From grade school through law school, any writing course you take advises you to first “know your audience.” It is good guidance. If you know who will be reading or evaluating your work, you can better compose your work to align with their tastes and perspectives. Given all the hard work you are putting into preparing for the bar exam, shouldn’t you take a few minutes to know your audience? Just who will be grading your bar exam? For specific answers, you will need to investigate your jurisdiction’s bar exam. While bar exams are trending toward uniformity, grading and scoring is still dominated by the jurisdiction administering the exam. That said, here are some general answers that may help get you started in knowing your bar exam audience — [Read more…] about Know Your Audience — Who is Grading Your Bar Exam?
The bar exam can intimidate anyone. The law is challenging, the scope is daunting, the prep time is short, and the stakes are high. If you are working while studying, it can be easy to feel sorry for yourself and to feel like you are trying to do the impossible. You have taken a tougher road to bar success than others to be sure, but you can’t let those feelings take too much of a psychological toll. You have to be confident going into the bar or you will not be at your best. Here are five reasons to be confident as you work and study and study and work and study some more — [Read more…] about Working and Studying for the Bar? 5 Reasons to Be Confident
For most, the bar exam is a one-time event. But for the bold few, after one bar exam, they turn and take on another jurisdiction’s test. Erwin Kristel is one of those brave souls who has passed two bar exams—in Louisiana and Texas. Erwin now works as a staff attorney at the 15th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office, Acadia Parish, Louisiana. He was kind enough to share some of his experiences and words of wisdom. [Read more…] about Talking with 2-Time Bar Passer Erwin Kristel
When it comes to the MBE, most anyone will tell you that practice is the key. But what do you do when your scores plateau or even start getting worse during your bar prep? First, know that you are not alone. In the weeks leading up to my bar exam my MBE practice scores took a dive, which induced more than a bit of panic. It can be stressful, but remember that you are not graded based on your practice exam average. Take your practice results for what they are worth—nothing (whether they are good or bad). That said, it is fair for the alarm bells to ring when your MBE practice begins going poorly all of the sudden. Here are five questions to ask when you feel like nothing is working: [Read more…] about Fighting Through MBE Prep Struggles: 5 Questions to Ask When Nothing is Working
When you are deciding how to prepare for the bar exam, you will be bombarded by programs, plans, and methods that will all claim to guarantee success. They probably all have some value, but your goal is to pick the approach that will give you the best chance at bar exam success. Here are five questions to consider when evaluating which approach to bar prep will best suit you – [Read more…] about Does Your Bar Prep Plan Fit You? 5 Questions to Consider
There is no one right answer for how to prepare for the bar exam. Whether you are going with a commercial bar review provider, a private tutor, or self-guided preparation, it is important to remember that there is no magic formula to bar success. Sticking to your study plan is important, but don’t lose sight of the fact that your bar examiners will not give you any extra points for completing your pre-determined study schedule. It is dangerous to not individualize your bar prep to account for your particular weak spots as you begin to recognize them. Identifying your weaknesses and attacking those areas can provide real results, especially for the writing portions.
Build some flexibility into your study schedule to allow yourself time to focus on your weaknesses. One perfect tool to help you focus your practice in just the right spots is the Bar Exam Toolbox’s Brainy Bar Bank. [Read more…] about What’s Your MEE and MPT Bar Prep Strategy?