The Question I’ve Never Been Asked About the Bar Exam

shutterstock_37563085Today we welcome an attorney who shares her very personal story about failing the California bar exam and what she learned from the experience. She offers some great advice for those of you grappling with the same emotions.

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The Bar Exam is Not a Pop Quiz

shutterstock_79409836We are pleased to welcome to Bar Exam Toolbox our friends from BarIssues.com who are talking about helpful tips for bar exam preparation. BarIssues is a website and database that can help you identify commonly tested issues and then find which essays tested those issues in the past. Be sure to check out Lee’s review of the tool here. Welcome!  [Read more…]

5 Things I Did Differently the Second Time to Pass the Bar Exam

shutterstock_Markus MainkaWe are pleased to welcome back Brian Hahn to the Bar Exam Toolbox. Brian is the founder of Make This Your Last Time, and is a second-time passer of the California bar exam and is here today to share five things he did differently the second time around taking the bar exam. Welcome, Brian!  [Read more…]

BarIssues.com: A Resource for the California Bar Exam

Today, I want to share with you another great resource for you folks studying for the California bar exam. I was recently introduced to BarIssues.com – a website and database that can help you identify commonly tested issues and then find which essays tested those issues in the past (so you can practice them). It is quite a handy tool and one that I think many bar studiers could benefit from!
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Memorization as Simple as 1, 2, 3

shutterstock_109670930We are pleased to welcome Brian Hahn to the Bar Exam Toolbox. Brian is the founder of Make This Your Last Time, and is a second-time passer of the California bar exam and is here today to share a few memorization tips when it comes to the bar exam. Welcome, Brian!  [Read more…]

Are You Ready for Civil Procedure on the MBE?

shutterstockIf you are sitting for the Bar Exam in February (or anytime after February 2015), you want to make sure that you are ready for the new Civil Procedure questions. The MBE will be including Civil Procedure, now making it the “Big Seven” MBE subjects instead of the traditional “Big Six.” [Read more…]

More Reasons to Study for the Bar Exam While Waiting for Results

questionIf you missed part one of our series on whether to study for the bar exam while waiting for results, hop on over and read it. Today, we offer three more scenarios to help you decide whether to start studying sooner rather than later!   [Read more…]

To Study or Not to Study? When Waiting for Bar Results, That is the Question

PaltoYou’ve now had some time since the bar exam to recover. Hopefully you have gotten back to the life you were forced to neglect during the study period. Maybe you have even taken a vacation or bar trip of some kind, which we  definitely recommend! [Read more…]

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…]