As the calendar turns to 2020, the ABA Law Student Division was waiting for a sign, any sign, that indicated one of the remaining 16 holdout states would consider adopting the Uniform Bar Exam. It's been 8 months since last we heard from a jurisdiction
Intensive bar preparation is a “long, strange trip” (apologies to the Grateful Dead). You need your Bar Success GPS—something you don’t want to be frantically pulling together in June and July. Start early. Start now.
The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is working to remove the questions about mental health from the Character and Fitness examination to join the bar. I was part of the NYSBA Working Group on Mental Health that determined that the questions had an adverse impact on law school students.
Should you take the bar exam in Albany or in Buffalo? The answer to this question depends on a number of factors. Because costs for ride-share companies and meals do not differ substantially from one location to another, we will focus here on the differences in travel, housing, and testing rooms each
Should you handwrite or type the Multistate Performance Tests (MPTs) and Multistate Essay Exams (MEEs) portions of the bar exam? Do the bar examiners grade the handwritten essays differently from typed essays? Maybe I can’t answer that second question for you, since grading can be
When we last checked in on the march toward full adoption of the Uniform Bar Exam, it took root in Texas. The expansion is once again a traveler, moving northeast to Arkansas, which adopted
A short time ago, we provisionally put Texas on the map of Uniform Bar Exam states after their supreme court accepted the recommendations of their UBE task force. Today, we can say for sure that Texas will administer the Uniform Bar Exam beginning in 2021.
Before the Bar has done a great job keeping the law student universe aware of progress among states in adopting the Uniform Bar Examination. An August 15, 2018 post reporting Ohio’s adoption, “What’s round on the end and high in the middle? The UBE in Ohio
It's safe to say the bar exam is no walk in the park. What not all bar exam prep courses provide, however, is personal preparation and what you need to know to overcome challenges during the course of the exam that don't necessarily involved the tested materials.
Take 15 minutes to learn how to suppress your fight-or-flight response in times of extreme stress – like the bar exam. The ABA Section of Litigation podcast, as part of its Sound Advice series, talked with Matt McCusker, an expert in witness preparation with a background in industrial-organizational psychology, offers essential test-taking and stress-management strategies for bar-takers.
In November 2016, I was sitting in a hotel room in Pittsburgh, and I had just found out that I failed the California bar, just like 57.3% of other people who took it.
Studying for the bar exam is a marathon, not a sprint. To get you into condition to achieve your best performance, new lawyers who successfully prepared for and passed their bar exams will share tips on: • Study Schedule • Mindset and Attitude • Practice Tests • Exam Week • Exam Day https://youtu.be/ibON7QpQfoc Note for
Many recent law school graduates have just started studying for the bar exam. As someone who was in your shoes last year, I thought I’d share what I wish I’d done differently when studying for the bar exam and a couple things that I think I did well that I think everyone could benefit from knowing.
Just because classes are done doesn't mean it's time to stop learning. The Law Student Division and Young Lawyers Division are here to help you stay on target with two webinars full of advice on the summer's most common milestones for law students – internships and the bar exam!
Three years of blood, sweat, and tears in law school have led you this point – preparing to sit for the New York bar exam. Approximately 10,000 individuals brave the New York bar exam in July, and approximately 4,000 individual brave it in February. Once you know your location but before you start planning your post-bar vacation, get the following tips on your checklist.
In “A Bar to the Bar” in the September/October issue of Student Lawyer, we reported on the fact that the California Supreme Court was about to receive a report on the validity of the California bar and decide on whether to lower the California cut score, which is the second-highest in the country. A month after that issue rolled off the presses, on October 18, the California Supreme Court declined to lower the bar cut score.
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?
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
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
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
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,
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
Visit the ABA's Bar Prep Program page for exclusive offers discounts exclusive content bar review providers. 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
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.
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.