Bar Exam Basics – A Series of Workshops
Thursday January 12 – Organizing your MPT
Central Hower 312 – 6:30 workshop (6:00 for food and informal Q&A)
The concept of an MPT is easy. You are provided all of the law and don’t need to remember anything other than how to write like a lawyer. The execution – not so easy. The organization technique taught in this workshop allows you to organize and write your essay in the 90 minute time frame.
- Food & informal Q&A starts at 6:00 for the 6:30 PM workshop
- Please bring your computer (if you expect to take the exam using a computer)
- Sign up here so I make sure to bring enough food!
The rest of the Workshop Series + the Half-Day Hangout
- Monday, January 16 – MBE Strategies and Tactics (Room TBA)
- Thursday, January 26 – Making up the Rules (Room TBA)
- Friday, February 3 – MPT Exam Simulation (Room TBA)
- Saturday, February 11, 12:00 – 5:00 PM: Half-day Hangout (Room TBA)
Want a head start on the MPT?
One of the challenges of the MPT is getting enough time to practice during the bar preparation period. It is never too early to start! Wherever you are in your law school career, you’re invited to start working on MPTs! Sign up here.
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Bar Exam Essay Structure Workshop
Friday, January 6, PM – Essay Structure Workshop – Central Hower High Room 312
Bar graders spend an average of 2-3 minutes reading each of your essays. Those 2-3 minutes will determine whether you will earn a license to practice law. Make those minutes count! Learn to make your essays grader-friendly.
- Food & informal Q&A starts at 5:30; the workshop starts at 6:00 PM and will last until ~7:30 PM.
- Please bring your computer (if you expect to take the exam using a computer), any essay you have written, OR 2 paper copies of your essay and multiple highlighters of different colors)
- Sign up here so I make sure to bring enough food!
This is the first of five workshops offered in preparation for the February bar exam. (They will be repeated, beginning in June, for the July bar exam. Feel free to attend now, even if you are taking the July bar exam, and get a head start on preparing for the bar exam, especially if you are not taking ALA this semester.)
The rest of the workshop schedule:
- Thursday, January 12 – 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.
- Monday, January 16 – MBE Strategies and Tactics: How to approach an MBE question, and a compilation of strategies from multiple sources for avoiding NCBE sneaky tricks, eliminating wrong answers, and choosing between the last two once you’ve eliminated the others.
- Thursday, January 26 – 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.
- Friday, February 3 – 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 11, 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.
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The Ohio Supreme Court has announced that both the February and the July 2017 bar examinations will be held at the Convention Center in Columbus.
If you are graduating in December you’ll receive an email from me shortly with information about the Akron Law hotel room block for February. (We have negotiated a discounted rate at a hotel attached to the Convention Center, in case you would like to stay hear the Akron Law support staff and other Akron Law alumni.)
If you have questions about preparing for the bar exam any time during your law school career, feel free to drop in and chat.
Nancy Reeves, Director of Academic Succeess – Central Hower 308A
Get a head start studying for the February 2017 bar exam!
Feeling adequately prepared for the bar exam is more challenging these days. The NCBE increased the multiple choice subject matter contenty by 17% when it added Civ Pro (and is tweaking the property content in February), the formal bar prep period hasn’t expanded, and you may not be able to put the rest of your life on hold while you study. Shifting some of your preparation ahead of the traditional bar study period might be the solution!
Eary Start Study Group – First Meeting
Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Central Hower near my office (307)
- Multistate Performance Test (MPT)
If you’re interested, but can’t make this week – or more generally you can’t meet at the time nearly everyone else can – let me know. If there’s enough interest, I’ll run a second group. If you aren’t on my list yet, I’ll trade you a copy of the MPT prompt and access to the supporting Springboard materials for your email address. 🙂
Nancy Reeves, Director of Academic Success Programs
You are invited to learn about the bar exam from someone who has recently written Ohio bar exam questions and scored examinee answers!
Former Ohio Bar Examiner, Nick Phillips, will share his insights today (October 26) from 5:15 – 6:15 in Central Hower Room 312.
You’re also welcome to stick around for the first 2/3 of the ALA class (6:30 – 8:30) for an Alumni Panel Discussion on the bar exam. Three recent graduates, and one family member, will share what it was like to take the bar exam (or support a loved one) and emerge on the other side!
(Open to anyone, but priority will be given to those who expect to take the bar exam in February.)
Questions? Contact Nancy Reeves, Director of Academic Success