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Benjamin Cardozo

Did Benjamin Cardozo really fail the bar exam five times?

July 20, 2017

Editor's Note: This post first appeared on the RIPS Law Librarian Blog with the title, "If You Come at the Justice, You Best Have Sources". And trust us, Christine has 'em. It started out, as most catastrophic events do, with a simple tweet. https://twitter.com/abalsd/status/877269200024330240 Should be easy enough, right?

Second Time Around

Second time’s a charm: A day in the life of a bar exam failer

July 13, 2017

For years, I’ve worked with what you might call a secret society. It’s a society that law schools, and many others, often pretend doesn’t exist. Indeed, it’s a society that most of us wish did not exist. That’s because this is the society of bar failers – made up of

Kamala Harris

Nobody wants to fail the bar exam, but it happens – even to Kamala Harris

June 20, 2017

This week, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions testified in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia and possible ties to the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. Some of the more memorable exchanges came between Sessions and Sen. Kamala Harris of California. I won't go into the merits of

BARBRI Practice

BARBRI tip: You'll play like you practice

May 30, 2017

In sports, those athletes who can recognize where and how they are falling short in execution, and then focus relentlessly to build upon the necessary skills, most often rise to an elite level of performance. Like the old saying says, “practice makes perfect.” Yet what happens when you practice the

Samuel Chang

How the decline of bar exam passage rates impacts law students

March 07, 2017

Samuel M. Chang, the outgoing 14th Circuit Governor for the ABA Law Student Division, spoke at an event titled "Declining Passage Rates on the California Bar Exam: Possible Explanations and Impacts," an informational hearing of the California State Assembly Judiciary Committee on Feb. 14. Chang spoke during a panel titled "Possible Impacts of

Summer Internship

No internship? What to do with your 1L summer

March 01, 2017

Getting an internship is generally the first option when it comes to how to spend the summer after your first year. But what if you haven’t been successful in securing one? Here’s my recommendation: Go abroad! There are many summer abroad programs offered by various law schools. I happen to direct

UBE-Halloween

A Halloween treat: The UBE passes the halfway mark

October 31, 2016

Fear not, law students. We're past the halfway mark of states adopting the Uniform Bar Exam – the latest adoption brings us closer to making a non-portable bar score just a ghost from the past. The most recent state to get on board with the UBE is Oregon! Here's all the info

BARBRI Bar Prep

#OwnTheBar with these 3 tips from BARBRI

October 20, 2016

Bar prep can be an intense and overwhelming process. But if you break it down with the right tools, you'll pass the bar exam – and you'll do it on the first try. BARBRI has extended its best price of the year – its Early Decision Tuition is $2,595 – through November 4. Be

Ethics Webinar - Character and Fitness

Worried about the Character and Fitness Application? This can help.

October 13, 2016

As a law student, you have to pass your jurisdiction's character and fitness application if you want to sit for the bar. Students typically complete this extensive background check sometime during law school or when they apply to take the bar. Get that? You'll just have to wait to find out

Chris Jennison

Ex poste facto: The case for the UBE from a recent bar taker

September 13, 2016

After three years of law school, ten weeks of bar prep and two grueling days in the Baltimore Convention Center, I was relieved – to have the bar behind me (for now, at least- fingers crossed!). But the next emotion was one of frustration. Not at how I did, because I felt

Fabiani Duarte

Running for my life! How I survived bar prep and the bar exam

August 06, 2016

After twelve hours of essay and memo writing, 200 tricky multiple choice, and the company of about five hundred fellow law school graduates who took the Alabama Uniform Bar Exam this summer, one question kept resounding in conversations and glances exchanged in elevators and the long walks towards our cars

Josephine Bahn

School bar passage: When 75% is enough

August 04, 2016

The ABA and the Section on Legal Education may soon be generating much discussion and debate as they weigh a significant tightening of Standard 316, which relates to bar passage rates.

Uniform Bar Exam Test

The Uniform Bar Exam: An unclear hurdle to licensure

August 01, 2016

Ask any attorney about his or her bar exam experience and you will get a slew of stressful, nerve-racking tales, doubtfully containing any positive tones. For me, personally, I will never forget the awful experience, including an all-nighter before the second day of the exam. When you have to memorize

Uniform Bar Exam

Good news for Bar Exam Week – UBE hits 24th state

July 25, 2016

We've got good news and bad news today out of Massachusetts, bar exam takers. The good news is The Bay State will be joining other states in administering the Uniform Bar Exam! The bad news ... if you're taking the bar exam this week, you're out of luck. The UBE

Multistate Performance Test

Advice for the Multistate Performance Test

July 22, 2016

Recent law grads sit down next week to take the bar exam, and nearly every state uses a Multistate Performance Test or two. It’s the only part of the bar where an applicant doesn’t regurgitate memorized information – rather, the MPT already contains all the law you need to know.

Graphic Law

The graph path to learning the law

July 05, 2016

Wouldn’t it great to have quick and useful representations of specific areas of the law – useful for both bar exam and reference purposes? In fact, a combination of the black letter law with the abstract simplicity of model-based design has already yielded diagrams that succinctly express legal concepts. A first step

Job Seeker with Resume

Ask the Hiring Attorney: How do I show my bar status on my resume?

June 16, 2016

Q: I’ve taken the bar exam, but I haven’t been admitted yet. As I send out resumes to law firms for entry-level attorney positions, how do I show this? A: Be very clear what your licensing status is. Depending upon where you are in the process, you can indicate

Bar Exam Failure

The last lesson you learn in law school: The Bar Exam

June 09, 2016

Not to scare you, but the reality is if you study and work hard, and are in law school, you can pass the bar, no matter how you did in law school. But remember if you did really well in law school, you can fail too.

Uniform Bar Exam

UBE Watch: Two more states coming in 2017

June 07, 2016

It has been just shy of two months since the needle has moved on the number of states who have adopted the Uniform Bar Exam. But you can now add Connecticut and West Virginia to the list. Connecticut will start administering the exam beginning in February 2017, according to

Question Marks

Sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know

March 02, 2016

Remember that scene in "Jerry Maguire," at the beginning, where he’s frantically typing his “mission statement,” and words and ideas that he didn’t know he even had just came pouring out of him? Well, that was me a few years back, writing in response to an email sent out by

Uniform Bar Exam

One profession, one test - adopt the UBE

January 29, 2016

The start of the second semester of my final year of law school well underway and my list of to-do's growing ever longer: reading for class, journal editing, document drafting for my externship, applying for graduation – and that's only in my law school bubble. But the one to-do that I've

30 Tips: Bar Prep

30 Tips in 30 Minutes: Bar Exam Prep

December 16, 2015

Studying for the bar exam is a marathon, not a sprint. You need to get into condition to achieve your best performance. Check out these tips from BARBRI President Mike Sims and new lawyers who successfully prepared for and passed their bar exams. This webinar is brought to you by ABA’s

Will the UBE Become the New Standard?

May 01, 2013

By Janan Hanna. The question of where to sit for the bar exam; that last, anxiety-provoking right of passage offering those who pass entrée into the exclusive club of professional lawyers, is a question about which many young law grads agonize—particularly those without job offers. Although significant changes are under way, today,

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