CALIFORNIA BAR EXAM ESSAYS



performance exams For most students, the toughest part of the California Bar Exam is the morning essays. These essays cover 17 different subjects which spans the course of a lot of text books. The keys to passing the morning essays on Tuesday/Thursday (Days 1 & 3) are technique, issue spotting, and giving the bar graders what they want to see. Each year, over 6,000 students fail the bar exam, and the most frequently cited reason is not the MBE, or the Performance Tests. Rather, it is the morning essays. Face it, the afternoon performance tests are open book, and do not require the same commensurate dedication of time and effort as the other components. And since 39% comprises the largest component of your score, it would be difficult to pass without a good showing. What makes our course unique is that you will spend less time making flash cards, spending time in lectures, and learning the black letter law, and more time working on the technique. You wouldn't think that there would be much technique involved, but in fact, there is. As a matter of fact, even if you were to perfectly spot every issue on the fact patterns, and even if you were to give a precise rule statement hitting all the elements perfectly, you will still fail. What the leading bar review courses don't tell you is the fact that just memorizing the law is not enough, not by a long shot. Instead, there are certain skill sets they are testing, and if the bar graders don't see sound, fundamental technique, you will be guaranteed to fail every time. Contrary to popular opinion, thousands of flash cards is not the path to a winning score, and neither is slavishly studying until 4:AM going over outlines. Unfortunately, the leading bar review courses do not actually teach you how to pass the morning essays. Instead, they simply have you watch a series of lectures on a DVD of law professors reading to you what's already in your book. And more often than not, the lectures are not specifically directed towards the California Bar Exam (although that is what they tell you). Make no mistake about it, as repeat examinees from the elite law schools have found out the hard way, just knowing the black letter law is not going to cut it. You have to go beyond that.



 

 





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