Massachusetts Bar - February 2017

davidtothej05
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Re: Massachusetts Bar - February 2017

Postby davidtothej05 » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:14 am

So stats are out.

594 took the exam, 284 passed.

48% overall pass rate
61% for first time takers

jimvonhorn
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Re: Massachusetts Bar - February 2017

Postby jimvonhorn » Fri Apr 21, 2017 8:54 am

I got a bit of a chuckle out of the MA specific law school breakdown with the disclaimer " the statistical data does not represent an evaluation of the law schools".

maxmartin
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Re: Massachusetts Bar - February 2017

Postby maxmartin » Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:42 am

davidtothej05 wrote:So stats are out.

594 took the exam, 284 passed.

48% overall pass rate
61% for first time takers


That is low. MA used to be a very easy state. It looks like UBE states have higher passage than those MBE states.

Counselor1234
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Re: Massachusetts Bar - February 2017

Postby Counselor1234 » Sat Apr 22, 2017 7:50 am

Passed Feb. 2017. MBE 150, Essays 165.

I was very nervous about the results leading up to April 19, even though my scores ended up being well above the 270 threshold.

My preparation: I had passed another state bar 8 years ago but that meant I was pretty rusty and had to put in a decent amount of hours.

I studied alone, without a bar prep course. I was considering Adaptibar for MBE, but instead got a book called The MultiState Goat, which has all the same questions except the Civil Pro questions, which are not actual questions from last exams. And it's only $125 instead of $400. For Civ Pro, I purchased a downloaded copy of one of the Civ Pro prep books (forget which title). When I took the MBE practice, I did it at least 50 questions at a time, and sometimes 100 at a time. Then I would grade it. I wouldn't look at the answers before done with the 100.

For Essays, I spent about half my prep time at least on them. I made flash cards. I used past essays. I used other people's outlines and notes that I could find. If something was out of date or I suspected it was (like Probate law and spousal share, eg., I followed up with more online research. I even read complete cases. One of them in particular, dealing with post nuptial agreements, I remembered in detail, including case name and holding and reasoning, and was able to cite the case on the exam and explain in detail. I think that helps. I wasn't afraid to go off the standard bar prep paths and do my own investigation on MA law, and I think that helped a lot.

I list all this here just to give people an idea of my preparation in case they are looking to take the bar in July or beyond.

Counselor1234
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Re: Massachusetts Bar - February 2017

Postby Counselor1234 » Sat Apr 22, 2017 5:52 pm

Anyone that passed the Feb. 2017 MA bar: did you receive any email yet about the invitation to the swearing in ceremony?

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Re: Massachusetts Bar - February 2017

Postby gboston87 » Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:19 am

Counselor1234 wrote:Anyone that passed the Feb. 2017 MA bar: did you receive any email yet about the invitation to the swearing in ceremony?


June 13th for me.

scoomer
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Re: Massachusetts Bar - February 2017

Postby scoomer » Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:16 pm

Counselor1234 wrote:Anyone that passed the Feb. 2017 MA bar: did you receive any email yet about the invitation to the swearing in ceremony?


June 12th




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