California Bar Exam: Evidence Outline With California Distinctions

Hello All,

We have had many requests for our Evidence Outline. As a result, we are now making our Evidence Outline available for sale outside of our bar review program. Bar None Review’s Evidence outline is the only outline available for the California bar exam that combines both the Federal Rules of Evidence and California Evidence Code into one, comprehensive outline including color coded distinctions (all California distinctions are in red and highlighted in yellow (see excerpt below).

We have done all of the work for you. The outline is easy to follow and is printed in color so that the California distinctions are easy to review. This outline is excellent both for the MBE as well as the Essay portion of the California bar exam (for the MBE portion, simply ignore the red California distinctions, for the essay portion, the California distinctions are incorporated into the body of the FRE outline where ever there is a distinction to be made).

BNR’s Evidence Outline with California Distinctions. We’ve done the work for you and incorporated all of the CEC distinctions into the Federal Rules, including Calif Prop 8.

Evidence Outline Excerpt: All California distinctions are noted in red and highlighted in yellow to make for easy review.

To order your outline, call 949-891-8831 or send an email to

The Evidence Outline with California Distinctions is available for $129.95 plus shipping.

Making Flash Cards Will Improve Your MBE Score!

Hello Everyone,

This is a repost of an earlier post on the value of making flash cards and how this can improve your MBE scores.

MBEs are tough – you would have to look pretty hard to find someone to disagree with you on that one. However, you CAN make those MBEs easier. Here’s how – make flash cards of every missed MBE. Okay, I know what you might be thinking – Why should you make flash cards when you already go through and read the explanations for the questions you miss and then make notes, isn’t that enough?

Actually that method is not very effective. Here’s why, you never have the ability to store in one place all of the points of law and fact patterns that are causing you trouble. As a result, you never provide yourself the opportunity to continually review those specific trouble areas so that you can fix them.

Also, by only reading through the explanations you are studying in a very passive manner. Passive studying, while useful and better than not studying at all, will not likely work when it comes to making corrections. Think about it this way: if you are having trouble doing something, the way to do it correctly is to practice doing it until you get it right. If you simply read through explanations those explanations will likely leave you pretty quickly – you probably will not remember it the next time you see that same problem or issue.

By making flash cards you will create your own study tool that will be specifically designed (by you) to address your own problems. In addition, you are actively involved in your studying. By creating a flash card that fully explains the reason why you missed the MBE question, you will now have a tool that you can utilize to permanently fix that problem. This will only work if you actually take the time to think hard about the question – ask yourself why you missed it. Was it because you didn’t understand what a taking by force (in a robbery question) could factually include?

Whatever the reason is, write it down, make the correction on a flash card and then go back and “flash” the cards you have made. Re-read your flash cards regularly and you will be on your way to getting higher scores on those MBEs.

Remember that MBEs (the ones written by the National Conference of Bar Examiners) can often turn on little details. By practicing these questions and studying the explanations in an active way you will improve your score. It takes a great deal of work and real dedication to make a significant impact in your MBE scores. But, it is do-able. You simply have to work at it regularly and actively – passive reading of explanations will never cure a low MBE score.

For a free guide to making flash cards for the MBEs, send an email to: and ask for the free “How to Make MBE Flashcards” Handout. We will be happy to email it you.

Happy flash card making – do it – it really works!

Lisa Duncanson
Program Director/Founder
Bar None Review

California Bar Exam Cram Sheets Now Available!

Please Note: The Bar Exam Cram Sheets (as of July 1, 2012) are currently out of stock. We will be releasing our latest edition (for the February 2012 bar exam) by September 1, 2012.

 Hello All,

A common problem that bar examinees face is figuring out what to memorize (there is SO much information)! You simply can not memorize thousands of pages. Instead it is critical to condense down cumbersome outlines into something that is manageable.  Ideally, you would have everything you need to know for each topic reduced down to a two to four page approach outline.

We are now making our Bar Exam Cram Sheets available outside of our bar review course (our students have used these Cram Sheets with great success). The Bar Exam Cram Sheets include the necessary black letter law and an attack approach for each subject. These condensed attack outlines are extremely effective. We have had students rely solely upon these outlines for their substantive review. How can you get your copy? The Bar Exam Cram Sheets are now available through

To learn more, visit here:

All the best to those who are studying for the February 2012 bar exam!

Stay tuned for bar exam predictions!

California Bar Exam Tip: California Bar Exam Model Answers Published in Los Angeles Daily Journal

The Los Angeles Daily Journal published our model answer to the Property Question from the July 2011 bar exam in their “New Lawyer Supplement” bar exam results issue. The issue is available at all California law schools. We will also be happy to send you a copy of our model answer via email. Good luck to those of you who are studying for the February 2012 bar exam!

Lisa Duncanson
Program Director/Founder
Bar None Review
(949) 891-8831

Published in: on January 3, 2012 at 9:28 am  Leave a Comment  

California Bar Exam Scholarships Available!

Hello All,

Bar None Review has full and partial bar exam review course scholarships available for the February 2012 and July 2012 bar exam. Recipients will receive a partial or full scholarship for our full bar review program (all course materials, grading, class sessions, our daily study plan, and simulated bar exams). For more information and to apply, contact Bar None Review. Recipients are chosen based upon financial need as well as gpa and/or past bar exam scores (repeat bar examinees and first time bar examinees are encouraged to apply).

If you are a hard working bar student and you can not afford to pay for an entire bar review course, we would like to hear from you. Send us an email telling us a little bit about yourself (for example, why you want to be a lawyer, why you are a deserving candidate – eg. your financial needs, have you or a family member recently fallen on hard times, or you are out of money having taken the bar multiple times, etc.). Simply tell us more about you, provide a contact phone number and who knows, maybe you will be one of our scholarship students!

Good luck to all who are studying for the February 2012 bar exam!

Lisa Duncanson
Program Director/Founder
Bar None Review
(949) 891-8831


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