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The Bar Exam is Changing in 2015: What You Need to Know

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*Source: Current subject breakdown as reported at www.NCBEX.org. 2015 breakdown was obtained from correspondence between the National Conference of Law Examiners (NCBE) and Kaplan professors.

 

Well, it’s official! The National Conference of Bar Examiners recently announced to law schools that the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) is going to be testing an additional subject beginning with the February 2015 administration of the examination.

As predicted last year, the …

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IRAC Your Way to an “A”


For most law school exams, your essay outline will be organized in IRAC fashion: Issue, Rule, Analysis, Conclusion.

Determining what the issue is can be difficult, so one way to figure it out is simply to rephrase the call of the question.  So, for example, if the question asks “What, if any crime was committed?” then your issue statement would read, “The issue here is whether X committed …

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Critical Thinking is Key to a Well-organized Essay


One of the most challenging aspects of the first year of law school is learning how to master the 1L essay exam.  Students enter law school believing they have great writing skills, only to be disappointed in their performance when first semester grades are posted.

The chief reason that students don’t excel on their first round of exams is that they spend too much time writing and not …

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Bar Points: How to Effectively Memorize Bar Exam Material

Law School BlogHow am I ever going to remember all of this law?

Sound familiar?  The primary reason that the bar exam is so challenging is that it requires almost Herculean feats of memorization.  Dozens of subjects, elements of law galore, exceptions to exceptions, the list goes on.

Even with only a few weeks to go before test day, most bar takers still feel as if they have barely scratched the …

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Bar Points: The Perils and Pitfalls of Being a Bar Prep Box-Checker

Law School BlogProgress bars.  Checklists.  Empty, un-checked boxes….

With bar preparation season in full swing, those unfinished assignments lay in wait, taunting you as the days slip by and the dreaded exam draws ever nearer.

Advances in technology have made it easier than ever before for bar takers to keep track of the work they are doing—or not.  Often, however, these innovations are at cross purposes with the goals of examinees, whose …

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