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.
It's been a while since #UBEWatch has had anything to do. Mostly, it's been a waiting game.It's been a year since the Illinois Board on Admissions to the Bar held hearings into the adoption of the Uniform Bar Exam. Sandy Gallant-Jones, then the Law Student Division’s 7th Circuit governor, spoke
Law students successfully lobbied the ABA House of Delegates in August to adopt Resolution 108, urging Congress to amend federal law to add language that bar admission shouldn’t be denied based solely on immigration status.Support for the resolution was heavily one-sided in support of passage. In fact, the
Are the cutoffs for passing the bar too high in some states?The California Supreme Court will soon answer that question. It’s expecting a report this fall on the validity of the California bar as well as deliberating whether to lower the California cut score, which is the second-highest in the
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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