When Should You Start Studying for the July Bar Exam?

Start Studying
The bar exam is a little over three months away. If you are signed up for the July exam, you’re probably wondering when you should start studying.

So how do you determine when you should start studying? The short answer is that there is no predetermined amount of time. As each student is a unique individual, so is the length of study time. Most students can benefit from 6-8 weeks of full-time study for the exam. This is good news for you because we are quickly approaching that time frame.

So how do you know if you should study longer than that generally prescribed period?  You should consider these things.

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If the answer is yes, then you should probably start sooner. You will get burned out and extremely exhausted if you try to work full-time and study full-time concurrently. It is more doable if you are only working part-time. Students who work full-time can benefit from an extended study schedule. Full-time workers can benefit from our AmeriBar study calendars that exceed the typical 60-day calendar. The exam is still far enough away for you determine when you want to begin. If your target is studying 8-12 weeks, then you still have time before you should begin.

If the answer is no, then 6-8 weeks is probably ample time.

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If the answer is yes, then you may want to start earlier than 6-8 weeks out so that you don’t have to spend a significant amount of time studying over your holiday. Plus, the likelihood of you committing a great amount of time to studying on your vacation is low. If you don’t account for this in your study schedule, you’re probably putting yourself at a disadvantage. Again, building this time off into one of our AmeriBar sample study schedules will vastly improve your chances of staying on schedule and passing the bar exam.

If the answer is no, then 6-8 weeks is probably ample time.

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If the answer is no, then you may want to study earlier.

If the answer is yes but you’re working full-time, see the first question in this list.

If the answer is yes and you can study full-time, then you probably don’t need to spend more than 8 weeks studying. Of course, if you had any issues in law school or you feel that you need to study longer, then do so. If you haven’t already chosen your bar course provider, try out our AmeriBar no obligation free trial. We think you will enjoy our program.

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If the answer is yes, then you may want to study earlier.

If the answer is no, then 6-8 weeks is probably ample time.

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If you are very comfortable with the law, then 6-8 weeks is plenty of time for you to study.

If you struggle with one or more areas of the law, then you may want to start studying earlier. You may also consider tutoring in addition to increasing your study time. If you’re interested in AmeriBar tutoring, be sure to let us know.

Again, you know your strengths and weaknesses better than anyone else. You should start studying when you feel comfortable, but keep in mind that we do not recommend studying any fewer than six weeks for the bar exam. If you have any questions for us, feel free to give us a call at 800-529-2651.


Free Bar Exam Score Report Analysis

Free Score Analysis

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Bar exam scores have been trickling in for over a month now. As they continue to roll in for the next month, many bar exam retakers will benefit from a score analysis before preparing for the next administration of the bar exam.

By examining your past scores, you’ll be able to pinpoint your trouble areas and determine where to focus your studying efforts for the next exam.  We would like to extend this courtesy to you for no charge. If you’d like to set up a free score report analysis with one of our experts, please email your score report to support@ameribar.com, or upload your score here.

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AmeriBar’s 5 Rules You Need to Know for the MBE

MBE Rules You Need to Know
If you’re sitting for the bar exam this July, your mind is probably spinning with all of the rules of law that you need to know. One advantage of AmeriBar’s materials is that we utilize a starring system to help you pinpoint heavily tested points of law. Here are five rules that you absolutely need to know for the bar exam.

Rule 1 - Minimum Contacts

We’re sure you’ve heard the term minimum contacts in your civil procedure class. The minimum contacts rule is sure to be tested on almost every MBE.

What you should know:  The most commonly tested basis for personal jurisdiction is whether a person’s contacts with a forum state are sufficient to reasonably require the person to defend a lawsuit that is filed in a forum state.

Even if no other basis for personal jurisdiction applies, a forum state possesses personal jurisdiction over a defendant if the defendant possesses sufficient minimum contacts with the state.

International Shoe Company v. Washington provides the general rule that a person who has never been present in a state may be subject to personal jurisdiction in the state if the person possesses:

  • “Sufficient minimum contacts” with that forum state,
  • Such that requiring the person to appear and defend in a court there would not
  • “Offend traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice.”

Rule 2 - Offer and Acceptance

The fundamental contract concept of offer and acceptance will be tested on your bar exam.

What you should know: A valid contract offer exists when a reasonable person would objectively believe that an offer for a contract is open for acceptance. An offer enables an offeror to form an agreement by inviting an acceptance of the offer. An offer is an offeror’s promise to do or to refrain from doing something specific in the future.

Rule 3 - Statements Attributable to a Party-Opponent

Evidence is a subject that many people find difficult. You will almost certainly face a question testing statements made by a party opponent on your exam.

What you should know: A party-opponent is an adverse party in a lawsuit. The Federal Rules of Evidence provides that specific types of admissions of a party-opponent are not hearsay.

A party-opponent’s statement may be admitted in the lawsuit (as an admission by the party-opponent) if the statement is offered by another party against the party-opponent, and the party-opponent’s position is inconsistent with the statement.

Rule 4 - Easements

Real property is by far the most voluminous of the subjects tested on the bar exam. There are many rules to learn, but you will almost definitely encounter a question about easements.

What you should know: An easement is a limited right to access the real property of another. An easement ordinarily exists when an owner of property grants a restricted right to use or access that property to a non-owner of property. Examples of easements include driveways, walkways, and utility routes. Certain criteria, such as duration or particular purpose, may restrict the scope of use or access of an easement.

A written easement’s creation is generally subject to the Statute of Frauds. The Statute, however, does not prevent the creation of an oral easement by means of a verbal conveyance or oral agreement to convey property interests.

Rule 5 - Larceny

Almost every MBE has at least one criminal law question testing larceny.

What you should know: Larceny is the taking and carrying away of the personal property of another with the intent to steal the property. It generally involves a trespass by one person against personal property in the possession of a victim by intentionally physically taking the property, either directly or indirectly when the accused uses an item or another person to take the property. The victim does not need to own the property, but the victim must be in possession of the property. Larceny is distinguished from robbery because it does not involve the use of force.

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Which Course is Right for Me?

Picking the Right Course

One of the most popular questions that we receive from students is, “Which course is right for me?” Our bar review courses are not “one size fits all”. We can help you determine which course is best for you. If you callus, we’ll be happy to guide you to the right course. Here is an overview of all of our courses.

Our goal is to provide you with an effective course that maximizes your chance of passing the bar exam. We have course options that cater to different types of learners and students with varying budgets. All packages come with personalized service, which is available 24 hours a day via email, or 55 hours per week via telephone.

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Our basic offering is our Standard Course.  The Standard Course includes everything you need to prepare for the bar exam. It’s popular with recent graduates who don’t need assistance with essay writing and attorneys who have recently passed the bar exam in another state. It includes all the outlines you need to prepare for the MBE and written portions of the exam; over 1400 NCBE released multiple choice questions; and online access to lectures and hundreds of additional essays and over 3000 additional simulated MBE questions.  You also have access to our Essay Critique program. This package is great for anyone who needs assistance with the essay portion of the bar exam or had issues in legal writing classes in law school. It’s the course we recommend for graduating law students in the top half of the class.

The Standard Course comes with our Pass-Update guarantee. If you are not successful on the bar exam, we’ll extend your course access to the next exam period.

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Our most comprehensive package is the Personal Bar Review Course. This course is great for students who prefer one-on-one guidance from a bar exam expert. You get everything from the Standard Course, plus the iPod rental, and seven tutoring sessions. All of our tutoring is conducted via Skype or telephone so you can enroll in tutoring no matter where you are in the world. The Personal Bar Review course is right for you if:

  1. You graduated from law school more than 10 years ago and have not been practicing law;
  2. You haven’t taken a bar exam in over 15 years;
  3. You graduated in the bottom half of your law school class;
  4. You struggled in legal writing class;
  5. You are a foreign attorney; or
  6. You feel that you need extra help.

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We also offer stand-alone tutoring for repeat bar exam takers. If you’re trying to decide between the Personal Bar Review Course and bar exam tutoring, then there are a couple of considerations you should consider. If you have substantive review materials that are from a reputable provider that are no more than 18 months old (and the scope of the exam hasn’t changed), then you’ll save a significant amount of money by enrolling in stand-alone tutoring. If you have no recent substantive bar review materials, you’d be best suited for the Personal Bar Review Course because it includes tutoring and substantive materials.

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If you have any questions about our packages or our tutoring program, please call us at 800-529-2651 or email support@ameribar.com.

Is Tutoring Right for You?

Do I Need Bar Exam Tutoring?

Do I Need Bar Exam Tutoring
The next bar exam is just four months away. If you’ve been putting off taking the exam because you had prior difficulties passing it, then now is the time to consider AmeriBar tutoring.

History of Our Bar Exam Tutoring Program

Our founder, Alex Nakis, developed our tutoring program in 1999 to help students pass the bar exam. Alex found a problem with other bar review courses and developed the tutoring program to combat their weaknesses. We have been tutoring students for the past 15 years, and we have helped them successfully pass the bar exam.

Why You Should Consider Tutoring

  • We were one of the first in the business. Our company was exclusively involved in tutoring until we realized that there was a need for a better bar review program.
  • Our tutors are experienced and have been properly trained. Each AmeriBar tutor has helped hundreds of other students pass the bar exam. Many of these students are repeat exam takers who felt as if they had no chance of passing the bar. Our tutors know the nuances of the bar exam and pass this knowledge onto their students.
  • Our program is individualized. We don’t cater to the masses. We focus on you and your individual experiences. We want you to pass the bar exam, so your tutoring program is tailored to your specific needs and weaknesses. No tutoring program should be “one size fits all.”
  • Our students are our biggest supporters. We have dozens of testimonial videos from our students who will tell you that they are attorneys because they got AmeriBar bar exam tutoring.
  • We care about you. Everyone at AmeriBar wants you to pass the bar exam. That is why we want you to call or email us if you are experiencing any pitfalls in your study process. We are here to help you.

Tutoring Benefits

  • You will learn how to maximize your points on each section of the exam. Our tutors know what the bar examiners are looking for on the exam, and they will teach you how to maximize your points on the test.
  • Get the benefit of our online lectures. These are no additional cost to our tutoring students. They will help you learn how to study more effectively and efficiently, how to write an essay, among many other valuable test taking strategies and techniques.
  • Get the benefit of our online questions. There are over 2400 MBE questions and hundreds of MPT and essay questions available.
  • The biggest benefit of all: passing the bar exam!
For more information about our tutoring pricing, please give us a call at 800-529-2651 or send us an email to support@ameribar.com.

Can You Work and Study for the Bar?

Working and Studying


Law school graduation is just around the corner for some of you lucky 3Ls. In the days surrounding your law school graduation, you will feel pretty good about yourself. You just emerged on the other end of the law school vortex shiny, vibrant, and successful.  After that euphoria wears off, two things will weigh on your mind. The first being the behemoth that is the bar exam, and the second being money. The idea of student loan debt trickling in is worse than the plot of a bad horror film, but some people have to work while preparing for the bar. Bills and everyday life don’t stop for the bar exam.

When you mention that you are working and studying, you probably either get a raised eyebrow or pitying looks. Is it possible to work and study for the bar?  While it’s not impossible, it is not recommended that you study and work so that you can maximize your chances of passing and not have to repeat the whole process again. That caution being out of the way, of course you can pass if you are studying and working at the same time.

[separator headline=”h5″ title=”(1) Adjust your expectations”] Our number one advice is that you must adjust your expectations while studying for the bar and working. For many people, studying for the bar exam is their full time job after graduation. Not everyone has the luxury. So, what’s our best advice for you hard-working multi-taskers?

[separator headline=”h5″ title=”(2) Choose a bar prep provider”] We aren’t just saying this because we are in the business. It is important that you have reputable study materials. Some providers, ahem, ahem, even provide you with practice study calendars that are longer than six weeks. You need to make sure that the course will fit your schedule. Our program can be accessed at any point in your studies–a year out, six months out, etc.

[separator headline=”h5″ title=”(3) Adjust your study schedule”] You have to be mindful of when the bar exam is offered. It is only offered twice a year, in February and July, in all jurisdictions. You will probably need longer than six weeks to prepare for the exam if you are working. Some bar review providers only give their students six weeks to do all of their bar prep. We let you start when you need to start studying. We want you to be fully prepared for the exam whether that means you need six months or a year to prepare for the exam. There is no standard time frame for how long a person should prepare. Understandably, six weeks isn’t going to be enough if you are only studying 3-4 hours a day.

[separator headline=”h5″ title=”(4) Adjust your work schedule if possible”] You should try to work fewer hours if you are preparing for the exam. It’s stressful and daunting trying to juggle work and studying. If it’s not realistic to reduce your work hours for the duration of your studies, you should at least try to get some time off before the test.

Remember, it’s not impossible. It can be done, but you must adjust your expectations and your study schedule. Need help deciding on a program? We have a Part Time Bar Review program that we would be happy to discuss with you. Contact us at 800-529-2651.



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