As the Exam Approaches…

Two weeks until the exam… By about two weeks from the exam, you should be finished with all of the PMBR MBE questions. Do not do any more. Use this time to work on state specific essays or the MEE essays, whichever or both (like Rhode Island) you will face, and the MPT if your state(s) use it. T...  Read more

Weekends

I did my 50 PMBR questions on Saturday morning, finished up the outlines I couldn’t finish during the week, and quit. Sundays were off limits. Go to the beach. Do anything but do not study. You will get more out of giving your brain and eyes a chance to recover than you will by forcing them to do ...  Read more

Essays…

Outlining provides the substance for the essays. However, the best way (for me) to learn how to answer bar exam essay questions was to read the bar exam essay questions and answers in the books they provide for your state(s). Bar exam essays must be answered as you would answer a first year law scho...  Read more

Day 13 to Finish…

On Day 13, you are back to Evidence (assuming that was the first subject in the PMBR book). Before you begin to answer questions 51 – 100, you have to add a step. Take the legal pad with your Evidence notes on it and read the notes you made. When you finish reading the notes, answer the next 50 qu...  Read more

Days 7–12…

First 1/3 of the day… Here’s where we really get started. The night before Day 7, set your alarm clock for 5:00 a.m. When it goes off in the morning, get out of bed. I am serious. Get out! It would be pathetic if you can’t make it one day without falling off the wagon. Brush your teeth and g...  Read more

Days 1-6…

The first 6 days of bar prep should be limited to the 6-day PMBR or an equivalent MBE prep course. I did nothing other than what was required to prepare for each day. Any time left over was mine and I didn’t use it for bar prep. This 6-day course was good for 3 reasons. First, it sets the mood. Wh...  Read more

Laying the foundation…

Before you listen to what I did to help me pass the Rhode Island and Massachusetts bar exams with the hope that it might help you pass your exam(s), consider the following and adjust your plan accordingly. First, I used BARBRI and both the 6 and 3 day PMBR programs. I do not advocate for either and ...  Read more

Bar Exam Prep: Introduction

Taking the bar exam can be an overwhelming event. Preparing for it will be. Having a plan in place before you begin to study for the bar exam not only increases your chances of passing it the first time, it will keep you sane when your law school friends are losing their minds worrying about whether...  Read more