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/877269200024330240Should 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 merits of
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 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
“Watch one, do one, teach one” originated in medical school and can effectively be applied to law school and bar exam studies.
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,
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
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
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
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.
It's too late to change your study routine for the questions on the bar exam. But it's not too late to prepare yourself for the practical questions of the test.
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
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.
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.
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
Fear of failure is common for students preparing for the bar exam. Put that nervous energy to good use with smart bar exam preparation.