I am fully aware that I might be insane. I have had to decline too many opportunities to help potential clients in California, and since they shortened the bar exam from three days to two only one day for attorneys practicing for the last four yearsI decided to take the plunge. Taking the Arizona bar exam right after law school, when I had no obligations outside of studying, was challenging enough. This time, I reached out to colleagues who passed a second bar exam while they were working to ask for advice on braving the gauntlet again.
Reserve Room KF B56 - Read the chapter on Legal Writing Style for ways to connect important ideas with effective sentence structure. The chapter on grammar outlines common problems of redundancies, sentence fragments and improper punctuation. The problem words section is especially useful to avoid common mistakes easily made when writing under strict time limitations.
D37 - According to this author, the bar exam is a practical exam that requires a practical approach.
The chapter on bar exam essays outlines proven strategies for using IRAC to produce a successful essay. Useful sections in this chapter include emergency measures when the writer freezes or is ignorant of the rule of law, along with a useful essay writing checklist.
G35 - This work explains how to successfully approach bar exam essay questions by constructing Model Paragraphs and Key Outlines for each answer, and provides 80 sample essay questions and answers. The 3rd edition also includes an appendix on How to Do Legal Analysis. Third Floor Stacks KF H36 - The author believes practical strategies for dealing with all aspects of the bar exam will give the test taker an edge.
Those who have a fear of writing should read pages 37 through 41 on reading, writing, and outlining strategies for the essay portion of the exam. L37 - Legal writing is a branch of technical writing guided by its own set of rules and priorities.
LeClercq provides the reader with crisp how-to guidance to make the written essay more readable. The advice is divided into chapters covering organization, sentence structure, word choice, and punctuation.
Examples of both good and bad writing are included, along with brief exercises to strengthen composition skills. The answers to the exercises are included in the appendix. R54 - This book walks the reader through the entire bar exam process, from deciding to take the examination, through the application and preparation process, to tips on taking the test.
Part Four, in particular, discusses how to prepare using Expert Study Strategies. Each chapter concludes with a set of reflection questions and exercises to help the reader process the information, and plenty of checklists are provided to keep track and gauge progress.
S77 - Tips on Exam Preparation walks the reader through the process of problem solving. What to Do During an Essay Examination offers a five step strategy for organizing and writing the essay answer.
A sample contracts question and answer illustrates the process of issue spotting, organizing the issues, and writing a successful answer.
Reserve Room KFO The introduction warns that the answers are an illustration of above average performance and are not necessarily complete or correct in all aspects. T46 - The author of this book advocates the use of "mind maps" to create visual connections between related concepts as a powerful tool for learning and retaining what one needs to pass every type of bar exam.
This book includes substantive outlines and examples of mind maps for every topic covered by the Multistate Bar Exam and the Multistate Essay Exam, as well as practice questions in all three formats:Includes essay writing guides, sample questions and answers, exam writing tips, and a supplementary CD with lectures and advice.
Available in the Law Library Reserve Room. Older editions are available in the Law Library stacks. Bar Exam Boot Camp.
This program is funded by the Hausman Fund. It provides participants with instruction on how to improve performance on writing bar exam essay answers and monitors their performance on weekly essay and multiple choice practice questions.
Seven California Bar Exam Essay Tips: The California Bar Exam is three days long. The written portion, which consists of six subject essays and two Multistate Performance Tests, is worth 65 percent of the overall score.
On the morning of the first and third days, you will have three essay questions to answer. You have an hour to answer each essay.
Avenne McBride is a Bar Exam Tutor for Bar Exam Toolbox. After graduating University of San Francisco Law School and passing the California Bar, Avenne jumped right into a litigation job, practicing plaintiff’s personal injury law and was thrilled to get right into the courtroom.
People keep asking for advice on how to prepare for the bar exam, so I thought it might be useful to write about how I studied for the bar.
Naturally, I can’t necessarily recommend that you prepare in the same way, but I’ll tell you what I was thinking, and how it seemed to work out. When it comes to responding to the bar exam essay questions, my colleagues reminded me that bar exam essays are not like the legal writing we do for clients or the court.
“Remember the bar exam is not like real law practice, it’s a test of very specific skills,” said New York solo practitioner Havona Madama (N.Y. , Ill. , Calif.