The results of the July 2016 Pennsylvania bar exam are the Commonwealth’s worst in more than a decade, with an overall pass rate of 69.31%. If you failed, you’re in good company among 30.69% of examinees who sat for the exam this summer. By now you’ve had a chance to process the bad news and deal with your disappointment. It’s time to focus on moving forward. Here’s what you should do as you plan your next steps. [Read more…] about You Failed the Pennsylvania Bar Exam, What Should You Do Next?
SeRiouS (SRS) is on online study tool that applies the technique of spaced repetition to legal study in a simple, engaging format. It promises to help you learn the law efficiently and conveniently by adapting to your level of knowledge and recall, and allowing you to spend as little as five to ten minutes a day reviewing rules on any internet-connected device. [Read more…] about Can Spaced Repetition Help You Learn the Law?
The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) is my favorite component of the bar exam because it approximates what lawyers actually do. Lawyers write memos, briefs, client letters and other documents; we don’t memorize rules and answer multiple-choice questions. So what happens when practicing lawyers, rather than recent law school grads, take the MPT? Is time spent in law practice beneficial or deleterious to MPT performance? [Read more…] about Everything You Need to Know About the MPT for Practicing Lawyers
If you’re planning to sit for the New York Bar – as a first-time or repeat taker – you need to be prepared for the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). New York has joined a growing number of jurisdictions, including the District of Columbia, that have adopted the exam. July 2016 will mark the first administration of the UBE in New York. Let’s compare the old New York State Bar Exam (NYSBE) and the UBE, and then consider how to approach preparing for the UBE. [Read more…] about Taking the New York Bar? Get Ready for the UBE
If you’re taking the bar exam in any of the 38 states that require the MPT, you’ve probably been preparing for this component of the exam, which may count for a significant percentage of your score. At this point, you may be tired and frustrated with taking practice MPTs.
Here are some last minute tips to help restore your focus. First, we’ll review the MPT tasks you may encounter, with quick tips for tackling each one. Second, we’ll review the MPT components, with quick reading tips for each one. [Read more…] about Last Minute Tips for the MPT
Do you hope to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania? If so, you’ll have to pass the Pennsylvania Bar Exam. Let’s take a look. [Read more…] about A Look at the Pennsylvania Bar Exam