Bar Exam Tips: The Last Few Days Before the Exam

Bar Exam TipsCongratulations on getting to this point in your bar exam preparation! We understand that as the days before the exam begin to dwindle, your stress level rises. If you go into these last few days of preparation with a game plan, you won’t succumb to the stress.

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  1. Have a study schedule.
  2. Continue your review of the MBE and essay subjects.
  3. Continue doing practice questions and reviewing essay questions and analyses.
  4. Study multiple areas of the law you struggle with. Try to get through many and make sure you don’t get caught up for too long with any one topic. The worst thing you can do is spend one of your last days on the Rule Against Perpetuities trying to hammer it down. The truth is, hardly anybody understands it! Just move on and get the low lying fruit.
  5. Update the law in your TOCs as necessary. Don’t get in the trap of doing practice questions to pass the time without getting the most out of each one. If you get a practice question wrong, make sure you note the legal issue you didn’t know in your TOC.
  6. Set aside time to recharge by taking breaks. Your dog would love to take a walk around the block! (If you don’t have a dog, then you would love to take a walk around the block!)
  7. Set aside time to create a logistics plan for the test. Think about what you will need to bring and eat, when you will leave for the exam, and how you will get to the testing site.
  8. Get sufficient sleep.
  9. Eat brain food. Skip the fast food and diet drinks!
  10. Try to relax a little. You’re probably stressed to the MAX right now, and trust us, we understand. Give yourself a break. Watch a movie, go for a swim, or take a yoga class!

We hope these bar exam tips are helpful! Best of luck on your last few days of preparation! If you have any questions, give us a call at 800-529-2651.

Free MPRE Course Information

As the MPRE approaches, don’t forget about our free MPRE course! (It can also be helpful to you in your law school’s Professional Responsibility course.) To access our free MPRE course, you can do one of two things. First, you can click on MPRE in the black banner at the top of this screen and sign up.

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You can also click here, which will take you directly to the form. It’s that easy! Once you sign up, you will soon have access to our online MPRE materials.

We also have MPRE printed study materials available. If you would prefer to receive the free printed MPRE Practice Questions or MPRE Study guide, just send an email to denise@ameribar.com with your shipping address.

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You will most likely have to take the MPRE in order to be eligible for admission to your state’s bar. However, if you are planning on practicing in  Maryland, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico, congratulations, you do not have to take the MPRE. If you are in Connecticut or New Jersey, then you can take a law school course on professional responsibility instead of having to take the MPRE.

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Check out our handy chart to see what score you need on the MPRE. The minimum passing score is 75 and the maximum is 86.

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To check out your jurisdiction’s MPRE requirements, visit NCBE’s website or contact your jurisdiction’s board of bar examiners.

For more information about AmeriBar’s bar exam courses, hover over courses in the black tool bar above and click on your jurisdiction.

We wish you the best of luck on passing the MPRE! For some helpful tips, check out our blog post 5 Rules You Need to Know for the MPRE.

Important August MPRE Dates

 

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If you’re planning on becoming a licensed attorney, you will probably have to take the MPRE. It is required for admission to all states except Maryland, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico. Students in Connecticut and New Jersey may successfully complete a professional responsibility course in lieu of the MPRE exam.

The next MPRE is coming up on August 13. There are two important deadlines you need to make note of if you’re planning on taking the August exam.

The cost to enroll at the first deadline, June 23, is $84. There is a second opportunity to sign up, but it will cost you double the cost of the first deadline. The fee for the June 30 deadline goes up to $168.

Per the NCBE website, “Online registrations must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on the registration deadline. Telephone registrations must be completed by 4:45 p.m. eastern time on the registration deadline. Absolutely no registrations will be accepted after the late registration deadline. Please do not contact NCBE or LSAC to request exceptions to this policy.”

For more information about MPRE registration, please see the NCBE website at http://www.ncbex.org/exams/mpre/registration/.

 

Don’t Be Discouraged if You’re a Repeat Taker

Repeat Takers

Bar exam scores from the February 2016 bar exam are trickling in from all over the United States. While many students get good news when they get their results, there are many who found out that they have not passed. If you are one of these students, there is no need to fret or feel stressed out.

The bar exam is not easy. There is not a single jurisdiction in the United States that has a 100% pass rate–trust me. Go look for yourself. The passage rates vary, of course, but one uniform truth is that the bar exam is not an easy exam for anyone. There may be a handful of anomalous people who go into the test with little preparation and pass. For the most part, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to pass the exam.

Just because you did not pass the exam, does not mean you are a failure. Some people need additional help to pass the bar exam. Studying is something that you have to do on your own, but there are more efficient and effective ways to study. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel to get this information. We have lectures that will help you find more efficient and effective ways of studying.

It could be that you studied efficiently and effectively, but you did not know what the bar examiners were looking for in an answer. There are methods of writing an essay answer that will maximize your points and strategies to help you pick the best multiple-choice answer. Our tutors can help you maximize your points on both sections of the exam.

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If you could benefit from learning more efficient and effective ways of studying or what the bar examiners are looking for in answers, then you are a great candidate for our tutoring program. We will gladly give you a consultation based on your score report. Email your score report to support@ameribar.com or call us at 800-529-2651 to request more information.

Making a Realistic Study Calendar

Realistic Study Calendar

Creating a realistic study calendar is a huge part of your study process. In the past couple of weeks, we have told you when and how you should begin studying. Something that we have mentioned is making a realistic calendar, but it’s something that should be addressed more fully.

As we mentioned a couple of weeks ago, students can typically benefit from 6-8 weeks of full time study. “Full time study” here means approaching studying as you would a full time job. You wake up in the morning and begin studying, you take a lunch break, and you continue studying until the evening. You wake up the next day and do the same thing. So, it truly is like a full time job. Luckily this amount of studying isn’t permanent as it generally lasts only a few weeks.

So, what do we mean by a realistic study calendar? A realistic study calendar will build in your intended study time. If you are working full time, then there is no way that you will also be able to study for 6-8 hours a day for 5-6 days a week. It just isn’t feasible. That means you will need to extend your calendar for longer than 6-8 weeks. For this scenario, 10-12 weeks would probably be best. That’s the current time frame until the next bar exam. So, if you’re working, it would serve you best to start studying now.

If you’re not working, being realistic is still important. If you don’t have intentions of studying every day from 8 AM-8 PM, don’t schedule yourself that way. Plus, you may burn out if you study all day every day with no break. Be realistic about your approach so that you have enough time to study the material, but you don’t overextend yourself and burn out early.

Whether you are working or not, building in some off time is critical. Make sure you give yourself one to two days off a week. Don’t study from sun up to sun down, or you won’t retain anything. Make sure that you are getting adequate rest so that your brain can soak up all of that knowledge.

After you’ve enrolled in one of our courses and you still have questions about your study calendar, please let us know. We will be happy to help you sort your schedule out. Give us a call at 800-529-2651.

Sample Study Calendar

The sheer amount of material on the bar exam is daunting. On the MBE alone, you’ll see Civil Procedure, Contracts, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Evidence, Property, and Torts. OH MY! That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Trying to sort out where to begin is just part of the battle of preparing for the bar exam. Where do you start?

Luckily, we’ve taken the headache out of creating your study schedule. We provide jurisdictional-specific schedules that address different study lengths to all AmeriBar students.

Below we have a sample calendar to give you an idea of what AmeriBar’s schedules look like. Once you’re enrolled, you have access to our full selection of study calendars for your jurisdiction.

Sample Study Calendar