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The February 2016 Bar Exam: Answer Every Question on the MBE

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29, 2016 by barprofs

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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 2016 Bar Exam: Practicing MBE Questions

Posted in Uncategorized on January 28, 2016 by barprofs

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In order to do well on the MBE, you must know the fine distinctions of the law. You can study those fine distinctions by studying your outlines and then by working on questions.

It is not enough for you to work on the questions, review the answers and then move on. You must understand why you picked the right answer or the wrong answer. That is why you must read the explanation carefully, reading each answer choice explanation, whether right or wrong.

If you missed the question, ask yourself why you missed the question. Did you miss it because you didn’t know the law, didn’t know the facts or didn’t know the “trick” of the question? Sometimes with cursory reading of the fact pattern, you miss certain clues of law, certain facts that now seem important or even a confusion of what actually happened in the fact pattern. Sometimes you misapply the facts to the law.

Analyzing the question and the answer choices will help you understand if there is a pattern to your misses or if there are holes in your analysis.

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The February 2016 Bar Exam: The Essays and The Bar Exam Graders

Posted in Uncategorized on January 27, 2016 by barprofs

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A survey of bar exam graders found that the single biggest mistake students make is not responding to the call of the question.

Remember to read the call of the question first. Then read the fact pattern with the call of the question in mind. Then you want to read the call of the question again to make sure that you understand what the bar examiners are looking for. Only then, should you start to write your outline and start writing your essay. Before you turn the page to the next essay, read the call of the question one last time to make sure you answered the call of the question completely and thoroughly. Then you can move on to your next essay.

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The February 2016 Bar Exam: Today Marks 4 Weeks to the Bar Exam

Posted in Uncategorized on January 26, 2016 by barprofs

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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 is 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 2016 Bar Exam: Beating Negativity

Posted in Uncategorized on January 25, 2016 by barprofs

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We’ve talked about positivity and staying confident, but, sometimes, we have to also beat back negativity from friends and family. They might mean well, but, instead, drive us to distraction with their “well-meaning” negativity.

We have all heard stories of the worst nightmares of taking the bar – a student’s father dies, a student gets sick or injured, a student gets stuck in a massive traffic jam the morning of the bar exam, a student has taken the bar exam 100 times. I can go on and on with all the terrible things that can happen to a student preparing to take the bar exam or on the day of the bar exam.

Why do people want to tell you these stories? Perhaps they are well-meaning, perhaps they have a more sinister reason for relating these stories. Regardless of the reasons why, you have to actively beat back those people who want to bring you down. Try to avoid those people who may not want you to succeed – i.e. a friend who wants you to go out and party or tell you that you do not need to study so hard. If you can’t avoid them, tell them you must study and that you expect them to be supportive. Tell the “story tellers” to keep their stories for later (and preferably never) and that you don’t need to hear anything negative.

Tell your friends and family that this is important to you and your future. Tell them exactly what you must do in order to pass and tell them you will be unavailable for the duration of the preparation. Family and friends who love you, will understand your commitment and will take joy in your success.

Avoid negativity. Don’t let anyone bring you down or allow yourself to get depressed or be unhappy. You must keep confident and positive all through this preparation period and you will be that much closer to being a lawyer.

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The February 2016 Bar Exam: Be Definitive in Your Essay Answers

Posted in Uncategorized on January 22, 2016 by barprofs

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Lawyers are always confident and definitive, even if they have a weak argument (and they know it). When you write out your essays, be definitive about your answer and your conclusion. Even if you are wrong, you may be able to get a point or two because your argument and conclusion were well stated. The bar examiners have the ability to give you points for your conclusion even if wrong, as long as it is well reasoned and the analysis flows.

Don’t forget that most cases you have read in law school (and cases you will work on when you become a lawyer) are in the gray area – a well-reasoned argument will give you a victory for your client. There are no smoking guns in the practice of law. There usually are no right or wrong argument to make. As a lawyer, you just hope that the judge or jury sees that your argument is better than you opponent. It is how you, as a lawyer, interpret the facts of your case. This is similar to your bar exam essays.

Don’t be wishy-washy in your analysis or your conclusion. It makes lawyers unhappy to have to wade through either-or type of arguments and bar exam graders will be reluctant to give you points. You’ve probably learned in law school to put “probably” or “may” in your conclusion, i.e “Dan will probably be found guilty.” You will not do that as a lawyer and do o not do that in the bar exam – write, “Dan will be found guilty.” If you really don’t know the answer and you are reluctant to commit, then use words like, “likely”, i.e. “Dan will likely be found guilty.” It is must more effective than probably or possibly.

Remember, write like a lawyer – be confident and definitive in your bar exam answer.

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The February 2016 Bar Exam: Have A Progression List for Every Subject

Posted in Uncategorized on January 21, 2016 by barprofs

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For your essays, you must have a one page progression list for every subject your bar exam covers.

As you know, the pressure to perform well on the essays can be sometimes overwhelming. Some students have told me that on game day, when they open the exam booklet, they sometimes had a brain freeze and nothing would come out of their minds until they calmed down and began the writing process. Having a progression sheet of the major issues of each subject will enable you to recall what you must write out in a certain essay.

For example, let’s take contracts. You know that, regardless of the issue, if the essay is a contracts question, you start with determining if it’s a UCC or common law question. Then you must talk formation: offer, acceptance, consideration. Then you discuss defenses, i.e. statute of frauds, incapacity, etc.

Go through these major issues in every topic. Write out a one page outline or progression list and memorize them. Then, on essay day, you can recall your progression list and start writing, knowing that you will not forget any major issues.

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