It is the end of September, which means that states are starting to release bar exam results. And this leads to thousands of happy folks, but also thousands upon thousands of disappointed bar takers around the country. If this is you, I am sorry to hear it. But hopefully, this post will help you navigate your post-results situation and set yourself up to successfully beat the bar exam in the future.
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We hosted a Twitter Chat on August 29th where we discussed selecting the best bar review provider for you. Our experts weighed in on what you should consider when selecting a bar review provider. Check out their thoughts below.
What Should You Consider When Selecting a Bar Review Provider?
I have been spending a lot of time lately talking to students, friends (many who work for bar providers), and other lawyers about how they felt about their bar review process. Many have mentioned to me that, in hindsight, they don’t think they selected the right bar provider for them. Instead, they selected the bar review course that happened to have a table in their law school hallway or a course that they knew someone else had taken.
To be honest, at the time I signed up for my bar review course I didn’t really know I had any options for my bar prep. And I know I am not alone. Many of us don’t actually select the right bar provider for us—based on our needs, the state bar we are sitting for, or how we study.
I argue, that this is a mistake. Not all law students are the same. Not all bar exams are the same (and likely won’t be for a long time, even as more states adopt the Uniform Bar Exam). [Read more…] about 3L Bar Exam Tip: Selecting the Right Bar Review Provider for You
Most states have some sort of application for bar admission. Some are called “moral character” and some are called just simply an application for admission. Regardless, they typically require you to compile massive amounts of information about your life (check out the New York application and the California application).
These forms are incredibly important (and typically time-consuming). But you must make sure they are accurate and truthful. The last thing you want is for your application to be flagged by the state bar to delay your admission (yes, this does actually happen). In addition, if you have anything of concern in your past that you are going to need to report, it may be wise to seek advice on how to report it to the state bar. And by of concern, I mean issues with a past arrest or even issues with credit or debts. If you have any doubts, you should seek guidance from an expert on reporting such issues.
So what is included in these admission applications?
If you need to take the MPRE, you want to decide when you are going to do that now and then stick it on your calendar! There are exams on November 3, 2012, and April 6, 2013.
If you are sitting for the February 2013 bar exam, you should absolutely take the November 2012 MPRE exam. If you are sitting for the July 2013 bar exam, you should also take the November 2012 MPRE. Although you will likely pass the MPRE with flying colors (with some studying), you want to take the exam early enough so that you could take it again if necessary without delaying your licensing process. (If you pass the bar exam but do not pass the MPRE, you won’t get licensed until the MPRE requirement is out of the way.)
If you are still job hunting in different states, this may not be possible for you, but many students at this point will know where they plan to sit for the bar exam (especially in huge states like California).