Saturday, February 13, 2016

The February 2016 Bar Exam: 10 Days to the Bar Exam


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Today marks 10 days to the bar exam. This is a pretty significant day for you. You should be just about finished with your studies. You should know the law, understand the mechanics of the bar exam and understand how to tackle the MBE questions, the essays and the MPTs. It’s now time to start powering down a bit.

If you have studied hard and if you are physically tired, try to rest more this weekend. You do not want to enter the bar exam exhausted and physically spent. Many of you will start to have sleepless nights or have nightmares about the bar exam and your anxiety will reach higher levels. Try to compensate for your lack of sleep at night by taking some power naps. Don’t feel guilty – you’ve earned it. You want to be at your best physically and mentally and you can’t do that if you are too tired to think. So lie down on the couch and take a short nap when you need to. Meanwhile, review your outlines and do a few essays a day and an hour or two of MBE questions per day. If your state tests the MPT, write out a MPT every other day. It’s time now to reinforce what you already know. Reviewing and practicing will build your confidence that you really do know the subject matter.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

The February 2016 Bar Exam: The First Steps in Analyzing the MPT



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First you want to review the instructions. There is an instruction sheet of every MPT. Read it as you prepare – you do not want to waste time reading it during the bar exam.

Verify the jurisdiction paragraph to know what is mandatory as opposed to what is merely persuasive authority.

Your next step is to identify the area of law. From the listings in the Library, you can often determine the subject area.. Determine whether it’s a statutory or common law problem.

You then must read the Task Memo and identify the issue you’re asked to resolve. The Task Memo reveals the precise issue you’re asked to resolve. Read the directions carefully.

Identify your specific assignment by noting the precise nature of the task: memo – decide whether it is a persuasive brief, client letter, contract provision, etc. Identify the point of view – whether it’s objective or persuasive. This will inform the nature of your reading because you’ll read the materials with a critical eye. Identify your audience – is it a lawyer or layperson?

Now, you’ll be able to start the reading.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

The February 2016 Bar Exam: Understanding the MPT


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Many states, including the Uniform Bar Exam, have a multistate performance test.

The MPT consists of a 90-minute skills question covering legal analysis, fact analysis, problem solving, resolution of ethical dilemmas, organization and management of a lawyering task, and communication.

The MPT is not a test of substantive knowledge. It is designed to examine six fundamental skills lawyers are expected to demonstrate regardless of the area of law in which the skills arise. The MPT requires applicants to (1) sort detailed factual materials and separate relevant from irrelevant facts; (2) analyze statutory, case, and administrative materials for principles of law; (3) apply the law to the relevant facts in a manner likely to resolve a client’s problem; (4) identify and resolve ethical dilemmas, when present; (5) communicate effectively in writing; (6) complete a lawyering task within time constraints.

These skills are tested by requiring applicants to perform one of a variety of lawyering tasks. Examples of tasks applicants might be instructed to complete include writing the following: a memorandum to a supervising attorney; a letter to a client; a persuasive memorandum or brief; a statement of facts; a contract provision; a will; a counseling plan; a proposal for settlement or agreement; a discovery plan; a witness examination plan; a closing argument.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The February 2016 Bar Exam: The Distractors


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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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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The February 2016 Bar Exam: 2 Weeks to the Bar Exam


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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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Monday, February 8, 2016

The February 2016 Bar Exam: Strategies for the Answer Choices for the MBE


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Here are some strategies for the answer choices for the MBE:

1. Look for the more precise answer: That is a better choice – one that incorporates more facts and more of the law relevant to your fact pattern.

2. Be careful of those absolutes. If you see words like must, always, never, etc., be careful, because we know that the law almost never deals in absolutes. They are few absolutes in the law.

3. Look for conjunctions. Be careful when you see words like because, if, only if, unless, etc. Those conjunctions are designed to try to trick the reader, especially the careless reader. For example, you’ll see a question that says, if the jury believes the defendant, it is because…. This example wants you to focus on the defendant’s defense, not whether the defendant is guilty.

4. Be careful of distractors. Common distractors for evidence are the best evidence rule and prejudicial v. probative. Make sure you know when you can use these two as the right answer or else they may be distractors.

5. Be careful of sympathy or dislike. The MBE likes to pull at your heart strings a bit too. Sometimes they have a really reprehensible defendant who has a legitimate “procedural” issue that makes him not guilty, i.e. an improper search and seizure. You want to find him guilty, but the police make an error and the evidence is suppressed. Similarly, you’ll see a sympathetic person who commits a cause of action or a crime and must be either liable or guilty. Don’t let emotion rule the day.

Remember, that common mistakes in choosing the answer come from not knowing the law, not reading the fact pattern carefully, or not reading the call of the question.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

The February 2016 Bar Exam: The MBE Progression


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To recap what we have talked about concerning the MBE, here is the list of progressions you must follow.

1. Read the call of the question first.
2. Read the fact pattern carefully and critically
3. Try to decide the issue after you read the fact pattern and before you look at the answers.
4. Once you have figured out the issue, think of the black letter law and the distinctions.
5. Read the answer choices.
6. Try to eliminate the answer choices, one by one, looking for errors in law or in fact or both.
7. Remember that in order for the answer choice to be correct, it must be correct in all of its answer.
8. After you are done with the question, let it go and go to the next answer.

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