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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/877269200024330240Should 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

Uniform Bar Exam

Watch: Could Illinois be next for the Uniform Bar Exam?

November 23, 2016

Last month, the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar invited the state's legal community to provide input on whether or not the state should adopt the Uniform Bar Exam. The board hosted three hearings – the first two were in Springfield and Carbondale. The third was in Chicago last Friday,

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

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.

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.

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

#UBEWatch: Jersey Shore edition

April 14, 2016

Our resident Uniform Bar Exam watch correspondent Chris Jennison informs us today that New Jersey will join the list of states accepting the test starting next February.

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On having a baby, 8 weeks before taking the bar exam

February 10, 2016

I usually write about strategies for prelaw/law students and lawyers who are looking to break into BigLaw despite perceived obstacles such as grades, school, or background. But what if you actually do achieve what you want – ie: you get that BigLaw job – but are then faced with an entirely

Nervous

Worried About Failing the Bar Exam?

December 01, 2011

Fear of failure is common for students preparing for the bar exam. Put that nervous energy to good use with smart bar exam preparation.