Own the Bar: Studicata Product Review & Discount

Studicata Product Review and Discount Code

Product Type: Study supplement/aid, rule drilling, issue spotting for the MBE, UBE/MEE, and California Bar Exams. If you already know about Studicata and are simply looking for the discount code, it is: UBESTUDYING and will save you 20% off of your purchase.

  • I have classified this as a study supplement because while the product is phenomenal, there are no practice or graded essays to gauge your score. However, it is excellent for understanding and memorizing rules and issue spotting, which will serve examinees well on the essay portion

Who is it for? Examinees sitting for the UBE/MEE, or the California Bar Exam (35 states, plus Guam, Mariana Islands, Palau, and the Virgin Islands). To see the full list of jurisdictions, click HERE.

Rating: 4.75/5 stars

Mobile App: Yes, for flashcards.

What is it and What do you get? Studicata is a 3-in-1 product that includes detailed outlines (“Attack Outlines”), Flashcards, and short Summaries. In their words, you attack, drill, and master with each product, respectively.

Attack Outlines: The attack outlines cover every testable subject and its sub-topics in a well-organized, logical order and include the proper/necessary legal terminology, but in my opinion, are also worded in such a way as to promote understanding a concept rather than merely providing something to attempt to memorize. Understanding is key to the analysis and application of a rule, be it an essay or an MBE fact pattern.

  • The attack outlines are also beautiful in contrast to the black and white of bar prep company outlines, with color on topic headings and a colored scale ranging from orange to blue to grey, which shows the test frequency (and arguably the importance) of a rule or concept based on research conducted by Studicata of past Bar Exams. This is certainly where I would recommend starting. Remarkably, the attack outlines are also substantially shorter than the two outline books that bar prep companies send to you – my attack outline document is just under 200 pages, which I believe equates to roughly 3 MBE topic outlines.

The Flashcards come in 3 different PDF files which give you different options on how to print them (i.e. front and back, foldable, etc.) and comes with an app. They are therefore exceptionally easy to print, and you can bring them wherever you go through the app.

  • Flashcards come for every topic testable on the UBE (MBE and MEE) and presumably for every topic tested in California and other territories. One of the great things about the flashcards is that they do not just cover rules and concepts, but there are also cards that focus solely on issues and gateway issues. In other words, Studicata has incorporated issue spotting and how certain analyses go into their flashcards. Thus, on top of drilling the rules, exceptions, and concepts, you can drill issue spotting and analysis, all of which are important to your essay writing.
  • The App: I am so impressed with the app that Studicata has developed that I feel the need to comment on it separately. This app comes with several different modes that are useful and allow the user to use several or a single study method to learn, including allowing the user to create custom study sets and even allow you to create folders to organize said study sets. The first study mode is Learn, where the user chooses a topic and goes through a set of flashcards, reading the substance of the card (be it a rule or an issue) and then the user must choose from 4 possible answers as to what the substance is. If you get a card incorrect, it alerts you and shows you the card a second time immediately thereafter for review. The next mode is Flashcards, which is the most like using physical flash cards – you read one side, swipe, and read the other. This mode also allows the user to “favorite” flashcards and for audio learners, you can click a button and the app will read the card to you. Write mode also has audio, or you can not turn your volume off and simply read one side of the flashcard, and you type (or “write”) the concept, rule, etc. and enter your answer. If you get one incorrect, it shows the correct answer and requires you to type it before moving on, which is another excellent way to retain information. Match mode shows a total of 12 cards (6 for one side, 6 for the other) and the user must match the name of the rule, statute, etc., with its definition. This may sound too easy, as process of elimination or carefully reading the cards would allow the user to figure out the match. While that may be true, I submit to you that that approach can help you learn. However, there is a catch: you are timed, so you have the time pressure component and can try to go faster each time. Not only is this a somewhat fun exercise, particularly in the context of studying for the Bar Exam, but in this blogger’s opinion the timer bringing in a speed component will prove fruitful when time demands you to recall rules or spot issues. Finally, there is Test mode, which is self-explanatory, but the user can customize the number of questions, whether you are tested by term or definition, and whether you want to answer by multiple choice, writing, or true/false (see below – click the thumbnail images to open a new tab and view full sized)

Summaries: The summaries are condensed 2 to 4 page per subject summaries that list off the rules you should know and have memorized and therefore are not only good for their condensed nature but can be used in a number of ways. I know some people who used them towards the end of studying to make up for perhaps not studying as much or as hard as one should have on a topic or were used in the same manner due to the fact that studying for the bar can be difficult in and of itself, but life happens; if you get sick and are out of commission or there is a family emergency or something else that may throw a wrench in your study pattern, and thus this could be a fast way of catching up. However, I liked to use the summaries not only as review but as a checklist. I would put a check next to a rule that I had memorized, and highlight or circle any that I misunderstood or had not entirely memorized, which I found to be a very useful self-assessment tool.

Purchasing the Product: Examinees may purchase all 3 (or 4, counting the app) products separately for $97.00 each, or get the full package/ 3-in-1 bundle for $165 dollars, which saves more than $125.00. However, you can save more money with our special discount code.

DISCOUNT CODE: To save even more, whether you bundle or only purchase 1 product, enter the 20% discount code UBESTUDYING (savings vary depending on how and what you purchase).

What do I get out of it? Nothing. I have no professional or fiscal affiliation with Studicata and do not gain any monetary benefit from posting this review or promoting their product – I chose to do this on my own.

Have Questions? If you have any further or more nuanced questions regarding Studicata, I would encourage you to visit their Homepage and use the chat function to speak to a member of their team.

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, my friend forwarded a link that he received after his purchase. Get $10 off here: http://criticalpass.refr.cc/ubestudying

Finally, in the interest of full disclosure and incorporating a disclaimer of our own, my friend does 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 current 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.