Alternative Outline for Contracts and Sales, Note on Supplements, and Upcoming

Hello all,

After doing some thinking – and updating – I decided to upload my “crunch time” contracts outline, a nontraditional outline that I color coded and made in a way that (I think) flows. This may not work for some people, but I wanted to upload it to show that there is no “wrong way” to study or condense materials. The only requirement, in my opinion, is that it work for you. I also have a more traditionally styled Civil Procedure outline that I hope to upload and am in the process of updating.

I also wanted to show how some memory devices can be/were implemented, and how sometimes the best mnemonics or memory devices and tricks for YOU are not in your lectures.

Below find links to both a colorized and black-and-white PDF version of the contracts and sales outline, or find them on our Study Materials Page!

contracts and sales mini color – copy

contracts and sales mini – copy

SOON TO COME: Based on requests, I am going to work on compiling a document of memory devices, mnemonics, and tricks that I found helpful and/or came up with.

Finally, if you are beginning to freak out or feel bar-prep-company overwhelmed, I would recommend you look into or buy any supplements by tomorrow. As far as supplements I prefer and have reviewed, you can find my reviews archived on this website. You should have no difficulty with either discount link below, but if you do encounter an issue, please feel free to contact me.

STUDICATA DISCOUNT CODE/LINK: DISCOUNT
CRITICAL PASS: DISCOUNT

Studicata 2.0 Product Review & Discount Code

For those who are unfamiliar with Studicata or Studicata as a supplement, click here to learn more about Studicata and its various supplemental uses and features. The attack outlines and essay templates are still available for purchase, but this particular post is dedicated to Studicata’s new 6-week self-study program.

What is included? A copy of Emmanuel’s MBE strategies & tactics, the Studicata Battle Plan, which familiarizes examinees with the UBE, Studicata itself, and introduces a flexible prospective study schedule as well as a look at some of their test frequency data. Students also receive the Studicata Attack outlines, organized by area and accompanied by a frequency meter based on their research; condensed “Quicksheets” for last-minute review or to expedite review; access to Studicata’s quickly expanding video library and the ability to add to this library through weekly “Q&A” videos; access to a private facebook group with other examinees and law students through attorney’s; access to printable and Quizlet-App flashcards; finally, examinees receive 4 full MBE practice exams with detailed explanatory answers as to why an answer choice is correct as well as why the other 3 choices are incorrect. Finally, Studicata provides access to SEVERAL practice MEE essays and links to where an examinee can procure more, as well as various links to the NCBE study aid store or website and even to other bar exam supplement programs. This last component is what makes Studicata stand out – it truly is a product that is aimed at seeing examinees succeed.

Note that I call the schedule in the battle plan a “flexible, prospective” study schedule. The reason for this is that Studicata has a hierarchy of “Rules of Engagement” for their program, and the first and paramount among these is to do what is best for YOU, the examinee.
This may simply be my opinion or preference, but I happen to like that this program is built on and their “rules of engagement” premised on doing – first and foremost – what is good for the examinee using their product. I have found some traditional and some supplemental programs to be far too rigid in structure, almost assuming that their method of studying is THE method one should use for preparation or learning. I have also seen and heard of programs becoming overwhelming to the point that people are often seeking alternatives that conform more to their study style or simply do not make them feel overwhelmed.

Ok, but what is the cost? The Studicata self-study program is designed for 6 weeks and costs a mere $397.00. I say “mere,” because that is not only a fraction of a traditional bar prep company, or a fraction of some competitor programs, but – for perspective – it is also a fraction of whatever the cost of the device you are reading this review on, whether it be your phone, a tablet, or a laptop.

But I already bought an Emmanuel/Studicata! Have an Emmanuel that you do not want to purchase a second time? Studicata thought of that. Simply enter the coupon code “REMOVE” at checkout to deduct the price of the Emmanuel from your overall purchase.

IF YOU HAVE ALREADY PURCHASED STUDICATA AND WANT TO UPGRADE TO THE NEW PROGRAM: send an email to info@studicata.com and you may upgrade to their new system, less the cost of your original purchase.

What do I like about it? Many, many things. I have found their videos, which are really bonus content (after a fashion) to be clear and concise. I am a sucker for color-coding and find frequency analysis to be helpful and – in my experience – on point with those areas that your lecturer’s are saying to “hang a star,” next to or to focus on because they will be “heavily tested,” such as negligence in Torts. Real quick, Studicata does negligence the way negligence should be done (in my opinion) – that simple. But on top of all that, you get attack outlines that are substantially shorter that traditional bar prep outlines and yet manage to clear away the clutter and explain things in a clearer, more concise way. Furthermore, the essay templates are very, very good and I know firsthand that I am far from the only person who thinks so. For those who may not know,  the Essay Templates are fill-in-the-blank style and also are phrased in a simple manner that – where applicable – you can literally draw a flow chart or visual aid from what you are reading.

The Bottom Line: Studicata as a company now offers functions as a self-study system, and continues to sell their most popular and well-reviewed products separately as supplements. It is affordable, the staff have put a great many hours into the products themselves and frequency analysis, and it can turn what is normally a rigid and difficult experience into one that can conform to study habits and methods that you know work for YOU, rather than a program that is rigid, overwhelming, or both. Hence my high recommendation.*

I thought I read this because you had a discount code..? Truth. My discount code is here and please feel free to see and hear more about the new studicata program for yourself with Michael, the Co-founder of Studicata here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USB6fuxDWoo&feature=youtu.be

If you have further questions about studicata, I would be happy to answer them to the best of my ability. However, I am neither an agent of nor staff member at Studicata, and would therefore encourage you to use their homepage chat function or contact e-mail for any substantive questions.

*I highly recommend this product, whether an examinee opts to take the supplemental route or go for the full self-study system, but I urge examinees not to wait until the week before the exam to buy the product. This goes for ANY product.

‘Tis the Season!

Welcome one and all!

You dread – I mean…read – correctly. Another Bar Exam is upon us and for those who have not started studying early, Bar Prep is just around the corner.

But before I jump into substantive posts, polls, etc., I do want to belatedly wish a big CONGRATULATIONS to all the bar examinees who passed the July Bar Exam!

Next, I want to tell those who may not have passed in July that regardless of the number of times you have taken it, whether that was your first or fifteenth time not passing, what matters is that you are here. Meaning that if you are reading this, I am assuming you are taking the upcoming Bar Exam (I believe all registration deadlines have passed by now), which I can only assume means you have found that determination and drive to go it again. I would also point out that by having taken the exam previously, you do have a bit of an advantage in that you know what to expect on the exam days, you have become intimately familiar with the format of the exam, and hopefully you found some things that either worked better for your own personal studying and/or found things that do not work for you.

People study and absorb material effectively in different ways, and if that means that the traditional bar prep program is not your thing or their schedule was not effective for you or whatever the case may be, the important thing is that you remember that the Bar Exam is not an IQ test and it does not represent your knowledge of the law. Think about it: you could be absolutely brilliant at criminal law, constitutional law, and property law, etc. (you get the picture) but that does not mean there will be essays on those topics. Furthermore, you could be brilliant in a subject, got an A+ in law school, etc., but maybe there are some MBE questions that fall into the one single subcategory of a subtopic of a subject. In other words, not passing the bar exam (note/tip: take the word ‘fail’ out of your vocabulary) is not a reflection on your intelligence or abilities as a lawyer. One last point to illustrate this/some food for thought: If you went to law school to be a litigator – private or public, it doesn’t matter – where precisely are your skills as a litigator tested? To the extent that one could argue those skills are tested, how analogous is that to a real life scenario? Does a 90 minute MPT or a 30 minute essay really reflect your best briefs, allow you to show your courtroom demeanor and strategies? In real life are you ever going to be disallowed from doing something that you were likely taught to do in law school – shepardizing, researching, staying abreast of the newest law etc.? I think these are points to remember and think on if you are repeating the exam. Do not let the past define your future, do not let this exam turn into more of a monster than it already is. It is just a hurdle you need overcome to get to the place you want to be, and every single one of you can pass this time around.

That said, repeat takers and first time takers alike, welcome and stay tuned for additional tips and tricks, supplement reviews, discount codes, alternate ideas or study strategies, and more!

July Homestretch Motivation

Hi all,

I wanted to do a quick post after consulting my calendar and realizing that not only is it July 1, but in give or take 20-some days you will be sitting for the Bar Exam. I just want to say and for you to know that AHHHH OH MY GOD THE NEVER ENDING SUMMER IS NOW TOO CLOSE TO ENDING AND YOU SHOULD BE BUGGING OUT!

Apologies, but I know that the majority of you are feeling at least some component of the above statement and wanted to reassure you that is normal, both for first time takers and repeat takers. First timers, it will be a new experience for you and it is unlike any exam you have previously taken and you are probably nervous or afraid and may  be taking the exam in very unfamiliar locations. Repeaters, I think it’s a safe bet to say there is a fear of not passing again and like first-timers, you may also not be in an ideal or familiar location. It doesn’t matter.

Stay calm, and study on. Give yourselves credit for the amount of work you have put in thus far, and keep practicing and reviewing. Remember: mind over matter. Whether you are a bit (or very) scared, anxious, uncomfortable, or anything of that sort, sit down with a sibling or parent or – if they are not taking the exam – a very good friend, and just start talking about the law, talk about issues and how or why X doesn’t matter because the law states you need Y and Z. Literally verbally regurgitate what you know or recall, even if you decide to record yourself or simply read material out loud. I found that doing so tended to boost my confidence, underscore the result of all the time and hard work I had put in, and also illuminate areas that required clarification.

I know that July 1st seems to have this psychological effect on a lot of examinees despite the fact that, from another point of view, it’s just one day fewer than you had yesterday. Be confident, be strong, and do not let last minute nerves or fear of not passing send your study schedule/system into disarray or deter you from sitting for the exam. To paraphrase Nelson Mandela:

Courage is not an absence of fear, but the strength to overcome it.

 

 

Survey/Poll – Last Chance!

Hi Folks!
Last week I posted an anonymous survey/poll and was hoping for more responses so that I could do a post on what the data indicates and it is also set for results to be viewable (by you) upon completion. It’s just 3 questions and again, anonymous. The data I am trying to get is where I should focus study aids and strategies or tips on MBE topic-wise, confidence level at ROUGHLY the halfway mark, and % complete at this point. In other words, the questions are which MBE topic you worry about most, selecting a range for your % complete, and choosing an answer to describe your confidence level.

Currently (and surprisingly) Constitutional Law is the most “worriesome” topic for the MBE thus far; I thought it would be property and/or evidence, which are in 2nd and 3rd place. The survey link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X5Y8GMJ or can be found in my original post Here

Keep studying!

Time for a Quick Survey and Post

Just a 3 question survey for examinees to help see if commonalities exist, general confidence, and what MBE topic you feel worst about – even if it is essays on the topic that scare you. It is completely anonymous. You can take the survey HERE!

Tips, Tricks, Strategies, and Examples

Hello Examinees!

Due to requests, I decided to post some of my memory devices for various areas of law. I will endeavor to continue adding additional topics and subtopics, but for now I figured I would post what I have.

Criminal Law:S_64271a8f-750a-4912-b35e-acdb873ef200SELRES_64271a8f-750a-4912-b35e-acdb873e
For criminal law, I focused on intent because not only can you list out crimes by memorizing the different categories of intent, but you know which defenses can apply to a crime in light of its intent requirement.
SPECIFIC INTENT: Specific Intent crimes are a CATS BAFFFLER (note the extra ‘f’). Conspiracy, ATtempt, Solicitation (the inchoate crimes), and Burglary, Assault, Forgery, False pretenses, First degree murder, Larceny, Embezzlement, Robbery.
GENERAL INTENT: “I learned General Intent Crimes in My KRIB. Manslaughter, Kidnapping, Rape, false Imprisonment, and Battery.

Evidence:
This may look familiar, as my law school professor and some supplements and at least one bar prep program use it but here we go:
Hearsay EXCLUSIONS (no unavailability required) “I Learned Hearsay Exclusions on PBJ PAPERS.” Learned: learned treatise; PBJ = public records, business records, judgements of prior convictions; PAPERS: Present sense impression, Ancient documents, Past physical condition [for med diagnosis or treatment], Excited utterance, Recorded recollection and State of mind (present state of mind).
NOTE: If it works better for you just PBJ PAPERS or vice versa, but while it is not heavily tested for some reason it seemed for class and bar prep one extra one that is tacked on is learned treatise so that is why I made it into that sentence. There are other exclusions which do not require unavailability but I’m assuming/from my experience are scarcely tested like vital statistics and family records under the same provision [FRE 803].
Hearsay Eexemptions: “HE Packs A Powerful Punch” (Hearsay Exemptions: Prior inconsistent statement, Admissions*, prior consistent statement, and prior statement of ID;
*on admissions: ‘admissions run on C-JAVA’ or alternatively ‘admissions run on Coffee & JAVA [Co-conspirator, Judicial, (And) Vicarious Admissions].
Non-Hearsay uses of out of court statements that are valid LIKE Me – Independent Legal significance (the order of the L and I are reversed but it never hurt me), Knowledge of listener, Effect on listener, and [state of] Mind (or Mental state).

Torts: Here I used analogies (Harry Potter, specifically the Chamber of Secrets)
Assault: Ron assaulted Draco even though Ron suffered the harm and was the initial aggressor because [Draco’s] words are inadequate provocation and thus by casting the Slug-Vomiting charm, Ron put Draco in imminent apprehension of bodily harm.
Battery: Draco could have battered and would have battered Harry but for the fact that they were in a dueling club amidst a dangerous climate in the school, so consent is implied at the very least.
Transferred Intent: One could further argue that Justin Finch-Flechy was also assaulted by Draco via the snake he conjured because there was intent which was transferred (i.e. transferred intent applies to assault) and Draco’s action put Justin in reasonable apprehension of an imminent harmful or offensive contact and thus Justin can recover nominal but in same cases punitive damages. However, a court could rule either way depending on whether they find that Justin’s presence at the dueling club constituted implied consent.
Then if you want to have some fun, pretend one of them won their claim or that instead, Justin or Draco’s parents sued Lockhart and Snape for negligence. Look to the standard/duty owed in the situation and whether it was breached, the cause of the injuries (but-for and proximate causation), and the injury at issue (damages!).

I hope people find some of these to be helpful and at the very least demonstrate some of the alternative and suggested methods of memorizing the law. Any feedback is welcome!

Study hard!