The February 2016 Bar Exam: Answer Every Question on the MBE

Some questions on the MBE will stump you. You look at the call of the question, the fact pattern and the answer choices and you have eliminated at least half the answer question. But you are now stuck between two answers and you can’t decide which answer is the right one.

With the limited amount of time you have to answer every question, you are going to have to guess. At least with your decision down to two answers, you have a 50% chance of getting it right. Pick one of them and move on to the next question. Remember, you do not lose points for an incorrect answer.

Do not ever skip questions on the MBE. Answer them in the order they are given. Put a check by the question or even write down the number and, only, if you have time left, you can go back and recheck your answer.

But make sure you fill in the bubble for your answer choice for the correct question. You do not want to skip that question, lose your place on the bubble exam answer sheet and then mismark the remaining answers because you forgot you skipped the question. That is a horror story that has happened to applicants too many times to count.

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Practicing MBE Questions

In order to do well on the MBE, you must know the fine distinctions of the law. You can study those fine distinctions by studying your outlines and then by working on questions.

It is not enough for you to work on the questions, review the answers and then move on. You must understand why you picked the right answer or the wrong answer. That is why you must read the explanation carefully, reading each answer choice explanation, whether right or wrong.

If you missed the question, ask yourself why you missed the question. Did you miss it because you didn’t know the law, didn’t know the facts or didn’t know the “trick” of the question? Sometimes with cursory reading of the fact pattern, you miss certain clues of law, certain facts that now seem important or even a confusion of what actually happened in the fact pattern. Sometimes you misapply the facts to the law.

Analyzing the question and the answer choices will help you understand if there is a pattern to your misses or if there are holes in your analysis.

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The Essays and The Bar Exam Graders

A survey of bar exam graders found that the single biggest mistake students make is not responding to the call of the question.

Remember to read the call of the question first. Then read the fact pattern with the call of the question in mind. Then you want to read the call of the question again to make sure that you understand what the bar examiners are looking for. Only then, should you start to write your outline and start writing your essay. Before you turn the page to the next essay, read the call of the question one last time to make sure you answered the call of the question completely and thoroughly. Then you can move on to your next essay.

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The February 2016 Bar Exam: Today Marks 4 Weeks to the Bar Exam

Today marks 1 month to the February bar exam. Today is a good day to think about where you are in terms of your studying. By this time, you should be well into knowing and understanding the law. Of course, there will be areas where you are still weak, but, overall, do you know enough law to make it through the bar exam? If not, hit those review books and try to memorize the law as much as you are able to in the next 4 weeks.

The next 4 weeks are crucial to your run up to the bar exam. Once you have the law down, you need to practice – and practice alot. Go through your practice essays and your MBE questions like the bar exam is tomorrow.

Practicing your essays, PTs and MBEs will ensure that you know the law and you know how to apply the law. Application of the law will be the difference between passing and failing.

Resist those voices of people who tell you horror stories, or want you to stop studying and power down. Accept that you have 30 days of study ahead of you. In the scheme of your lifetime, the next 30 days is not a lot of time to get yourself ready or to sacrifice to get yourself ready. It’s worth your time to have a lifetime career as a lawyer.

It’s all about getting yourself ready for the best performance of your life in February. Keep your focus.

Happy Studying!!!

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Beating Negativity

We’ve talked about positivity and staying confident, but, sometimes, we have to also beat back negativity from friends and family. They might mean well, but, instead, drive us to distraction with their “well-meaning” negativity.

We have all heard stories of the worst nightmares of taking the bar – a student’s father dies, a student gets sick or injured, a student gets stuck in a massive traffic jam the morning of the bar exam, a student has taken the bar exam 100 times. I can go on and on with all the terrible things that can happen to a student preparing to take the bar exam or on the day of the bar exam.

Why do people want to tell you these stories? Perhaps they are well-meaning, perhaps they have a more sinister reason for relating these stories. Regardless of the reasons why, you have to actively beat back those people who want to bring you down. Try to avoid those people who may not want you to succeed – i.e. a friend who wants you to go out and party or tell you that you do not need to study so hard. If you can’t avoid them, tell them you must study and that you expect them to be supportive. Tell the “story tellers” to keep their stories for later (and preferably never) and that you don’t need to hear anything negative.

Tell your friends and family that this is important to you and your future. Tell them exactly what you must do in order to pass and tell them you will be unavailable for the duration of the preparation. Family and friends who love you, will understand your commitment and will take joy in your success.

Avoid negativity. Don’t let anyone bring you down or allow yourself to get depressed or be unhappy. You must keep confident and positive all through this preparation period and you will be that much closer to being a lawyer.

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The February 2016 Bar Exam: Be Definitive in Your Essay Answers

Lawyers are always confident and definitive, even if they have a weak argument (and they know it). When you write out your essays, be definitive about your answer and your conclusion. Even if you are wrong, you may be able to get a point or two because your argument and conclusion were well stated. The bar examiners have the ability to give you points for your conclusion even if wrong, as long as it is well reasoned and the analysis flows.

Don’t forget that most cases you have read in law school (and cases you will work on when you become a lawyer) are in the gray area – a well-reasoned argument will give you a victory for your client. There are no smoking guns in the practice of law. There usually are no right or wrong argument to make. As a lawyer, you just hope that the judge or jury sees that your argument is better than you opponent. It is how you, as a lawyer, interpret the facts of your case. This is similar to your bar exam essays.

Don’t be wishy-washy in your analysis or your conclusion. It makes lawyers unhappy to have to wade through either-or type of arguments and bar exam graders will be reluctant to give you points. You’ve probably learned in law school to put “probably” or “may” in your conclusion, i.e “Dan will probably be found guilty.” You will not do that as a lawyer and do o not do that in the bar exam – write, “Dan will be found guilty.” If you really don’t know the answer and you are reluctant to commit, then use words like, “likely”, i.e. “Dan will likely be found guilty.” It is must more effective than probably or possibly.

Remember, write like a lawyer – be confident and definitive in your bar exam answer.

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Have A Progression List for Every Subject

For your essays, you must have a one page progression list for every subject your bar exam covers.

As you know, the pressure to perform well on the essays can be sometimes overwhelming. Some students have told me that on game day, when they open the exam booklet, they sometimes had a brain freeze and nothing would come out of their minds until they calmed down and began the writing process. Having a progression sheet of the major issues of each subject will enable you to recall what you must write out in a certain essay.

For example, let’s take contracts. You know that, regardless of the issue, if the essay is a contracts question, you start with determining if it’s a UCC or common law question. Then you must talk formation: offer, acceptance, consideration. Then you discuss defenses, i.e. statute of frauds, incapacity, etc.

Go through these major issues in every topic. Write out a one page outline or progression list and memorize them. Then, on essay day, you can recall your progression list and start writing, knowing that you will not forget any major issues.

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The February 2016 Bar Exam: Stay Motivated

Along with your belief that you will pass and remaining positive, you must stay motivated. Studying for the bar exam is drudgery at its finest. Day-in and day-out, every day, minutes and hours pass by as you struggle to learn, review and to practice. Sometimes you wonder why you are putting yourself through this misery.

That is why you must stay motivated. What is your incentive to continue studying and to pass the bar exam? You went through 4 years of colleges and the last 3 years going to law school to come to this juncture in your life. Among a desire to do good for others and the love of the law, you went to law school mainly to provide a good living for yourself and/or for your family.

Don’t forget those reasons for why you went to law school, for why you are studying for the bar exam and why you need to pass and become the lawyer you have always wanted to be.

My advice is to not look at it from a longer time perspective – as in, its 5 weeks to the bar exam. Take one day at a time, following your study schedule and be satisfied with the gains you make from day to day. Motivate yourself to get through the material today, not tomorrow. Be happy about the progress you make today only. Then start afresh the next day. You’ll worry about tomorrow, when it comes. Motivation comes in small bites when you are studying for the bar exam.

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5 Weeks Until the Bar Exam

There are 5 weeks until the February 2016 bar exam.

Every day you must chip away at the large amount of material, taking manageable bites until you have mastered that bite and go onto the next one. As someone has once said, how do you eat an elephant – with one bite at a time. In other words, take smaller sections of the vast material, learn it and then take another section of the bar exam and learn that section, until, before you know it, you have learned the law, practiced your questions and are ready to sit for the bar exam.

Always stay in the moment of that day, because if you look too far ahead, you will waste precious time worrying about the large amount of material you must learn or how fast the time is ticking before the bar exam.

I tell my students that taking the bar exam is not a sprint. You cannot do everything in one day. Do not drive yourself to exhaustion thinking that you must skip meals, skip the gym, skip sleeping in order to prepare yourself for the bar exam. You cannot run down your body or your mind. Take regular breaks so that you can come back refreshed and ready to learn.

Remember, it was the tortoise that won the race, and not the hare. And to quote the tortoise, “slowly does it every time”.

Make this your best 5 weeks ever and know that you have put everything on the table to become a lawyer.

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The February 2016 Bar Exam: Positivity

I am of the firm belief that you must stay positive as you prepare for the exam bar. I have dealt with many people who have failed the bar exam, many who have taken it multiple times, and those students, who think that this is only a small bump in the road and attack their exam with confidence and positivity, will end up being successful on the bar exam. I have counseled many students who don’t truly, absolutely think they will pass the bar exam and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy. A depressed attitude will drag you down like nothing else will – even if you know the material.

I tell my students this story. I was working with a student who did not particularly do well in law school – he was always on the bubble. When I began working with him, I remember losing my patience with him over how he wrote his essays. I told him his essays were junk and he needed to change his whole approach to writing and studying or he would fail. He looked at me and told me he was going to pass the exam but he knew he needed help to do so. He took my criticism to heart and came to my office almost every day as we worked towards his goal. He was coachable and he was positive. I used to tell him that he took to studying the bar exam like a duck to water.

The night after the essay portion of the bar exam, he sent me this wild email about how well he did on the essays and that he knew he passed the exam (not just the essays, but the entire exam). He went into the MBE with a positive outlook and with confidence and he ended up passing both portions of the bar exam with scores that were higher than we ever thought possible. When he came to my office, to celebrate, other professors were shocked that he passed the bar exam. It was his positive outlook on the bar exam that made him a lawyer.

You can either be someone who passes the bar exam or someone who doesn’t. It’s your choice to make. Tell yourself every day that you will pass the bar exam and believe it.

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The MBE Testing Institute knows that taking the bar exam as a repeat taker can be an isolating experience. The MBE Testing Institute helps the student keep motivated and confident through interaction with an MBE Testing Institute’s bar tutor.

If you need help passing the MBE, contact the MBE Testing Institute at pass@mbetestinginstitute.com for more information. 

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