This is for anyone that hasn't take the Florida Bar yet. I flew in from out of state to take the exam (I just graduated this past Spring 2017) and just wanted to post what I discovered in case anyone else might find it helpful. Sorry for anything misspelled and if anyone has anything to add or disagree with, I would appreciate any input.
• 3 essays in the morning for 3 hours
• 100 multiple choice questions in the afternoon for 3 hours
Florida Essay subjects (I wrote how often they have tested those subjects roughly around the last 4–5 years including this past July 2017 exam)
Florida Constitutional Law (11)
Juvenile Delinquency (2)
Article 3 UCC/Negotiable Inst. (2)
Article 9 UCC/Secured Trans. (2)
Family Law (5)
Crim Law (1)
Crim Pro (1)
Ethics (14—every exam)
Florida Multiple Choice
Business Entities (Partnerships, Corporations)
Wills and Administration of Estates
• Every exam they ask both Florida Civ Pro and Crim Pro (the actual trial stages for Florida (1st Appearance, ect.), not Federal Crim Pro which is big picture stuff)
• Every exam, they ask 2 out of 3 (Evidence, Will, Business Entities) for I think 80% of the exam and usually they ask Evidence and switch between Wills and Business Entities but about twice every 5 years they skip Evidence (that’s what happened to my exam and I wasn’t expecting Business Entities so you really want to study everything).
• 200 multiple choice questions, 100 in the morning, 100 in the afternoon, 3 hours each time.
• 175 questions are real and count, and 25 are experimental and don’t count.
• I would take a local Florida specific Con Law class. They love to test on that and Florida specific is way different (I had an essay where I missed something called the Sunshine Law but I am from out of state).
• Other subjects like Property, Contracts, and Torts have lots of nuances, but they are easy to learn through your Bar Prep course.
• I would take Secured Transactions (they don’t test it too often, but when they do, it’s painful if you haven’t taken it) and anything that has Commercial Paper.
• Take Wills and Trusts.
• Family Law is super easy to study for in Bar Prep so you don’t necessarily have to take that, but it might be worth it.
2. Florida Multiple Choice
• I would take a local Florida specific Business Entities course (Corporations / Partnerships). If you take an out-of-state course instead, I am assuming the main ideas are the same. But I never took these courses and found it conceptually difficult to learn.
• Again, definitely take Wills and Trusts (and if they don’t test Wills on multiple choice, they love to test Trusts on the essay portion).
• Crim Pro / Civ Pro I would just use Bar Prep. It’s way different and a lot to learn, but it’s only like 10-20% and pretty easy stuff.
• Definitely take Constitutional Criminal Procedure
• Take Evidence.
• For Con Law, on top of Powers / Liberties, you might want to take a 1st Amendment class and pretty much as many Constitutional Law classes as you can, because both the essay and the MBE, you will have to know a lot of Con Law.
• Take Civ Pro 2 (there were a lot of deep Civ Pro questions on the MBE).
• For Property, take an additional Property class that covers deeds and mortgages. There are like a million questions on those and we didn’t cover those our 1L year so this was super new to me.
• Later, in your last semester, I would purchase Adaptibar. If I passed, it’s only because of Adaptibar. It’s 1750 MBE questions, mostly real questions from past exams (and some are made up). The MBE is a different animal in that you can really get a high score on your bar exam if you do like a ton of MBE questions and start recognizing patterns.
Good luck to all future bar takers (maybe myself included)!