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The Good And The Bad Of A Fall Bar Exam

The Good And The Bad Of A Fall Bar Exam

With the world in the midst of a global pandemic, unprecedented changes have occurred in all aspects of human life. Closures, delays, and cancellations have occurred in entities that were previously thought to be fixtures in our society, such as schools, universities, government offices, and even courthouses. The bar exam is no exception! For many test-takers, a fall bar exam is inevitable.

Because bar admission is administrated by the individual states, the states have a certain amount of control over the administration of the bar exam in their state. For states administering the Uniform Bar Exam, the National Conference of Bar Examiners announced on April 3, 2020 that “NCBE will make bar exam materials available for two fall administrations in 2020: September 9-10 and September 30-October 1.” Note that California is currently considering moving the exam back even further, to October 5-6.

As of this writing, most jurisdictions (31, in fact) are planning on administering a July bar exam. However, 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. See this post for a complete list of states’ bar exam dates.

 

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California Performance Test Frequency Chart

California Performance Test Frequency Chart

Here, we have a California Performance Test frequency chart! If you are wondering what has been tested on the performance test portion of the California bar exam, this should help clarify it!

Note that beginning July 2017, California changed the format of its bar exam from a three-day exam to a two-day exam. Prior to July 2017, the California Bar Exam contained two three-hour performance tests. However, since July 2017, the California Bar Exam has only contained one ninety-minute performance test. (This performance test more closely resembles the performance tests administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). Continue reading California Performance Test Frequency Chart

Memorize Black Letter Law

How To Memorize Black Letter Law For The Bar Exam

How To Memorize Black Letter Law For The Bar Exam

Memorizing black letter law is a critical component of bar exam preparation.  The bar exam, after all, tests many subjects—each with their own concepts and detailed legal rules.  For example, the UBE has the potential to test 16 different subjects. Likewise, the Michigan bar exam has the potential to test 24 subjects.  If you don’t have a firm grasp of the countless legal rules within those subjects, you won’t be able to confidently attack questions on the MBE and essay portion.  And you need confidence on the bar exam!

Despite the importance of memorizing black letter law, many commercial bar prep companies dedicate little, if any, time to the task.  What’s more, these companies often recommend that students read outlines repeatedly as a way of learning and memorizing the law—a fairly inefficient process.  In this post, we’ll explain how to effectively memorize black letter law for the bar exam.

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MPT Review Tasks

5 MPT Review Tasks If You Failed The Bar Exam

5 MPT Review Tasks If You Failed The Bar Exam

While studying for the bar, many students underestimate the MPT. People mistakenly believe it is an easy assignment because the laws and cases are prepared. However, if the MPT is not given the respect it deserves when studying, students will tank this portion of the exam along with their hopes of passing the bar.

If you failed the MPT, use these 5 MPT review tasks to better understand why you didn’t excel and better prepare for the next exam!

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February 2020 Uniform Bar Exam Recap | JD Advising

February 2020 Uniform Bar Exam Recap | JD Advising

In our blog post, we give you a recap of the February 2020 Uniform Bar Exam, including what was tested on the February 2020 Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) and the February 2020 Multistate Performance Test (MPT).

Note that we had to delay in posting this until NCBE answers were released in June, given that the NCBE now restricts any of its licensees from discussing the exam until official answers are released. We hope you did not mind the delay in posting this. Please read the full recap below!
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Mental health questions removed from the Michigan Bar Exam application

Mental health questions removed from the Michigan Bar Exam application

Mental health questions removed from the Michigan Bar Exam application

February 2021 Michigan bar applicants will not see a question asking about mental health on their Michigan Bar Exam application. This comes from an order issued by the Michigan Supreme Court in March 2020.

In this post, we cover the order and what this means for those submitting a Michigan Bar Exam application.

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Identical triplet sisters discuss how to stay safe studying for the bar exam during the coronavirus pandemic

Identical triplet sisters discuss how to stay safe studying for the bar exam during the coronavirus pandemic

JD Advising founder interviews her two identical triplet sister doctors on how to stay safe studying for the bar exam during the coronavirus pandemic in a brief three-part series that takes less than 15 minutes to watch in total. Continue reading Identical triplet sisters discuss how to stay safe studying for the bar exam during the coronavirus pandemic

MPT Practice

How Much MPT Practice Do I Need To Complete?

How Much MPT Practice Do I Need To Complete?

The MPT is often overlooked and discounted as “easy” because it is a “closed universe.” Students know they receive the cases and laws so there is nothing they need to memorize prior to taking this portion of the exam. Unfortunately, this mindset causes many students to skip studying for the MPT, losing out on crucial points. The best aspect of the MPT is that students who practice can drastically increase their scores for the section, thus the overall exam.

Follow these four tips to determine how much MPT practice you need!

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Low MBE Score

How To Quickly Improve A Low MBE Score

How To Quickly Improve A Low MBE Score

The MBE is a major component of every bar exam. It takes a lot of work to succeed in this portion of the exam. The MBE requires you to quickly identify a subject matter and nuanced rules within that topic before applying them to the scenario provided. If you’re struggling with MBE practice, you’re not alone. In this post, we give you tips on how to quickly improve a low MBE score. Read further to see our insight into how to improve!

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