Top Three Takeaways from Bar Exam Essay Practice

When studying sample answers, after completing closed book practice tests under timed conditions, focus on how to improve.  Don’t be too critical of yourself.  Remember, you did a great job by digging in and working the practice test!  The key is in the learning you do from the practice work, though.  So, at a minimum, focus on at least these three points:

  1. Did I miss any major issues?
  2. Did I write any rules incorrectly or incompletely?
  3. Was my organization clear and logical, with headings and subheadings to show the grader my logic?

1. If you missed issues, go back to the fact pattern and see which facts triggered the missed issue(s).

2. If you missed rules, go back to your outlines and study them.  Make flash cards.  And, learn any concepts you missed not just because you didn’t have it memorized but because you truly don’t understand the rule.

3. As to organization, go into the model or sample answers, and highlight where the Issue, Rule, Analysis, and Conclusions are stated. Compare to your own answer.  And adjust your organization to be as clear and logical as the sample passing answers.

Bottom line, keep practicing.  Keep up the hard work! Slow and steady wins the bar exam race!

Author: Sara J. Berman

Sara J. Berman, a graduate of the UCLA School of Law, is a Professor of Law and Assistant Dean at the Touro Law Center. She formerly served as a Director at the Washington DC-based Center for Legal Education Excellence.

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