California Bar Exam: Exam Approaches

Make sure you take the right steps to pass the California Bar Exam!

There is so much that is tested on the California Bar Exam and it often overwhelms bar takers. If you are struggling to gain control of your studies and the material, consider signing up for our Bar Exam Cram Session for the February 2021 Bar Exam. This will be our only Bar Exam Cram Session for this bar season. Students not only receive approaches for all of the most heavily tested subjects, but also learn how, and what, to memorize in order to manage the California Bar Exam. Our condensed outlines are provided in the order of approaches. Not only do we provide the definitions that you need, but even more importantly, you receive approaches for how to attack these areas.

Approaches take the worry and uncertainty out of the exam. Here’s how: most will know what an exam is testing. But, few will know how to approach it. Examinees tend to walk into the exam with hundreds of pages of law memorised, but are often il-equipt to address it within a one hour time frame. All too often, examinees only discover after the fact what they were missing on an essay.

For example, First Amendment Speech requires the following:

1. The First Amendment provides, “that Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech.” This is incorporated to the states via the 14th Amendment.

2. Is the ordinance (law or statute) content neutral or content based?

3. Is the regulation an unconstitutional prior restraint?

4. Is the regulation overly broad?

5. Is the regulation too vague?

Most examinees fail to have approaches for each tested topic. Just so you know, in order to pass a First Amendment Speech essay on the California bar exam you MUST include the general rule (1, above) and include steps 3, 4 and 5 (Point Of View: Prior Restraint, Overbreadth and Vaguesness). Without these critical (and easy) last steps of the approach, the essay will fail. It is that simple.

Where can you get approaches like this for all of the most likely tested areas? The Bar Exam Cram Session.

Examinees do not fail the bar exam because they aren’t smart enough. They fail because they simply do not know what is required to pass. You have to tick off all relevant issues (whether it is staring you in the face or not) in order to pass. Every single First Amendment essay requires all five steps above. The problem is that if you do not have this approach and are relying on the fact pattern to generate the issues for you, you are in trouble.

This is what the Bar Exam Cram Session is about – learning the must know material and steps to success on the most frequently tested areas. It simply is not enough to capture ball park issues UNLESS the ballpark issues turn on an approach that will generate the remaining issues.

This is tried and true. I firmly believe that the reason the pass rates are so low is because of these left out issues that examinees simply do not know they need to include.

If you do not have approaches like this for every topic, you are taking a risk. I love teaching this session because it gives my students a true edge over other examinees. It is something to have students “get it” for the first time and then go on and pass. It is one of the most satisfying aspects of teaching.

Enroll now and find out what it is like to have a real game plan: approaches, a realistic memorisation plan, effective exam insights, exam predictions and a ten day study plan for the critical last ten days leading up to the bar exam!

Make sure you take the right steps to pass the California Bar Exam!