February 2012 Bar Exam Predictions, Tips and Essay Scenarios

Hello All,

First of all I want to wish you all the very best of luck on the exam tomorrow. If you have been following my blog you will know that I do not really like to call my “predictions” predictions. I do not claim to be able to predict the bar exam. I have simply come up with some essay scenarios that I think might be worth considering. So, please review my “predictions” with that in mind.

There have been over 9,000 views of our blog in the past several days. Thank you for your interest . . . it definitely encourages me to continue providing free advice and handouts. I also want thank those of you who have expressed your appreciation via private emails – I truly appreciate it. And, I also appreciate your suggestions of things to include in the future. Please keep your suggestions coming after the bar exam. And, if you have any questions, I am still accepting questions via email at: pass@barnonereview.com at no charge. I will answer any and every question that I can.

After I learn what is tested on day one of the essays, I will post what I think may be more likely to show up on day three’s essays. I will be in Ontario, meeting with my student’s immediately after day one of the bar exam. I will put together my initial ideas about what I think might be tested on Thursday sometime tomorrow afternoon (while you are all taking the performance test). I will likely make some additional comments once I find out what was tested on the performance test. So . . . stay tuned.

Above all, stay positive, believe in yourself, trust your instincts and recognize that the bar examiners are not expecting perfection. At this point, believing in yourself is key, choose to believe that passing IS within your reach, it can only help you.

Best of luck to all who are taking the exam tomorrow!

Lisa Duncanson
Program Director/Founder
Bar None Review

One comment

  1. The performance exam tested heavily on professional responsibility. The library consisted of an opinion from the PR Committee of the state bar regarding lawyers in a law practice that engage in a law related business and the ethical considerations and safeguards that must be pub in place. It tested on fee- splitting with non attorneys, the duty to supervise a reception that would be making legal judgement in assisting clients fill out legal forms. It tested heavily on the area of phone solicitations and this was all framed in the context of evaluating a business plan to create a new business – actually an LLP called SHLEP- to sell standard legal forms for people who wanted to take care of basic legal issues themselves and not hire an expensive attorney.
    The lawyer that was thinking about setting this up with one of his college friend a non- lawyer marketing person, The arrangement was that she would supervise the receptionist, The receptionist would field all the calls, assist clients in filling out forms and crafting appropriate language, other duty of receptionist was to screen calls for one that needed more legal help[ than merely filling out the forms and offer the attorney;s services for $250 a hour. she was to keep the names, addresses and phone numbers of all the callers and send that to the attorney’s office monthly, you were to consider the ethical problems of the receptionist;s role, the fee arrangement, the formation of the LLP, the lawyer’s assistance in LRS biz in filling out the forms for clients and the lawyer’s supervision of the receptionist ,. So heavy duties, confidentiality, solicitation , conflict of interest, fiduciary duty. fee splitting, advertising and oh yeah and unauthorized practice of law- all inside an interview, and a business plan in the context of forming an LLP for legal- related services.

    It was a bear- there was so much there.

    Just wondering , because it was heavy PR with an LLP issue- if there will be a separate PR question on Thursday. Seems like it covered so many PR duties and responsibilities.