Exam Answers Published in Los Angeles Daily Journal & Law Student Journal

If you are looking for “model answers” to the last bar exam, check out the following publications: The Los Angeles Daily Journal’s Bar Results edition (delivered to all law schools in California) and The Law Student Journal (also delivered to all California law schools). Both publications are free. Each paper provides sample answers written by bar review instructors and course providers. The answers will vary in style, content and issue coverage since each is written by a different author. However, both publications provide a much needed resource for examinees since the California bar examiners typically do not release their selected answers for the July exam until the following December or January.

Lisa Duncanson
Program Director/Founder
Bar None Review
barnonereview.com

Published in: on November 1, 2007 at 3:03 pm  Comments (2)  

What to do if you fail the California bar exam

If you have failed the bar exam, keep in mind that you are in good company. Also, realize that the bar exam is not an IQ test. Many very bright and hardworking examinees fail the exam. If you have failed, you will need to do the following:

1) Get past being devastated as quickly as possible – as harsh as this sounds, you really do just need to get back to work as soon as you can. Those that do, have the best chance of passing the next exam. Start by doing MBEs.

2) This is going to hurt, but – find out why you failed - this starts by getting your scores back from the bar. The bar will automatically mail score sheets to all examinees who failed the bar. This usually takes 1 – 3 days after bar results come out (so, for July 2007 examinees who fail, it could be as soon as November 17th). When you get your scores, don’t panic and don’t make assumptions about any one section. You will receive both a raw score and a scaled score. Take the time to read the materials that come with your score sheet that explain the raw and scaled scores. See also, other posts on this blog about making it to re-read and interpreting bar scores. And, if you need help interpreting your scores, you can get it free through Bar None Review barnonereview.com

3) Commit to taking and passing the next exam - in almost every case, I would recommend taking the very next bar exam. Obviously there are sometimes reasons to sit out a bar exam administration – but in most cases, the best advice is to take the very next exam. Think about it, the material seems like it has fallen out of your head right now – just think how hard it will be to put it all back together if you wait another six months – that would be a whole year since your last review – not a good plan.

4) Develop a plan of attack - Your plan might include taking another bar review course, hiring a tutor, or continuing your studies on your own. There are many courses available (assuming you already tried barbri) that cater to different needs – small classes, private tutorials. Do your research and due diligence before enrolling in a course. Ask for references, ask to see the course materials before enrolling, make sure the bar review provider is a good fit for your needs. And, don’t abandon your common sense – if it sounds too good to be true – it probably is. But, whatever you do (take a course or study on your own) make a plan – figure out how many hours you will study each day, where you will study, how long will you have to review each topic, how many essays you will write each week, how many MBEs you will do each day, how many PTs you will write – figure it out, map it out and develop a plan.

5) Work hard - no matter how hard you worked the first time, you are going to have to work just that hard again. And, if in your honest assessment of your prior bar studies you conclude that you did not work hard enough – well then you are going to have to work harder. There simply is no magic bullet.

Lisa Duncanson
Program Director/Founder
Bar None Review
barnonereview.com

Published in: on November 1, 2007 at 1:43 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Bar Results – 15 days and counting

The July 2007 bar results come out on November 16th at 6:00 pm.  Go to the California State Bar website: http://www.calbar.org – - you will need your exam number and social security number in order to obtain your results online.  Good luck to all of you who are waiting for results!

Lisa Duncanson
Program Director/Founder
Bar None Review
barnonereview.com

Published in: Uncategorized on November 1, 2007 at 12:50 pm  Leave a Comment  
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