Bar Exam Skills Workshop – Today!

 Bar Exam Basics – a Series of 5 Workshops

College of Arts and Sciences Room 136 (for the first two workshops)

College of Arts and Sciences Room 144 (for the last three workshops)

Each workshop is offered at 1:30 and 5:30, with the exception of the Half-Day Hangout

Thursday, June 9, PM- Essay Structure Workshop

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.  [Similar to ALA lecture on essays.]

  • Food & informal Q&A starts at 1:00 for the 1:30 workshop and 5:30 for the 6:00 PM workshop
  • 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!
  • Featuring Apple Crisp (in addition to the usual Jimmy John’s fare)


The rest of the Workshop Series + the Half-Day Hangout

  • Wednesday, June 15 –   MPT Organizing Strategies (CSA 136)
  • Tuesday, June 21 – MBE Strategies and Tactics (CSA 144)
  • Monday, June 27 –   Making up the Rules (CSA 144)
  • Tuesday, July 5 –  MPT Exam Simulation (CSA 144)
  • Saturday, July 16, 12:00 – 5:00 PM:  Half-day Hangout (Law school)



I apologize if you are preparing for the July Bar Exam and are just hearing of today’s (Thursday’s) workshop.  I have been trying to reach you since Monday – but I have heard from several of you that you are no longer receiving (or have not ever received) my emails.

If you are among the alumni preparing for the bar exam who has not received up to 4 emails from me and one from Chris Crull (Assistant Director of Academic Success) since Monday, please let me know via email at  We’re working with IT (and looking for a work-around) to fix the communication challenges!


Not quite an alumni but want a head start?

If you are nearly ready to take the bar exam (graduating in December or next May) and just want an early start, feel free to come join the fun (and food)!    For the essay workshop, bring any multi-issue hypothetical you have written for any subject (response and preferably the prompt as well) – or try your hand at writing an actual Ohio essay and bring it (you can find tons at the bottom drop-down box here)

Questions?  Contact Nancy Reeves, Director of Academic Success, at