Four Reasons People Fail the California Baby Bar

Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 10.32.55 PMIn California, some law students find themselves needing to study for and take the First Year Law Students’ Exam (also known as the Baby Bar or FYLSE). Although this exam might not sound very challenging (it is only one day and covers only three subject areas), the pass rates are painfully low: June 2013 had a 24.1 percent overall pass rate (26.7 percent for first-time takers) and October 2013 had a 19.2 percent overall pass rate (23.5 percent for first-time takers).

So the question becomes why do students perform so poorly on the Baby Bar. Here are the top five reasons  I believe people fail the Baby Bar. [Read more...]

What Is the First-Year Law Students’ Exam (or the “Baby Bar”)?

64211173.jpgThe First-Year Law Student’s Examination (also known as the Baby Bar) is an exam given by the State Bar of California Committee of Bar Examiners. It is administered in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas twice a year, in June and October (the next exam is October 28, 2014). [Read more...]

Your Guide to Studying for the MPRE

72430798.jpgWhether you just finished taking the bar exam or you’re entering your 3L year, the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) is likely in your near future. The MPRE is also knows as the “ethics bar” and is required for bar exam admission in most jurisdictions. The test is approximately 2-hours long and includes multiple-choice questions that focus on professional responsibility.

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Can Listening to Songs Help You Study for the MBE?

We were contacted by a new tool called Study Songs (an app you can download on your iPhone/iPad). They were nice enough to give us complementary access to the songs so we could check them out and share our thoughts with you. [Read more...]

Getting Ready for Game Day!

earplugs.jpgThe bar exam is only a few short days away. We know you’ve been studying for months. But there are a few things you want to be sure you do before Tuesday. To help you get ready for the big day, here’s a list of things you don’t want to forget. [Read more...]

4 Bar Exam Study Tips for Kinesthetic Learners

136846844We’re wrapping up our series of bar exam study tips for different learning styles. We’ve talked about memorization tips for visual learners and auditory learners. In this post, we focus on ways kinesthetic learners can enhance their studying. If you’re an kinesthetic learner, your brain processes material best by carrying out a physical activity. You’re often seen as a “hands-on” learner or “do-er.” Here are four techniques that help kinesthetic learners memorize material for the bar exam. [Read more...]

4 Bar Exam Study Tips for Auditory Learners

Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 10.47.13 PMWe’re continuing our series of bar exam study tips for different learning styles. We’ve talked about memorization tips for visual learners. In this post, we focus on ways auditory learners can enhance their studying. If you’re an auditory learner, listening, hearing and speaking are the ways your brain processes material. Auditory learners need to listen to information out loud in order to study best. Here are four techniques that help auditory learners memorize material for the bar exam. [Read more...]

5 Bar Exam Study Tips for Visual Learners

Screen Shot 2014-07-07 at 12.00.22 AMMemorization is a key factor in how well you’ll perform on the bar exam. If you’re sitting for the July exam, you’ve likely been studying for weeks now. But are you memorizing in a way that fits your learning style? There are three types of learning styles: visual, auditory and kinesthetic. (If you’re not sure which one best describes you, take this quiz to find out.)  If you’re a visual learner, images, pictures, color and other visual media work best to help you learn and memorize. Here are five techniques that help visual learners memorize material for the bar exam. [Read more...]

Study Tips to Help Prepare for the Big Day

shutterstockThe bar exam is right around the corner! Lee recently put together some tips for taking practice exams and handwriting the bar exam. Here’s what’s in store for you on About.com.

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Help! I Am Too Anxious to Study

shutterstock_129049811Bar exam anxiety is no joke. It doesn’t matter whether you are a first-time bar taker or a repeat taker. Struggling with bar exam anxiety can turn the bar exam period into an emotional roller coaster. I remember coming home some days from my review course just sure I was going to fail. My poor now-husband would say things like “But you were fine this morning, what changed?” What changed? This was the bar exam! Nothing needed to change.  [Read more...]