Tom was instructed to make $500 monthly payments to New Beginnings, and to have absolute discretion to pay whatever and whenever he thought. Tom was to keep the money in the savings account Settlor would create. Settlor gave Trustee $10,000 per month in compensation. Also, Trustee was to have no liability for anything, no matter how bad. New Beginnings cannot contest the trust nor sue the Trustee for any acts committed as trustee. If it did contest, the trust shall terminate and Tom would return the balance of any remaining trust assets to Settlor or to Settlor’s son. The Trust was irrevocable.

Immediately after making the recording, Stan went to Bank and made the $5 million deposit into a savings account. Tom received full access to the account. 2 weeks later, Stan emailed the video recording to Dan, the director of New Beginnings and to Tom. Tom accepted the appointment and the video recording was never reduced to writing.

Stan died and was survived by his son. Tom has not made one payment to New Beginnings since the creation of the trust, but has not missed a payment to himself. Dan tried to contact Tom numerous times about the trust, but Tom refused contact. Dan has since closed New Beginnings and retired to Iowa. The Florida Attorney General has learned of what occurred and would like to do something. Tom seeks your advice as his counsel. Prepare a memo that discusses whether Stan created a valid trust, and whether the trust provisions are valid. Discuss what duties, if any, Tom has breached as trustee. In addition, evaluate whether the Attorney General has any legal basis to intervene and the likely outcomes if someone files suit.

Which question was the easiest or the hardest? Do you think you got all the issues?

The multiple choice questions were civil and criminal procedure, evidence and business entities.

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The July 2014 Bar Exam: Good Luck to Those Who Are Still Taking the Bar Exam

Posted in Uncategorized on July 31, 2014 by barprofs

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There are a few states that are sitting for their state essays today. Students from Massachusetts, New Jersey, Nevada 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 July 2014 Bar Exam: Today is the MBE

Posted in Uncategorized on July 30, 2014 by barprofs

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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 July 2014 Bar Exam: Florida Essay Subjects Tested

Posted in Uncategorized on July 29, 2014 by barprofs

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We had a new tested subject on the Florida bar exam: Commercial Paper

These are the areas tested on the Florida bar exam for July 2014:

Contracts, Commercial Paper, Torts, Ethics and Trusts

The second question on the Florida bar exam was a classic cross over concept blending question of contracts and torts.

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The July 2014 Bar Exam: Today Is the Bar Exam and You Will Begin the Rest of Your Life

Posted in Uncategorized on July 29, 2014 by barprofs

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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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The July 2014 Bar Exam: 1 day to the Bar Exam: Relax and Be Confident

Posted in Uncategorized on July 28, 2014 by barprofs

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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 or stay home and try to have a quiet, restful day. No upsets and no panic attacks are 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. Your body will thank you tomorrow during the bar exam.

Wake up early on Tuesday, get to the exam site in plenty of time to get registered and kick the stuffings out of this bar. Make sure you have a positive attitude and be confident in your abilities. Do well, my friends. You can do this.

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The July 2014 Bar Exam: 2 days to the Bar Exam: The Monday Before the Bar Exam

Posted in Uncategorized on July 27, 2014 by barprofs

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It is now 2 days to the bar exam. Let’s talk about what you should do the day before the exam.

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, do not pace, do not watch television, do not text, do not play on the internet, do not go on facebook, do not 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

Don’t try to study when you get up. You’ll be too nervous and your retention level will be minimal. It’s best to work on your nerves as you get dressed. Tell yourself that you know the materials and you will do well. Keep that positive attitude. Do not approach the morning of the bar like you are going to your personal execution. You are well prepared and you must believe that you will do well.

Eat a small breakfast the morning of the bar exam so you have enough fuel to keep going. Do not 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. Move forward at all times.

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

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The July 2014 Bar Exam: 3 days to the Bar Exam: Powering Down This Weekend

Posted in Uncategorized on July 26, 2014 by barprofs

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It is now 3 days to the bar exam. This is the final weekend before you sit for the bar exam.

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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The July 2014 Bar Exam: 4 days to the Bar Exam: Facing the Bar Exam with Confidence

Posted in Uncategorized on July 25, 2014 by barprofs

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It is now 4 days to the bar exam.

Part of the battle to pass the bar exam is your attitude. Don’t go into the bar with negative energy. You must have confidence in your abilities. You have to go into the bar fired up and excited. This is your future and you will conquer it. You have studied extensively, you know the information and now you will prove it when you enter the bar examination. A positive attitude is half the battle. You feel good – you do good. With confidence, you have won before you have started.

Where does confidence come from? Confidence doesn’t come out of nowhere. It’s a result of something… hours and days and weeks and years of work, dedication and training. You are ready. You will go into the bar exam prepared to pass the exam. You have studied, written essays and practiced the MBE questions – you can do no more. Your analysis is sharp and you have a great game plan. You have prepared and you are confident.

For those who are taking the bar exam as a repeat taker, do not lose your edge. Do not look back at your past failures and think you cannot pass the bar exam. Do not doubt yourself, do not be afraid that you will repeat your mistakes. You must go into the exam with confidence that you will pass the bar exam. If you doubt yourself, then indeed you stand on shaky ground. Believe that you will pass.

A student told me that this weekend, he is going to watch the movie Rocky. I thought it was a great idea. Find something inspirational for you to watch or to do. Not only will you feel good, but it can build your confidence to see someone else conquer his fears and be successful. I’ve always liked the movie Rudy – someone who wanted to go to college and play football for Notre Dame. He had many obstacles in his way including having to go to junior college before he could transfer to Notre Dame and be a walk-on to the team. The coaches kept him on the practice team because he practiced with intensity and determination even though he was too small and would likely never get into the game or play a down. Well, the last game of his senior year he got into the game, played a few downs and became the first player in Notre Dame’s history to be carried off the field in triumph. Against all odds, he became a winner – because he believed in his dreams and had the confidence to overcome his obstacles.

Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful.

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The July 2014 Bar Exam: 5 days to the Bar Exam: Essay Predictions

Posted in Uncategorized on July 24, 2014 by barprofs

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It is now 5 days to the bar exam.

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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