Conversation with an Ohio Bar Examination Grader

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain invaluable insight into the Ohio Bar Exam!

You are invited to a behind-the-scenes peek at the Ohio Bar Exam with Charles Price, former grader for the Ohio Bar Examination.  Mr. Price was responsible for writing a model answer and grading one essay question for each bar exam from 2006 to 2015, typically in contracts, civil procedure or evidence.

Thursday April 28 – 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

The location will be announced once we have an idea of room size needed.  Please sign up here.

(If space is limited, preference will be given to those taking the bar exam this summer.)

A light meal will be provided.

For more information, contact Nancy Reeves, Director of Academic Success.   nlr22@uakron.edu

 

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Interested in the New York State Bar Examination? Must Read Information

The law school received the following information on March 28, 2016 from John J. McAlary, Executive Director of the New York State Board of Law Examiners.

In conjunction with the adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) in New York, the State Board of Law Examiners was directed by the Court of Appeals to create an on-line course, known as the New York Law Course (NYLC), and an on-line, open book exam on New York specific law, known as the New York Law Exam (NYLE).

A candidate seeking admission in New York must take the NYLC and take and pass the NYLE, in addition to earning a score satisfying New York’s passing score on the UBE, prior to be being certified to one of our Appellate Division departments for a character and fitness investigation.

The Board expects to make the NYLC available by early April. Applicants will be required to view recorded lectures on 12 subjects covered by the NYLC and NYLE. When viewing the lectures the first time, applicants will be required to answer questions during the course of each lecture, to assure that they are attentive to and gaining an understanding of the material presented.  Applicants will be able to review the lectures again, if they wish, at a later time, without answering the embedded questions.

The NYLE will be administered this year on May 26th, August 18th, October 13th, and December 15th.  Details regarding the NYLC and NYLE requirements can be found on our website at http://www.nybarexam.org/UBE/UBE.html.

The Board has prepared comprehensive Course Materials for the NYLC and NYLE. Those materials are now also available on our website at  https://www.nybarexam.org/Content/CourseMaterials.htm. All of the questions that will appear on the NYLE will be based on these materials and can be answered by reference to them.

Although the NYLE is an open book exam, it will be a rigorous one. Time will not permit an applicant to research the materials for the answer to every question.  Preparation for the NYLE by taking the NYLC and studying the Course Materials will be necessary.
Executive Director

For further information, please call New York State Board of Law Examiners or visit their website:
Phone 518 453-5990
FAX 518-452-5729
http://www.nybarexam.org

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Bar Exam: Tuesday MPT Exam Simulation Tuesday and Saturday ELC workshop series

Tuesday, February 16,  6:30 – 8:00:  MPT Exam Simulation

Buckingham 101 – Food and casual conversation starting @ 6 PM

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 before February 23 (or July 26 – for those of you taking the July bar exam).

Sign up here – so I bring enough food & MPT prompts

Essential Legal Concepts

Akron Law’s free ESSENTIAL LEGAL CONCEPTS (ELC) workshop series is designed to help prepare you for the upcoming bar exams.  The workshops will help you understand what to expect from the bar exam and will provide you with essential skills needed to effectively study for the Ohio Bar exam.  It is being taught by Adjunct Professor Joann Leong, a judicial clerk in the 9th District Court of Appeals.  Professor Leong has also worked reviewing essays for BarBri, and as a private bar tutor, for several years.

Akron Law strongly encourages your enrollment in this workshop.  It is not designed to replace any bar exam preparation course you are taking, but rather as a supplement.

The remaining two workshops will be held on the following days from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m in L-301. 

Saturday, February 20 – Focus on the Multistate Bar Exam (multiple choice)

Saturday, February 27 – Focus on the Multistate Performance Test (90 minute, closed universe question)

(You will benefit from the last two classes, even if you were unable to attend the first two – sign up here)

Questions:  Nancy Reeves, Assistant Director of Academic Success Programs

nlr22@uakron.edu

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Bar Exam Multiple Choice Strategies Workshop – Thursday

 Thursday, February 4, 5:30 – 8:00:  MBE Strategies and Tactics – Buckingham 101

An interactive workshop on multiple choice strategies.  Practice with questions released by the NCBE to help you eliminate wrong answers, avoid being misled by sneaky tricks,  and choose between the two remaining choices.  Beyond the interactive practice, you will receive a compilation of strategies compiled from  multiple sources.  [This workshop is similar to the Fall 2015 ALA MBE strategies lecture – but significantly different from earlier ALA classes.]   These Academic Success Workshops are designed for students and alumni preparing for the February bar exam, but are also open to students and alumni preparing for the July bar exam, space permitting.

Food and casual conversation from 5:30 – 6:00.  The formal workshop will run approximately an hour and a half, beginning at 6:00.  Please sign up here so I know how much food to order!

Remaining workshops in the series:

  • Tuesday, February 9,  6:00 – 8:00:  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.  [Similar to any ALA class, updated to include less formal outline techniques]
  • Thursday, February 11, 5:30 – 7:30  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. 
  • Tuesday, February 16, 5:30 – 7:30 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 13, 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.

 (The series of 5 workshops + the Half-day Hangout will be repeated twice leading up to the July exam)

Questions:  Nancy Reeves, Assistant Director of Academic Success Programs

nlr22@uakron.edu

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Bar exam coming soon? Dont miss the ELC workshops!

Are you Taking the February or July 2016 Bar Exam?
You are encouraged to attend the ELC workshop series

Akron Law’s free ESSENTIAL LEGAL CONCEPTS (ELC) workshop series is designed to help prepare you for the upcoming bar exams.  The workshops will help you understand what to expect from the bar exam and will provide you with essential skills needed to effectively study for the Ohio Bar exam.  It will be taught by Adjunct Professor Joann Leong, a judicial clerk in the 9th District Court of Appeals.  Professor Leong has also worked reviewing essays for BarBri, and as a private bar tutor, for several years.

Akron Law strongly encourages your enrollment in this workshop.  It is not designed to replace any bar exam preparation course you are taking, but rather as a supplement.

The workshops will be held on the following days from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m in L-301. 

Saturday, February 6 – Introduction to the Ohio Bar Exam*

Saturday, February 13 – Focus on the Ohio Essay Exam

(The February Half-day Hangout, with food and informal bar conversation, immediately follows the workshop on the 13th)

Saturday, February 20 – Focus on the Multistate Bar Exam

Saturday, February 27 – Focus on the Multistate Performance Test

July examinees are encouraged to attend all 4 sessions, but please attend even if you can’t make it to every workshop

February examinees are invited to attend the first  three sessions.

Contact Nancy Reeves at nlr22@uakron.edu for access

*If you are not taking the Ohio bar exam, the course is not specific to your bar exam.  The concepts are similar in most jurisdictions and you are still welcome to participate.

Please Register Here!

You can also register by e-mailing Nancy Reeves at nlr22@uakron.edu

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