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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Deadline for your application to take the July 2017 Ohio bar exam is April 3

The deadline for your application to take the July 2017 Ohio bar examination is April 3, 2017.


Please see the Supreme Court of Ohio Bar Admissions website for information here.

If you have not yet picked up your Character Certificate, please do so from Room 103 (Mary Cooke’s office) in the Dean’s Suite in McDowell Law Center.

Please email Law Student Services at lawstudentservices@uakron.edu with any questions.   Thank you!

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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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Spring 2017 Substance Abuse Lecture is next Wednesday, February 1st

What is the Substance Abuse Lecture?  It is a one-hour lecture required for anyone who plans take the Ohio Bar at any time in the future.  You may attend this lecture during any semester you are in law school, and we will verify your attendance with the Supreme Court of Ohio when you graduate.

You will definitely want to make this lecture, either to fulfill this requirement now for the rest of the time you are in law school, or as your final opportunity to attend a free lecture if you haven’t yet attended and plan to graduate in Spring 2017.

Spring 2017 Substance Abuse Lecture

Date:  Wednesday, February 1

Time: 5:20 – 6:20 pm    *Please note:  ARRIVE EARLY to sign in – there will be no admittance after 5:20 pm.

Location:  McDowell Law Center Room 160

Your attendance is verified by your signing the attendance sheet as you enter the lecture.  Doors will open at 5:00 pm, and no one is admitted after the lecture has begun.  Akron Law hosts this free lecture twice each year, at the beginning of the spring and fall semesters.

If you have any questions, please email Mary Cooke at mec@uakron.edu.

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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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