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What to Do the Week Before the Bar Exam (And What NOT to do…)

This is the final week of studying for the bar exam!  Your priorities this week should be reviewing (and memorizing the law you do not yet know), taking some timed exams, and also physically and mentally preparing for the bar exam in another week.

Below we suggest some things you should do the week before the bar exam – we also have some suggestions for what you should not do the week before the bar exam! We hope that these checklists help you maximize the use of your time this final week of bar exam preparation.  Continue reading What to Do the Week Before the Bar Exam (And What NOT to do…)

Michigan Bar Exam Tip: Conclusions Matter!

score higherLet’s say you were taking the July 2014 Michigan bar exam. And let’s say you were answering the Wills question. The first issue was about whether you could recognize a valid holographic will. The second issue was about the effect of stock increases on a bequest. The third issue was about whether a general directive to pay debts would have the effect of paying off the testator’s mortgage debt.  Continue reading Michigan Bar Exam Tip: Conclusions Matter!

Looking for a California Bar Exam Tutor?

Multiple choice questions on law school examsThe California bar exam is one of the hardest bar exams to pass. It is a grueling three-day test with a 40 percent overall passage rate (as of February 2015). It has two days of essays and MPTs and one day of the MBE. It tests several different subject areas, including a variety of areas for which you will be expected to know California-specific laws.

Whether you have some last-minute questions or are looking for a full, all-out review of the California bar exam subject areas, please do not hesitate to contact us! We have fantastic California bar exam tutors that will help you with not only California law but also the MPT and MBE.  We will work with your schedule and your budget − whether you meet us one time or twenty times, we will accommodate you the best we can and do our very best to maximize your chances of passing the California bar exam.    Continue reading Looking for a California Bar Exam Tutor?

The Michigan Bar Exam Seminar is in One Week!

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Wondering how to spend your last few weeks of bar preparation in order to maximize your chance of success? Sign up for our Michigan Bar Exam seminar. The seminar consists of an in-depth review of the highly-tested Michigan distinctions for the multistate subjects (Constitutional Law, Contracts and Sales, Torts, Civil Procedure, Evidence, Criminal Law and Procedure, Real Property) as well as the highly-tested areas of Michigan law that are very likely to be tested again (this will cover highly-tested portions of all remaining areas of Michigan law that could be tested – Secured Transactions, Corporations, Workers’ Compensation, Personal Property, Domestic Relations, Agency, Partnership, Conflicts of Law, etc. ).  An outline “booklet” of approximately 50 pages will be provided to all students who attend. Continue reading The Michigan Bar Exam Seminar is in One Week!

Studying for the Bar Exam while Working Full Time? Read these tips!

student-849828_640Studying for the bar exam is grueling enough. If you have to work too, that makes studying even harder!

However, it is not impossible to study for the bar exam and work full time. We have several successful students who study for the bar exam while working full time each and every administration . . . you are not alone!

If you are studying for the bar exam and working, we generally recommend that you take as much time off as possible − however we recognize that it is not always possible to take a significant amount of time off of work to study. If you are looking for some tips for studying for the bar exam while working full time, read the tips below. These tips have helped several of our students (and in fact, many of them came from our successful students who study and work full time!). Continue reading Studying for the Bar Exam while Working Full Time? Read these tips!

Michigan Bar Exam Predictions – Make Your Own!

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Our New Book, How to Pass the Michigan Bar Exam

We are the first to admit that we have a little bit of an unhealthy obsession with the bar exam — particularly the Michigan bar exam. One thing that we do (in the little free time we have during bar exam season) is make predictions on what will be on the Michigan Bar Exam.  When we first started making predictions, we were not very good at accurately predicting what would be on the bar exam. However, now we are consistently correct on approximately 1/3 of the issues that are tested.

For example, we were right about many issues that were on the last two bar exams.

Specifically, we accurately predicted many of the issues on the July 2014 Michigan bar exam including: Continue reading Michigan Bar Exam Predictions – Make Your Own!

Taking the Michigan Bar Exam? Leave your Watch at Home.

Hourglass photo The Michigan Board of Law Examiners updated their security policy to disallow watches in the testing center. The news release explains that “[d]ue to evolving security concerns, the Michigan Board of Law Examiners will no longer allow watches or timepieces of any kind in the Michigan bar examination. Watches and timepieces have been added to the prohibited list of items.  Clocks will be placed throughout the examination site so that everyone taking the examination can readily tell the time.”

We were saddened to hear of the update (and we are not really sure what the security concerns are?) because we usually highly recommend that Michigan bar exam students set a watch to 12:00 to more accurately keep track of their timing.  Now we recommend that Michigan bar exam takers get used to keeping track of their timing by using a clock when they practice, rather than a watch.  Continue reading Taking the Michigan Bar Exam? Leave your Watch at Home.

How Many MBE Questions Should I Answer Every Day?

bar examMany students wonder how many multistate bar exam (MBE) questions they should answer each day. Some students answer hundreds of MBE questions a week. Others answer only a few MBE questions each day.

The best approach is somewhere in between. This “in between” approach is the approach that I used when I studied for the February 2011 bar exam — and I was fortunate to score over 180 on the multistate portion with over an hour to spare on each section.

This post will explain the best schedule for answering MBE questions.  Continue reading How Many MBE Questions Should I Answer Every Day?

What should My Michigan Bar Exam Essay Writing Schedule Look Like?

book pictureMany students ask us what a good Michigan bar exam essay writing schedule looks like. Some students wonder if completing one essay per day is enough. Other students try to complete several essays each day. We recommend an approach that makes essay-writing a consistent part of your schedule, and yet one that keeps it manageable. We also recommend that your Michigan bar exam essay writing schedule includes several timed essay exams.

The below recommended schedule is an excerpt from our new book, How to Pass the Michigan Bar Exam.

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Should my essay answer look just like the Michigan bar exam model answer?

book pictureMany students get nervous when they start comparing their relatively short and sparse essay answers to the lengthy and detailed Michigan bar exam model answers that are promulgated by the Board of Law Examiners.

At least once a week, someone asks us, “Should my essay answer look just like the Michigan bar exam model answer? “

The short answer is no.  Your answer will not generally be as lengthy as the Michigan bar exam model answer. It will not generally include citations, case names, or rule numbers.

In fact, the “Michigan bar exam model answer” is not even called a model answer by the Board of Law Examiner’s (the entity that writes the questions and the answers). Rather, it is called an Examiner’s Analysis.   Continue reading Should my essay answer look just like the Michigan bar exam model answer?

How to Study Smart for the Essay Portion of the Michigan Bar Exam

book pictureThis blog post consists of an excerpt from our new book, How to Pass the Michigan Bar Exam.

In this blog post we’ll focus on how to study smart for the Michigan bar exam and focus on the essay portion. In order to study smart for the essay portion of the Michigan bar exam, the first thing you have to do is review the substantive law of each subject before attempting to answer essay questions on that subjectIt is crucial that you are familiar with the relevant area of law before you attempt to answer a question on it. If you do not feel very comfortable with the substantive law, you will answer questions incorrectly, get frustrated, and feel stressed out! Conversely, if you review the substantive law before attempting to answer questions, you will fee more confident.  

Continue reading How to Study Smart for the Essay Portion of the Michigan Bar Exam

For Those Who Pass the Michigan Bar Exam: How to Design a Your Perfect Michigan Bar Exam Swearing-In Ceremony

A picture of the Macomb County Swearing In Ceremony.

A picture of the Macomb County Swearing In Ceremony.

First of all, congratulations on passing the Michigan bar exam!

Your final step to becoming a lawyer eligible to practice law is a swearing-in ceremony. A swearing-in ceremony basically marks the transition from law student to lawyer (although you will not be able to practice right away – you still have to wait for your P number, which usually takes about a week to get!). If you are completely unfamiliar with what a swearing-in ceremony is, read this blog post on the basics of a Michigan bar exam swearing-in ceremony. Continue reading For Those Who Pass the Michigan Bar Exam: How to Design a Your Perfect Michigan Bar Exam Swearing-In Ceremony

Michigan Bar Exam Appeals: How to Figure Out the Amount of Points you Need to Pass

Michigan Bar Exam AppealAre you considering writing a Michigan bar exam appeal? Are you wondering whether it is worth it to appeal your Michigan bar exam score?

A big factor in making the decision to appeal is to figure out how many points you actually need to write a successful Michigan bar exam appeal.  With the new scoring method (which looks like they are just adding 32 or 33 points to everyone’s raw essay score to get the scaled essay score, at least this February 2015 round), it is even harder to figure out how many points are needed to write a successful appeal.  Continue reading Michigan Bar Exam Appeals: How to Figure Out the Amount of Points you Need to Pass

February 2015 Michigan Bar Exam Results have been Released!

February 2015 Michigan bar exam results have been posted by seat number on the Michigan Board of Law Examiner’s website online.

It appears as though all of the numbers of those who passed the exam are posted (including those who have not passed the MPRE or have not received a character and fitness clearance. We could be wrong since the language isn’t exactly clear, but last July this is what the Board of Law Examiner’s did!)

Official results of the February 2015 Michigan bar exam have been mailed and applicants should expect to receive them in a few days – probably by Friday or Saturday. We always recommend that you wait until you receive official results before publicly announcing whether you passed or failed!  So far as we know, Michigan has always accurately posted seat numbers, but it is wiser to wait since posting by seat number is relatively new! (The first time they posted by seat number was last February so this is their third time posting my seat number!) Continue reading February 2015 Michigan Bar Exam Results have been Released!