Bar prep opportunity for rising 2, 3, and 4Ls

One of the components of the Uniform Bar Exam (and most state bar exams) is the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). The test is a closed universe test (you don’t have to know any law), that allows you to demonstrate how well you can perform like a lawyer. It is a deceptively challenging task – and most examinees don’t respect how dificult it is, until it is too late to master the necessary skills.

You have the opportunity to change that!

For the next 2 Saturdays (June 1 & June 8), from 2:00 – 5:00, Academic Success is offering an extended MPT workshop. We’ll tackle three MPTs over the two weekends. You’ll be exposed to the most common tasks (letters, memos, and litigation documents) and at least one uncommon task (drafting interrogatories, writing a will, reviewing a contract or a policy for a customer).

There is homework for the first workshop – a first draft of the March v. Betts MPT (assigned on Friday to the students who are studying for the July bar exam). Let me know if you need a copy.

Sign up here to let me know you’re coming (or to let me know the dates don’t work for you, but you would be interested at a different time).

In addition to the Extended MPT Workshop, we’ll be starting an MPT-of-the-month club. Stay tuned for details!

Questions –

Extended Bar Prep

Extended Bar Prep Sessions through July (all meet in Room 325 unless otherwise noted):

  • Saturday 10:30 – 12:30 – this week Agency
  • Saturday 4:00 – 6:00 – Cleveland – Snow Road branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library – this week Contracts
  • Mondays 6:30 – 8:30 PM (this week topic up for grabs – what would you like?)
  • Wednesdays 2:00 – 4:00 (topic up for grabs – what would you like?) – generally led by Director Armstrong
  • Saturdays 10:30 – 12:30 – Room 325 (This week Agency) – generally led by Dean Reeves
  • Saturdays 4:00 – 6:00 – Cleveland – Snow Road branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library (This week Contracts) – led by Director Armstrong

Extended bar prep study groups are specifically intended for people studying for the July bar exam – but all are welcome. It is never too early to get started practicing essay writing for the bar exam (and refreshing your recollection of classes you’ve taken)!


Extended Bar Prep Study Groups

Get a jump start on preparing for the bar exam!

Extended Bar Prep Study Group meetings/essays this week:

  • Monday 6:30 – 8:30 PM – Secured Transactions
  • Tuesday 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM – BBA
  • Saturday 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Ohio Civil Procedure
  • Saturday afternoon (new group meeting in Cleveland) – time and subject will be announced later this week

All groups, except the new Saturday group, meet in Room 135. The sessions are a good opportunity to learn Ohio essay skills – and to refresh/start learning the subjects before you’re in the middle of bar preparation.

The study groups are designed for students taking the bar exam this summer – but anyone who plans to take a bar exam in the future is welcome! It’s never too soon to start preparing for the bar exam.


Bar Prep – Essay Structure Workshop today

Wednesday, January 16:  6:30 PM – Essay Structure Workshop – L-325:

Bar Exam 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 essay grader-friendly so that those minutes count!   Added focus this year on self-grading.  (Enhanced ALA workshop)

  • Food & informal Q&A starts at 6; 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), 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!

Future workshops

  • Saturday afternoon January 19  – MBE Systematic Problem Solving – L-325Learn BARBRI’s Systematic Problem Solving Method (New:  taught by Director Armstrong – similar to ALA and MBE, a bit more detai than the introductory session for the asynchronous course)
  • Wednesday evening, January 23 –   MPT Organizing Strategies:  This is the longest workshop – it will last approximately 2 hours.  [Similar to any ALA class]
  • Wednesday evening January 30 –   Making up the Rules: How to prepare for, and survive, your mind blanking out at the most inopportune time.
  • Wednesday evening February 13  – MBE Strategies and Tactics:  [Similar to the ALA course – with a different set of questions]
  • Wednesday evening February 5 – 7, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Full Exam Simulation – to coincide with the scheduled Themis exam sim – BYO materials (BARBRI doesn’t schedule a 3-day stretch for a full exam sim – check with me if you want to try to join this one, or adjust your BARBRI schedule)
  • Saturday, February 16, 12:30 – 5:00 PM:  Half-day Hangout:  Homemade food, last minute Q&A, and maybe a half-day of issue spotting.

All are  welcome to the workships; a similar set will be offered in advance of the July bar exam.


Extended Bar Prep – Commercial Paper this week

Extended Bar prep this week – L-325:

  • Wednesday 2-4 (Ohio Bar Exam July 2008 Q 8 – Indorser/guarator liability)
  • Wednesday 6:30 – 8:30 (same as the afternoon session)
  • Saturday 10:30 – 12:30 (Ohio Bar Exam February 2015 Q 8 – warranties & defenses)

This week’s topic is Commercial Paper (Payment Systems).  If you’re taking the Ohio Bar exam before July 2020 and didn’t get a chance to take Payment Systems – or it just didn’t gel – drop by this week and join us!