Which States are Delaying the July 2020 Bar Exam and Offering a Fall Bar Exam Instead?
Which states are delaying the July 2020 bar exam and offering a fall bar exam instead? As noted in prior posts, the NCBE has decided to administer a fall bar exam. States have until May 5 to determine whether they wish to administer a July bar exam or delay it (likely about two months) until the Fall. At that time, the NCBE will decide whether it will administer both a July bar exam and a fall bar exam or whether it will only administer a fall bar exam (assuming there is not enough interest in a July bar exam). The questions will be different if both exams are administered.
New: check out this post on where to take the bar exam in 2020!
Update 6/29/20: 60% of states have changed their July 2020 bar exam in some way.
Update 6/14/20: Most jurisdictions (31, in fact) are planning on administering a July bar exam (with the vast majority of jurisdictions administering the exam in-person). However, in total, these states represented only 37.3% of July 2019 bar takers. Many of the states with the largest number of bar exam takers in July 2019 (California, District of Columbia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, among others) have decided instead to administer a fall bar exam. You can see a breakdown of which states are offering a July v. Fall bar exam option below.
UPDATE 6/1/20: The NCBE is offering a limited MBE, MEE, MPT exam online on October 5-6 for jurisdictions to use as an “emergency option” if the July or fall exams cannot be administered. This exam would be completely remote. It would not constitute a full bar exam; it would be shorter than the traditional bar exam. Further, any score would not be eligible to be transferred as a UBE or MBE score to other jurisdictions or released to candidates via NCBE score services. Scores will not be equated or scaled as a traditional standard full-length pen-and-paper bar exam would be.
UPDATE 5/5/20: the NCBE states on its website that it will make materials available for a July exam AND both September exams, and it is up to the states to choose an administration or even multiple.
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Does The Illinois Bar Exam Test Illinois Law?
Many of our blog’s readers are from Illinois and often ask, “does the Illinois bar exam test Illinois law?” It’s a common question, in part, because many states do test state law. However, state exams vary from one another and year to year. In this post, we cover whether the Illinois Bar Exam covers Illinois law and other important things you need to know to prepare for the Illinois Bar Exam.
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JD Advising students are 33% more likely to pass the bar exam!
You can see from our graphic below that JD Advising course students pass the Michigan bar exam at a higher rate than non-JD Advising students across the board!
We have calculated the passage rate of non-JD Advising students based on data released by the Michigan Board of Law Examiners and then examined our own pass rates. We included both first-time and repeat bar exam course takers in this calculation. We boasted very high pass rates for the July 2019 bar exam as well so we are thrilled to see that our students continue to perform well and pass the Michigan bar exam at high numbers!
Note: The below chart includes ALL first-time and repeat takers who were enrolled in a JD Advising bar review course for the February 2020 administration. (It does not include students who enrolled in a supplemental program such as a seminar or students who were not enrolled in a February 2020 JD Advising course. We rely on self-reported student data.) Continue reading JD Advising students are 33% more likely to pass the bar exam!
Three Reasons You Need MBE Practice Questions
Studying for the bar exam is a big endeavor. The bar exam has multiple parts and covers many subjects. You may feel tempted to just focus on studying legal concepts through lectures, outlines, and flashcards. You may also find yourself just practicing the essay questions. While these are good steps to take, it’s also important to practice questions for the Multistate Bar Exam, or MBE. The MBE is composed of 200 multiple-choice questions. You will have six hours to take the entire test; three hours in the morning for 100 questions and three hours in the afternoon for another 100 questions. The MBE is a completely different beast from your law school exams and the LSAT. In this post, we’ll discuss three reasons why you need to MBE practice questions for the bar exam.
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Where Should l Stay For The Bar Exam?
When planning for the bar exam, you have multiple important decisions to make. How will you put together a study schedule? How will you make sure to exercise self-care to avoid burnout? How will you celebrate after the bar exam is over? But one major decision that can be overlooked is where to stay for the bar exam. Since the exam spans multiple days, you need to plan where you will stay the night of the first day (and possibly multiple days, depending on your jurisdiction). You also may need to find lodging the night before the first day, if you are taking the bar exam in a location far from home.
In this blog post, we will cover some common options for where to stay for the bar exam, and things to consider in making your decision.
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Five California Bar Exam Tips For Foreign-Trained Lawyers
Many examinees for whom English is not their first language have difficulty with the written portion of the California Bar Exam. In this post, we discuss some tips to alleviate the challenges the written portion poses to foreign-trained lawyers and non-native English speakers.
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When will the October 2020 Washington D.C. Bar Exam results be released?
Washington D.C. Bar Exam results are usually released around mid-to-end of October. However, this year, the exam is being administered on October 5-6, 2020, and ONLINE only. So, we have no basis for this prediction, as this is uncharted territory! You can read more about D.C.’s bar exam changes here. Thus, it is unclear when the October 2020 Washington D.C. Bar Exam results will be released, but we have a guess!.
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Highly Tested Michigan Bar Exam Topics
Study Smart for the Michigan Bar Exam!
Here, we cover the highly tested Michigan bar exam topics! We tell you what you are MOST likely to see tested on your exam so you can study smart for the Michigan bar exam! Continue reading Highly Tested Michigan Bar Exam Topics | Study Smart for the Michigan Bar Exam!
How Many Correct MBE Questions Do I Need To Pass?
In this post, we cover how many correct MBE questions you need to pass. Read further to see what you need to hit to give yourself the best chance to pass!
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How Do I Know I Am Prepared For The Bar Exam?
While it is impossible to guarantee you pass the bar exam, there are some predictors that can help indicate whether you are suitably prepared for the bar exam. We discuss some of those predictors in this post!
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Preview our JD Advising On Demand Course!
If you are wondering if our On Demand bar exam course is right for you, check out our brief On Demand course preview.
In our preview, we have:
- A brief sample video lecture
- A sample outline
- Sample MBE questions
- Sample essay grading
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Write better, faster Michigan bar exam essays with this approach!
If you need a good Michigan bar exam essay approach, you are not alone. Many students struggle with how to approach Michigan bar exam essay questions. Some students write law school essays in response to bar exam essay questions and then miss out on a lot of potential points! Others do not closely answer the questions posed and also miss out on points even if they know the law!
Here we tell you how to write better, faster Michigan bar exam essay answers. These tips come from a top scorer on the Michigan bar exam (184 on the essay portion). We read hundreds of Michigan bar exam essays each administration and have consistently written the highest number of successful Michigan bar exam appeals in recent years. Here is what we have found. Continue reading Write better, faster Michigan bar exam essays with this approach!
MPT Practice: 5 Tips For Maximizing Your MPT Prep
Students frequently fail to take the Multistate Performance Test seriously. Students make this assumption because the test has fictitious case law and statutes. While it is true that the MPT library contains all the relevant law for the question, the MPT can be challenging. It requires the student to read applicable and inapplicable case law and other documents. Then, the student must synthesize all the relevant information into a coherent written analysis of the question presented. This is no small feat! The MPT score can make up a sizeable proportion of the overall bar exam score, and this should motivate students to put some effort into preparing for the MPT.
In this post, we will discuss how to study for the MPT and how to maximize your MPT practice.
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July/September/October 2020 Bar Exam Results Release Dates by State
Wondering when the July/September/October 2020 bar exam results will be released in your state? In this post, we tell you:
- When examinees find out their bar exam results;
- How examinees find out their bar exam results;
- Statistics and Pass lists for the bar exam;
- A passing score for the bar exam;
- Whether you will see your bar exam score;
- Whether your bar exam will be regraded or whether there is an appeals process; and
- Where you can find more information about the bar exam.
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Why Avoid Outdated MBE Practice Questions
In this post, we cover why using outdated MBE practice questions can do more harm than good during your prep. Read further to see why you should avoid these types of questions at all costs!
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