Ever wonder how you’re supposed to juggle everything in your head? How do you prioritize the rules to know for the bar exam?
How are you supposed to learn all this when time is tight? How do you tackle the massive body of rules to know?
How do you know you’ve completed the essay in full? Did you even talk about the correct issues? Are the graders going to give you the points? Are they even going to read your prose?!
You’d love to start practicing essays but feel like you just haven’t learned enough law yet. It’s overwhelming to even begin from scratch.
If you’re a bar taker struggling with coming up with what to write, essays are the bane of your existence. Your rambling paragraphs start to blur. There’s just so much to know (or so you think) and say.
Let’s breathe. We can simplify the essays and make them less scary…
Continue reading “Dominating the Essays: Organize Issues and Prioritize Rules to Know on the Bar Exam”
- Issues: Learn not just the rules but also how to present and organize the issues (with examples below)
- Rules: Highest-priority issues and rules are those that have appeared in the past (there are two other priorities)
- There are efficient and effective ways to hit both of the above at once
To pass the California Bar Exam, you need an overall scaled score of 1390.
That could look like a scaled score of 1390 for the written portion and 1390 for the MBE. These are generally referred to as “passing scores” since they put you on track to pass.
But how do the raw scores on your essays and PT convert to scaled scores? What do you need for a “passing score” for an essay or PT?
In answering those questions, it turns out there’s quite a sensitive correlation between the written raw scores and the written scaled score.
That is to say, EACH 5-point uptick gets you MUCH closer to passing the California Bar Exam. In fact, if your written score is in the low/mid 1300s, you’re MUCH closer to passing than you might think.
Continue reading “This Formula Shows the Importance of Each 5-Point Increment on the California Bar Exam”
Here’s a list of 101 quick bullets on how to prepare for the bar exam.
Your answer is probably in here if you ever feel like asking vague questions like:
- “Do you have any advice?” without any context
- “Can you help?”
- “HELP!” “Let’s connect” (?)
- Anything with more than three question marks or exclamation marks in a row unironically
If you have the Magicsheets & Approsheets bundle, you already have access to the exclusive pocket guide “17 Strategies to Get Un-stuck and Un-frustrated by the Bar Exam.”
I tried something even more straight to the point.
Why 101? I wanted to do something contrived like 100 and ended up with 1 more (say hi to your OCD for me). I’ll probably update this in the future. This is an amorphous and evolving draft. Nothing is set in stone. Things change. Things get better. Same with your bar prep.
Feel free to disagree with any point. Advice is autobiography. Advice is never one-size-fits-all. Take what you like and leave the rest.
If some rules seem contradictory, that’s where interesting things happen.
Let me know which parts you agree with, parts you disagree with, or contradictions you thought about on your own and resolved.
Continue reading “101 Rules for Bar Exam Preparation”
Everyone says “just IRAC” when it comes to writing essays on the bar exam.
That drives me crazy too. I’ve heard that since I was a 1L. And it kinda makes sense until you ACTUALLY TRY TO DO IT.
It’s supposed to be one of the most basic skills in law school (and on the bar exam), but it’s frustrating when you have no idea what you’re writing.
Coming up with things to write is hard! Know the pain of creation. But you don’t have to suffer.
Let’s break down “IRAC” so it finally becomes simple and the least of your concerns. We’re going for the win!
Continue reading “Stupid Simple IRAC”
A question about what to do in the final month of bar prep after sitting through Barbri:
“I have fallen in the trap of relying on what Barbri tells me to do. I am 200 hours in and have watched all the videos for the 7 main MBE sections. I know basics, but I feel vastly unprepared to tackle this exam and kind of hopeless. Now that I have your materials, do you have any advice on what I can do to master all this material will four weeks left? Sitting through hours of lectures did nothing for me. Thank you so much for preparing all these materials.”
The Plan isn’t working. Panic sets in, and cold sweat oozes down your unkempt hair.
First off, this understandable and common. Still, in years past, many people have made it out in the final month and even in the final two weeks.
So right off the bat, know that you can do this (as cliché as it sounds). You are capable. And you will make it out, even if you don’t believe so right now. You have to make it out, to be exact.
No pressure, right? The thing to do right now to regain your sanity is to take stock of what you need to do and have at least a rough idea of what to do from here. Create a plan of attack if you don’t have one yet.
Here are some areas to prioritize and some pointers on how to spend the remaining few weeks (and when to stop relying on notes for closed-book practice):
Continue reading “What to Do in the Final Month of Bar Prep (“I’ve fallen into the trap of relying on what Barbri tells me to do”)”