37 Days to the California Bar Exam!


Hello all,

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If you are studying for the February 2019 bar exam, you have 37 days until exam day. Now is a good time to re-evaluate where you are with your current studies and prep. Wherever you are and whatever you have accomplished so far, you still have time to do what is needed to pass.

With a little over a month to go, I urge you to take some time to evaluate where you are in your studies. What are your MBE scores like? How many essays have you reviewed or written. And, if the answer is none or only a few – then you absolutely need to get on it and fast. There is still enough time to pass this exam – even if you haven’t really been in full study mode. If you haven’t, then now is the time to take control over this next month and a few days and make the most of it.

One of the best ways to learn the law and to conduct a substantive review is to review essays and essay answers. Instead of challenging yourself to write essays under timed conditions right now, review essays and learn from each essay. Keep in mind that the bar examiners repeat essays over and over again. The more essays you read, issue spot and study the answers to, the more likely that you will get to the bar exam and see five essays that you have seen (and studied) before. How great would that be?

Sadly, many examinees feel the need to read and memorize long outlines and delay ever getting to the actual test. Studying past exams and answers is critical to being able to successfully navigate the essays on day one of the bar exam.

Of course, there is also the PT and the MBEs. The MBEs require lots of practice. But, many of my students work full time and are not able to devote hours every day to complete MBEs. What works for these students is to complete 5 or 10 MBEs in the morning before going to work and then review each during a lunch break. It may not seem like much, but it adds up and it keeps your head in the game. Remember that every MBE you resolve in your favor is an MBE you are more likely to get right on exam day!

I will write more about how to tackle the MBEs. Also, I am just about done preparing my bar exam predictions for the February 2019 bar exam. These predictions are released to my students first. Please understand that they pay for early access and do so with the expectation that I do not share these publicly until closer to the bar exam. I will say that I think Wills and or Trusts may show up on this bar exam. For more predictions and tips, stay tuned and please follow this blog.

Lisa Duncanson
Bar Exam Guru
Founder/Program Director
Bar None Review
email: barexamguru@yahoo.com

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