Studying for the bar exam is stressful. But it is also your chance to take control and bring together the scattered threads of law that you learned in law school. To succeed, you must plan your life, as the old saying goes, and live your plan. Because of Covid 19, you may even have a … Continue reading Six Tips for 16 Weeks of Bar Prep
MBE Evidence Secret
MBE Evidence Secret Is Memorizing and Hard Work Bar candidates often wring their hands over MBE evidence questions. But in fact, evidence is one of the easiest parts of the MBE. Doing hundreds of practice questions a day is not the answer. Nor is there a complicated secret strategy. Instead, the MBE evidence secret is … Continue reading MBE Evidence Secret
5 Loser and 5 Winner Study Methods
By Mary Campbell Gallagher, J.D., Ph.D., Founder and President of BarWrite and BarWrite Press This post originally appeared in slightly different form as a guest blog post on the Lawyerist blog. Are some study methods better than others? Emphatically yes. For one thing, good ways to study for the bar exam are active, not passive. … Continue reading 5 Loser and 5 Winner Study Methods
Flashcards, are they menace or magic?
The best study method for an exam depends on the exam. Law students in the United States use flashcards and they also do practice exams to study. Few of my LLM students have ever tried flashcards. Instead, when they come to me, most of my LLM students study by reading and summarizing their notes from their classes. Which … Continue reading Flashcards, are they menace or magic?
BarWrite® Blog: Finish the MPT and Bar Essays on Time
HOW ARE THE ESSAYS DIFFERENT FROM THE MPT? One obvious answer is that the bar exam essays are different from the Multistate Performance Test (MPT)--or the California Performance Test--because the essays require knowing a lot of law, which the MPT does not. But don't let that difference distract you. It's easy to overlook key similarities. … Continue reading BarWrite® Blog: Finish the MPT and Bar Essays on Time
BarWrite® Blog: MBE Bar Exam Myths
Studying for the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) by doing 33 or 50 or 100 practice questions a day is what everyone tells you to do, but it is exhausting, it eats up all your time, and it does not necessarily help you pass the bar exam. Actually to raise your score on the MBE requires a narrower focus, learning more law, memorizing rules, and relentlessly practicing legal analysis.
Bar Exam Candidates Become Cheerful and Self-Confident After Full Day of Writing Practice Essays: BarWrite® Expands Group Coaching School to Ten Days
Bar candidates who spent a full day in February 2007 writing practice bar exam essays under exam conditions became notably more cheerful and confident, says BarWrite® president Mary Campbell Gallagher, J.D., Ph.D. "Students reported a tremendous boost to their morale." The experiment was so successful that starting with the new bar-preparation class that begins on … Continue reading Bar Exam Candidates Become Cheerful and Self-Confident After Full Day of Writing Practice Essays: BarWrite® Expands Group Coaching School to Ten Days
The PMBR Case Teaches Some Lessons
The facts of the PMBR case are riveting. At every administration, the NCBE uses some recent MBE questions again, so as to make sure that the new exam is of the same level of difficulty as the previous exam. PMBR, knowing this, would systematically copy the MBE questions and use them in the pre-test it … Continue reading The PMBR Case Teaches Some Lessons