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  • New Year's Eve and the Bar Exam

    Dec
    31

    Some of you had a great year and passed the bar exam.  Well done!


    For others, your time is coming.  Congrats on continuing to pursue your dreams!


    New Year's Eve can be quite an interesting time.  For those who took the bar exam but haven't passed yet, it's a time to look back and feel pain and sorrow.  In 1999, I chose a different approach.  I chose to think about the opportunities that the new year presented.  I felt that the next year was my year and that I was going to put it all together, pass the bar exam, and have the best year of my life!

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  • Issue Identification!

    Nov
    21

    Need some help on the essays on the Cal Bar Exam?  How do you improve on the essays?


    Quality analysis is not enough.  Why?  If you can't spot issues, how can you possibly write up quality analysis?


    Substantive law isn't enough either.  Why?  If you can't spot issues, how can you worry about if you know enough law?


    Some tutors and even former graders will grade essays for you and will help you extensively on improving your analysis.  However, unless they attempt to help you spot issues better, the help you're getting is quite incomplete.

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  • MBE Tutoring for the California Bar Exam? YES!

    Nov
    20

    If you did not receive good news on Friday, I'm sorry to hear it.


    Some of you received your results letter on Saturday or Monday and the MBE was part of the reason you failed the exam.


    Happens all the time.  For some of you, it's that you've historically not been a good standardized test-taker.  For others, you didn't have books that reflected the diffculty of the exam. 


    So how do you get help on the MBE?  Individual help?

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  • Application deadlines for the February 2012 Cal Bar Exam

    Nov
    18

    If you were unsuccessful on the July 2011 Cal Bar Exam and if you intend to take the February 2012 Exam, please take note of the following deadlines:


    Timely application deadline without late fee:  Monday, December 5, 2011


    Timely application with late fee:  December 6, 2011 - January 17, 2012.


    STATUTORY DEADLINE to apply for the February 2012 Cal Bar Exam:  January 17, 2012.

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  • July 2011 California Bar Examination Results

    Nov
    18

    Congratulations to all that passed the Cal Bar Exam!  The official statistics are:


    San Francisco, Nov. 18, 2011, 6:00 p.m. – The State Bar of California's Committee of Bar Examiners reported today that 54.8 percent of the applicants passed the July 2011 General Bar Examination (GBX). If the 4,635 people who passed the July 2011 exam satisfy other requirements for admission, they will become members of the State Bar.

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  • Cal Bar Committee of Bar Examiners' report regarding Santa Clara and Sacramento incidents on July 2011 Exam

    Nov
    18

     Updated Information Regarding Incidents at the


    Santa Clara Convention Center and Sacramento Convention Center


    and Grading of the July 2011 California Bar Examination

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  • GOOD LUCK!

    Nov
    18

    To all those awaiting results from the July 2011 Cal Bar Exam, I hope you hear good news in the next few minutes!

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  • Waiting for bar exam results... the wait is almost over!

    Nov
    16

    What a terrible November this has been for many California Bar Examination applicants who took the July 2011 examination.  For some, the anticipation of results has been on their minds since the beginning of the month.  For others, it's starting now.  Either way, the waiting game is no fun!

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  • Law School Blog - The Ides of November!

    Nov
    15

    I told you that this time would come!


    Remember how I mentioned that you law students should start outlining in October?  That you'd thank me in mid-November for all the hard work you pushed yourself to put in over those six weeks? 


    Well, here we are... the Ides of November!


    This is a horrible time for law school students, isn't it?  Trying to catch up with outlining.  Trying to write practice exams.  Reading for class?  When was the last time you did that?

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  • WINNIN' TIME! and The Trigger List... eBook style!

    Nov
    15

    FINALLY!


    WINNIN' TIME! and The Trigger List are now available on Amazon for the Kindle.  If you don't want to tote the hardcopy wherever you are going, now you have another option!


    Get your copy today!

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  • Do you want an ebook?

    Jun
    28
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  • Law School Blog - Week 10 - practice exams!

    Oct
    27

    Well, well, well... where did all the time go?


    Yup, seems like yesterday that the semester just started, didn't it?  I know I feel that way, and I'm the prof, not the student!


    Where should you be at this point in the semester?  If you're typical, you're probably behind, and a bit frazzled.  Maybe you've hit the wall.  Maybe you've not totally come out of hitting the wall.  The only thing you know is that it's late October, and December will be here before you know it.

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  • Good luck on the Baby Bar... now upload your exam!

    Oct
    25

    To those who took the Baby Bar exam today, good luck and I hope that you passed!

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  • Law School Blog, Week 9

    Oct
    21

    Hi everyone!
    It's THAT time of the semester, and things are getting tough for students.  It's harder to keep up with the reading.  You're trying to outline as well.  Sometimes it goes well.  Sometimes you edit and re-edit.  And you feel like you're not getting anywhere.  And you know that at some time soon, you should start doing practice exams.  How do you prioritize your time?

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  • Law School Blog - Outlining!

    Oct
    14

    Hi everyone!


    If you're in law school, you know what October means... it's time to outline your classes.  You know this because 1) you're a 2L or 3L and you've outlined in October before; 2) you're a 2L or 3L and you never start outlining until December but wish that you started in October; 3) you're a 1L and you heard you should start outlining early.  Regardless, one thing's for sure:  if you do nothing until November 15, you will wish you started in October.  So let's get started!


    So, uh, what is an outline?

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  • Law School Blog - Fall Semester Week 3

    Sep
    06

    The Law School Blog now explores the joys of September in law school and briefing cases.


    First, what's going on in law school for you?  Settling in yet?  Remember the goals of August/September:  SURVIVAL.  Don't fall 20 cases behind in the reading.  Brief every case.  Who cares how well you do it, but keep up with the reading.

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  • Welcome to the Law School Blog!

    Aug
    28

    As part of my blogging about the Cal Bar and Baby Bar Exam experiences, I've decided to blog about the law school experience as well.  I'll be drawing on my experience as a student at Hastings as well as a Legal Writing and Research Professor at Hastings for the past 12 years.  The Law School Blog is meant to help 1Ls and advanced students alike.

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  • Good luck to those who took the Baby Bar Exam!

    Aug
    12

    Results are due to be mailed out today.  Good luck to those who took the June FYLSE!

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  • I correctly predicted 5 of 6 questions on the Cal Bar Exam!

    Jul
    28

    I nailed Questions 1-4, and 6 on the July 2011 exam.  And I told students on Wednesday that I knew that I wouldn't get them all correct, so I am probably wrong about Con Law, and that it would be Evidence or Property instead.   Well, at least I was right that I was wrong... or something.


    This is the second time I've gotten 5 out of 6 correct.  Usually I'm good for 4 or 4-1/2 out of 6.


     

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  • HANG IN THERE!

    Jul
    26

    Congrats on finishing the first day of the Cal Bar!

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  • What's going to happen over the next three days...

    Jul
    25

    I wish I had six precise and perfect predictions for you.  But I don't.  And you don't need them.


    What you should know is that 4 or maybe even 5 questions should be pretty fair and about issues you should have seen in your bar prep if you had adequate exposure to the essays.


    The big question is what happens on the other 1-2 essays.

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  • Good luck tomorrow!

    Jul
    25

    Good luck to all who are taking the Cal Bar Exam!  What a great day... licenses are finally available!  Sure, all the prep days in the past few months were fun.  But whatever you learned, your license wasn't available that day.


    All that changes tomorrow!  Licenses are available.  Go get yours and make it happen!


    It's WINNIN' TIME, people!  This is it!

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  • MBE scores

    Jul
    20

    Many of you are Bar/Bri first time takers who took the Simulated Exam recently.  If you're score is around 100, FEAR NOT!  Please remember that the national average on the Bar/Bri Simulated Exam has been 105/106 out of 200, or 53%, every year for the last 13 years that I know of.  So if you're in the neighborhood (i.e., 90 - 110), it's totally normal.  If you're scoring 120 or higher, WOW - GREAT JOB!  You're way in front of the curve on that one.  If you're under 80, then I'd be sure to memorize the law to help you get more of that black letter law down. 

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  • Shipping will be available again on Monday, July 18

    Jul
    13

    NOTE:  the next day I will be able to ship books out is Monday, July 18.  Good luck to those taking the July 2011 Cal Bar Exam!  For those of you in law school or taking the February 2012 Cal Bar, any orders received between now and Sunday, July 17 will be fulfilled on July 18.

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  • Repeaters - you need to upload SofTest again!

    Jul
    09

    Hello repeaters!  Even though you downloaded SofTest perfectly and even though you took the Cal Bar last time with no computer problems, you need to download SofTest for the July 2011 administration.  If you don't, you won't be able to use your laptop during the July exam!


    If you're a first-timer, be sure to download SofTest for the July 2011 exam, even though you may have used it just a few months ago on your last law school exams!


    Good luck everybody!

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