The Distractors

In prior blogs, I’ve talked about those toxic people in your personal life. You know the type. Those are the people who like to tell you horrible stories about people who have failed the bar exam, or want you to play hooky when you should be studying.

But I have one more. I have found that there are a few law students at every law school that try to distract their fellow law students, especially those that have been studying hard. Those “distractors” have not put in the study time nor have they worked as hard as you have. Their purpose is to try to throw you off your game and to disturb your peace of mind.

There are two types of distractors. The first distractor wanders the study places, begging you for little scraps of information, i.e. wanting to know the elements of some rule, and freaking out because they don’t know the law. The other distractor wanders the study places, telling you that they are powering down because they know everything cold and they don’t need to study anymore. There was one student at my school who tried to get people to ditch their work to go play golf with him. Then on the day of the exam, he was walking around asking about the elements of negligence, or some other such nonsense. Of course, he failed the bar exam and apparently wanted others to fail with him.

The purpose of both distractors is to divert you from your own studying and to make you feel unduly nervous and anxious. They will try to undermine your own confidence. They are going to make your question your own knowledge and freak you out too. Stay away from those people. You want to keep focused and keep your mind clear and easy as you march towards your goal.

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The Skills For Factual Analysis

In every essay questions or MBE questions, there are different kinds of facts you need to be aware of. You have the background facts and the legally significant facts.

We know that the background facts help put the questions into context and makes for a more coherent fact pattern. But you must recognize the differences between background facts and legally significant facts. Background facts are there to put the whole fact pattern together. But do not mistake legally significant facts for just background noise. You must be able to see and understand those legally significant facts that enable you to trigger issues in your mind.. For example, if the fact pattern reads, “defendant screamed and called the plaintiff stupid”, you are probably looking at a legally significant fact that should trigger your issue of defamation or even negligent infliction of emotional distress. You can then key into the issue presented, writing down all the elements of defamation or NIED, making sure that you blend the elements of defamation with the facts you just read. This is critical reading in a nutshell.

These skills make you a better test taker and you will be successful in finding your issues for discussion. Don’t ever just skim the words or read the fact pattern like you would a novel. This will not help you find your legally significant facts.

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2 Weeks to the Bar Exam

You have 2 weeks until the bar examination. Instead of spending the day getting nervous about the time, concentrate on what you have left to do.

By this time, you should have pretty much memorized as much black letter law as you can cram into your brain. It is now time to put away the books and stop studying the law.

What you need to do in these final 2 weeks to prepare yourself for the bar exam is to practice, practice, practice. You are now familiar with your state test and the MBE questions and what to expect from the bar exam.

Try to do an essay or two every day, testing yourself on a variety of subjects that you know your state tests. Do the essays under test conditions. Once you finish your essay under time constraints, spend an equal amount of time reading your essay and comparing it to the model answer. Read for comprehension, also. There might be a point of law that you did not know that you can learn from reading the model answer.

For those states who have the UBE, and California or New York who have performance tests, you also must include taking the time to do the performance test also. Try doing 1 performance test every other day. This way you can probably get 5 or 6 performance tests in to your practice sessions prior to the bar exam. On the days you do not do a performance test, practice your essays.

In between the essays and performance tests, you also need to work on questions for the Multistate. Try to get in at least 50-100 MBE questions per day, if you can. This way you can really be sharp when exam time comes.

Don’t waste the time to panic, but do take the time to practice. You will be more prepared than ever if you follow this schedule.

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

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The July 2016 Bar Exam: Practice Your Timing

We all know that you must complete your essays or MBE in that specific 3 hour window.  If you have not done so yet, it is time to practice your timing. You must be able to sustain that pace.

As you practice, keep that 3 hour pace in mind. It is imperative that you finish all questions. You do not want to short-change any essay or MBE question. You do not want to leave any questions unanswered or unread and lose valuable points. As you know, even 1 point or 2 points can mean the difference between passing and failing.

How do you build up your time and accuracy? In the beginning of this process, start with doing an essay or two (depending on the length of time you get from your state for your essays), or a block of MBE questions for 1 hour.  Then increase those essays, MBE to 2 hours, then, finally, you should be able to do a set of your state’s essays or the MBE in that 3 hour block of time.  In addition, thrown in a complete MPT set to work on, if your state tests the MPT.

You must get comfortable and condition yourself to sitting for 3 hours, working on MBE or essay questions or the MPT, without losing your focus or concentration. In these last couple of weeks, prior to the bar exam, you should be working on 3 hour blocks for the MBE, essays and MPT.

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

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The July 2016 Bar Exam: The Essay Writer

An important piece of information that you need is knowing what kind of essay writer you are. The next time you write an essay, look at your writing critically. What kind of essay writer are you?

I have seen many types of essays, put I put them mostly in a few categories:

All facts and no law: These writers just regurgitate the facts without legal analysis. All law and no facts: These writers just tell us the law, without blending the facts. No knowledge of the rule definitions: These writers do not know the black letter law. No knowledge of factual analysis: These writers do not blend the law with the factual analysis.

Where do you stand on my list? Make sure you know the answer, because your job, right now and up to the bar exam is to correct your essay writing and turn your weakness into a strength.

Most states want you to write an IRAC type of essay. You want to identify the issue, set out the complete rule definition, analyze your facts with the law, and then you want to conclude. You can’t go wrong with that simple formula.

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

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Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is the key to being a lawyer and to passing the bar exam. Reading the bar exam essays and the MBE fact pattern is not like reading a novel. Instead, you must pick through the facts, actively thinking of what each fact means. Critical thinking means that you must carefully examine the essay fact patterns and the MBE fact patterns. You must sort through the fact pattern, looking at salient facts so that you can make the next step of identifying issues. You will need to draw inferences from the facts and synthesize the facts into law. Look for nuisances and distinctions as you read. This will help you to answer the essay questions and pick the right answer choice on the MBE.

Reading critically and thinking through each fact, while using your logic and your legal reasoning, will allow you to understand what the question is asking you to do. Remember to evaluate every fact. Do not look at the whole of any question; instead, break it down into bites of facts, and you will come to the central issue of all fact patterns. Then you can start the essay writing process or answer the MBE question correctly.

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

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

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Keep Studying and Practicing Questions

I always tell my students that studying for the bar is more like a marathon than a sprint. I want you to compare it to your favorite sport that you play. Do you remember how hard it was to pick it up in the beginning? You had to keep at it and practice every day before you started to improve and get better at your game. You worked at that game until you became a true proficient at it.

That game you mastered long ago is similar to how you must master and pass the bar exam. Every day you 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”.

The bar exam is a marathon, not a sprint.

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

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

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