(Early Start) Bar Prep

Greetings!  Two (Early Start) Bar Prep sessions this week:

Thursday 1:00 – 3:00 (L-325) and Saturday 10:30 – 12:30 (L-325).

This week’s essay will be a Civil Procedure essay.

Next week:  Likely a defamation essay.

If you’re in Thursday’s ALA class, this session will give you a little idea about what is expected as part of your pretest!

Questions:  nlr22@uakron.edu

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Akron Law Bar Exam Skills Workshops

Akron Law Bar Exam Skills Workshops

Essay Structure Workshop

Thursday, January 11:  6:30 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 6:00, the workshop starts at 6:30 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

  • Tuesday, January 16 –   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 the ALA class]
  • Thursday, January 23  – 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]
  • Tuesday, January 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.  [Similar to the ALA – with different essay snippets for rule generation]
  • Tuesday, February 6 –  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, February 17, 12:00 – 5:00 PM:  Half-day Hangout:  Homemade food (sloppy joes or a winter 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 Group – Thursday/Saturday

Want an early start on bar study?  Need an Evidence refresher?

This Thursday the Early Start Bar Study Group will write an Evidence essay.

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Thursday or 10:30 – 12:30 Saturday – L325.

I’ll post the essay on the Brightspace website

Questions?  nlr22@uakron.edu

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Early Start Bar Study Group

Want an early start on your bar exam study?  Skipped Wills?  Need a refresher on Intentional Torts?  ASP has just the thing for you!

Thursday (11/30) is another double-header.  At the request of those who attended last week, in the normal time slot (1:00 – 3:00) we’ll write a wills essay (February 2017, Essay 11).  In the second slot (3:00 – 5:00) we’ll write an intentional torts essay from February 2013 – question 7 (the same one the Saturday group wrote on the 18th – also similar to one of the essays on the ALA final).

You can find the essays here if you want a sneak preview.

Thursday 11/30 @1:00 (Wills Essay); @3:00 (Intentional torts Essay)

Questions?  nlr22@uakron.edu

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Early Start Bar Study Group – Sunday @ 3 PM

The Early Start Bar Study Group is meeting on Sunday this week at 3 PM this week in L-325.

The essay for the week is from the February 2007 bar exam, Question3 – Ohio Civil Procedure.

The study group is designed for people planning to take the bar exam in February or July, but others are welcome to join.  (You’ll all be taking the bar exam at some point, and before then the process of writing a bar exam essay is similar to writing a law school essay.)

Questions?  nlr22@uakron.edu

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