California Bar Exam Tips: Free Workshops and Free Score Review

Hello All,

If you failed the February 2013 bar exam, you should know that you are not alone. The complete statistics will be available on the California bar website soon. Each year, pass rates for the February bar exams are usually lower than the pass rates for July. Typically, the February bar exam pass rates range between 39% and 50%. So, if you did not pass, you know that you are among a significant number of people who are in the very same position.

What do I do now?

So what do you do now? Do you take another bar review course? Do you hire a private tutor? Do you study on your own? The answers to those questions will be different for everyone. First, you need to properly evaluate why it is that you failed. Second, consider attending one of our free bar exam workshops.

Free Bar Exam Workshops

Our next free “How To Pass The California Bar Exam Workshop” will be held on May 22nd. We will host additional workshops, but we always suggest that you attend as soon as possible to allow yourself the greatest opportunity to benefit from the strategies and techniques covered in our workshops. Here are the details for next week’s workshop:

Los Angeles County Workshop
“How to Pass the California Bar Exam”
Date: Wednesday, May 22nd from 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Instructor: Professor Duncanson
Location: Los Angeles, California (adjacent to the 405 freeway, parking is free)

Workshop attendees will receive handouts (including free bar exam writing templates and MBE handouts), instruction on how to write for the California bar examiners, test taking strategies and techniques, how to simply make sense of failing and move forward as well has have an opportunity to meet with our course instructor. This workshop will be taught by Professor Duncanson (Bar None Review Bar Review course founder and author of The Bar Exam Guru Blog).

Space is limited. To make a reservation for this workshop, please contact us via email at: pass@barnonereview.com or you may call us at: (213) 529-0990 or (949) 891-8831.

Free Bar Exam Score Review

We provide, for a limited period of time (as our classes and private tutoring obligations begin and then we are just not available to provide this service) a free review of your past bar scores. In order to participate in this program, you will need to send your scores to pass@barnonereview.com. We only accept scanned in score sheets or faxed scores sheets at this time (we do not accept your typed in scores in an email). We have to be sure that we are dealing with you. In addition, provide a phone number where you can be reached (all score reviews and evaluations are conducted via phone). If you would like to send your score sheet to us via fax, simply send us an email and we will provide you our fax number.

Why should I have my scores reviewed?

As a repeat bar examinee, the first step to passing the next bar exam is to review your bar exam score sheet. This can be a very confusing piece of paper. Partly because it is simply just painful to look at. Here you are, you have just received the terrible news that you have failed the bar exam and now you have to make sense of the scores. In my experience, examinees very often do not understand how the scaling works or what equals a passing “raw” score. So hopefully, what follows below will be of help to you.

Because the scoring of the California Bar Exam is scaled, it is not easy to understand what a given raw score means nor is it clear where you will need to focus from numbers alone. For example, if an examinee scores consistently the same scores on their essays (i.e., all sixties or three fifty-fives and three sixties) it will indicate a different problem than an examinee whose scores have a greater range (i.e., one 45, one 75, two 65s and two 60s etc.).

What is a passing raw score for an essay or performance test?

First of all, the raw score that is passing for the essays, performance tests and the MBEs varies from bar exam to bar exam. Most examinees incorrectly believe that a 70 is always required to pass an essay. However, this is simply not the case. In the past several bar rounds, a passing raw score on the essay has been as low as a 61 and as high as a 63 – not a 70. Of course, a 70 is a much better score to receive and better yet, 80s are really what you should be shooting for – this is the score we do our best to teach our students to be able to achieve consistently.

What is a passing raw score for the MBE?

The passing raw score for the MBE in the past few years has gone down dramatically. Several years ago, to pass the MBE portion of the exam you really needed to achieve at least 70% correct (a raw score of 140). However, in the past couple of years, the raw passing score has been between 62% – 66% (a raw score of 124 to 133). However, your practice scores should be much, much higher to ensure that you will do well enough on the MBE portion on the actual exam day.

Once the California bar releases the full statistics, some of these numbers will become more clear. However, what is most important is where you are – how far away from passing were you really? Most examinees that I speak with are quite off base when they call in to discuss their scores. There is a lot of misinformation out there. I have been following message boards and I am shocked at how little examinees know about how the test is scored. This is the fault of both law schools and bar preparation courses. It can be incredibly helpful to have someone who is knowledgeable about it to help you interpret your scores. This is really the first step in figuring out what you need or don’t need.

Free Downloads & Further Assistance

Also, be sure to visit our bar review course website free downloads of some of our Bar Exam Writing Templates as well as advice for those who are repeating the bar exam. Click here for additional Repeat Taker Information and click here for free downloads of some of The Exam Writing Templates.

Good luck to you and do not give up, this exam is do-able!

Thank you for reading and please feel free to leave a comment here on my blog or to email me directly at: pass@barnonereview.com

Good luck in your studies!

Sincerely,

Lisa Duncanson
Program Director/Founder
Bar None Review
(213) 529-0990
barnonereview.com

Free California Bar Exam Workshop December 7, 2010

Hello Everyone,

There will be a free workshop held on December 7th at 7 pm in Orange County, California. We will cover exam writing techniques for the California bar exam and strategies and techniques for the MBE. Students will also receive free bar exam writing templates. Space is limited, please email or call our office to reserve a seat in the workshop.

To reserve your space, contact Bar None Review at: (949) 891-8831 or via email at: pass@barnonereview.com

We look forward to seeing you at our next workshop! (Please note that our website updates take longer than our blog posts to appear. As a result, some of our workshops will appear on the blog before our website is updated to reflect the new workshop).

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

Published in: on November 28, 2010 at 12:32 am  Leave a Comment  

Bar Exam Review – Free California Bar Exam Workshop

Hello Everyone,

Bar None Review will offer a free bar exam workshop, “How to Pass the California Bar Exam”, on December 7th in Orange, California. Students will receive free bar templates. For examples and free downloads of bar templates, see our website: Bar Exam Templates

For examples and free downloads of bar templates, see our website: Bar Exam Templates

To reserve a space in the workshop, contact Bar None Review at: (949) 891-8831 or pass@barnonereview.com

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

California Bar Exam: Free Essay and MBE Strategies Workshop!

Hello Everyone,

There will be a free workshop this Saturday, December 13th in Seal Beach, California.  The workshop will be held from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm.  We will cover exam writing techniques for the California bar exam and strategies and techniques for the MBE.  Students will also receive free bar exam writing templates.  Space is limited, please email or call our office to reserve a seat in the workshop. 

To reserve your space, contact Bar None Review at: (949) 891-8831 or via email at: pass@barnonereview.com

We look forward to seeing you at our next workshop! (Please note that our website updates take longer than our blog posts to appear.  As a result, some of our workshops will appear on the blog before our website is updated to reflect the new workshop).

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

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California Bar Exam: Free Bar Exam Workshop

Hello Everyone,

Bar None Review will offer a free bar exam workshop, “How to Pass the California Bar Exam”, on December 3rd in Orange, California.

To reserve your space, contact Bar None Review at: (562) 799-5581 or via email at: pass@barnonereview.com

Lisa Duncanson
Program Director/Founder
Bar None Review
(562) 799-5581
barnonereview.com

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Free Bar Exam Workshops!

Bar None Review will offer free bar exam workshops on Wednesday, May 21st and Saturday, May 24th.  To register, contact Bar None Review at: (562) 799-5581 or via email at: pass@barnonereview.com

Lisa Duncanson
Program Director/Founder
Bar None Review
(562) 799-5581
barnonereview.com

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Free Bar Exam Writing Workshops

November 18, 2007

Hello Everyone,

Bar None Review will be conducting free bar exam writing workshops during the month of November. Students will receive free Bar Exam Writing Templates and instruction on how to write for the California bar examiners.
 
Regardless of which bar review program you choose, our workshops will provide you with a great head start towards writing successfully for the California bar examiners. For a complete listing of upcoming workshop dates, please visit: Bar None Review and select: Upcoming Workshops from the menu tab on the left.

If you would like to reserve a space or would like more information, please contact our office at (562) 799-5581 to reserve your space or simply send an email to pass@barnonereview.com

We look forward to being of assistance.

Sincerely,

Lisa Duncanson
Program Director/Founder
Bar None Review
(562) 799-5581
barnonereview.com

Published in: on November 19, 2007 at 6:28 am  Leave a Comment  

Free Bar Exam Workshops

Bar None Review will offer free bar exam workshops on November 24th in Orange, California and on November 28th in Los Angeles (near LAX).

To register, contact Bar None Review at: (562) 799-5581 or via email at: pass@barnonereview.com

Lisa Duncanson
Program Director/Founder
Bar None Review
(562) 799-5581
barnonereview.com

Published in: on November 9, 2007 at 12:15 am  Leave a Comment  
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