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

Condensing Down & Bar Exam Countdown

Hello All!

I have been getting questions about whether or not to condense things, if so, how to condense, and if there is enough time to do so.

My first and most important point would be if you do not feel as though you will have time to study every topic and condense them down or never did that for law school and are trying it for the first time with approximately a month left until the exam, it may not be for you. However, if you would like to condense down and feel you have enough time to do so or have done enough practice at this point that you can identify specific subtopics to focus on, go for it.

As far as my procedure regarding condensing and memorizing, I’ll use Civil Procedure and Contracts and Sales as examples, because I felt that I did nail down those outlines. In fact, none are longer than 5 pages.

The process I used: So you have your outline book (hypothetically) which has long outlines (I think contracts and sales was around 70 pages), and lecture handouts, which usually average anywhere from a mere 10 page reduction or as high as a 30 page reduction. So when viewing lectures, I took notes in the margins and if there was something I didn’t understand or needed to review, I marked it in the margins as well and inserted the relevant info. Then I used and reviewed my Critical Pass and Studicata supplemental resources to ensure my understanding and consistency among elements. Finally, I broke everything down into an outline as I understood it, including issues to spot, rules/tests, exceptions, side notes, memory devices, and abbreviations. Then, after the fact, went back and color coded them, as I was a big color-coder in law school. It sounds like a lot of work but honestly I was able to do them in 2 days (while still doing work for my prep program) and in one day if I had little to do or decided to dedicate a day to a particular topic I was weak in.

Finally, I also experimented with differing formats, which partially depended on the topic but also whether organization or substance needed to be focused on, etc.. For example, see below for a fairly non-traditional/ different outlines in terms of structure, color-coding, etc. but effective nonetheless:

 

 

If outlines are not for you, don’t worry – this post is meant for those who have asked questions regarding outlines. Keep practicing essays and MBE questions and study hard!

As a side note, I did not make outlines for every topic and also used more traditional formats, but I found that certain alternatives were more effective.

Of Supplements, Bar Studying, PLUS Studicata and Critical Pass Discounts

A lot of people have inquired of me about my opinion on supplements. I personally feel that if you are wondering about supplements for bar preparation, there is usually a reason or area that you have come across that is troubling or confusing to you.

In such situations, I think it wise to purchase them sooner than later – you do not want to be 2 weeks out from the exam and purchasing a product to desperately drill and hope some information soaks in for the MBE or MEE.

I have made plain how I feel about Studicata and its utility and you can find my full review here: Studicata Review and Discount or simply click right here and utilize my discount code, which will save you 15% off your purchase.

There are also people who have asked about Critical Pass flashcards and as far as they go, it depends; did flashcards work for you in law school? If so, they are quite comprehensive and meant for the MBE and you can find my discount code for them HERE.

Finally, stay tuned for visual aids/new material from me this week!

Critical Pass

hi folks,

With regard to Critical  Pass, just a quick reminder again that our discount referral link has changed and can be found here or, should that link not work for some reason, at this URL: http://criticalpass.refr.cc/ubestudying

Also please note that they are currently now including their app and access thereto for a 1 year period for free, and while you will need to wait for the cards to ship (either free for standard shipping or if you choose a faster method you pay for), you should be granted immediate access to their app at purchase.

That is all from me for the night, I ended at 11 and it is time for bed so I can hit the grind again tomorrow. Good night fellow Bar Preppers!

Critical Pass Flash Cards – Discount & Free Shipping!

There are mixed perceptions when it comes to what were often referred to as “commercial outlines” or “commercial study aids” for use on finals in Law School. Some readers may have used them with varying degrees of success.

However, I have heard and read many positive things about Critical Pass Flash Cards and recently met up with a friend who had purchased them. I was impressed with the quality of the cards, and liked that they were color-coded because I have long used color-coding as a study tool. Further, if your bar prep course or understanding of a specific topic differs from what the card says, the back of the cards are lined and spacious enough for supplemental notes, writing a slightly different rule, noting a question to ask a former Professor or someone with your Bar Prep Course, etc. These flashcards cover the 7 MBE Topics on the Bar Exam; in other words, they can be beneficial and their material tested on any Bar Exam in the country, not just the UBE, which this website primarily focuses on.

The reason for this post is that Critical Pass is currently having a sale whereby you can receive both the physical flashcards and the Critical Pass Mobile Application. According to their homepage, this deal will currently save anyone who orders them $99.99 by giving immediate access to their mobile application with the purchase of their physical flashcards. On top of that deal, Critical Pass (as of today) is currently listing their sales price for their flashcards as $149.99, a further twenty dollars in savings from their original price of $169.99, and it is noted that their product has been updated for the July 2017 Bar Exams.

If you follow the first link to the Critical Pass homepage above and navigate through their website, you can read reviews from prior students who made use of Critical Pass, read about their methodology, F.A.Q’s, their disclaimer, and view samples.

I felt this information was worth sharing in a post due to the apparent bargain being offered now. While I would be lying if I said I was not considering making the purchase to supplement my studying, I like that the cards are informative, can be customized, that the mobile application is temporarily included (for one year) on top of the sale they seem to be having, do not interpret this post as a suggestion to spend additional money or an endorsement as to the efficacy of the product – I have no means by which to judge them at this time. I did feel that it was worth mentioning, though, and in line with the current focus of this website.

If you would like to purchase Critical Pass Flashcards, I would recommend doing so while the aforementioned sales are still available. If you are interested in making a purchase, get $10 off here: http://criticalpass.refr.cc/ubestudying

Finally, in the interest of full disclosure and incorporating a disclaimer of our own, for every person who uses the code, I receive a $10.00 paypal credit for every person that uses the above extra discount and free shipping (I would assume the free shipping does not apply to any rushed shipping, probably only standard shipping). Finally, no contributors to this website are employed by or affiliated with Critical Pass and the positive opinions expressed are my own, based on my observations, research, and the timing of their sales as well as the additional $10.00 discount and free shipping.

Any decision to purchase Critical Pass flashcards or other products of theirs are therefore your own and should be made after doing your own research. In the meantime, if anyone has used the cards in the past please feel free to comment your opinion on them via a comment or our “Contact” page.