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  • The State Bar of California Erased FIVE YEARS OF ESSAYS AND PERFORMANCE TESTS from its web site!

    Jun
    08

    On June 7, 2012, the State Bar of California removed electronic access to its essays and PTs from the Feb. 2002 - July 2006 California Bar Examination.  Baby Bar essays too.

    I'm sure it's not intentional.  Regardless, what a great message to send.  We're going to remove 10 Bar exams from our free site in the middle of the bloody Bar season.  Good luck, suckers!

    Don't fret for me:  I have hard copies from 1993 - present.  And you can best believe that I will provide access to the five years of evidently verboten questions as soon as I can get them scanned.

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  • Brian Yosowitz, Esq. - The Trigger List

    Steven Harris’ The Trigger List is a very high-level study guide that will definitely help you with passing the California Bar. The book alone is very much like a personal tutor because it shows you how to look at the test from a completely different perspective. When I first bought this book I was slightly skeptical but after completing the Essay Review Week I realized what a huge benefit it was.

  • Brian Yosowitz, Esq. - MBE Primers and Flowcharts

    MBE Primers And Flowcharts makes taking the MBE much easier. MBE Primers and Flowcharts demystifies the subtle nuances between questions and clearly states what to look for and what will be the right answer. I personally looked at one subject a day for a month before the bar and when I finally got to the test the MBE section was much clearer and I understood what to look for in each question. Steven also gives some great tips as to what to look for and what to be careful of on the MBE section of the bar. This is a great book for MBE section and will improve your score.

  • Brian Yosowitz, Esq.

    From the Himalayas to Houston to California... a point-generating journey like no other.

  • Shirley Boyd, Esq.

    If Steven’s tutoring program needed a poster child, then hands down, that would be me. I had everything stacked against me. Repeater, non ABA school, and special student, which means no undergrad degree and I had to take and pass the baby bar during law school.

    Memorizing endless outlines, does not work for me, but the way Steve’s book WINNIN' TIME! lays out all the rules for you makes it easier to manage and to compartmentalize the information in your head.

  • Brian Yosowitz, Esq.

    Jun
    02

    From the Himalayas to Houston to California... a point-generating journey like no other.

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  • Brian Yosowitz, Esq - MBE Primers and Flowcharts

    Jun
    02

    MBE Primers And Flowcharts makes taking the MBE much easier. MBE Primers and Flowcharts demystifies the subtle nuances between questions and clearly states what to look for and what will be the right answer.  I personally looked at one subject a day for a month before the bar and when I finally got to the test the MBE section was much clearer and I understood what to look for in each question. Steven also gives some great tips as to what to look for and what to be careful of on the MBE section of the bar. This is a great book for MBE section and will improve your score. 

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  • Brian Yosowitz, Esq. - The Trigger List

    Jun
    02

    Steven Harris’ The Trigger List is a very high-level study guide that will definitely help you with passing the California Bar. The book alone is very much like a personal tutor because it shows you how to look at the test from a completely different perspective. When I first bought this book I was slightly skeptical but after completing the Essay Review Week I realized what a huge benefit it was.

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  • Brian Yosowitz, Esq. - WINNIN' TIME!

    Jun
    02

    Steven Harris' book WINNIN' TIME! is by far the best bar prep book out there. This book puts all the rules a format that you can memorize and type exactly into your test answers. WINNIN' TIME! explains the psychology behind the bar graders and explains exactly how to structure your answers. This book also provides boilerplates for subjects you are guaranteed to get on the bar as well as subjects that are always going to be structured the same way. If you want to pass the bar buy this book!

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  • Bonnie Bates, Esq.

    Steven's Performance Test class is essential for anyone struggling with the Performance Test. After several attempts at taking the
    California bar, I was becoming discouraged because my Performance Test scores were consistently flat, hindering my ability to pass.

  • When do I need to start studying for the Cal Bar Exam?

    May
    27

    I've been getting that question a lot lately from applicants who were not successful on the February 2012 Cal Bar Exam.  First-timers have it a little easier in the sense that they're finishing up PMBR's 6-day class and/or are already in their bar course.  There's some structure in it (although many first-timers don't really hit their stride in consistent studying for another 3 weeks or so). 

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  • Application Deadlines for the July 2012 Cal Bar Examination

    May
    26

    Per the Cal Bar web site:

    The timely filing deadline for unsuccessful applicants from the February 2012 California Bar Examination to take the July 2012 administration of the examination is June 5, 2012. Applications may be filed after that date, but a late fee is required. The final filing deadline for the July 2012 examination is June 15, 2012.

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  • Performance Test Class starts June 2!

    May
    22

    I will be teaching my 17th season of my Performance Test class this summer and it all kicks off Saturday, June 2, at Hastings.

    Four Saturdays:  6/2, 6/9, 6/23, and 7/7, UC Hastings, 9 am - 4 pm.  Live class and online course available.

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  • Performance Test Class starts June 2!

    May
    22

    I will be teaching my 17th season of my Performance Test class this summer and it all kicks off Saturday, June 2, at Hastings.

    Four Saturdays:  6/2, 6/9, 6/23, and 7/7, UC Hastings, 9 am - 4 pm.  Live class and online course available.

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  • Sheila Winslow, Esq.

    Steven's essay writing method is invaluable. Once I mastered his simple writing technique, I became much more efficient and effective in my bar exam answers. I spent less time agonizing over "how do I say this?" So I could spend more time on a fact-heavy analysis.
     
    The PT method is also simply spectacular. He broke it down so that I could face a PT exam with confidence and relative ease.
     
  • Lilly Chen, Esq.

    The clear, to-the-point structure for legal writing that I learned in
    Professor Harris’s first year Legal Writing and Research course
    undoubtedly helped me pass the bar and is still what I use in practice
    as a fellow at the ACLU. He is an effective teacher and an endless
    source of encouragement!

  • California Bar Examination February 2012 results

    May
    18

    STATE BAR ANNOUNCES RESULTS FOR February 2012 CALIFORNIA BAR EXAMINATION

    NOTE TO EDITORS: The pass list for the February 2012 California Bar Examination can be found on, and downloaded from, the State Bar’s home page: www.calbar.ca.gov on May 20, 2012 at 6 a.m., PDT. The list will be organized both alphabetically and by ZIP code.

    Contact: Laura Ernde 415-538-2028 [email protected]gov

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  • Good news tonight!

    May
    18

    I've heard back from several students thus far tonight and I have received quite a bit of good news!  5th timer passes!  A student who fought the bar in the past about getting essays graded, got bad news, used this program, and passed.   A student tried to reach me from another continent, found me, we worked together, and he passed.  A student with a learning disability used the program and passed. 

    Some great stories tonight!  I am so proud of these students!

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  • TODAY'S THE DAY!

    May
    18

    Good luck to all those who took the February 2012 California Bar Examination!  Results day is today.  I know it's hard to stay focused on your job during the day, and those irritating but well-intentioned people are going to come find you and say that you've passed and you have nothing to worry about.  Nothing you can do about it except wait until 6 pm arrives and you check online.

    Best wishes for good news!

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  • It's that time of year again!

    May
    16

    You know what I'm talking about.  Results Day is just about upon us.  The grading is completed for the California Bar Exam.  Nothing else you or anyone else can do about it.  Clear your head and wait for Friday at 6 pm.

    Sucks, doesn't it?  And we've all got someone at work, or a family member, who is saying to you, "You've got this in the bag.  OF COURSE you're going to pass." 

    Unsettling, no?

    It's no fun.  You know it was a tough exam, you know the February pass rates in California on the bar exam aren't high.  So you're boxed in.

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  • Happy May law exam takers!

    May
    01

    May is always a stressful time for law exam takers of all types.  For the February 2012 Cal Bar Exam applicants, I wish you good news 17 days from now!  For the law students, good luck on exams.  I wish you excellent issue spotting, and I hoep you're able to finish your exams!

    When in doubt, apply a fact!

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  • Rabeha Kamaluddin, Esq.

    Hi Steve!

    I'm doing well - I work in DC now as an associate at Fulbright & Jaworski.

    You were the best bar teacher ever!!!!!!!

    I've recommended you to a ton of people studying for the Cal Bar.

  • Congrats on finishing the Cal Bar Exam... now go UPLOAD!

    Mar
    02

    Well done on surviving that crazy corps question, and who knew that property was going to be on the Cal Bar Exam?  That's why you study every single subject, folks. 


    Now you're done.  But are you really?


    Have you uploaded yet?  If not, you have until noon today to get it done!  It should only take 5-10 minutes with a good internet connection, so get started!  You have four hours left as of this post.  So get it done! 

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  • A note about Tuesday's Performance Test on the February 2012 Cal Bar Exam

    Feb
    28

    From what I've heard tonight, the PT was about PR, arising out of a partnership gone awry.  If that's the case, then it would seem logical that a partnership/PR crossover question on Thursday would NOT occur.  The Bar can do whatever it wants, of course.  But they don't seem terribly charitable or magnanimous about its testing choices.  Again, from what I heard PR was the subject matter on the PT - that's where the points were.

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  • Uploading information for the Laptoppers taking the February 2012 Cal Bar Exam!

    Feb
    28

    As per the Cal Bar web site.  You must upload your exam no later than Friday, March 2, at noon.


    Note that you are allowed, nay, strongly f'ing encouraged, to upload your exam on Tuesday night.  I think it's a FINE, FINE, idea. 


    Here's the poop from the Cal Bar:

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