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Bar Exam Stress

How to alleviate bar exam stress

January 30, 2020

You have completed law school and are ready to take on the world and start helping people. However, before you hang up a shingle of your own, you will need to undergo even more studying in order to pass the bar. This is incredibly stressful, as no one is a lawyer until

Indiana Bar Exam

Who's your next UBE adopter? Possibly the Hoosier State

January 08, 2020

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

Your GPS to summer bar success

January 01, 2020

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.

New York

Albany vs. Buffalo: How to choose a site for the NY bar exam

July 02, 2019

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

Bar Exam

Empire Prep: Tips for choosing between handwriting and typing the bar exam

June 06, 2019

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

Bar Study Loans

Avoiding an expensive bar study loan

May 13, 2019

Editor's note: This post has been updated to clarify a passage in the original version (5/16/19, 10:44 a.m. CDT). As the spring semester comes to a close, many 3Ls are investigating their bar study loan options. Borrowing one last loan to pay

Uniform Bar Exam

It's official—Texas adopts the Uniform Bar Exam

February 05, 2019

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.

Uniform Bar Exam Michigan

The Uniform Bar Exam: Is it coming to Michigan anytime soon?

January 23, 2019

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

Uniform Bar Exam

Where will the Uniform Bar Exam strike next?

October 04, 2018

As the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) continues to spread across the country—now administered in 34 jurisdictions—the question is whether big-ticket states like California, Florida, and Texas will follow suit. The answer is still unclear.

Uniform Bar Exam

What's round on the end and high in the middle? The UBE in Ohio!

August 15, 2018

Who's the latest state to join the Uniform Bar Exam? It's the birthplace of aviation, the mother of presidents, and the heart of it all. And while it may still have the Browns but not LeBron James, the Buckeye State now has the UBE. It's Ohio!

Practice Questions

The value of practice questions in bar prep

July 05, 2018

To effectively prepare for the bar exam, you have to practice answering questions. This can be unpleasant—doing practice questions forces you to confront what you don’t know, under uncomfortable time constraints.

Fight or Flight

The fight-or-flight plight: Staying calm during bar exam prep (podcast)

June 22, 2018

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.

Bar Exam

Need help with bar exam prep? Give us 30 Minutes.

May 31, 2018

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

Study Break

Prepping for the bar exam: It's more than just learning the law

May 30, 2018

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.

Exams

Open book vs. closed book: Succeeding on law school exams

April 26, 2018

One of the most frequently debated issues concerning law school exams is a professor’s decision to make the exam open book or closed book. Students seem to be partial to open book exams, perhaps because they seem less frightening and overwhelming. In this article, we take a look at the

Uniform Bar Exam

The UBE, from sea to shining Tennessee

April 18, 2018

The moment #UBEWatch has been waiting for has arrived (well, one of them anyway). The Uniform Bar Exam now stretches from coast to coast! And we have Tennessee to thank for it. Today, Tennessee volunteered its entry as the 29th state accepting the UBE. That connects North Carolina

New York Bar Exam

Empire prep: Tips for taking the New York bar exam

April 05, 2018

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.

Division-Update

Revising accreditation standards for greater transparency for incoming law students

March 02, 2018

We, the American Bar Association Law Student Division Council affirm that the American Bar Association can and should do more to protect potential law students and current law students as they seek to enter the legal profession. We also affirm that greater transparency, achieved through accreditation rules, will ensure that students can make informed decisions. We, thus, call for the Council of the Section of Legal Education (“Council”) to increase the reporting requirements already authorized under Standard 509.