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reasonable_man
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Questions about the NJ Bar Exam

Postby reasonable_man » Wed May 16, 2012 8:58 pm

So I am admitted in NY for a few years now. I am going to take the NJ exam (my firm wants me to have it - I am the only non-NJ admitted attorney). I will be working full time, while studying for the Feb 2013 bar exam. I have been out of the bar prep game for a few years now. What course should I be looking at for part time. I want an actual course (online is fine, but it cant just be books, I need some structure to make me study).

Any suggestions would be great. Thanks in advance.

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Re: Questions about the NJ Bar Exam

Postby cantaboot » Wed May 16, 2012 9:19 pm

what?! I don't think you'll need it. My friends took both NY and NJ and they said NJ was a lot easier. very few state distinctions....

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Re: Questions about the NJ Bar Exam

Postby reasonable_man » Wed May 16, 2012 9:40 pm

cantaboot wrote:what?! I don't think you'll need it. My friends took both NY and NJ and they said NJ was a lot easier. very few state distinctions....


I have also heard this. However, I took NY in July of 2008 (4years ago). So I think I need a course.

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Re: Questions about the NJ Bar Exam

Postby cantaboot » Wed May 16, 2012 9:49 pm

hmm you sound a lot smarter than that...
if i were you i'd just buy a few barbri essay books. If you get a 145+ on MBE you can't fail.

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Re: Questions about the NJ Bar Exam

Postby reasonable_man » Wed May 16, 2012 11:14 pm

cantaboot wrote:hmm you sound a lot smarter than that...
if i were you i'd just buy a few barbri essay books. If you get a 145+ on MBE you can't fail.



I know. I scored into the 160's or high 150's the last time around, but I guess I just don't want to fail in front of the other attorneys at my firm lol. Also, my firm will pay for all expenses associated with any bar exam I take, including cost of classes/prep. So I guess I feel like I should go the route most reasonably calculated to ensure I pass.

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Re: Questions about the NJ Bar Exam

Postby Sup Kid » Thu May 17, 2012 2:15 am

reasonable_man wrote:
cantaboot wrote:hmm you sound a lot smarter than that...
if i were you i'd just buy a few barbri essay books. If you get a 145+ on MBE you can't fail.



I know. I scored into the 160's or high 150's the last time around, but I guess I just don't want to fail in front of the other attorneys at my firm lol. Also, my firm will pay for all expenses associated with any bar exam I take, including cost of classes/prep. So I guess I feel like I should go the route most reasonably calculated to ensure I pass.

If your firm is paying, just get Barbri or KaplanPMBR and do the online version of one of those classes at night. I think both offer the ability to speed up the videos to 1.5x or 2x now as well, so you can really fly through the stuff you're comfortable with and slow down for the sections you need some work on. Considering that NJ's bar exam mostly tests everything from the MBE with just a few extra state-specific issues, you should be fine only studying a couple hours at night and a little more on weekends.

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Re: Questions about the NJ Bar Exam

Postby reasonable_man » Fri May 18, 2012 9:11 am

Sup Kid wrote:
reasonable_man wrote:
cantaboot wrote:hmm you sound a lot smarter than that...
if i were you i'd just buy a few barbri essay books. If you get a 145+ on MBE you can't fail.



I know. I scored into the 160's or high 150's the last time around, but I guess I just don't want to fail in front of the other attorneys at my firm lol. Also, my firm will pay for all expenses associated with any bar exam I take, including cost of classes/prep. So I guess I feel like I should go the route most reasonably calculated to ensure I pass.

If your firm is paying, just get Barbri or KaplanPMBR and do the online version of one of those classes at night. I think both offer the ability to speed up the videos to 1.5x or 2x now as well, so you can really fly through the stuff you're comfortable with and slow down for the sections you need some work on. Considering that NJ's bar exam mostly tests everything from the MBE with just a few extra state-specific issues, you should be fine only studying a couple hours at night and a little more on weekends.



Thank you. Very helpful. When I took the bar in 08' (I took Pieper), Barbri was sorta the standard. Kaplan hadn't yet merged with PMBR. I took PMBR'S 3 day course though. Now that Kaplan and Barbri are head to head, have you heard anything as far as which is "better."




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