The average bar exam grader has hundreds, if not thousands, of essays to review and on average will spend only two to three minutes evaluating each one. Given those time restraints, it is absolutely essential that you make it as easy as possible for the grader to spot where you are earning points. The bar exam grader is not going to spend time sifting through a confusing or disorderly answer looking for rules and analysis, so you must make your brilliant legal observations apparent to them. A well-organized response is one of the hallmarks of a good essay. Of course, you need to have accurate content, but it won’t hurt if your answer also looks professional and reads like something a lawyer would write. [Read more…] about Organize Your Essays For Maximum Points
When you’re preparing for the bar exam, whether you’re a first-time taker or a repeater, you want to use every tool available to you to improve your chances of success. One of the most valuable tools that you can employ in preparing for the written portions of the exam is feedback from someone who is experienced at evaluating bar exam essays and MPTs. [Read more…] about Essay Feedback: Why It’s Important, Where to Get It, and How to Use It to Improve
Raw score, scaled score, what does it all mean? It means get all the points you can.
Both the written and MBE part of the bar exam are scaled which means your score may be subject to an adjustment in order to standardize the results of the exam. The scaling method is somewhat complicated and also dependent on your fellow bar takers. On the MBE some questions are weighted differently and that may depend on how many applicants answered correctly. A question that 98% of applicants answer correctly may be given less weight than a question that only 40% answered correctly. [Read more…] about Advice from a Bar Grader: Tips to Maximize Your Essay Score
In order to pass a bar exam, you need to collect as many points as possible on your bar essay exams. In order to maximize the points you receive, you need to make it as easy as possible for the bar exam grader to give you points.
Bar exam graders want to know if you spotted the issues and if you understand how to analyze that issue given the facts in the essay exam (i.e., can you do a complete IRAC analysis). Avoiding the four common mistakes listed below will help you maximize your score on bar essay exams. [Read more…] about Don’t Do This On Your Bar Exam Essays
Today, I want to share with you a resource for those studying for the California bar exam, specifically. A few years back, I was introduced to BarEssays.com, which is an online essay question and performance exam/answer database for the California bar. We at the Bar Exam Toolbox even use BarEssays.com from time to time in conjunction with the sample answers released by the State Bar to see a broader picture of what kinds of answers passed and failed a given administration of the exam. [Read more…] about Tools for Bar Exam Success: BarEssays.com
Well, when I was studying for the bar, I definitely found the 4th of July to be a milestone of sorts. The bar exam was no longer “weeks” away; it was, well, “days” away. I was starting to realize that I needed to commit these binders or books of law to memory. This was completely overwhelming—overwhelming almost to the point that I had moments when I was sure I was going to fail. Sound familiar to anyone?