Bar Exam prep classes build on the analytical, writing, and organizational skills that students use during their law school years with the goal of enhancing students’ ability to prepare for the bar exam. Although the most intensive preparation for the bar will occur in the six to eight weeks before the bar exam, this class will give students a foundational jump-start by introducing them to:
- The format and components of the bar exam
- The scope of preparing for the Bar Exam
- Test-specific strategies for the MPT, Essay Writing, and MBE
- Bar Exam specific study and organizational skills
These classes are not intended to replace commercial bar preparation courses. They complement such courses well and will enhance critical reading, thinking, and writing skills to maximize the chances of success on the bar exam.
Scope of Class
This class focuses on 3 aspects of bar exams: the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), the MEE/essay writing, and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). Focus will be devoted to components of each test so that students know what to expect and strategies to adopt for successful performance on each test. Students will:
- Learn review methods for tested areas of law;
- Complete practice essay, multiple-choice and performance test questions;
- Engage in small-group learning during class, and
- Receive individual feedback on written answers.
Brief Descriptions of Each Test
State Essay or MEE
The purpose of the essay tests by the states, and or the MEE (which is developed by the NCBE)is to evaluate the examinee’s ability to:
- identify legal issues raised by a hypothetical and factual situation;
- separate material which is relevant from that which is not;
- present a reasoned analysis of the relevant issues in a clear, concise, and well-organized composition;
- demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental legal principles relevant to the probable solution of the issues raised by the factual situation.
The Multistate Performance Test is comprised of a two 90-minute tests. The MPT is designed to test an examinee’s ability to use fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation. Each test evaluates an examinee’s ability to complete a task that a beginning lawyer should be able to accomplish.
The purpose of the MBE is to assess the extent to which an examinee can apply fundamental legal principles and legal reasoning to analyze given fact patterns. The MBE contains 200 multiple-choice questions. The exam is divided into morning and afternoon testing sessions of three hours each, with 100 questions in each session. The 175 scored questions on the MBE are distributed evenly, with 25 questions from each of the seven subject areas: Civil Procedure, Constituational Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Real Property, Torts.
What should you know about the Bar Prep class?
- It is free
- It is not graded
- It is not for credit
Why should you take the class?
- To get a heads-start on preparing or the Bar Exam by becoming familiar with the expectations and scope of the exam.
- To learn HOW (skills) to answer questions on each of the 3 tests.
Is this different from the commercial prep courses like BarBri, Themis, Kaplan, etc?
Yes, the commercial courses focus on the WHAT (contents) of the subjects tested on the bar exam.
It is well established that test-takers need to master both the HOW and the WHAT to do well on the Bar Exam. Please respond to indicate your interest in taking any of these classes and/or if you have questions.