Bar Exam: Making up the Rules

Making up the Rules

Tuesday, June 20 – L-325

1:00 PM & 6:00 PM

(Food and casual conversation starting 30 minutes ahead of the workshop)

By now the reality of just how many rules there are to memorize is probably hitting you.  It is is unlikely you will be able to perfectly remember every single rule on the bar exam.  (Don’t worry too much – no one remembers them all perfectly – why do you think the “better” released answers are so bad?)

This interactive workshop focuses on how to use your general legal knowledge and the facts in the prompt to help you salvage your essay when your mind blanks out at the most inopportune time.  The techniques are not only good for when your mind blanks, but for fine tuning and customizing the unwieldy rules your bar vendor often supplies and for spotting issues you may have missed.  [This is similar to Spring 2017 ALA, but with entirely new rule snippets.  This is different from earlier ALA classes.]

Sign up here so I make sure to bring enough food!

Remaining workshops in the series:

  • Thursday, June 29  – 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.  [Similar to the ALA course – with a different set of questions]
  • Monday, July 10 –  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.  (I will select an essay that is not used by any vendor this year, and was not used in ALA in 2016-17.)
  • Saturday, July 15, 12:00 – 5:00 PM:  Half-day Hangout:  Homemade food (sloppy joes or a summer soup, multiple varieties of hummus, veggies), 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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Bar Exam Workshop 2: Organizing your MPT

 

Strategies for organizing your MPT and completing it in 90 minutes

Wednesday, June 14 –  L-325

2:00 PM (immediately following the Bar Taker’s Luncheon)

OR

6:00 PM (light supper & casual conversation starting at 5:30 PM)

 

An MPT (multi-state performance test) is easy, in theory.  You don’t need to know anything other than how to write like a lawyer.  The reality – not so easy.  The organizing technique taught in this workshop helps to organize and write your essay in the 90 minute time frame.  This is the longest workshop – it will last approximately 2 hours.

  • Sign up here – so I make sure to get enough food for the evening session 

Even if you’re not preparing for the bar exam this summer, feel free to come!  The MPT doesn’t require any specific legal knowledge and it is never too soon to start mastering the bar skill that often requires the most practice.

Questions – nlr22@uakron.edu

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Bar Exam: Essay Structure Workshop

Akron Law Bar Exam Skills Workshops

Essay Structure Workshop

Wednesday, June 7:  12:30 PM or 5:30 PM – L 325

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.   Learn to make your state essays grader-friendly so that those minutes show off your fantastic legal knowledge!   [Similar to ALA session on essay structure.]

  • Food & informal Q&A starts at 12:30/5:30; the workshop starts at 1:00/6:00 PM and will last no more than an hour and a half.
  • Please bring your computer (if you expect to take the exam using a computer), an electronic copy of 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!

Feel free to attend one, or all, of the workshops.  Questions?  nlr22@uakron.edu

The rest of the Workshop Series

  • Wednesday, June 14 –   MPT Organizing 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 organizing technique taught in this workshop allows you to organize and write your essay in the 90 minute time frame.  This is the longest workshop – it will last approximately 2 hours.  [Similar to any ALA class]
  • Tuesday, June 20  –   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.  [Similar to the Spring 2017 ALA – with different essay snippets for rule generation]
  • Thursday, June 29  – 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.  [Similar to the ALA course – with a different set of questions]
  • Monday, July 10 –  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.  (I will select an essay that is not used by any vendor this year, and was not used in ALA in 2016-17.)

 

  • Saturday, July 15, 12:00 – 5:00 PM:  Half-day Hangout:  Homemade food (sloppy joes or a summer soup, multiple varieties of hummus, veggies), 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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Early Start Bar Study – Friday/Sunday

Early Start Bar Study meets Friday @ 2 PM and Sunday @ 6:30 PM in Central Hower 307 (or across the hall in 312 if our room is being adversely possessed by a motley crew of 1L students studing for finals (you know who you are!) )

The essay this week will be a Corporations essay (posted on the Springboard site).  If you skipped Corporations in law school you will have to learn the material via a 3 hour lecture during bar prep.  Drop in Friday or Sunday and get a head start. That way you will be familiar with the language, concepts, and question structure before you encounter it during bar prep.

Anyone who wants to start writing bar essays is welcome to join – but this study group is particularly geared to people taking the bar exam in July 2017.

Questions?  Nancy Reeves nlr22@uakron.edu.

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Early Start Bar Study Group

Early Start Bar Study Group – Central Hower 307

Fridays @ 2 PM

Sundays 6:30 PM

This week we’ll write a Secured Transactions essay  (available on the Springboard site)

The study group is open to anyone who has a bar exam in their future and who is interested in getting a head start.  (It is primarily designed for people preparing for the July 2017 bar exam, but at least one participant is preparing for the July 2018 exam!)

For information (or to be added to the Springboard support site), contact Nancy Reeves, Assistant Dean for Academic Success – nlr22@uakron.edu

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