Early Start Bar Study Group – Friday & Saturday

Come get a head start on studying for the bar exam!

Friday 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM  – OR  – Saturday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – Central Hower 307

Topics this week:

  • Essay write:  Secured Transactions (Ohio Bar Exam February 2005, Question 2)
  • Study Planning (March 22 is 62 days out from the start of bar prep – the start date one vendor suggests correlates with a significantly higher pass rate)
  • Anki flash cards

Next three sessions:

  • Sunday – April 2 @ 2:00 PM (Topic to be selected this week – no Friday/Saturday session next week)
  • Friday/Saturday – April 7/8 – Statute of Frauds & Parol Evidence
  • Friday/Saturday – April 14/15 – MBE (Multiple Choice) strategies

The study group is intended for people preparing for the July 2017 bar exam.  It’s never too early to start learning the skills you need to master the bar exam, so feel free to drop in even if you’re farther away from your bar exam!

If you’d like to participate, and you don’t yet have access to the Early Start Springboard site, let me know and I’ll add you.

Nancy Reeves – nlr22@uakron.edu

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Early Start Bar Study Group

 

Get a head start on your bar study!

A weekly bar study group will start in about a week.  It’s a good, relatively painless, way to get a head start on bar study.  One of the bar vendors has documented a substantial increase in the pass rate of students who start studying 62 days ahead of the formal start date.  This winter’s group met 2 hours a week and wrote 16 additional essays in advance of the bar exam.

This study group is geared primarily for those planning to take the July 2017 bar exam, but is open to anyone willing to dive into writing essays on Ohio bar exam subjects.

If you’re interested – vote for the days that would be best/impossible for you.  Later this week I’ll announce the meeting dates (one or two, depending on interest).

Questions?  Contact Nancy Reeves – nlr22@uakron.edu or 330-972-6809

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Bar Exam: MPT Workshop today – 6:30 PM

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.

Questions?  Contact Nancy Reeves, Director of Academic Success, at nlr22@uakron.edu

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Studying for the Bar Exam? Workshops!

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.

Contact Nancy Reeves for additional information.  NLR22@uakron.edu

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Location for the February and July 2017 Bar Exam

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

nlr22@uakron.edu

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