2018 February CA Bar

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2018 February CA Bar

Postby PorscheFanatic » Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:22 pm

Starting this thread for those of us that just received the bad news tonight.

Time to register for February and have that awkward conversation with the partners I work for...

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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby a male human » Fri Nov 17, 2017 10:34 pm

Thanks for starting the thread! Sorry to hear that you'll have another go at it. If you don't mind, I'll drop in some helpful info.



TABLE OF CONTENTS (search for [*A/B/C] to jump to a section)

[*A] Links to previous threads
[*B] Resources and supplements (coupon codes available)
[*C] Overview of changes to the CA bar and where to focus



[*A]PREVIOUS THREADS YOU CAN DIG THROUGH FOR EXTRA HELP
2017 July: viewtopic.php?f=41&t=274836
2017 February: viewtopic.php?f=41&t=271217
2016 July: viewtopic.php?f=41&t=260090
2016 February: viewtopic.php?f=41&t=260833
2015 July: viewtopic.php?f=41&t=244425
2015 February: viewtopic.php?f=41&t=240022
2014 July: viewtopic.php?f=41&t=225140
2014 February: viewtopic.php?f=41&t=220409
2013 July: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=213457

As detailed in section [*C] (buried below since most of you now know about the changes), it turns out that all of the portions of the California bar are now worth more, making each question heavier than before (partly because it's no longer spread over three days)!

Wondering where to start?



[*B]RECOMMENDED RESOURCES
This collection of resources seemed helpful to people. Feel free to suggest your own!

Investing in resources is an indicator of success, but you also shouldn't just buy everything willy nilly. The more choices you have, the more confused you're likely to be (and waste time on things that ultimately don't help).

So what are you supposed to buy? I've been hanging around the seasonal TLS bar threads since 2013 and seen the most effective tools that helped people pass the bar. On my second attempt at the CA bar, I've tried some that helped me pass, and I've tried some that didn't add any value.

Below is a list of resources I picked out that should give you the most bang for your buck. No need to overcomplicate things or go broke. Do your due diligence, pick a few resources that will work for you, and extract as much as you can.

You may not have the patience or mental energy to think about this when you're still shell shocked, gripped by anxiety, or overwhelmed with the reality of defeat. Maybe you're lost, desperate to magically pass, or simply deferring the hard decision of seeking the right help. You'll definitely go through a rollercoaster of feels.

That's OK. Take solace in knowing that all the information is out there. All you need to do is implement them, when you're ready to do so.

Shortnotes on the most popular and effective supplements for...

- MBE on a budget? Strategies & Tactics for the MBE Volume I (see description and an inside look below)
- MBE if you have $365 to shell out? AdaptiBar (see description below and my ultimate review)
You can improve your MBE with either of these excellent tools. Get AdaptiBar if you have the budget, but you do not need both.
- Essays? BarEssays.com (see info and samples below, as well my ultimate review)
- PTs? I don't know of a sure-kill supplement, but I have put together a guide (ver. 1.5b); unlike the MBE or essays, PTs are better learned through exposure to a variety of them over trying to deeply understand the answer

Search the [ID] to jump to the description of a featured resource, tagged by sections of interest:

[*1] Strategies & Tactics for the MBE Vols. I & II (Emanuel) + Civ Pro resources [MBE]
[*2] Law in a Flash [MBE] [Essays]
[*3] BarEssays.com ($25 off) [Essays]
[*4] Past CA essays and performance tests (and a guide to own the PTs) [Essays] [PTs]
[*5] BarIssues.com ($20 off) [Essays]
[*6] BarMax MBE app [MBE]
[*7] Adaptibar ($30 off) [MBE]
[*8] Options for condensed outlines and approach sheets [MBE] [Essays]


[*1] Strategies & Tactics for the MBE Volume I (Emanuel 6th edition): This is the MBE bible.

It's great (and may be the only MBE supplement you need) because it comes with 500-600 representative MBE questions that are all genuine and were previously administered (along with author-written Civ Pro questions). I encourage you to study with the real deal.

Each subject is prefaced with a discussion of the tricky areas and how to deal with them. Some subjects have an overview of the major topics. There will be tips that revolve around multiple choice in general. The 200-question practice test at the back can be done to gauge your progress sometime in the final month leading to the bar.

How to use: Read the primer for each subject, answer every question on a separate sheet, and analyze their explanation in their entirety, including (A) through (D) for each question, including questions you get correctly. So essentially, go through the book cover to cover (which is what I did and is worth it).

So what does it look like inside? Pics incoming:
Subject overview
Questions
Explanations

Link: 6th edition (2016) -- includes excellent author-generated Civ Pro questions

Get it in very good condition at least so that you don’t see the previous owners’ markings.

I do not recommend the 5th edition (2012 version) for Vol. 1 given the picky, nuanced Civ Pro questions that have appeared on the MBE.


[*1] Strategies & Tactics for the MBE Volume II (Emanuel): This is the expansion pack to the above book, containing new questions. It's in a different format, where the answer appears right beneath the question. If you're doing a question for practice, you'll have to carefully cover the answer as you do each question.

The valuable feature in Vol. 2 is how the questions are categorized into labeled topics. For example, Q45 on page 166 is filed under Chapter 5 Formal Proceedings -- I. Grand Jury Proceedings -- A. Self-incrimination and immunity.

For better or worse, some headings contain answer spoilers for the concepts, e.g., Q46 on page 167 is filed under B. No right to have attorney present in grand jury room, which gives away the answer.

Nonetheless, if you liked Volume 1, this is great for additional authentic MBE questions, especially if you know or want to improve on specific issues.

How to use: Get it as an optional add on to Volume 1. Don’t get it without Volume 1. Use as a supplement for specific issues.

What it looks like inside

Link: 2012 (latest) edition


AdaptiBar (below) is another great alternative to the above Emanuel's books. It comes with the entire universe of questions released by the NCBE, at a higher cost.

Scroll down to [*7] for more information. Go here for my totally unbiased review. Then, feel free to PM me (or anyone else) for a $30 coupon; the person whose code you use gets a small kickback, $15 in my case because I'm not doing the 30/30 refer-a-friend program.


[*1] What about Civ Pro? This subject doesn't have licensed questions yet.
Civ Pro MBE questions are picky, testing specific nuances such as the number of days before a certain deadline.

Strategies & Tactics (6th ed., 2016) Volume 1 is likely your best bet to prepare for Civ Pro questions, given that the questions are similar to real MBE questions even if they're written by the author.

AdaptiBar (recommended) or BarMax MBE below [*7][*6] provide a good number of Civ Pro questions but are a more expensive option.

For free Civ Pro MBE questions...

- BarPrepHero has a practice exam with 30 Civ Pro questions here, not written by the NCBE.
- The NCBE has sample questions here.

Additionally, I've heard (hearsay) that Glannon Guide to Civil Procedure (2013) was more than sufficient. It?s cheaper than BarMax or AdaptiBar, but check out based on your own curiosity)


[*2] Law in a Flash cards: I bought 6 boxes of these to patch up my weak subjects. They were especially handy when I had to be out, like when I was trying to learn some tricky Evidence concepts and I could whip out a few cards from my wallet, or when I was trying to learn the various federal jurisdictions inside a noisy Verizon store.

Link: List of LIAF products


[*3] BarEssays.com: One of the most popular resources you'll see mentioned around the forums. Check out my my ultimate BarEssays review: Why Practicing Is Not Enough.

What does it look like inside?
- Check out this essay that scored an 85! Imagine if you studied this and produced the same results on the bar...
- Also fairly new to BarEssays are essay templates that you can literally copy and paste. Check out this Contracts template.

If you're wondering what makes a passing essay vs. what doesn't on the California Bar Exam, this is a large repository of actual graded essays and PTs submitted by those who didn't pass.

But this doesn't mean the essays are all sub-par! While there are essays scored 40 and 50 that show what is not passing material, there are essays that earned 75, 80, or even 85.

The advantage of this repository is the variety of real answers you can study.

Because the State Bar doesn’t disclose how well its model answers did, it’s hard to tell whether they are barely passing or top scoring. All they indicate are that they are “passing” essays and that essays don’t need to hit all the issues, which is implied by answers A and B covering different issues (although each usually hits all the key issues).

There are over 3,000 essays that you can search by subject, range of score, year/month, and even typed/handwritten/both for anyone worried about handwriting. Some have grader commentary.

These essay examples are useful after you outline or write out an essay to check whether you discussed relevant issues and rules and used the facts properly. I'd look at least one below and one above 65, with grader commentary if available.

High scorers tend to discuss all the issues and much of the nuances—but do not necessarily have excellent rule statements or analyses. While you want to look like the 70-75+ people, you’ll notice that they don’t always look like the impossible Barbri answers. These are real answers you can compare to see where you stand.

The owner has raised the price in recent months, and I don't blame him. Fortunately, I have a coupon code that will save you $25 on a subscription! PM me for the code.


[*4] Past essays and performance tests: These might be the only free things you get from the CA State Bar. They release exam questions from each administration.

Link: State Bar of California Past Exams

Note that there's only one 90-minute PT posted above right now. I would practice with the 3-hour legacy PTs (also above) or look at some 90-minute MPTs.

If you need to quickly find California essays organized by subject, check these out:

If you're looking for convenient access to individual questions organized by subject and issue, check out BarIssues.com below ($20 off).

For a budget version, here is an essay locator -- a list of essays organized by subject and issues contained therein (issues incomplete).

User Rap Genius found a repository of all the essay questions and sample analyses here: https://sites.google.com/site/easybarpasser/past-exams/

I have also put together a guide to own the PTs (v. 1.5b), including a step-by-step approach to answering the a PT, and a list of PTs to practice in order of difficulty.


[*5] BarIssues.com: Need to hone in on that mysterious issue you've never been able to tame ever since you laid eyes on it? Need to know which issues have been tested most frequently?

BarIssues is a directory of all the issues that have been tested on the California Bar Exam in the last 10 or so years. You can sort by frequency or the issue itself. A convenient link to the question and model answers is available whenever you explore a subject and its issues.

Price tag got you down? Use code BRIAN2742 at checkout to get $20 off.


[*6] BarMax MBE ($249.99): As with the rest of BarMax's offerings, your materials are available online or via mobile iOS devices, which allows for great portability. A solid choice if you don't mind reading questions on a tablet and being unable to write on a paper surface. But the better-known MBE supplement is...


[*7] Adaptibar ($395/365): Go here for my totally unbiased review... AdaptiBar Review: Is It Worth It?

This program is web based and accessible via PC (desktop or laptop) and mobile site. It automatically adapts and adjusts to your individual strengths and weaknesses.

In total, there are 1,745 MBE questions (all 1,530 NCBE-released questions + 200 simulated Civil Procedure questions + 15 new Real Property questions). Subject performance and timing analysis feedback are provided. In addition, the program allows users to create printable PDF reports of questions that were answered incorrectly.

Moreover, the online app adapts to your strengths and weaknesses and can create customized full-length tests, too. Additional information regarding the program can be found in this flyer and at http://www.adaptibar.com/pricing.aspx.

It is indeed rather expensive, but it’s probably the single best comprehensive option to study for the MBE, assuming you have the budget. Feel free to PM me or someone else for a coupon code for $30 off an AdaptiBar subscription; the person whose code you use gets a small kickback, $15 in my case because I'm not doing the 30/30 refer-a-friend program.


[*8] Options for condensed outlines and approach sheets

- Lean Sheets are a well-known short outline available for all 50 states.
- Magicsheets are condensed outlines organized in logical groups and indentations.
- Approsheets are essay approach sheets (one pager checklists and flowcharts) that take you from a blank page to a finished essay or outline. These sheets help you make sure you’re attacking all relevant issues and answering each essay completely. You get ZERO points for an issue that you never raise, even if you know the rule for it. An IRAC can't sprout from a seed that's never planted.




[*C]OVERVIEW OF CHANGES TO THE CA BAR
[+] Spoiler
- It is two days now: 1 day of written (5 essays and 1 PT) on Tuesday + 1 day of MBE on Wednesday.
- There will be one 90-minute PT. See a released sample here: http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Portals/0/docu ... 020217.pdf
- The MBE is worth 50% of your total score now, up from 35%.
- The written portion is also worth 50%, down from 65%. The PT is worth more than before (but not in terms of its weight relative to other portions), and each essay is worth more (about 7.1% up from 6.5%).
- Essays are still 1 hour long.
- No more legacy bragging rights for enduring three days of this shit.
- More discussion and how to prepare here.

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Changes to the Performance Test
- You get one shot at it now. This is good or bad depending on whether you like PTs.
- It's 90 minutes. That is, it's half as long as before and 1.5x as long as an essay but worth twice as much as an essay. It's now worth more points per minute!
- The sole PT is worth about 14.3% of your total grade (200 out of 700 raw points for the written portion, the written portion being 50% of your total score). This is actually a bit more than before, when each one was worth 13%, but the PT portion is worth much less overall, down from 26%. See http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Admissions/Exa ... a-Bar-Exam
(Relative to the other portions, the PT is weighted less than before)
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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby scard » Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:29 am

I have to retake, what is the next best alternative for mbe practice questions similar to adaptibar. they cheated me out of my referral so I'm hesitant to give them any more money

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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby a male human » Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:34 am

scard wrote:I have to retake, what is the next best alternative for mbe practice questions similar to adaptibar. they cheated me out of my referral so I'm hesitant to give them any more money

I swear by Emanuel's Strategies & Tactics Volume 1 (6th edition). See the post above you for details.

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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby scard » Sat Nov 18, 2017 12:59 am

a male human wrote:
scard wrote:I have to retake, what is the next best alternative for mbe practice questions similar to adaptibar. they cheated me out of my referral so I'm hesitant to give them any more money

I swear by Emanuel's Strategies & Tactics Volume 1 (6th edition). See the post above you for details.


paper books and I don't get along, online is what I'm looking for. Since iv actually paid for barmax prep in the past for my first attempt, I could use their mbe program and will probably do that

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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby a male human » Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:07 am

scard wrote:
a male human wrote:
scard wrote:I have to retake, what is the next best alternative for mbe practice questions similar to adaptibar. they cheated me out of my referral so I'm hesitant to give them any more money

I swear by Emanuel's Strategies & Tactics Volume 1 (6th edition). See the post above you for details.


paper books and I don't get along, online is what I'm looking for. Since iv actually paid for barmax prep in the past for my first attempt, I could use their mbe program and will probably do that

Other alternatives would not be as good, but Barmax would probably be the next best option.

Otherwise...
- BarPrepHero has some (not licensed) questions.
- The NCBE (creator of MBE) sells Online Practice Exams at $50 per 100 Qs (not recommended unless you really want the online experience)

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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby scard » Sat Nov 18, 2017 6:05 pm

here is a list of past exam subjects and febs predictions that iv put together

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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby FinallyPassedTheBar » Sat Nov 18, 2017 9:20 pm

scard wrote:
a male human wrote:
scard wrote:I have to retake, what is the next best alternative for mbe practice questions similar to adaptibar. they cheated me out of my referral so I'm hesitant to give them any more money

I swear by Emanuel's Strategies & Tactics Volume 1 (6th edition). See the post above you for details.


paper books and I don't get along, online is what I'm looking for. Since iv actually paid for barmax prep in the past for my first attempt, I could use their mbe program and will probably do that



Do you mean you do not like the physical aspect of studying from a book? Or do you prefer online interactivity? Because Emanuel's S&S is also available as an e-book/Kindle from Amazon. I agree with a male human that S&S is a good tool for the MBE. But I still prefer Adaptibar.

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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby scard » Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:58 pm

6TimeFailure wrote:
scard wrote:
a male human wrote:
scard wrote:I have to retake, what is the next best alternative for mbe practice questions similar to adaptibar. they cheated me out of my referral so I'm hesitant to give them any more money

I swear by Emanuel's Strategies & Tactics Volume 1 (6th edition). See the post above you for details.


paper books and I don't get along, online is what I'm looking for. Since iv actually paid for barmax prep in the past for my first attempt, I could use their mbe program and will probably do that



Do you mean you do not like the physical aspect of studying from a book? Or do you prefer online interactivity? Because Emanuel's S&S is also available as an e-book/Kindle from Amazon. I agree with a male human that S&S is a good tool for the MBE. But I still prefer Adaptibar.


yea something about reading out of a paper book always makes my eyes water after reading too much. I don't know if its simply the way my head is angled when reading or something to do with the materials themselves.. either way, I do much better handling more material when its on a screen. plus I seem to get bored without the interactive material. sucks for the actual bar, but maybe thats why Feb 18 will be my 5th attempt

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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby FinallyPassedTheBar » Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:31 am

scard wrote:yea something about reading out of a paper book always makes my eyes water after reading too much. I don't know if its simply the way my head is angled when reading or something to do with the materials themselves.. either way, I do much better handling more material when its on a screen. plus I seem to get bored without the interactive material. sucks for the actual bar, but maybe thats why Feb 18 will be my 5th attempt



I feel the exact same way about the bar review. All those damn thick books bores me to tears. I find it very painful to open and study from them. I much prefer the online study experience. Maybe you can give Adaptibar another try?

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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby FinallyPassedTheBar » Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:41 am

If it's any solace, I find that reviewing for the Feb exam to be slightly more tolerable than studying for the July exam. Even though I passed the July exam, I found it harder to study for it simply because of that time of the year (May, June, July). The weather is getting nice, all my friends are doing fun things outdoors, people going on vacations etc. Whereas studying for the Feb bar was easier for me because there was nothing tempting me to "go out and have fun".

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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby a male human » Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:49 am

6TimeFailure wrote:If it's any solace, I find that reviewing for the Feb exam to be slightly more tolerable than studying for the July exam. Even though I passed the July exam, I found it harder to study for it simply because of that time of the year (May, June, July). The weather is getting nice, all my friends are doing fun things outdoors, people going on vacations etc. Whereas studying for the Feb bar was easier for me because there was nothing tempting me to "go out and have fun".

There are also a few additional weeks between results and the next exam! As long as you can avoid the holiday razzle dazzle.

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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby FinallyPassedTheBar » Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:59 am

a male human wrote:There are also a few additional weeks between results and the next exam! As long as you can avoid the holiday razzle dazzle.


Yes I agree that's another positive about the Feb exam. I think there's four extra weeks to study between Nov results and Feb exam date.

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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby krispymenudo » Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:28 am

How are people studying this time around? I’m debating between getting a tutor and just drilling practice for the next 12-13 weeks. I suppose there’s no use planning until the score breakdown arrives?

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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby Pema » Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:59 pm

New laptop recommendations specifically for ease of use with ExamSoft? What to avoid? Thanks.

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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby twinfinn » Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:15 pm

I just passed the July bar after a failed Feb attempt and figured i'd pass along some info that helped me get through. Good luck everyone!

Essays - Bar Breaker by Jeff Adachi. This book is what made the difference for me I believe. Although lots of editorial mistakes, this book teaches how to write a bar essay, which I discovered is very different from a law school essay. If you work through his book you will have excellent roadmaps for each subject and these roadmaps are invaluable to fall back on if you're ever stumped during an essay. I made skeletal outlines for each subject based on the roadmaps in this book and breezed through the essays with a confidence that I lacked the first time.

MBE - I got an old barbri book from craigslist and worked through most of it. I made a separate outline with BLL from questions i got wrong and reviewed those rules every night after doing 25 or so MBEs.

PTs - I didn't do any practice and just treated it like an essay so to speak. I know that's not a big help but I honestly just sorta winged it.

I'm married with a ten month old and a full time job. Since my time was limited, I focused on trying to do two essays a day (even if I was just retyping the model answer from the Bar Breaker book) and 25-50 MBEs every night (although 25 was the norm).

Good luck to all!

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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby krispymenudo » Sun Nov 19, 2017 9:56 pm

twinfinn wrote:I just passed the July bar after a failed Feb attempt and figured i'd pass along some info that helped me get through. Good luck everyone!

Essays - Bar Breaker by Jeff Adachi. This book is what made the difference for me I believe. Although lots of editorial mistakes, this book teaches how to write a bar essay, which I discovered is very different from a law school essay. If you work through his book you will have excellent roadmaps for each subject and these roadmaps are invaluable to fall back on if you're ever stumped during an essay. I made skeletal outlines for each subject based on the roadmaps in this book and breezed through the essays with a confidence that I lacked the first time.

MBE - I got an old barbri book from craigslist and worked through most of it. I made a separate outline with BLL from questions i got wrong and reviewed those rules every night after doing 25 or so MBEs.

PTs - I didn't do any practice and just treated it like an essay so to speak. I know that's not a big help but I honestly just sorta winged it.

I'm married with a ten month old and a full time job. Since my time was limited, I focused on trying to do two essays a day (even if I was just retyping the model answer from the Bar Breaker book) and 25-50 MBEs every night (although 25 was the norm).

Good luck to all!



Did you use only those books, or were they in addition to a commercial prep course?

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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby twinfinn » Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:50 pm

krispymenudo wrote:
twinfinn wrote:I just passed the July bar after a failed Feb attempt and figured i'd pass along some info that helped me get through. Good luck everyone!

Essays - Bar Breaker by Jeff Adachi. This book is what made the difference for me I believe. Although lots of editorial mistakes, this book teaches how to write a bar essay, which I discovered is very different from a law school essay. If you work through his book you will have excellent roadmaps for each subject and these roadmaps are invaluable to fall back on if you're ever stumped during an essay. I made skeletal outlines for each subject based on the roadmaps in this book and breezed through the essays with a confidence that I lacked the first time.

MBE - I got an old barbri book from craigslist and worked through most of it. I made a separate outline with BLL from questions i got wrong and reviewed those rules every night after doing 25 or so MBEs.

PTs - I didn't do any practice and just treated it like an essay so to speak. I know that's not a big help but I honestly just sorta winged it.

I'm married with a ten month old and a full time job. Since my time was limited, I focused on trying to do two essays a day (even if I was just retyping the model answer from the Bar Breaker book) and 25-50 MBEs every night (although 25 was the norm).

Good luck to all!



Did you use only those books, or were they in addition to a commercial prep course?


I used only those books. If I had a question about anything I either referred to my law school outlines or searched online. But my old outlines from school were usually sufficient. Please feel free to ask me any other questions as I know how it feels to fail the exam and have to pick yourself back up and do it all over again. Also I am willing to post my outlines as examples if that helps people. Just let me know if that is something people would be interested in.

You got this!

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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby krispymenudo » Mon Nov 20, 2017 11:28 am

twinfinn wrote:
krispymenudo wrote:
twinfinn wrote:I just passed the July bar after a failed Feb attempt and figured i'd pass along some info that helped me get through. Good luck everyone!

Essays - Bar Breaker by Jeff Adachi. This book is what made the difference for me I believe. Although lots of editorial mistakes, this book teaches how to write a bar essay, which I discovered is very different from a law school essay. If you work through his book you will have excellent roadmaps for each subject and these roadmaps are invaluable to fall back on if you're ever stumped during an essay. I made skeletal outlines for each subject based on the roadmaps in this book and breezed through the essays with a confidence that I lacked the first time.

MBE - I got an old barbri book from craigslist and worked through most of it. I made a separate outline with BLL from questions i got wrong and reviewed those rules every night after doing 25 or so MBEs.

PTs - I didn't do any practice and just treated it like an essay so to speak. I know that's not a big help but I honestly just sorta winged it.

I'm married with a ten month old and a full time job. Since my time was limited, I focused on trying to do two essays a day (even if I was just retyping the model answer from the Bar Breaker book) and 25-50 MBEs every night (although 25 was the norm).

Good luck to all!



Did you use only those books, or were they in addition to a commercial prep course?


I used only those books. If I had a question about anything I either referred to my law school outlines or searched online. But my old outlines from school were usually sufficient. Please feel free to ask me any other questions as I know how it feels to fail the exam and have to pick yourself back up and do it all over again. Also I am willing to post my outlines as examples if that helps people. Just let me know if that is something people would be interested in.

You got this!



Awesome, thank you! Just ordered the Barbri book off eBay. What did you do on weekends for prep? I’m going to be working and will probably mimic your plan, as I planned to do sort of the same thing already. I’m guessing a good chunk of work will fall on the weekend.

Also, how did you get started? Did you review the material, like outlines, first or just dive right in?

Thank you so so much and a HUGE congratulation to you!!!!!

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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby PorscheFanatic » Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:37 pm

I decided to go with a private tutor this time around...hoping to at least have a score report by tonight though so I know where my weaknesses are.

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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby twinfinn » Mon Nov 20, 2017 12:55 pm

krispymenudo wrote:
Awesome, thank you! Just ordered the Barbri book off eBay. What did you do on weekends for prep? I’m going to be working and will probably mimic your plan, as I planned to do sort of the same thing already. I’m guessing a good chunk of work will fall on the weekend.

Also, how did you get started? Did you review the material, like outlines, first or just dive right in?

Thank you so so much and a HUGE congratulation to you!!!!!


Because I was retaking I opted to just jump right in and start with the Bar Breaker book and practice MBEs.

The first time around i did a substantive review of each subject using the Emanuel's law outlines "capsule summary", which was about the first 30 pages of the book, because I had those from law school. I opted not to get the conviser mini review as a friend had one and it was roughly the same thing as the Emanuel's capsule summaries.

During the week I would try and get as much done in the Bar Breaker book as possible, even if it was just retyping his exam model answers. It wasn't until I started doing this that I realized how different a bar essay answer was than what we had learned in law school. I didn't at first agree with his style as it seemed too simplistic but learned after I'd done about the first five essays for each subject that his system really is the key and his roadmaps turn bar essay questions into very simple fill in the blank type questions.

Every night I would not let myself go the bed without doing at least a couple MBE questions, adding any BLL i didn't know or got wrong to my MBE outline, then reading that outline, along with my roadmaps before bed.

Weekends I would do at least 5 essays in the morning out of the bar breaker book followed by at least 50 MBEs in the afternoon, then reviewing my roadmaps and MBE outline before bed.

I hope this helps and as always please let me know if you have any other questions or would like me to send outline or roadmaps as an example.

Also, i'm in the SF bay area and if anyone wants to meet up for coffee I am more than willing to help in any way i can. Good luck everyone! You got this!

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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby LockBox » Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:53 pm

PorscheFanatic wrote:I decided to go with a private tutor this time around...hoping to at least have a score report by tonight though so I know where my weaknesses are.


This is not directed towards you, but everyone who is retaking - do not fall into the trap of believing that a tutor/program/book is all that is needed to get you passed the finish mark.

As a repeater, whether it was by one point over over a hundred, you need to take a realistic look at your strengths/weaknesses and plan accordingly. Secondly, this time around needs to be about PRACTICE - you need to be doing more work applying your knowledge rather than watching mindless videos. Look at A Male Human's resources and reach out to other repeaters who passed.

My boiled-down plan was 2 x 50 = 2 fully written essays per day and 50 MBE's per day. I would recommend taking the weekends off and just treat it like a job. Spend 10 weeks doing just that and you'll be in a good position to pass (note: passing is still not guaranteed).

Lastly, do whatever you need to do to mentally get yourself there. This is different for a lot of people, depending on external circumstances (e.g., finances) and which retake this is etc. This process is not easy, but once you cross the finish line, it will be worth it. You need to keep that end goal in mind as you grind on the books (again) during this period. Good luck.

PorscheFanatic
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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby PorscheFanatic » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:33 pm

LockBox wrote:
PorscheFanatic wrote:I decided to go with a private tutor this time around...hoping to at least have a score report by tonight though so I know where my weaknesses are.


This is not directed towards you, but everyone who is retaking - do not fall into the trap of believing that a tutor/program/book is all that is needed to get you passed the finish mark.

As a repeater, whether it was by one point over over a hundred, you need to take a realistic look at your strengths/weaknesses and plan accordingly. Secondly, this time around needs to be about PRACTICE - you need to be doing more work applying your knowledge rather than watching mindless videos. Look at A Male Human's resources and reach out to other repeaters who passed.

My boiled-down plan was 2 x 50 = 2 fully written essays per day and 50 MBE's per day. I would recommend taking the weekends off and just treat it like a job. Spend 10 weeks doing just that and you'll be in a good position to pass (note: passing is still not guaranteed).

Lastly, do whatever you need to do to mentally get yourself there. This is different for a lot of people, depending on external circumstances (e.g., finances) and which retake this is etc. This process is not easy, but once you cross the finish line, it will be worth it. You need to keep that end goal in mind as you grind on the books (again) during this period. Good luck.


That's a lot of why I decided on the tutor I did. He had a long preliminary conversation with me and his main value is grading my submitted essays every week. His reviews seems to say he gives great guidance, but it still requires you to do the heavy lifting with far more focus on practice, and not on watching three hours of video lectures every morning.

PorscheFanatic
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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby PorscheFanatic » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:37 pm

For those of you in biglaw firms, how are you managing work load and studying? I understand that my hours/workload will be trimmed back, but I haven't spoken to anyone yet about exactly how much (I've already reached out to partners, they're going to try to meet with me later today).

SFassociate
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Re: 2018 February CA Bar

Postby SFassociate » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:45 pm

Pema wrote:New laptop recommendations specifically for ease of use with ExamSoft? What to avoid? Thanks.



I used my MacBook Air and it was great- no issues whatsoever. And they are just great laptops in general IMO

My friend used a cheap laptop (not Mac) and it freaked out on her during the exam and she almost had to hand write.




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