We have been talking with students since the bar exam results have come out. The questions we’ve been asked more frequently is “what should I do if I was unsuccessful on the bar exam?”
First, you can pass the bar exam in July 2015. Get right back up and say, “I will pass in July 2015.”
The MBE scores have taken a hit lately. Many of the student inquiries to The MBE Testing Institute nationwide, who were 2x and 3x time bar takes, indicated to us that their MBE scores dropped an average of 5 to 8 points, and in some cases 12 to 15 points. To our knowledge, this has never happened in recent MBE times. So what was the cause and effect?
The MBE is going through several small reconstructions. There are longer fact patterns, single questions, fact based answers, less scale points, not revealing students’ raw scores, and, now, an additional tested subject, Federal Civil Procedure, which is a cross-over subject. These facts contributed to the lower MBE scores as well as the over-all lower bar pass rate nationwide.
Do not repeat the same class, study plan or approach you used the last time. It did not work. Coming close on the bar is good only in horse shoes. One size does not fit all. Hard work and having a study plan and study strategy will pay off. Say to yourself, “I will be a lawyer.”
You want to get the bar exam behind you and start your new life as a lawyer. Don’t dither or waste time with the “what ifs”. Stay focused and true to your goal to pass.
Obtaining an MBE Testing Institute bar exam tutor will help you pass. Many students who are repeat bar takers need a bar exam coach to help them improve their analytical skills so they can properly navigate through the MBE. This structured, personalized program is the key to passing the bar for repeat takers.