UPDATE: Easier Access to Materials!

Greetings Bar Examinees!

I just wanted to appraise you all of a quick update to the site to make accessing my materials easier. Note the new “Study Aids” option at the top of the menu. This section will only contain uploaded materials at thumbnail size, meaning you will not have to read through blog posts or search the website to find them. All uploads have been posted to That Page as thumbnail picture links, so you merely need to click on the thumbnail and a new tab with the material you clicked on will open.  Note that depending on the upload, you may need to zoom in. Right-click, save, and you are done!

I hope this makes locating and using materials easier, and I am considering making a page indexing blog posts of bar exam tips, tricks, and so forth. Happy studying!

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

Bar Exam Results

Congratulations to EVERYONE who has gotten their results and passed! 

 I know some states are still waiting – hang in there!

To those who did not pass, remember that this is not the end and you have not hit a wall but merely an inconvenient speed bump. For you and all the other February exam takers, I will be continuing with my (hopefully helpful) tips and charts/diagrams as well as posting reviews of supplemental materials or alternative study methods starting in November. 

Critical Pass & crim diagram update

hi folks, I just wanted to apoligize that the criminal law diagram has not been uploaded yet, our contributor who made the diagram sent me a copy but with the disclaimer that he had not had the time to proof read it yet and while he had checked it against his handout, had yet to run through the outline to double check for accuracy,  which was a practice we had agreed on before our first post. So, keep your eyes open for both contracts and criminal law diagrams tomorrow. 

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! 

Down to the Grind: Tips & Update

As we close in on the bar exam, a few things to note:

  1. Keep track of your time and budget it wisely. If you are taking the UBE and are NOT sure how to allocate your time I suggest locking down the “big 7” MBE topics and the MPT. Why? The MBE is 50% of the score, your MPT’s are 20%, and since the big 7 are fair game for the MEE, assume conservatively (this can be argued, but since there have been recent test sessions with as many as 4 MBE focused or related essays, I will call this a conservative estimate) that 2 of your 6 essays are either entirely MBE topics or that they will be mixed in with hybrid essays, such that they account for a portion of your total score equal to two essays. That would mean that the Big 7 and MPT’s alone can add up to 80% of your total score.
  2.  At this point, trust your gut and your practice essays and MBE question sets to identify what subjects  or subtopics need attention (i.e. identify your weak points and study, practice, review, practice, study, practice, then repeat.
  3. Whatever you do, do not panic. Remember, this exam is only as much of a beast as you make it.
  4. Use what you know! Cant fit any more mneumonics, acronyms, or songs into your brain? Use what you know best and try analogizing. Have a book or movie series you know by heart? A lot of rules and tests can be put into the context of your choice. Have a memorable law school moment or real life experience that applies? Then use that – whatever works best!
  5. Do not be afraid to ask for help! If there is a major subtopic you do not understand, reach out to someone, whether it be someone at a bar prep company or a study buddy or people online, whether it is one of us, a friend, a discussion or thread in a forum (top law schools appears to have fairly lively, and multiple, bar prep threads/discussions).

Finally, two minor announcements. Look for more tips in the future on twitter and here. They will be under a new category: “Quick Tips.” Lastly, as the exam draws nearer, expect some motivational or inspirational quotes to keep that head held high! Remember: you deserve this!

Evidence Hearsay Flowchart

Good Afternoon All,

Below I have attached two image versions of the hearsay flowchart I created today; initially a friend was supposed to do it, but he incorporated state law distinctions which made it very lengthy and more complicated than what UBE takers need. As always, feel free to contact me (or a member of our little team here) with questions, comments, concerns, requests, etc., via the Contact Page or via our instagram (ubestudying) or Twitter @UBEstudying.

The reason for the two images is that one seems to show color better than the other, but I also have them in two different sizes. If you are saving and printing, just make sure to select the “fit to page” option 🙂

Hearsay Diagram 1

hearsay diagram2

Happy Studying!

-BBB

Forthcoming Materials & Update

To my dear fellow Bar Examinees and Followers:

I wanted to provide a belated update on my last post. Last week I became quite sick and subsequently fell slightly behind in my personal study schedule, which is why the study aids (the charts and diagrams mentioned in my last post have yet to be uploaded. However, rest assured that I am rapidly catching up and fully intend on getting them to you in the near future! For the time being, please know that some of our other contributors are working on other charts and diagrams. I know one person is doing a criminal law chart that starts with Specific vs. General Intent and Strict liability and flows on from there, and another person is wading through the waters of hearsay and its exceptions. Please accept my apologies and stay tuned! Also, make sure to learn from my mistake and get enough sleep before you get sick! Happy Studying and do not forget to download our property charts if you have not already done so. If you are in stress/panic mode or significantly behind, it may be a good idea to look into our post on Critical Pass Flashcards and/or Studicata if you need to drill and memorize rules.