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For the 2022 California Bar Exam and Uniform Bar Exam (UBE)

Magicsheets — the condensed attack outlines for bar prep

Rules and issues to know in just a few pages so you can grab points on the MBE and essays without wasting time, panicking, or getting overwhelmed

What other bar takers (and passers) say about Magicsheets…

“Your outlines were clear and gave me just what I needed to know; it was as if we were friends and you made them just for me.”

“Ease. Speed. Portability. Time. I want to work on my prep and readiness smarter not harder with less time and better outcomes.”

“I found the Magicsheets and Approsheets to be superior in their organization and condensation of the key issues and rule statements.”

Magicsheets helped them pass the bar exam and move on with their lives (CA, UBE, elsewhere):

Magicsheets make it easy to memorize the concepts (so you remember them on the bar exam):

Bar takers are EXCITED and HOPEFUL to study with Magicsheets (enjoying the process is key!)

Tell me if any of this sounds familiar…

  • Barbri outlines are stressing you out… You get tired just looking at them 😩
  • The amount of material you need to know feels utterly barbaric, and your bar review course only leaves you exhausted and braindead.
  • You took so many notes but remembered nothing by the end of it… You do one subject and move to the next, only to come back to it and… crickets.
  • You’re flipping through never-ending books and files collecting digital dust to hopefully retain enough buzzwords (to use on practice questions that you’ll do… eventually).
  • Your friends won’t stop posting their happy-go-lucky life updates (“Look at this! We have a house and a baby!”) and Bora Bora vacation photos on social media while you’re trapped in an uncertain cycle of hope and despair about your future career as an attorney.
  • You really, really, REALLY want to pass the bar exam and MOVE ON with your life, but this final hurdle is making you question your sanity…

If this is you, you’re NOT alone. And there is a way out of the cycle.

If you want out, you can’t afford to fall into the same mistakes I did on my first attempt.


Here’s the reality about bar prep…

Reality #1: You will forget 99% of what you “studied”… unless you DO something with it.

Reality #2: Knowing the law isn’t enough. You also need to know how to use it. “Knowing” the law conceptually is very different from knowing how to apply it.


Reality #3: Big box outlines are a good reference (like Wikipedia is) but WAY TOO LONG AND WORDY for you to efficiently memorize or practice with.


When you go to a Wikipedia page, you don't read all of it, right? Just the parts that are relevant to you.


A box of thick books can trick you into thinking you have to know all of it. You could instead be gaining a practical intuition about which topics are tested by actually trying to solve past exam questions.


Flipping through pages and getting carpal tunnel trying to find that one rule for the practice question you're doing isn't a good use of your time either.


Your time is worth more than that (and will be even more after you pass the bar exam).


One of the mistakes I made throughout law school and my first attempt at the bar exam was to reinvent the wheel myself… A beginner’s ego trying to do it all, and in the end not even having the time to use my creation.


Look at what I wrote to myself on July 22, 2013 as part of an online course I bought and went through (yes, I practice what I preach and invest in myself too):

“My biggest worry at this point is the upcoming bar exam. I will never feel optimized, but I can focus on practice now that I’ve built foundation of theoretical knowledge the past 2 months.”

…What the hell were you THINKING, Past Brian?


Reviewing “theoretical knowledge” for 2 months and NOW you’re going to practice, a week from the exam?


You’re not doing bar prep just to transcribe expensive lectures, or be a tool collector putting together the information yourself. Your ONE job is to LEARN so that you can pass the bar, not feel drained from “studying” passively.


Stop “studying” and start learning. Busy work is easy work. Passive learning is an alluring trap that steers you away from what actually helps you learn, retain, and do well on the exam.


You just need a few source materials that have done the work for you already so that you can focus on the things that move the needle.


That’s why these “magical” condensed outlines will SIMPLIFY your life and make bar prep EXCITING. Oh, and btw, literal tons of bar takers have passed using Magicsheets, too. (Most bar takers just want to celebrate and move on with their lives, like the stories I shared above, a tiny fraction of what I get in my inbox.)


If it sounds like YOUR turn to ditch the frustration, anxiety, and overwhelm…


Breathe a sigh of relief.


And discover a way to learn the rules (and issues) to know for the bar exam, without getting overwhelmed, panicking, or losing your sanity and dignity.


Make This Your Last Time presents:

Magicsheets

Magicsheets are condensed attack outlines summarizing the issues and rules tested on the California Bar Exam (under 60 pages) or the Uniform Bar Exam (under 70 pages).


They’re simple, easy-to-follow sheets that help you learn more in less time so your mind can focus on what really matters — passing the bar.

What do you get with Magicsheets?

Immediate lifetime access and updates to downloadable PDF files for these subjects:

  • Full (CA)
  • MBE Only (CA)
  • Full (UBE)
  • MBE Only (UBE)
Full (CA)
  • Business Associations (Agency, Partnerships, Corporations)
  • Civil Procedure

(+ FRCP/CA distinction table)

(+ summary of time limits)

  • CA Community Property

(+ summary of characterization of property)

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence (FRE and CA)
  • Professional Responsibility (ABA and CA) – includes 2018 and 2020 updates

(+ ABA/CA distinction table)

  • Real Property
  • Remedies
  • Torts
  • Wills & Trusts
  • Welcome guide (and abbreviation list)
MBE Only (CA)
  • Civil Procedure

(+ FRCP/CA distinction table)

(+ summary of time limits)

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts

(+ Remedies supplement)

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence (FRE and CA)
  • Real Property
  • Torts

(+ Remedies supplement)

  • Welcome guide (with abbreviation list)
Full (UBE)

If you're studying for a state that isn't California or a UBE jurisdiction, please review the subjects below and select the closest version.


  • Business Associations (Agency, Partnerships, Corporations)
  • Civil Procedure (FRCP)

(+ summary of time limits)

  • Conflict of Laws
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence (FRE)
  • Family Law
  • Professional Responsibility (ABA)
  • Real Property
  • Remedies
  • Secured Transactions
  • Torts
  • Trusts & Estates (Wills)
  • Welcome guide (with abbreviation list)

Some of these are not tested on the UBE, but non-UBE jurisdictions may benefit from the extra subjects.

MBE Only (UBE)

Immediate lifetime access and updates for:


  • Civil Procedure (FRCP)

(+ summary of time limits)

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts

(+ a Remedies supplement)

  • Criminal Law
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Evidence (FRE)
  • Real Property
  • Torts

(+ a Remedies supplement)

  • Welcome guide (with abbreviation list)

Plus, bonuses:

Bonus 1: Performance Test Toolkit: HAQs for Navigating the PTs ($49 value)

  • Step-by-step approach to solving PTs
  • Templates and examples
  • Where to find plenty of PTs/MPTs to practice
  • Avoiding the common trap of running out of time 
  • And more…

Bonus 2: Pocket Guide for Your Bar Prep: 17 Strategies to Get Un-stuck and Un-frustrated by the Bar Exam ($49 value)


[Included only with the Magicsheets + Approsheets bundle]

  • What did I do wrong my first bar attempt (and what did I do my second time)?
  • What if you can’t find time to practice?
  • When do you memorize the overwhelming amount of law & what do you prioritize?
  • And more…

Bonus 3: MBE Subject Matter Breakdowns and Charts ($29 value)

  • What are the 3 top topics you MUST know if you want to succeed on the MBE?
  • Identify other highly tested areas (sorted by percentages and illustrated in pie charts)
  • Identify areas that are low priority (so you can feel relieved if you want to focus on other areas)

Youll also get signed up for weekly support emails to keep you on track until the bar exam:

Strategy Saturdays: You’ll get a coaching email handcrafted by your own bar exam strategist (me). These will discuss substantive strategies, insights, specific how-tos, mindset, and motivation.

MBE Q&A of the Week: You’ll get a question to try and visual explanations to learn from every Wednesday.

Fire-up Fridays: You’ll get a case study (you guessed it, every Friday) where I feature a bar exam passer and break down the approaches they used to overcome their challenges.

Why use Magicsheets?

Save precious time and energy by having short and concise (yet comprehensive) attack outlines ready for use right out of the box

Grasp the tested issues and rules in just a few pages per subject (95% of what’s testable in 5% of the length of a Barbri outline)

See the big picture and hone in on smaller details with rules and issues organized in indented outline form

Become ready to answer MBE questions on the actual exam (don’t plateau on a 50% score)

Remember the issues and sub-issues to boost your essay score (no issues = no IRAC = no points)

Bold, italicized, underlined key points for a quick, easy refresher

Quickly identify important legal distinctions (common law vs. statutory law, competing theories, federal vs. state)

Stay up to date on recent changes in the law with constant tweaks and updates

Lightweight enough to do last-minute review right before your exam

How are Magicsheets different from other “lean sheets” and attack outlines?

Written to help you answer questions you’ll see on the bar exam (not just “definitions” with no other context)

Quick tips and examples to help you understand (and memorize easier) the law and the approach

Short yet comprehensive with details, nuances, and exceptions (not too long, not too lean)

Nested format that organizes concepts logically (not just a linear list or a poster board)

Focus not just on rules but also issues (issues are king!)

Welcome guide and bonuses to help you win the game of bar prep

Beta tested prior to release, tested in the field, and constantly improving based on interactions with bar takers (like all my products)

You don’t even have to be sure if you want them right now…

Backed by a 30-day satisfaction policy

If you don’t find Magicsheets helpful, just email me back within 30 days of purchase for a full refund. I’ll even eat the processing fees.

You don’t have to take my word for it either. Hear directly from people who used Magicsheets for their bar prep — and crushed it.

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You're not unmotivated. You just need clarity.

If you're overwhelmed by your bar review materials and everything there is to study… there is clarity in simplicity.

Stop wasting time flipping through books that work your arm more than your brain. Get it done with streamlined practice and memorization so that you don't spend another half a year of your life waiting for bar results.

Magicsheets

MBE Subjects

$77

Best option if you want to focus on the MBE


MBE Subjects
Bonus 1: PT Toolkit
Bonus 3: MBE Topic Breakdown
Weekly support emails
Immediate download access
Lifetime updates and access

Magicsheets

All Subjects

$117

Best option if you want to cover all the subjects (CA or UBE)


MBE Subjects
Essay Subjects
Bonus 1: PT Toolkit
Bonus 3: MBE Topic Breakdown
Weekly support emails
Immediate download access
Lifetime updates and access

Magicsheets + Approsheets Bundle

$147

Most popular option! Best option if you want to have it all


MBE Subjects
Essay Subjects
Bonus 1: PT Toolkit
Bonus 2: Pocket Guide
Bonus 3: MBE Topic Breakdown
Approsheets* — essay attack checklists and flowcharts ($65 value)
Weekly support emails
Immediate download access
Lifetime updates and access

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

* What are Approsheets?

Not sure how to write, organize, or even start your essay? Blank page staring back at you?

Go from blank page to complete essay with Approsheets issue checklists and flowcharts. Use Approsheets to systematically check for relevant issues and sub-issues (and not randomly "issue spot") to rack up the points on your essays, even if you have no idea where to start writing.

See full samples here and more information about Approsheets here. CA and UBE versions available.

What can I expect after purchase?

You'll get two emails:

  1. A receipt with an access link you can use to immediately start using the material
  2. A welcome email introducing your new resource, helpful links, and coupon codes for other supplements

If you aren't subscribed to my weekly newsletters already, including Strategy Saturday, MBE Q&A Wednesday, and Fire-up Friday, you'll be automatically added and get another welcome email. So you'll be getting study strategies, exercises, motivation, and inspiration every week! I want you to get the most value from your investment. (No worries, you can unsubscribe anytime.)

What subjects are included?

Scroll here to see what's included in each package.

What’s the best way to use Magicsheets?

Use Magicsheets to memorize and practice past exam questions (MBE questions or essay questions). I recommend downloading the files to your computer. You can also print them out and highlight, annotate in the margins, etc.


As you get closer to the exam, the short format of Magicsheets can be a great final review.

See the welcome guide for some more ideas! You can see a sample of the welcome guide here.

When’s the best time to get Magicsheets?

There are two main types of bar takers who have used Magicsheets to study for the exam (and passed):

  1. Using Magicsheets 2-4 weeks before their exam as final review to consolidate what they know and focus on memorization and practice. The most ideal use case is streamlining tested subject matter from a big bar review course. That said, you can always use Magicsheets to get a handle on the tested matter, as others have done.
  2. Using Magicsheets early on or mid-prep because they wanted a slimmed-down reference.

Just don't be the person who said they wish they found me or used Magicsheets sooner! There's always that person every exam :)

Are Magicsheets enough on their own to pass the bar?

Bar takers have passed solely using Magicsheets, but that's no guarantee that it'll be enough for you.

I'd recommend having one other outline that is longer (such as Barbri's Conviser Mini Review (CMR)), so that you can reference it when you want to go deeper on a concept.

Are Magicsheets updated?

Yep, they're ready to use! (Yes, CA Prof Resp has the 2018 and 2020 updates.)

I tweak and improve them throughout the year and send out updates a few times a year. Whenever there's a major update to the covered subject matter, I include the material and send an update.

They seem a little hard to read… Could I get a version in bigger font?

While you can magnify the text while reading the Magicsheets on your computer, the text is in 10pt Times New Roman and will come out that way from your printer.

Please make sure you're OK with this before purchasing. The files are in PDF format only, so they aren't editable.

The idea was to condense the info and also give a bird's eye view of the material. That said, a version with a more relaxed view (and other things) is in the pipeline!

What’s the difference between the CA and UBE versions?

Besides the subjects included, you'll notice that the CA version includes distinctions and terminology used in CA, while the UBE version doesn't include any reference to CA law.

Any other questions?

Email: brian [at] makethisyourlasttime.com

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