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  • Irina Trasovan, Esq. - The Trigger List

    The Trigger List is essential for anyone taking the California Bar.  The Trigger List exponentially increased the points I was getting on essays by directing me to issues that may not have been expressly implicated, but would generate points if written about. This book is unlike any other Bar prep tool I have seen--a must have!
     

  • Irina Trasovan, Esq. - WINNIN' TIME!

    If you are taking the California Bar Exam, you want to get a copy of WINNIN' TIME!  I wasted so much time trying to think of how to state a rule or being my analysis while writing essays.  WINNIN' TIME! did all of the work for me. The book provides an excellent compilation of rule statements and templates to follow to avoid wasting precious minutes that can be better spent on generating points.  WINNIN' TIME! makes memorizing the many subjects tested on the California bar manageable.
     

  • Performance Test Class starts Saturday!

    Jun
    06

    Steven Harris' 19th season of teaching his Performance Test class starts Saturday, June 8. The class is available live at UC Hastings in San Francisco, and available online via audiofile and attachments.

    Four sessions: June 8, June 22, July 6, and July 13. Students will learn a specific, simple method to take PTs, and will be able to turn in four PTs for grading.

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  • JULY 2013 CAL BAR applicants - new procedures for laptop certification

    May
    18

    Laptop Certification Deadline

    Applicants who signed up to use laptop computers for the examination must download the security software (SofTest) and certify their laptop computers with ExamSoft no later than Friday, July 19, 2013. The certification process cannot be started until applicants have been advised that their admittance tickets are available for printing. SofTest will not be available for downloading after July 19, 2013. Applicants who have not completed the certification process by the deadline for doing so will have to handwrite their answers.

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  • FEBRUARY 2013 CALIFORNIA BAR EXAMINATION RESULTS

    May
    18

    The State Bar's press release:

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  • Good luck February 2013 California Bar Examination Applicants - results day is here!

    May
    16

    To the February 2013 Cal Bar Exam applicant pool, I hope that you receive good news on Friday evening!  It's a challenging time, of course, and everyone telling you that you clearly passed and have nothing to worry about isn't helping one bit.  Take it from someone who passed a February exam.  It's no fun to wait or hear from other people, but at least resolution is here.  My advice:  make sure you have a plan either way.  If you pass, GREAT!  Figure out how you'll celebrate.  If you don't pass, determine some next steps NOW so that if the news isn't good, you have a plan and you can execut

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  • Justin Zahrt, Esq.

    The first time I met with Steven, I explained to him that I was a husband and father of three young children.  We discussed my schedule and Steven created a realistic and very complete study schedule, that took into account my own personal strengths and weaknesses.  I must say, going into that first meeting I had no idea what my strengths and weakness even were, but Steven zeroed in on them incredibly quickly.  After that first meeting, I knew that Steven had the keys to passing the Bar Exam.  All I had to do was learn what Steven had to teach, and follow his methods as if they were the onl

  • Congratulations on finishing the California Bar Examination... now UPLOAD YOUR EXAM!

    Feb
    28

    Hello everyone!
    You've finished the Cal Bar Exam.  Great!  But have you uploaded your exam yet?

    If not, WAKE UP, and get it done by noon Pacific Time!  Get it done!

    And while you're at it, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE take a screen shot, cell phone picture, regular camera picture, or even better, a video of your upload.  You need external proof that you uploaded your exam in a timely manner.  JUST IN CASE you get a fun letter from the Bar in April indicating that they couldn't find your exam and you got zeros on 3 or even 6 of your essays. 

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  • Good luck on the February 2013 California Bar Exam!

    Feb
    26

    What a great day!  What a phenomenal day!  Licenses are available today!

    All of that practice over the last three months was just that.  Practice.  Today, however, is different.  You are going to bust through that door, get that license you so richly deserve, and move on with the rest of your life.  I wish it to you!

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  • PT Class - it's not too late! YOU CAN DO IT!

    Jan
    15
    Hello everyone and welcome to mid-January!
     
    How's studying going? Consider taking a day off this weekend if you're finding yourself burning out a little. This is a typical place for students needing to take a step back for a day.
     
    How's your PT studying going? Started yet? Are you unhappy the current instruction and/or feedback you've been getting?
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  • Sam Crary, Esq.

    I passed on the first try and I can't thank Steven enough for the advice and tutoring (via the audio lectures) on the PT.  Even though I only found out about Steven's PT course 14 days before the exam, I was able to listen to the lectures, squeeze in the practice PTs, and implement his memorization strategy, all at the last minute. It gave me a streamlined approach that helped me learn how to focus on what counts and not get bogged down on the stuff that doesn't matter. It saved me time, and I went from struggling to finish PT's to having enough time to at least hit every major issue.

  • Diana Palacios, Esq. - The Trigger List

    WINNIN' TIME! and The Trigger List are must haves for any California Bar Exam taker; the ultimate one-two punch. WINNIN' TIME! made it easy for me to memorize many of the tests and standards that I could not memorize by reading the outlines provided by commercial bar courses because it provides short statements of the law. Meanwhile, The Trigger List taught me when to apply each test and standard and which issues were often tested together. I can say with certainty that these two books helped me pass the Bar.

  • Diana Palacios, Esq. - WINNIN' TIME!

    WINNIN' TIME! and The Trigger List are must haves for any California Bar Exam taker; the ultimate one-two punch. WINNIN' TIME! made it easy for me to memorize many of the tests and standards that I could not memorize by reading the outlines provided by commercial bar courses because it provides short statements of the law. Meanwhile, The Trigger List taught me when to apply each test and standard and which issues were often tested together.  I can say with certainty that these two books helped me pass the Bar.

  • Tom Barta, Esq.

    Nov
    20

    Hi Steven!

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  • Paul Lovrich, Esq.

    I passed the July 2012 exam. I attribute my success directly to your method, WINNIN' TIME! book, and your PT method.  My problem was not failing to spot issues, but more what to say and how to say it on exam and when to cluster issues.  In your lectures, you mentioned I should have some level of trust in you and your method and follow it to the letter.  I am glad I did trust you and here I am swearing in in Oakland in two weeks.
     
    Thanks again and have a very happy Thanksgiving.
     
    Paul
  • Ray Wood, Esq.

    Steve,
     
    Thank you for doing what you do.
     
    How is it that a 51 year-old online correspondence law graduate, living on the East Coast, working full time with a family has passed the July 2012 California Bar Exam? I can tell you it is by putting in the hard work and study time. More importantly, by working smart.
     
  • CAL BAR EXAM RESULTS

    Nov
    16

    STATE BAR ANNOUNCES RESULTS FOR JULY 2012 CALIFORNIA BAR EXAMINATION

    NOTE TO EDITORS: The pass list for the July 2012 California Bar Examination can be found on, and downloaded from, the State Bar’s home page: www.calbar.ca.gov on Nov. 18, 2012 at 6 a.m. The list will be organized both alphabetically and by ZIP code.

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  • February 2013 PERFORMANCE TEST CLASS

    Nov
    16

    It's ON!

    Professor Harris' 18th Performance Test course will begin at UC Hastings on Saturday, January 5.  Classes will be held on January 5, 12, and 19, and February 9.  Live classes will be held at Hastings from 9-4, while online students will have access to the audiofile and attachments within 48 hours of the conclusion of the class, often sooner. 

    The course covers all aspects of mastering the PT process, and also includes expert instruction in issue spotting on essays and memorization.  Please click on the PT Class Tab for more details. 

    See you in class!

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  • TODAY'S THE DAY!

    Nov
    16

    Good luck to all that took the July 2012 California Bar Examination!  I hope you get good news tonight.

    For those that didn't, internalize the result for a half hour, and then do something about it.  I can help you generate points on the essays, PTs, and even the MBE (yes, 1-on-1 tutoring on the MBE!).

    So I hope it's time to celebrate!  But if it's not, then let's regroup, help you create a plan, and then generate the necessary points to pass.

    Good luck!

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  • Oakland location power problems during the California Bar Examination

    Aug
    06

    This is why I advise my students to practice an exam and simulate a power issue (at minute 35, assume the power is out, and handwrite the rest of the exam).  Get a bluebook, rewrite the last paragraph you typed, and keep going.  This should be stocks going down 20 points, not 2000 points.

     

    From calbar.ca.gov:

    Information Regarding Power Issue at the

    Oakland Convention Center during the

    July 2012 California Bar Examination

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  • UPLOAD FIRST, DRINK LATER!

    Jul
    26

    Congrats to those who finished the Cal Bar Exam today!

    If you haven't uploaded your exam yet, please STOP EVERYTHING and UPLOAD YOUR EXAM RIGHT NOW.  The deadline is Friday, noon Pacific Time.  Here's the info from the Cal Bar:

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  • YAY! They're back... well, kinda.

    Jul
    22

    The Bar's web site for past exams is back:

    http://admissions.calbar.ca.gov/Examinations/PastExams.aspx

    Well, at least the 2007 - present exams are.  If you have any interest in reviewing them during the next few days of bar exam testing, I'd suggest downloading them immediately.

    At this point, however, I doubt you'll need them.  You know what you know at this point!  Cramming 36 hours before you're tested on 15 finals on the same day is pointless and impossible.

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  • The Bar's Website is DOWN!

    Jul
    21

    Not like anybody might want to access a past exam or something on the weekend before the Bar Exam!  WOW!

    Here's what I saw when I went to the past exams page:

     

     

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