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., 330-972-6809, or drop in to Room L-315  between 11 AM and 7 PM.

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May 2015 Graduates: Dinner with Dean Wilson


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Spring Dinner with Dean Wilson

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July 2015 Ohio Bar Exam Location

The July 2015 Ohio Bar Exam will be held at  the Roberts Centre, located off I-71 between Columbus and Cincinnati.

There is a Holiday Inn on site with 100 rooms:  937-283-3200 (locally) or 1-800-654-7036

There are several hotels within 20 miles of the site:

  • Wilmington Inn, Wilmington, OH, 6.6 miles, 855-828-1972
  • Hampton Inn, Wilmington, OH, 9.3 miles, 937-382-4400
  • Holiday Inn Express, Wilmington, OH, 9.34 miles, 937-382-5858
  • Hampton Inn, Jeffersonville, OH, 15.5 miles, 740-948-9499
  • Baymont Inn, Jeffersonville, OH, 15.6 miles, 740-948-2104
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites, Jeffersonville, OH, 16.09 miles, 740-948-9305
  • Ramada Inn, Xenia, OH, 16.38 miles, 937-372-9921
  • Hearthstone Inn & Suite, Cedarville, OH, 19.29 miles, 855-802-2162
  • Quality Inn, Jeffersonville, OH, 19.4 miles, 740-426-4600
  • Holiday Inn Express, Dayton-Centerville, OH, 20.32 miles, 800-315-2621

We will begin negotiations for a block of rooms for Akron students, but if it is important for you to have an on-site (or “close”) room, you may want to make a reservation very quickly!

Nancy Reeves, Assistant Director of Academic Success


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July 2015 Ohio bar exam

Hearing rumors that there are no hotel rooms left?  Don’t panic!

The Board of Bar Examiners has not yet decided where the July 2015 Ohio bar exam will be held.  It may not even be held in Columbus.  They have suggested that an announcement will be made around March 1.

Background:  The Convention Center booked a very large convention for dates overlapping the July 2015 bar exam.  Not only did the convention book the Convention Center, they put a hold on virtually all of the hotel rooms within easy distance of the Convention Center for those dates – hence the rumors that there are no rooms available.  The Board of Bar Examiners has been working since the conflict was discovered to find an alternate location.

When I know something, I’ll pass it on to you!  In the mean time, if you have questions about the bar exam, feel free to stop by (L-315) or send me an e-mail:  Or drop in to the Half-Day Hangout on Saturday where I’ll answer your questions AND feed you!

Nancy Reeves, Assistant Director of Academic Success Programs

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Attention May 2015 Graduates

Are you taking the July Ohio Bar Exam?*
If yes, then here is your opportunity to begin to prepare.

Akron Law is offering a free workshop series called ESSENTIAL LEGAL CONCEPTS (ELC) to help prepare you for the upcoming July bar exam.  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, although it is not designed to replace any bar exam preparation course you are taking, but rather to be a supplement.

The workshops will be held on the following days from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Law School (Room L-152):

Saturday, February 7 – Introduction to the Ohio Bar Exam (Taped for later viewing)

Saturday, February 14 – Focus on the Ohio Essay Exam

Saturday, February 21 – Focus on the Multistate Bar Exam

Saturday, February 28 – Focus on the Multistate Performance Test

Three sessions remain.  You are invited to attend these three, even if you could not make the first session.  The first session was taped and will be available later this week.  Contact Nancy Reeves at for access

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


To register, please contact Nancy Reeves at or sign up here.  Please register even if you might have to miss one session.  You will still benefit from attending as many of the classes as possible.


If you have any questions regarding the workshop in general, please contact Adjunct Professor Michael Walsh at

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