Bar Exam Multiple Choice Strategies Workshop – Thursday

 Thursday, February 4, 5:30 – 8:00:  MBE Strategies and Tactics – Buckingham 101

An interactive workshop on multiple choice strategies.  Practice with questions released by the NCBE to help you eliminate wrong answers, avoid being misled by sneaky tricks,  and choose between the two remaining choices.  Beyond the interactive practice, you will receive a compilation of strategies compiled from  multiple sources.  [This workshop is similar to the Fall 2015 ALA MBE strategies lecture – but significantly different from earlier ALA classes.]   These Academic Success Workshops are designed for students and alumni preparing for the February bar exam, but are also open to students and alumni preparing for the July bar exam, space permitting.

Food and casual conversation from 5:30 – 6:00.  The formal workshop will run approximately an hour and a half, beginning at 6:00.  Please sign up here so I know how much food to order!

Remaining workshops in the series:

  • Tuesday, February 9,  6:00 – 8:00:  MPT Outlining Strategies:  The concept of an MPT is easy – you don’t need to know anything other than how to write like a lawyer.  The execution – not so easy.  The outlining technique taught in this workshop allows you to organize and write your essay in the 90 minute time frame.  [Similar to any ALA class, updated to include less formal outline techniques]
  • Thursday, February 11, 5:30 – 7:30  Making up the Rules: How to prepare for, and survive, your mind blanking out at the most inopportune time.  The rule-making techniques will help you survive the ultimate failure, as well as improving your rule stack for the majority of the time when you remember the rules. 
  • Tuesday, February 16, 5:30 – 7:30 MPT Exam Simulation:  Every year, a few foolhardy souls never get around to writing any MPT essays until the morning of the first day of the bar exam.  That doesn’t usually end well.  Take advantage of the opportunity to write an MPT essay under exam conditions. 
  • Saturday, February 13, 12:00 – 5:00 PM:  Half-day Hangout:  More food, an informal repeat of any workshops you missed, a chance to ask whatever you haven’t gotten around to asking, I’ll time essays, MPTs, or MBE sets.  Whatever (within reason) will help you make it through this final stretch.

 (The series of 5 workshops + the Half-day Hangout will be repeated twice leading up to the July exam)

Questions:  Nancy Reeves, Assistant Director of Academic Success Programs

nlr22@uakron.edu

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Bar exam coming soon? Dont miss the ELC workshops!

Are you Taking the February or July 2016 Bar Exam?
You are encouraged to attend the ELC workshop series

Akron Law’s free ESSENTIAL LEGAL CONCEPTS (ELC) workshop series is designed to help prepare you for the upcoming bar exams.  The workshops will help you understand what to expect from the bar exam and will provide you with essential skills needed to effectively study for the Ohio Bar exam.  It will be taught by Adjunct Professor Joann Leong, a judicial clerk in the 9th District Court of Appeals.  Professor Leong has also worked reviewing essays for BarBri, and as a private bar tutor, for several years.

Akron Law strongly encourages your enrollment in this workshop.  It is not designed to replace any bar exam preparation course you are taking, but rather as a supplement.

The workshops will be held on the following days from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m in L-301. 

Saturday, February 6 – Introduction to the Ohio Bar Exam*

Saturday, February 13 – Focus on the Ohio Essay Exam

(The February Half-day Hangout, with food and informal bar conversation, immediately follows the workshop on the 13th)

Saturday, February 20 – Focus on the Multistate Bar Exam

Saturday, February 27 – Focus on the Multistate Performance Test

July examinees are encouraged to attend all 4 sessions, but please attend even if you can’t make it to every workshop

February examinees are invited to attend the first  three sessions.

Contact Nancy Reeves at nlr22@uakron.edu for access

*If you are not taking the Ohio bar exam, the course is not specific to your bar exam.  The concepts are similar in most jurisdictions and you are still welcome to participate.

Please Register Here!

You can also register by e-mailing Nancy Reeves at nlr22@uakron.edu

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February or July 2016 Bar Exam? Save the Date!

Are you Taking the February or July 2016 Bar Exam?
Save the dates for a bar prep workshop series.

Akron Law expects to offer a free workshop series called ESSENTIAL LEGAL CONCEPTS (ELC) to help prepare you for the upcoming bar exams.  The workshop will focus on your understanding of the bar exam and provide you with essential skills needed to effectively study for the Ohio Bar exam.  Akron Law strongly encourages your enrollment in this workshop.  It is not designed to replace any bar exam preparation course you are taking, but rather to be a supplement.

The workshops are expected to be held on the following days from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 

Saturday, February 6 – Introduction to the Ohio Bar Exam

Saturday, February 13 – Focus on the Ohio Essay Exam

Saturday, February 20 – Focus on the Multistate Bar Exam

Saturday, February 27 – Focus on the Multistate Performance Test

February examinees are invited to attend the first  three sessions.

Contact Nancy Reeves at nlr22@uakron.edu for access

*If you are a current student and not taking the Ohio bar, the course may not be designed for your specific bar exam, but you are still welcome to participate.

Save your place/request notification:

To save a place, or request individual notice once the ELC plans are finalized, please contact Nancy Reeves at nlr22@uakron.edu

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December Graduates – Curious about the Bar Exam?

You are invited to:

Dinner with the Dean

Monday, October 26, from 5:30 – 6:30 PM – Room TBA

Light Meal

Remarks by Dean Wilson

Introduction to the Bar Exam & Life after Graduation

  • Lia Evans: Intro to Akron Law Alumni
  • Alisa Benedict O’Brien: Continuing Support from Career Planning
  • Nancy Reeves: The Bar Exam:  What to expect and Bar Support Provided by Akron Law

Alumni Panel Discussion/Family Panel Discussion

Wednesday, October 28 beginning at 6:40 PM – West 214

  • Alumni panel discussion about the bar exam experience
  • Family members/supporting friends panel discussion about the bar exam experience.  You are invited to bring anyone who will be supporting you as you prepare for the bar exam to hear about what to expect, from others who have been through it.  (Depending on interest, and how many family members I can recruit, this panel may be merged with the alumni panel.)

Please let me know here if you (or family members) plan to attend one or both events.

If you have questions, feel free to send me (Nancy Reeves) an email or stop by Room L-315.

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Bar Exam Workshops

Studying for the bar exam?  Drop in to one or more of the workshops offered by ASP to help you fine tune the exam taking skills you are learning in your bar prep class.

Even if you aren’t quite studying for the bar exam yet, but want to get a head start, feel free to sign up.

Each workshop is 1-1.5 hours long, begins at 1 PM, and is repeated at 6 PM.  Informal Q & A, with food, begins 30 minutes ahead of the formal start.  (The June 17 afternoon workshop will be shifted to 1:45 to accommodate people attending the bar takers cookout!).

  • Thursday, June 4: Essay Structure Workshop: Graders spend an average of 2-3 minutes reading each of your essays.  Those 2-3 minutes play a large role in whether you will earn a license to practice law.   Make those minutes count!  Learn to make your essays grader-friendly.  [Please bring any practice bar essay you have written ( any state).  If you are not bringing a computer please bring 2 paper copies of your essasy and markers in several different colors.]  Sign up here.
  • Wednesday, June 17: MPT Outlining Workshop:  The concept of an MPT is simple – you don’t need to know anything other than how to write like a lawyer.  The execution – not so simple.  The outlining technique taught in this workshop allows you to organize and write your essay in the 90 minute time frame.  Sign up here.
  • Thursday, June 25 @1:45 PM and Thursday, July 2 @ 6 PM:  MBE Strategies and Tactics:  How to approach an MBE question, including a compilation of strategies from  multiple sources for avoiding sneaky tricks, eliminating wrong answers, and choosing between the last two options once you’ve eliminated the others.  Sign up here.
  • Thursday, June 25 @ 6 PM and Thursday, July 2 @ 1 PM:  Making up the Rules: How to prepare for, and survive, your mind blanking out at the most inopportune time.  The rule-making techniques will help you survive even when you can’t remember the rules.  In addition, the techniques used make up the rules in a pinch also improve your understanding of how the rules you are memorize should be structured.  Sign up here.
  • Wednesday, July 22:  MPT Exam Simulation:  Every year, a few foolhardy souls never get around to writing any MPT essays until the morning of the first day of the bar exam.  That doesn’t usually end well.  Take advantage of the opportunity to write an MPT essay under exam conditions.  Sign up here.
  • Saturday, July 18:  Half-day Hangout:  More food, an informal repeat of any workshops you missed, a chance to ask whatever you haven’t gotten around to asking, I’ll time essays, MPTs, or MBE sets.  Whatever (within reason) will help you make it through this final stretch.  (Details to be announced – likely 10 AM – 1 PM).

For more information:  Nancy Reeves, Assistant Director of Academic Success Programs.  nlr22@uakron.edu, 330-972-6809, or drop in to Room L-315  between 11 AM and 7 PM.

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