Bar Exam Packing List

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Are you traveling somewhere for the bar exam? Wondering what to put on your bar exam packing list?

In this post, we talk about what many students put on their bar exam packing list.

You should always check with your jurisdiction to see what is permitted and what is prohibited. However, this is a nice general bar exam packing list to review prior to traveling to the bar exam to make sure that you do not forget anything important. (If we forgot anything, by the way, please email us or put any suggestions in the comments below!)

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How to Write a Michigan Bar Exam Appeal

IMG_3897Wondering how to write a Michigan bar exam appeal? Thinking of writing it yourself rather than hiring someone to write it for you? This post details tips for how to write a Michigan bar exam appeal. Note that this post does not include detailed instructions such as who to send it to, how many copies of it you need to send, or any deadlines. This logistical information should be given to you when you request your answers from the Michigan Board of Law Examiners. Continue reading How to Write a Michigan Bar Exam Appeal

Should I Appeal my Michigan Bar Exam Score?

Should I appeal my Michigan bar exam score?With Michigan bar exam results coming out soon, we thought this was an appropriate time to start a series on appealing Michigan bar exam scores. Many students  who have failed the bar exam by just a few points have asked us, “Should I appeal my Michigan bar exam score?” The answer is different for each student and depends on a variety of factors which will be discussed in this post and the posts to follow.

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Changes to the Bar Exam in 2015

The National Conference of Bar Examiners has announced that there will be changes to the bar exam in 2015. The multistate bar exam will test Civil Procedure. The multistate essay exam will use the same Civil Procedure outline that is used for the multistate bar exam in 2015. Additionally, Negotiable Instruments will no longer be tested on the multistate essay exam. This post provides further detail about these changes. Continue reading Changes to the Bar Exam in 2015

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How Our Bar Exam Prep Course Benefits First-Time Bar Exam Takers

How First-Time Takers Benefit From Our Bar Exam Prep Course

We tutor mostly repeat bar exam takers – that is, we primarily assist those who have already taken (and failed) the bar exam once, twice, three times, or more.  However, we always tutor a handful of first-time takers every bar exam administration, and we have found that they also find our bar exam prep course extremely helpful.

This latest testimonial from one of our students who passed the July 2014 exam on her first try highlights exactly how we help first time takers:   Continue reading How Our Bar Exam Prep Course Benefits First-Time Bar Exam Takers

Overview of the Michigan Bar Exam

bar examThe Michigan bar exam is administered twice a year (the last Tuesday and Wednesday in February and July) in Lansing, Michigan. On the first day you will be required to answer 15 essay questions. On the second day of the Michigan bar exam, you will be required to answer 200 multiple choice questions. The following post provides an overview of the Michigan bar exam, including who writes it, who grades it, and how grades are determined.

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Bar Exam Checklist – It’s February!!

write-593333_640The February 2014 bar exam is rapidly approaching. Here is a list of things you should make sure that you do in February before you take the bar exam.

February Bar Exam Checklist: 

  • Complete at least one full “essay day” where you simulate exam conditions as closely as you can.  If possible, do a half-day of essays at least once early on in February and then a full day of essays closer to the bar exam. This will help you build up your stamina. It will also alert you to any changes you need to make before the bar exam – for example, if the pens you are using to write your essays are awful or if you just can’t get used to the keyboard on your laptop, at least you will find out sooner rather than later. For more tips on how to improve your bar exam essay score, click here.  Continue reading Bar Exam Checklist – It’s February!!

How to Attack Civil Procedure on the MBE

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This post was updated on January 27, 2018.

Civil Procedure is being added to the Multistate Bar exam starting February 2015. This means that out of 200 questions, there will be 27 graded Civil Procedure questions on the multistate bar exam.

How do you prepare for Civil Procedure on the MBE?

Step One: Learn The Law You Need to Know by Studying Smart. 

We know you have seven MBE subjects to prepare for. It is simply not realistic for you to learn every nuance of every law. So instead of trying to memorize every detail,  focus  your studies on the most highly-tested areas of law

How do you know what is most highly-tested?The National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), which is responsible for writing the exam, gives some guidance as to what you should expect. For example, the NCBE reveals that “Approximately two-thirds of the Civil Procedure questions on the MBE will be based on categories I, III, and V,” in the subject matter outline that it posts –  “and approximately one-third will be based on the remaining categories II, IV, VI, and VII.” Continue reading How to Attack Civil Procedure on the MBE

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What is the Uniform Bar Exam Like… And Why Should I Care?

What is the Uniform Bar Exam Like… And Why Should I Care?

The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) has been adopted by several states and continues to gain popularity. New York even adopted the UBE. With such a major state adopting the UBE, some predict that in the future every state will adopt a version of the Uniform Bar Exam. That is why, if you’re just beginning or attending law school, it is important to have an understanding of what the UBE is.

The Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) is composed of the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), two Multistate Performance Tests (MPTs), and the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE). It is prepared by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. A description of the three parts of the exam is as follows:  Continue reading What is the Uniform Bar Exam Like… And Why Should I Care?

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Do I Need a Bar Exam Tutor to Pass the Bar Exam?

Do I need a bar exam tutor to pass the bar exam?

Not everybody needs a tutor to pass the bar exam. Not even everybody that has failed the bar exam in the past needs a  tutor to pass the bar exam (although they are more likely to benefit from a  bar exam tutor).

In this post, we briefly discuss some of the benefits of having a bar exam tutor as well as our general recommendation regarding which factors to consider when deciding whether to retain a tutor for the bar exam. Note that we always make evaluations on a case-by-case basis when students come to us and ask if they need tutoring (and we encourage you to contact us if you are unsure!). However, the factors below should give you a general idea of how likely you are to benefit from a bar exam tutor. Before we discuss the factors to consider, we’ll list the benefits of having a bar exam tutor. Continue reading Do I Need a Bar Exam Tutor to Pass the Bar Exam?

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I failed the bar exam. When should I start studying for the next bar exam?

If you failed the bar exam, you may be wondering when you should start gearing up for the next exam. Some students want to start studying the day they find out they failed the bar exam. Others start when traditional bar preparation courses start (late December or early January).

We suggest you start studying sooner rather than later.

In this post, we will talk about a good timeline for those that fail the bar exam. This post is tailored to those who just failed the July 2014 bar exam.

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Should I Write my Own Michigan Bar Exam Appeal – or Have Someone Write it on My Behalf?

Michigan Bar Exam AppealBefore you ask the question of whether you should write your own appeal or have someone write it for you, you should ask the question: Should I appeal my bar exam score?  If you arrive at the conclusion “yes” then you have to decide whether you want to hire someone to write it for you or whether you want to write it yourself.

This question, “Should I write my own Michigan bar exam appeal” does not have one right answer.  In fact, to answer this question, you will need to ask yourself a few more questions, listed below. Continue reading Should I Write my Own Michigan Bar Exam Appeal – or Have Someone Write it on My Behalf?

July 2014 Michigan Bar Exam Results Have Been Released

Important announcement: July 2014 Michigan Bar Exam results have been released. Those who passed the Michigan bar exam are now listed by seat number on the Michigan Board of Law Examiners website.

Official results of the July 2014 Michigan bar exam have been mailed and applicants can expect to receive those results in a couple of days.  We generally recommend that you wait until you get your official results before you publicly announce whether you passed or failed. So tell your mom , dad, and significant other or whoever, but perhaps wait until you have your official results in your hand before posting it on Facebook or telling the world otherwise. There has been no problem in Michigan that we know of (either now or in the past) in terms of accuracy of posting results, but it is probably the wiser route just in case. Posting by seat number is new.  Continue reading July 2014 Michigan Bar Exam Results Have Been Released

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My New Favorite Way to Monitor the Board of Law Examiner’s Website

If you are the kind of person that cannot sit back and relax and feels the need to constantly hit the “refresh” button on the Michigan Board of Law Examiner’s website – join the club. However, you may also find it getting in the way of your productivity or simply get sick of it.

So if you want to try a new method to monitor the Board of Law Examiner’s website: you might want to try this neat little tool called “page monitor” that I have just started using to monitor the Board of Law Examiner’s website (Note: The link will go to the chrome page monitor but you can find one for most browsers – just Google “page monitor”).

The page monitor is free and it takes five seconds to install. Simply click “Monitor this page” on the Michigan Board of Law Examiner’s website and then go to your settings and ask it to check back to the page every five seconds. I made it “chime” so that a chime goes off whenever changes are made. (Note: some page monitors only check pages once a day or once every couple hours – so make sure you get one that can check the page frequently!).  Continue reading My New Favorite Way to Monitor the Board of Law Examiner’s Website

A Description of Swearing-In Ceremonies in Michigan for those who Pass the Bar Exam

A picture of the Macomb County Swearing In Ceremony.

A picture of the Macomb County Swearing In Ceremony.

A Description of Swearing-In Ceremonies in Michigan for those who Pass the Bar Exam

To be admitted to practice law in the state of Michigan, after you pass the bar exam, you will need to attend a “swearing-in” ceremony. You may attend the swearing-in ceremony in any county. It doesn’t make a difference in terms of where you can practice law. Some counties offer different programs or advantages than others, but most students choose which swearing-in ceremony they are going to attend based on location and convenience.  Continue reading A Description of Swearing-In Ceremonies in Michigan for those who Pass the Bar Exam