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Bar Exam Supplemental Study Materials

“How you think when you lose determines how long it will be until you win.” - G.K. Chesterton Do not put too much weight on a bar prep program’s pass lists.  The pass lists are misleading because most bar examinees are not loyal to use only one bar prep resource.  The reason for why a person passes may be because of another resource the person used at the same time.   It is not recommended to use only one resource.  Each resource is limited by the experience and knowledge of the author.  Use several resources to learn the tips of…

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How to Deal with Anxiety While Studying for the Bar Exam

“We cannot enjoy life if we spend a lot of time worrying about what happened yesterday and what will happen tomorrow.  We worry about tomorrow because we are afraid.  If we are afraid all the time, we cannot appreciate that we are alive and can be happy now.” - Thich Nhat Hanh Luck The bar exam creates anxiety in people because there are a lot of unknowns.  The scoring is based on the population of test takers so whether someone passes or not depends on who else is taking the exam.  An examinee does not know what subjects the questions…

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Specific Intent Crimes

Specific Intent Crimes “EA CL1FF BARS” 1. Embezzlement-intent to defraud 2. Attempt-intent to complete the crime 3. Conspiracy-intent to have the crime completed 4. Larceny-intent to permanently deprive the other of interest in property taken 5. 1st Degree Murder-premeditation 6. Forgery-intent to defraud 7. False Pretenses-intent to defraud 8. Burglary-intent to commit a felony in the dwelling 9. Assault-intent to commit a battery 10. Robbery-intent to permanently deprive the owner of interest in property taken 11. Solicitation-intent to have the person solicited commit the crime Engage a former California bar grader for California Bar Exam to help with memory techniques:…

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Time Management

Each section of the bar exam is allotted a specific time to complete.  For instance, in California, an applicant must finish three essays in three hours.  Some applicants wonder how they can possibly read the interrogatories and fact patterns, and then outline and write their answers or choose the best choice on a Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) question within the time allotted. Applicants who worry about not finishing may rush to analyze fact patterns, or go directly to drafting the answers to performance tests or essays without outlining.  Finishing the bar exam is key to passing, but do not sacrifice…

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Bar Exam is Like a Hocus-Focus Game

One of the reasons why people fail the bar exam is because they do not READ CAREFULLY.  Henry Boltinoff was a cartoonist who drew Hocus-Focus puzzles involving two similar panels with six differences between them. The bar exam is like a Hocus-Focus game.  Reading for the bar exam requires attention to detail, concentration, and observational skills. To improve in identifying the differences between the two panels in Hocus-Focus, a player has to split the photos into smaller parts, such as drawing a cross to turn the photos into four squares, and then comparing the differences between each of the corners,…

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Persuasive Briefs on Performance Tests

On many occasions bar exam applicants have been asked to draft a persuasive brief or memorandum of points and authorities for the performance test portion of the California bar exam.  For example, in California July 2005 Performance Test B, applicants had to draft a memorandum of points and authorities for the case Property Clerk v. Paul and Sarah Grinnell, involving a man who drove under the influence of alcohol and then had to forfeit his vehicle.  When drafting a brief or memorandum of points and authorities, a bar exam candidate scores high when s/he follows organization instructions, knows how to…

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Deadly Sins in CA First-Year Law Students’ Essay Exam Answers

In California, all students who complete their first year of law study at a school not accredited by the American Bar Association or the CA State Bar need to take a seven-hour, one-day exam consisting of four one-hour essays and 100 multiple-choice questions in the areas of contracts (including all of Articles 1 and 2 of the Uniform Commercial Code), criminal law, and torts. The First-Year Law Students' Examination (FYLSE), also known as the CA baby bar, is administered twice each year, in June and October, at Los Angeles and San Francisco locations. For the essay portion of the FYLSE,…

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The Ping Pong Bar Exam Essay

Each summer and winter, the Bar Exam Doctor offers California bar examinees programs to practice Performance Tests and Essays using a Bar Exam Performance Test Simulator and Bar Exam Essay Simulator. Routinely, Bar Exam Doctor graders get a practice exam from a bar examinee that is of this format:  “W will argue that the money used by H was a gift to the community and therefore there is no right to reimbursement due.  W will argue that any time Sp funds are used to purchase an asset the donative intent of the spouse and the delivery and title will rule. …

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Free Agency & Partnership Review Lectures for Law School and Bar Prep

This semester I taught Closely Held Business Organizations, which is Agency & Partnerships with a LLC component, at FSU Law.  I created three review lectures for my students which are based off principles from the Restatement of Agency, the Revised Uniform Partnership Act, the Revised Uniform Limited Partnership Act and the Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act.     Since these lectures are brief but comprehensive overviews of subject matter that is tested on most state bar exams and in many law school business organizations classes, I though the readers of Ms. JD would benefit from access to these videos, so…

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Breastfeeding and the California Bar Exam

I took the California Bar Exam in July 2013 for the first time while still actively breastfeeding my son, Elliot, who was 11 months old at the time. After struggling to find resources on how the California State Bar accommodates mothers like me, I decided to post this blog to help other breastfeeding mothers who are preparing to take the Bar Exam. Here is my story… Elliot was born the first week of my 3L year at UC Davis School of Law in Davis, California. My last year of law school was exciting, but tiring with a newborn and learning…

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