2018 February DC Bar

greatheights
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2018 February DC Bar

Postby greatheights » Thu Oct 26, 2017 4:49 pm

Starting this thread for 1st timers and those re-takers.

I'll likely take Barbri in DC.

perplixityparanoia
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Re: 2018 February DC Bar

Postby perplixityparanoia » Thu Oct 26, 2017 5:43 pm

I will have to retake in Feb. I am thinking of taking JD advising for UBE prep. Any thoughts on that?

greatheights
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Re: 2018 February DC Bar

Postby greatheights » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:57 pm

perplixityparanoia wrote:I will have to retake in Feb. I am thinking of taking JD advising for UBE prep. Any thoughts on that?


I do not have experience with JD Advising. What did you use over the summer?

perplixityparanoia
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Re: 2018 February DC Bar

Postby perplixityparanoia » Thu Oct 26, 2017 8:03 pm

I used Barbri

LaShuanMichelle
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Re: 2018 February DC Bar

Postby LaShuanMichelle » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:10 pm

I didn’t pass the July Bar... feeling a little down not because I didn’t pass but more so because I scored 132.4 on the MBE ... only .6 more points & I wouldn’t have to retake that portion... Missed the minimum overall passing score by 20 points.

Oh well... my next goal is to get ready for the February Bar... I used Kaplan the last time... any suggestions on what study prep materials to use for DC Bar?

jacketyellow
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Re: 2018 February DC Bar

Postby jacketyellow » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:32 pm

LaShuanMichelle wrote:I didn’t pass the July Bar... feeling a little down not because I didn’t pass but more so because I scored 132.4 on the MBE ... only .6 more points & I wouldn’t have to retake that portion... Missed the minimum overall passing score by 20 points.

Oh well... my next goal is to get ready for the February Bar... I used Kaplan the last time... any suggestions on what study prep materials to use for DC Bar?


I'm sorry to hear that. I know that was a big disappointment.

This is my suggestion, and it worked for me on the DC exam. Use Smart Bar Prep's materials. That company offers "Lean Sheets." These sheets are usually 1-2 pages of the commonly tested rules on the MEE. Get these rules; write, re-write, and re-write (and re-write) the rules; and memorize those rules. Then, do practice MEE exams, so you can see how those rules come into play in that particular essay.

For MBE, you got to practice, practice, practice. Get Adaptibar questions and get the actual NCBE questions. You can buy 50 NCBE questions for $25, I believe. I would buy probably 3 or 4 sets of these.

You really don't need a commercial course, but if you want to get practice MEE questions and the course's MBE questions (for even more practice), then get buy a commercial course. You do not need to follow their schedule. Just continue to memorize the rules and to re-write those rules until they are cemented in your brain and continue to practice MBE questions. Do this, and you're gold.

I feel your pain. While I cannot empathize, as I passed on the first try, I can give you what I did to pass. After a certain point in time, I stopped using Barbri's plan. I only use its MBE questions and practice essay questions. That's it.

pausetildone
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Re: 2018 February DC Bar

Postby pausetildone » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:12 am

you all are able to register for the Feb. exam on dcbar.org?

pausetildone
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Re: 2018 February DC Bar

Postby pausetildone » Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:00 pm

I got the email from the dc bar. The system is under construction.

hanner22
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Re: 2018 February DC Bar

Postby hanner22 » Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:07 pm

Hi--I failed the Virginia bar exam and need some advice!!

I needed a 140 to pass and I scored 133.8. I received my score report and did ok on MBE [148/200] but horrendous on VA essay portion [124.3/200].

I am now thinking about taking the DC bar instead of retaking the Virginia bar. I was told that I can transfer my MBE score to DC despite failing the actual exam. Is this true? I just tried to access the DC bar exam website but it's down so I figured I should throw out the question in this forum.

Sooo basically:
1. Can I transfer my MBE score to DC even though I failed the exam in Virginia?
2. Anyone have any experience taking the DC bar after failing VA? Or have any opinions on which one would be best to take?

Thanks!

akumar26
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Signing Up For 2018 Feb. DC Bar After Failing July

Postby akumar26 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 10:43 am

D.C. website is the worst. Anyone else having trouble signing up for the Feb. 2018 after failing July (minus the site being down)

I took the exam in July, but did not pass. I am trying to sign up for the Feb. 2018 exam, but the system would let me because it has my old application on file. I called DC COA and was informed that I may need to create a different account using a different email to sign up. You have got to be kidding, right?? I let them know that this answer was unacceptable. They certainly don't want duplicate information floating around for the same person (plus, I am not paying again for character and fitness). They recognized it was a silly answer, so the officer said she will get back to me. It has been a week and no response. Apparently the director, the decision maker, has been away on a conference this entire time.

I know this is a new system for D.C., but how did they not anticipate this question? I requested them to send a memo to students who did not pass with instructions on how to sign up again, so we will see. Have any of the other retakers tried to sign up for the bar or talked to the DC Courts officials?? I am concerned about missing the deadline to sign up.

cho8583
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Re: Signing Up For 2018 Feb. DC Bar After Failing July

Postby cho8583 » Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:17 am

akumar26 wrote:D.C. website is the worst. Anyone else having trouble signing up for the Feb. 2018 after failing July (minus the site being down)

I took the exam in July, but did not pass. I am trying to sign up for the Feb. 2018 exam, but the system would let me because it has my old application on file. I called DC COA and was informed that I may need to create a different account using a different email to sign up. You have got to be kidding, right?? I let them know that this answer was unacceptable. They certainly don't want duplicate information floating around for the same person (plus, I am not paying again for character and fitness). They recognized it was a silly answer, so the officer said she will get back to me. It has been a week and no response. Apparently the director, the decision maker, has been away on a conference this entire time.

I know this is a new system for D.C., but how did they not anticipate this question? I requested them to send a memo to students who did not pass with instructions on how to sign up again, so we will see. Have any of the other retakers tried to sign up for the bar or talked to the DC Courts officials?? I am concerned about missing the deadline to sign up.


I emailed them asking the same question, and they emailed me back saying "Feb 2018 application hasn't opened yet, please check again." Please do update us when you get the answer from them. Yeah, DC is the worst admin I tell ya.

akumar26
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Re: Signing Up For 2018 Feb. DC Bar After Failing July

Postby akumar26 » Tue Nov 07, 2017 5:43 pm

cho8583 -- I was finally told that they would terminate the old applications for all applicants who did not pass, which would allow us to sign up for the Feb. 2018 exam. I am still not able to sign up -- the "start an application" button wouldn't let me move from my July application. This is so frustrating. Has anyone else heard anything?


cho8583 wrote:
akumar26 wrote:D.C. website is the worst. Anyone else having trouble signing up for the Feb. 2018 after failing July (minus the site being down)

I took the exam in July, but did not pass. I am trying to sign up for the Feb. 2018 exam, but the system would let me because it has my old application on file. I called DC COA and was informed that I may need to create a different account using a different email to sign up. You have got to be kidding, right?? I let them know that this answer was unacceptable. They certainly don't want duplicate information floating around for the same person (plus, I am not paying again for character and fitness). They recognized it was a silly answer, so the officer said she will get back to me. It has been a week and no response. Apparently the director, the decision maker, has been away on a conference this entire time.

I know this is a new system for D.C., but how did they not anticipate this question? I requested them to send a memo to students who did not pass with instructions on how to sign up again, so we will see. Have any of the other retakers tried to sign up for the bar or talked to the DC Courts officials?? I am concerned about missing the deadline to sign up.


I emailed them asking the same question, and they emailed me back saying "Feb 2018 application hasn't opened yet, please check again." Please do update us when you get the answer from them. Yeah, DC is the worst admin I tell ya.

jacketyellow
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Re: 2018 February DC Bar

Postby jacketyellow » Thu Nov 09, 2017 3:26 pm

hanner22 wrote: Sooo basically:
1. Can I transfer my MBE score to DC even though I failed the exam in Virginia?
2. Anyone have any experience taking the DC bar after failing VA? Or have any opinions on which one would be best to take?


I have no experience taking Virginia and then taking DC.

I have experience taking DC. Yes, your MBE score is high enough to waive it into DC, but you will still have to take the essay portion in February. I would get Lean Sheets and practice the commonly tested rules over and over. I used that approach and passed.

pausetildone
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Re: 2018 February DC Bar

Postby pausetildone » Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:00 pm

Retakers, did you get the breakdown score of each essay?

timesnewboston
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Re: 2018 February DC Bar

Postby timesnewboston » Wed Nov 22, 2017 1:40 pm

first time taker. Anyone know when laptop registration opens and closes for the February 2018 DC bar exam?




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