You Have Come This Far, Don’t Fear the Bar

As this is the approximate halfway mark into your bar examination studies I feel that it is prudent to remind students not to freak out. Yes, the study period is half over…which means you still have half of the study period to go and plenty of time to complete assignments, practice questions, do practice exams, and so forth.

While Bar Prep is not known for being fun or stress-free, it is important to remember the concept of mind over matter and shifting your perspective so that the Bar Exam is not your worst nightmare or a monster come test day. Now, I am not saying that it will be a dream or your best friend  – that would be a lie. But be diligent in your studies and go into the exam with the best frame of mind possible, knowing that you can pass the exam and you have prepared for it, and success will be just around the corner.

Lastly, I had a person ask me about tips I posted a little while ago. They asked with a healthy skepticism the why and how about my song/nursery rhyme tips. The why is because it can be almost fun and when put to a well known song or poem or nursery rhyme, quite memorable. The how? Well, without further ado, here is an example of one I somewhat embarrassingly wrote to the immortal tune of “Ice Ice Baby”:

Alright stop – adjudicate and listen, Brandeis is here with a landmark opinion,
Could be on free speech or right to privacy,
Olmstead, Louisville, even Erie don’t scare me,
Can you forum shop?
Under Erie, hell no,
Avoid inequity too, ‘n then go
To the extreme ‘cause exam day is comin’
Know Jurisdiction, pleadings, and how to motion,
Brandeis-eis baby Brandeis-eis baby….

Torts
Let’s talk the Intentional,
Startin’ with battery to be conventional,
Find intent, act, causation; go analytical,
Establish intent and look for contact,
Harmful or offensive and caused by D’s act,
Remember transferred intent,
Proof of damage? Not required,
But remember consent,
If it’s in a problem, yo don’t sweat it,
It’s a defense if in the scope and valid,
express consent baby, implied consent yeah baby,
both count, both count,
express and implied consent  yeah baby,
both count, both count.

Before anyone asks, no, I am not currently signed to a record label despite my undeniable talents

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Bar Prep Tips: Why You Should Not Panic Yet

Whether you were sick, caught up in the holiday spirit, traveling for the holidays, or otherwise were unable (or unwilling) to stay on schedule for Bar Studying, there is a chance you may be a bit panicky upon resuming your study schedule. While the degree of panic likely varies with how far behind you fell, it is not time to panic yet and to do so this early on could well have an adverse impact on the resumption of your studying.

  1. Assess what you missed and draw up a schedule: Rather than constantly checking your schedule of assignments and getting anxiety over those which you missed, take an inventory of sorts of the assignments and their types and plan a schedule that will get you caught up in a reasonable amount of time. DO NOT make an unrealistic schedule; set achievable goals. Otherwise, your stress levels will likely increase if you do not meet your goals.
  2. Determine what you NEED and look to the MBE: Did you miss a major MBE topic? If so, prioritize the MBE topic over a non-MBE topic. Why? The 7 MBE topics constitute 50% of your exam score and are also fair game for essay testing and often provide a foundation for topics reserved for the essay portion (Example: Contracts and Property are foundational for Trusts/Wills/Secured Transactions; Constitutional Law and Civil Procedure are foundational for Conflicts of Law, etc.). In UBE jurisdictions, that means MBE topics can account for 50% up to –  arguably -65% [Note: I know the actual math would be 80% if tallying the MEE and MBE portions, but it would be irrational to think that the 6 essays will be strictly or only on the MBE topics, but I can foresee potential for 3 essays or the equivalent of 3 essays in terms of points, such as in “hybrid” essays covering more than 1 topic]. In theory nailing down MBE topics should also help with studying and understanding essay topics such as Trusts, Secured Transactions, and so on.
  3. Are you a “pro” on the/a topic you missed? If you look at the topic(s) you have missed and find that you took them during law school and feel fairly comfortable with them, rather than spend a lengthier amount of time reading those outlines, try merely reviewing the mini outlines/ final review outlines/ study sheets, or whatever shorter outline your bar prep company provides. This will save you time and allow for you to move onto lectures and practice questions faster. If there is something you do not remember or are confused about, take note of it and look in the longer outline later.
  4. Ensure you have a support system: First, if you are looking for a supportive environment or area where you can talk to other examinees/law students/graduates and so forth, message me and I will add you to a group on facebook with over 1,000 members. Next, make sure that the important people in your life understand as best they can that you cannot be disturbed or pressured into taking time off of studying due to the important nature of the bar exam and if not all of them understand, try to communicate solely with those who are supportive of your current and temporary situation.
  5. Shameless self promotion: If there is something that my materials cover and you find them helpful, please make free and liberal use of them. More contracts will be uploaded soon, but if there is a specific subtopic or even a subject you would like me to create or post materials for, contact me and request it.
  6. Mind over Matter: Remember, you are fully capable of passing this exam; you survived law school and finals and probably at least one grueling internship or placement or clinic, etc. Do not let falling behind for a bit make you question your ability to pass – there are still nearly 2 months left!

Feel free to peruse my website for other tips and tricks (more/updated posts will be coming), and look for an updated product review for Studicata tomorrow – the app has features that I had yet to discover when I first published my review and I find them helpful, hence the updated review.

Taking the February Bar Exam? Start Here.

Greetings Bar Examinees!

Some of you may be taking the February exam because you took a break after graduation, you did not pass in the summer, or perhaps are part of a program such as “Pro Bono Scholars,” programs where you take the exam in February. Regardless of which category you fall under, I strongly recommend starting early if you have not already. Most Bar Prep courses from what I have been told are beginning on or around December 18th. While you may feel that starting early is futile or question how much it can help a mere 6 days out, think about how much work you did and the things you completed or accomplished during Law School. For those retaking the exam, recall what 6 days of bar prep entailed this past summer. Trust me, you can accomplish a fair amount in 6 days, which could turn into 6 free study days before the exam, ease some anxiety by giving you a head start and a little bit of breathing room on your Bar Prep schedule.

This week, I will be posting product reviews for 2 products that I have found useful and stand out among their peers, along with discount/promotional codes for each. I will also be working on more visual aids and – if necessary – updating those which are already posted.

I plan to reorganize my materials in the near future (if you are unfamiliar with my materials, they are visual aids/flow charts/ diagrams, etc.) so that they are all in one central location and easily accessible. In sum, start studying if possible and stay tuned this week for product reviews and my own materials, and follow me on here, Twitter [@UBEstudying] and/or Tumblr [Uniform Bar Exam Study and Prep] and Instagram [ubestudying] to be alerted to tips, tricks, product reviews and discount codes, and my own visual aids, as well as the occasional motivational post, quote, or memes.

Finally, do not hesitate to contact me with questions, comments, or requests!

-BlockBusterBlawger

Game Time – Final Tips and Motivation

Now that we are in the final few days, some words of wisdom and tips…

  1. Freaking out over the mbe? Use your last few days to focus on the areas your bar prep company or supplemental materials state are most tested. For example, hearsay, negligence, individual rights/1st amendment rights (they seem roughly equal these days).
  2. Scared of the mpt’s? Don’t be. You practiced for them, you know your time limits and shortcomings by now, and everything we need is going to be in the library/file.
  3. Essay topics scaring you? Find the overlaps, look for the big picture and see if it all clicks. For example, on the UBE, look at your strictly MEE topics. Agency and business organizations flow easily, but look at conflict of laws – it is basically civ pro v. 2.0. Conflict of laws can also be mixed in with any number of topics, such as family law. Secured transactions? It’s basically an ugly baby of contracts and property law, depending on the context.
  4. Still scared of essay topics? Remember the points you can get for issue spotting and analysis, and maximize points whenever possible, such as in hybrid essays. Make sure to finish the questions but if you have no clue about a subquestion on one essay, do your best to issue spot, and then if need be, make up and apply a rule.
  5. Remember, we KNOW this stuff, it is a matter of retrieving it under pressure. 

Finally, if we do not pass, will it suck? Yes. A big disappointment? To us, yes. But remember that this test has been failed multiple times by well known jurists, senators, presidents, first lady’s, and so on. Not passing may suck but it certainly is not the end of the line, nor does it reflect your intelligence or how you will perform in whatever attorney role you take on. If you think it does, JFK Junior, Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Justice Cardozo, Governor Brown, and quite a few others would beg to differ.

So, walk in and out of the exam with your head held high, have some faith in yourself and remwmber: we can do this.

To my readers and Fellow examinees 

I just wanted to make a quick post and Explain  some of the inactivity on the website the past few Days. 

One of the 2 other contributors to this website recently lost a member of their family and given that we are good friends I had a little bit of the hiccup when it came to review and so on especially because our other contributor Is the cousin of the 1st so they are both dealing with that loss and One of them has actually opted to withdraw from the exam at this point.

While I certainly maintained my diligence and studying any extra time that I had I was doing my best to console them, But I wanted to make sure that I kept you guys in the loop so to speak and also let you know That while the exam is only weeks away I still hope to get any and all promise material to you guys buy this weekend I hope that you were all As rested as we can be at this juncture and Have at-least been able to put the other materials that we have uploaded and/or our discount codes and tips have been helpful! 

PS please forgive any and all grammatical mistakes  Such as the random words that are capitalized because I got a new phone last night and I don’t know why it’s doing that but it’s extremely irritating to me so I can only imagine that it’s extremely irritating to our view or maybe I have a pet peeve..either way.