I’ve written previously about the link between Legal Research and Writing (LRW) and other law school classes and about the MPT. It’s time to put those pieces together and explain how your LRW class prepares you for the MPT, which resembles a closed legal writing assignment. You’ve been preparing for this component of the bar exam since your first semester of law school without even knowing it. Here’s how: [Read more…] about How Your Legal Writing Class Prepares You for the MPT
The Multistate Performance Test (MPT) is a component of the bar exam in 38 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia. In addition, California and Pennsylvania administer their own performance tests, which are similar to the MPT in format and objective. You’re extremely likely to face a performance test when you sit for the bar. [Read more…] about Get Ready for the MPT!
Law school bar prep classes are a relatively recent phenomenon. As a law student, you may be unaware of the ABA’s role in accrediting law schools and regulating legal education. In 2008 the ABA revised one of its rules and began allowing law schools to offer bar prep courses for credit, with this credit counting towards minimum graduation requirements, and to make such courses mandatory for some or all students. This change spurred the growth of bar prep classes, especially at law schools where bar pass rates are a concern. If your school offers a bar prep class and you’re required to take it, or just considering it, here are some things you might expect. Keep in mind that this is a general overview; your school’s course may vary in the details. [Read more…] about What to Expect from Law School Bar Prep