If you plan on sitting for the bar exam in the near future or if you simply enjoy keeping up to date on the latest bar exam news, you’re probably well aware of the revelation that bar exam scores are at a historic all-time low. This isn’t the first year that scores have taken a plummet. In July 2017, the national mean MBE scaled score was 141.7. However, everyone hoping that this average was a one-time fluke may have faced some serious disappointment when the NCBE released the national mean scaled score for July 2018. A shocking 139.5, a surprisingly low result, especially considering that the national mean score has not been that low since 1984. So what exactly is happening? Why do scores appear to be on a down turn and is there anything we can do to fix it? Well, to provide the shortest answer, it’s unclear why scores have plummeted. Some people have attributed this to law schools accepting students with low LSAT scores. While I can concede that there is perhaps a slight correlation between an examinee’s poor standardized testing on the LSAT and then later on the bar exam, I cannot attribute this as the sole factor for this issue. Instead, I contend that a variety of factors may have contributed to this plummet. Everything from the number of examinees to the difficulty of the exam should definitely be taken into consideration. However, regardless of the true underlying cause, you probably have one major concern as you read this post, “how can I avoid ending up on the lower end of the score spectrum?” I suggest giving the below options a try. [Read more…] about How Do I Survive the Bar Exam with MBE Scores at a Historic Low?
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Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox Podcast. Today, we’re discussing what you can learn from your score report if you failed the bar exam. Don’t just put it in a drawer!
In this episode we discuss:
- Why you can’t afford to bury your head in the sand about your bar exam scores
- Where to look to figure out what went wrong, and how to get access to your essays (even if you’d prefer not to!)
- How to make sense of the numbers in your scores and tailor your next round of studying to what actually happened
- What to think about when deciding where and when to retake the bar
- How accommodations can help even the playing field
- Useful tools for improving your MBE and essay scores
Thanks for listening!
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Most students know that bar prep will be a long, tough haul. Here are some common struggles you may encounter while studying and some strategies to help you overcome them.
If you got bad news on the bar exam, it’s tempting to put your head in the sand and try to move on as quickly as possible. While the impulse is understandable, it’s important to take a step back and try to figure out why you failed this test if you want to pass next time. One of the best ways to do this is to look carefully at your bar exam score report.
Depending on the state (I’m looking at you, New Jersey!), you may have next to nothing to work with. But many states provide a detailed breakdown of your scores on each essay and performance test, and of your performance on each topic area on the MBE. Unfortunately, some of this information can be confusing if this is the first time you’re seeing it. Luckily, we look at tons of score reports, so let’s break it down. [Read more…] about How to Interpret Your Bar Exam Score Report
Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox Podcast. Today we’re walking through a California bar exam question on professional responsibility and evidence. This is the first in our series of podcasts on how to approach California bar exam essay questions.
In this episode we discuss:
- Why it is so important that California bar studiers practice planning essay answers
- Why you need to make sure your bar study materials are up to date on the law
- The importance of knowing professional responsibility backwards and forwards – it’s not just for the MPRE!
- Why there are rarely insignificant facts in California bar exam questions; and how to use that to your advantage while planning your answer
- How to practice watching the clock and staying on track during each essay question
The unbelievable happened – you failed the bar exam. Now what? While you are entitled to a little “pity me” time, how you move on from this set back will determine whether you can hope for a different result the next time around. [Read more…] about How to Handle A Bar Exam Failure