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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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  • FINAL SHIPPING DATE for WINNIN' TIME! and The Trigger List for the July Bar season

    Jul
    08

    Hi everyone!


    If you want to get the most out of WINNIN' TIME! and The Trigger List, the deadline to order for the July 2011 Bar season is noon PST on Wednesday, July 13.  This will allow me to ship via Priority Mail by the end of the day Wednesday, and you should receive books no later than Saturday, July 16.


    Again, the last day to buy books and have them still be useful to you is Wednesday, July 13, at noon PST.


    So... if you've been thinking about buying one or both books for some time now, well, now's the time to act!

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  • Applications for the February 2012 Cal Bar Exam will be available OCTOBER 1

    Jul
    07

    In case something went wrong with your application for the July 2011 Cal Bar Exam, or if you're graduating from law school this fall and are curious, or well, just in case you're interested:


    The February 2012 Cal Bar Exam Application will be available on October 1 (or probably October 4, given that the 1st is a Saturday).


    The timely filing deadline is November 1.


    The $50 late filing fee period is November 2, 2011 - January 15, 2012.


    The final filing deadline is January 15, 2012.

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  • If you're taking the July Bar on a laptop, READ THIS NOW!

    Jul
    06

    Just a friendly safety tip that I'd like to pass on to the laptoppers!


    If you're not sure ifyou've certified your laptop properly, you've probably not done so.  The proper link is here and it's not too late to read it carefully:  http://admissions.calbar.ca.gov/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=GBYnHHakKPM%3D&tabid=250


    To wit, there are 8 things you need to do:


    LAPTOP CERTIFICATION

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  • Happy 4th of July, Cal Bar Exam Takers!

    Jul
    02

    Should you take any time off this weekend?


    I say yes.  Take a day off somewhere this weekend.   At least a half-day off.  Maybe you're way behind on your schedule.  Maybe not.  Regardless, one thing's definitely true:  this is the last best weekend to take a day off.  So take it.  Sometimes you'll generate more points by taking some time off and rejuvenating than forging into the breach, burnt out.


    Have a great time, stay safe, and for God's sake, no felonies, huh?!  Otherwise, that whole bar exam thing is moot!

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  • Can I still use WINNIN' TIME! and The Trigger List even at this late date?

    Jun
    30

    Indeed you can.  If issue-spotting is your problem, The Trigger List can help if you have 7 days.  Two subjects a day, 7 days, and you'll review all those essays you've totally forgotten about in May too!  Does your bar review program provide a mechanism for you to review the essays you did in May?  Why do you think Torts has been Question 1 on 5 of the last 8 exams Torts was tested?  Because the Bar knows many bar prep programs use Torts as one of their first subjects and so you haven't covered it in the longest period of time!

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  • Mike Odoca, Esq.

    "Hi Prof. Harris, I took your Pre-bar course at the University
    of San Francisco and I know that your outline book [WINNIN'
    TIME!] was what enabled me to pass the bar exam the first
    time. I used the outline book for every single practice
    essay I wrote and the outlines also served as my primary
    source for memorization. Not one single flash card for me
    because of your books! I'd gladly recommend your books
    to anyone who takes the California bar." - Mike Odoca, Esq.

  • WINNIN' TIME! sold out? Get your copy now - only 3 left!

    Jun
    12

    Only 3 copies of WINNIN' TIME! in stock!  Get yours now!  The publisher will get another call on Monday and I'll inquire about expediting the next shipment.  If you need WINNIN' TIME!, this is the time to get it!

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  • Depth and the Cal Bar Exam

    Jun
    08

    When do you dive deeply into an issue and when don't you?


    One answer is the subject matter.  In Evidence, the mantra seems to be "the first one to 20 issues" wins, so there's no room for depth anywhere.  In contrast, note that often (not all the time, but often) Torts and Con Law questions require in depth coverage of a few issues.  And sometimes that's the whole question!  And in some Civ Pro questions where personal jurisdiction must be covered, you have to go into depth there too... (hint:  don't forget that personal jx is one aspect of VENUE!).

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  • Will using The Trigger List interrupt my calendar in my bar review program?

    Jun
    04

    It might have done so before, but DEFINITELY not anymore.  Bar review is different these days than it used to be.  You can make bar review more efficient.  Sometimes due to scheudling issues or some other reason, you might have to wait 2-3 days before your next lecture.  That's not true anymore given that you can watch lectures online whenever and wherever you want.

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  • First-timers note of the day

    Jun
    03

    1st timers note of the day:  for those of you in bar review, please keep attending your lectures!  I know it can be a drag to haul yourself into class AGAIN, day after day, but you need to get that refresher.  Remember, for some of you, you haven't seen this material in 2-3 years.  Light switches don't automatically turn themselves on! 

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