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As I have in past years, I will be posting some of my bar exam predictions on the blog as it gets closer to the actual bar exam.
About the “Predictions” and What to Expect
While it is not possible to be able to predict exactly what will be tested on the bar exam, I think it can not hurt to be made aware of certain essay scenarios that may be more likely to appear on this upcoming exam simply because these areas either have not been tested in a very long time, or because these areas/topics happen to be frequent flyers (favorite areas for testing) on the California bar exam.
While there is no guarantee that these topics will appear on the July bar exam, it can not hurt to review these areas. Also, it gives you something else to focus on other than the constant memorization of long outlines (not something I think is especially productive) and should any of these topics appear on your bar exam, you will feel great for having studied these areas a little extra in the days leading up to the exam.
My reasoning for later release times on the blog
I write this blog to provide help to bar examinees who are all too often struggling and without guidance from their own bar prep providers. I do however, owe my first loyalty to my enrolled students who pay for the privilege of my predictions and other insights. As a result, my students get this information first. So please understand, that while I do release predictions on my blog, out of respect for my enrolled students, I release these only after I have provided this information to my enrolled students. In addition, releasing my “predictions” earlier and out of the context of the Bar Exam Cram Sheets and other course materials is not, in my opinion the best approach. I really stand behind all of our materials and do my best to only release things that are truly helpful.
In the meantime, I will be posting soon on how to memorize effectively. You should be working on memorization now. In particular, work on memorizing your approaches to each subject and memorizing your definitions. It is important to know what and how much to memorize. As I said above, I am not a fan of trying to memorize 100 to 150 page substantive outlines. I think this is actually counterproductive. This is not to say that I do not see value in long and very detailed substantive outlines. But, there is a time and place for it. The time is two months ago as a review – not as something you commit every page of to memory. But, not to worry . . . I have some bar exam memorization shortcuts for you coming up in my next post!
And, if you can’t wait for the predictions, need a reliable source for condensed exam topics, working definitions that are easily memorizable, including essay approaches, then check out our Bar Exam Cram and Predictions Package!
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All the best to everyone who is studying for the July 2018 bar exam!
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