Essential Bar Prep Materials

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Essential Bar Prep Materials

Postby BirdLawyerCharlie » Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:08 pm

Okay, so I've been browsing and lurking this forum for the past hour and it seems like everyone recommends something different. Is there anyway we can aggregate what people prefer most? I took the July 18 bar and passed the essay portion and failed the MBE by 6 and have to retake and I'm looking for something to bump my MBE score over that threshold.

I took 98% of Barbri and since it did not work for me I am looking into doing Themis or Kaplan as well as supplementing it with additional resources. Things I hear good news about are:

- Critical Pass cards
- Adaptibar
- BarMax
- Emanuels
- Finz Strategies and Tactics

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Re: Essential Bar Prep Materials

Postby a male human » Wed Nov 07, 2018 8:11 pm

I'll add BarEssays if you're taking the CA bar.


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Re: Essential Bar Prep Materials

Postby nthp » Thu Nov 08, 2018 10:59 am

I'm sorry that you didn't pass BirdLawyerCharlie. You are so close and will get it in February.

Adaptibar is a good source if you learn by finding patterns. Just do as many practice questions as time allows for you, write down the right answers to the questions that you get wrong, and try to figure out why the answer you picked is wrong together with the other wrong answer choices. Eventually, you'll notice patterns in any given fact pattern. There's only so many ways that they can test you, so it doesn't really matter how old the questions appear to be.

Additionally, I found that the most important thing for me while using the program was to pretend that I'm being timed for each question. I only allowed myself, at most 2.5 minutes to answer a question. I averaged about 1.5 minutes. This started from the very beginning of practice. This allows you to train yourself to think quickly in a short amount of time so that you are not fretting on the day of the exam that you cannot finish on time.

You want to get your accuracy within a range that you feel comfortable with to pass, because the actual exam conditions can throw you off and you might be on the lower end of that range.

I hope this helps. Again, I'm sure you'll pass the next time. Good luck to you.

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Re: Essential Bar Prep Materials

Postby SilvermanBarPrep » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:36 pm

For self-studiers who won't be taking a class, I generally recommend Barbri's Convsier Mini Review for outlines to learn the law. They aren't short, but they aren't as daunting as the other book they put out, and they cover all the information you'll need to know for the test. Just black letter law, not many examples or illustrations of the law, which keeps the page count down.

As for practice questions:

Strategies and Tactics for the Finz Multistate Method (4th edition)
Strategies and Tactics for the MBE (6th edition)
OPE 1-4 (on the NCBE Website)
MBE Study Guide (on the NCBE website)

Note that some of the above will overlap with the same questions, but my point is only that all of the above are excellent resources when studying.

Sean (Silverman Bar Exam Tutoring)


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Re: Essential Bar Prep Materials

Postby Neve » Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:14 pm

My running list of bar prep materials:

1) Emanuel's Strategies and Tactics for the MBE - available on Amazon. Fairly cheap book. Has good tips on approaching the MBE and contains lots of practice questions.

2) Adaptibar ( - I didn't use this, but wish I had since it has received raving reviews. The only con to Adaptibar is the price.

3) Barmax MBE Questions ( - supposedly "comparable" to Adaptibar). At only $249, it's a good price, but Adaptibar has tracking tools to individualize your MBE study and show your progress in a method that Barmax can't. But Barmax seems to be more economical than Adaptibar. You also need an iOS device to use it.

4) OPE from the MBE site to practice the most recent test questions: OPE it isn't the cheapest option, but these are real, recent MBE questions and not the souped up Barbri ones. Barbri questions are not representative of the modern MBE. I hear Barmax has all these OPEs included.

5) Critical Pass ( - referral link contains a discount code for $$ off) - Great flashcards for the MBE! You can't apply the law to an MBE question, if you don't know the law. I used Critical Pass for my bar study along with the CMR from Barbri and their simulated questions (although the Barbri questions are very different than actual MBE questions). I also used Emanuel's S&T during my study period, but not as much as I should have since it's a great resource.

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