Should I Take Evidence

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Should I Take Evidence

Postby nrthwst4now » Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:36 pm

I am a 3L at Berkeley. Going into transactional work and taking a non-CA bar exam. Should I take evidence for the sole reason it could help with bar prep?

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Re: Should I Take Evidence

Postby estefanchanning » Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:49 pm

nrthwst4now wrote:I am a 3L at Berkeley. Going into transactional work and taking a non-CA bar exam. Should I take evidence for the sole reason it could help with bar prep?


Absolutely. This a no-brainer. Anyone who says otherwise either hasn't taken a bar exam or is Einstein.

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Re: Should I Take Evidence

Postby estefanchanning » Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:18 pm

I felt compelled to post twice to emphasize the importance of taking evidence during school. It ranks number one before any other subject in terms of importance and difficulty (ok maybe not before property, but it's close).

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Re: Should I Take Evidence

Postby nixy » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:27 pm

Eh, I don't think anyone should take anything solely for bar prep. If there isn't anything you'd rather take, go for it, but you don't have to.

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Re: Should I Take Evidence

Postby BasilHallward » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:55 pm

nixy wrote:Eh, I don't think anyone should take anything solely for bar prep. If there isn't anything you'd rather take, go for it, but you don't have to.


Eh, I definitely disagree with this. Yes, some subjects are quite narrow in scope, like Oil & Gas in Texas, and can be learned in a very short period of time. This is not the case with evidence. It's a monster course, and yes, rather intuitive, once you get the hang of it. Long story short, you don't wanna crack this subject for the first time in preparing for the Bar. It's just a headache. Would it be the end of the world? Probably not. You know your study habits.

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Re: Should I Take Evidence

Postby SilvermanBarPrep » Mon Jan 07, 2019 2:10 pm

It's tough to overstate how helpful it will be to take the course. Evidence will be so difficult to learn during the bar prep period while trying to learn all the other subjects.

--Sean (Silverman Bar Exam Tutoring)

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Re: Should I Take Evidence

Postby Daboose » Wed Jan 09, 2019 5:39 pm

I'm a transactional lawyer and I would highly recommend taking evidence - I think it is just one of the those subjects that every lawyer should have some understanding of. I'm surprised that it is not a required course.

That said, I don't think it would be that hard to learn for the bar if you had to. From what I remember - at least on the Texas bar - most of the evidence questions were relatively straightforward if you learned the fundamental rules, which your prep course will cover. You would just probably have to budget extra time to studying those sections because you would be learning it for the first time.

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Re: Should I Take Evidence

Postby cam1992 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:34 pm

FWIW I have no interest in litigation or anything in a court room (even though I was placed in a litigation group for next summer :oops: ), but I absolutely loved Evidence. It may have just been the professor, but it was my favorite course last semester and by far my favorite course so far in law school. I was not looking forward to taking the course, I only signed up for the bar, but I ended up finding it absolutely fascinating. You never know!

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Re: Should I Take Evidence

Postby albanach » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:30 pm

Yes, you should take Evidence.

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Re: Should I Take Evidence

Postby Npret » Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:08 pm

What would you take instead? Evidence will make the bar exam easier. You already have a job, so I would take evidence and not have to worry about teaching it to yourself for the bar exam.

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Re: Should I Take Evidence

Postby gregfootball2001 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:06 pm

It depends on your state. If it's a multiple-choice topic and an essay topic, then yes, it'll make your life much easier.

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Re: Should I Take Evidence

Postby nrthwst4now » Fri Jan 11, 2019 12:39 am

Hi All! Thanks for the input. Decided to take evidence.

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Re: Should I Take Evidence

Postby notrub14 » Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:07 pm

I'm gonna disagree with most of the responses to this thread. I never took evidence, didn't even know what topics it included, and had no problem with it during bar prep. Several of my friends--including most that were going to do transactional work--also didn't take and also didn't have a problem. Maybe if you're someone who is at risk to fail the bar--low LSAT, bad grades, etc.--then it's advisable to take it. Otherwise just coast.



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