Want some great New York bar exam tips? BarWrite® has prepared five simple tips for the New York bar exam that we are pleased to share with you. These are tips that BarWrite® teaches in our BarWrite® 10-Day Coaching Group, our 4-Day Essay-MPT Combo, and our BarWrite® Global course for foreign-trained lawyers. The keys to success on the New York bar exam are understanding the limited objectives
Here are five tips for success on the New York Bar Exam, from BarWrite®.
Bar Exam Tip #1: Understand the Objectives Bar candidates can improve their performance by recognizing that the New York bar exam has limited objectives. The New York bar exam tests whether lawyers know basic law and have basic analytic skills. Its first aim is to provide evidence that, faced with novel fact situations, candidates can apply legal principles quickly and as a practicing lawyer might. It is not a test of general background or legal potential.
Bar Exam Tip #2: Allocate Study Time The greatest challenge of the New York bar exam is that the time allotted for demonstrating that one knows and can apply the law is so short. Because all the basic rules of law must be top-of-mind during the exam, and because there is so much law to learn, preparing for the exam requires some memorizing. Preparing takes two months of full-time study, with no distractions. Working while studying for the exam is inadvisable.
Bar Exam Tip #3: Focus on the Most Tested Rules of Law Doing well on the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) requires a focused strategy. The right study strategy for the MBE is to focus ruthlessly on learning and doing practice questions on the most-heavily tested rules of law. The areas we recommend concentrating on include contract formation, negligence, exceptions to hearsay, and witness impeachment. The topics students usually want to spend the most time studying are the things they have trouble with, like third-party beneficiaries. Often, however, those topics are not intensively tested. In addition, obviously, students must also learn the other topics.
Bar Exam Tip #4: Master Time Management for the Bar Exam Essays Train Yourself Prior to the New York Bar Exam Essays. There are five New York essays, requiring roughly 45 minutes each. Bar candidates can learn to read and outline a question in 15 minutes. They can learn to write a paragraph in five or six minutes. In BarWrite classes, our teaching assistants use a stopwatch to train students to write a paragraph in five or six minutes. This means they can write a five-paragraph essay in 30 minutes. That's the most effective way to manage the time on the New York essays.
Bar Exam Tip #5: Use a 5-35-45-5 Strategy on the Multistate Performance Test (MPT) Time is the biggest challenge on the MPT. The strategy we suggest is to spend 5 minutes outlining, and 35 minutes analyzing the instructions meticulously and plowing relentlessly through the File and Library materials. Then, divide the writing task into time-limited sections, and spend 45 minutes writing. That leaves you 5 minutes for checking everything. We practice these skills and teach our unique MPT-Matrix in our MPT Boot Camps.
Conclusion on How to Pass the New York Bar Exam
Bar candidates can succeed on the New York bar exam. The first aim of the bar exam is to provide evidence that, faced with novel fact situations, candidates can apply legal principles quickly and as a practicing lawyer might. They will succeed best if they set aside two months to prepare for the exam, focus their preparation on fulfilling the limited objectives of the exam, and prioritize their study ruthlessly.
We use these strategies in designing our BarWrite® 10-Day Coaching Group, our 4-Day Essay-MPT Combo, and our BarWrite® Global course for foreign-trained lawyers. If you need help passing the New York bar exam, BarWrite® is here to assist you. Visit us at BarWrite.com. Study Dr. Gallagher's book Scoring High on Bar Exam Essays, for the essays. For the MPT, study her book Perform Your Best on the Bar Exam Performance Test (MPT). Study the free information on our BarWrite® web site. Then if you still have questions, write to us at Staff@BarWrite.com. ###