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Texas Bar July 2019

Postby DepressedWorkerBee » Fri Jan 11, 2019 4:04 pm

I know it’s super early - but would appreciate any advice/insight anyone can offer!

Out-of-state law student taking the Texas Bar Exam in July 2019.

I’ve got my bar prep purchased (using Themis and Critical Pass Flashcards). I’ve got a really lazy/easy last semester and was trying to think of anything I can do to get a “head start” on prepping.

I was thinking since the Rules of Evidence/Procedure are slightly (or heavily - not really sure) different from what I learned - that maybe I’d spend my free time this semester maybe just going through the Themis reviews for those two subjects so when I actually start prepping this summer that I’m somewhat familiar with the differences.

Any other ideas/suggestions/funny jokes to keep my sanity would be appreciated!

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Re: Texas Bar July 2019

Postby FionaLamoreaux » Thu Jan 24, 2019 4:33 am

Thanx for sharing info!

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Re: Texas Bar July 2019

Postby DepressedWorkerBee » Sat Jan 26, 2019 5:59 pm

Not sure if I shared any info but happy to help!!

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Re: Texas Bar July 2019

Postby AussieAustin » Sun Jan 27, 2019 11:52 am

I’m also doing the Texas July 2019 exam. A little nervous since I’m a foreign trained lawyer but we’ll see. Any recommendations for MBE practice books? I’d like to get started with practice questions when I hopefully get time.

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Re: Texas Bar July 2019

Postby DeMihiNonCuratLex » Sun Jan 27, 2019 4:58 pm

Question about the application - in the part about legal employment it asks if you were substantially engaged in the practice of law. How should I answer this? In my summer positions I did research, wrote memos, etc., but of course it was all under attorney supervision and I never really spoke to any clients. Is this a question to try to see if you were engaged in the unauthorized practice of law, or what?

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Re: Texas Bar July 2019

Postby DepressedWorkerBee » Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:20 am

Aussie - for the MBE, I'm banking on Themis giving me all I need to know/learn since they have so many real practice questions. I also ordered the Critical Pass Flashcards since they're so highly recommended. As for practice books - I haven't ordered any, so I can't really give any insight there.

CuratLex - I had the same question when I was filling out my application. I ended up putting that none of my internships were "substantially engaged in the practice of law." Everything I did was for an attorney (memos, research, etc.). Since I never actually gave clients direct legal advice (God help them if I had) nor actually represented any clients - I wouldn't consider them "engaged in the practice of law."

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Re: Texas Bar July 2019

Postby els18 » Tue Jan 29, 2019 11:52 am

DeMihiNonCuratLex wrote:Question about the application - in the part about legal employment it asks if you were substantially engaged in the practice of law. How should I answer this? In my summer positions I did research, wrote memos, etc., but of course it was all under attorney supervision and I never really spoke to any clients. Is this a question to try to see if you were engaged in the unauthorized practice of law, or what?


I included all of my summer jobs from law school as "substantially engaged in the practice of law". All of my legal employers were contacted as references, but all of my other employers were not contacted. Based on talking to my friends, your non-legal employers are only contacted if there are questions or something they want to look into in your application.

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Re: Texas Bar July 2019

Postby cantdecide » Tue Jan 29, 2019 12:44 pm

DepressedWorkerBee wrote:I know it’s super early - but would appreciate any advice/insight anyone can offer!

Out-of-state law student taking the Texas Bar Exam in July 2019.

I’ve got my bar prep purchased (using Themis and Critical Pass Flashcards). I’ve got a really lazy/easy last semester and was trying to think of anything I can do to get a “head start” on prepping.

I was thinking since the Rules of Evidence/Procedure are slightly (or heavily - not really sure) different from what I learned - that maybe I’d spend my free time this semester maybe just going through the Themis reviews for those two subjects so when I actually start prepping this summer that I’m somewhat familiar with the differences.

Any other ideas/suggestions/funny jokes to keep my sanity would be appreciated!


The P/E portion of the TX Bar was similar to what I learned at an in-state law school, but it's super formulaic. They test on pretty much the exact same things, in the same order, every July. Going through the released P/Es and using bar prep materials/the sample answers (which are hit or miss) to craft a short answer about 2 weeks before the test date was what I did, and I felt great leaving that portion of the test (as did almost everyone else).

I found the MBE to be the toughest part for me since I wasn't used to substantive law MC exams--it was the first time I felt really uncomfortable taking a standardized test. Property was particularly hard, as there's a ton of material that we didn't even touch on 1L, so that could be a good place to start. I found keeping TX property and MBE property separate in my head difficult as well.

I really liked Emanuel's Strategy & Tactics for the MBE, it has a ton of practice questions and a quick summary of the heavily tested points for each area of the MBE. I used it towards the end of my studying as an MBE refresher, and I liked it better than the materials my course provided. I would also recommend reading up on the structure of the exam and how it's graded, I didn't really 'get it' until early July and I wish I had understood it better from the outset and had had that understanding to inform my approach to studying from the get go.

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Re: Texas Bar July 2019

Postby DepressedWorkerBee » Tue Jan 29, 2019 2:08 pm

I'm sure I'll find out once I start studying - but how was the Property section different from what you learned in 1L? My professor basically focused 75% of the class on diagramming property deeds......not sure how helpful that's going to be on the Bar.

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Re: Texas Bar July 2019

Postby els18 » Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:41 am

Hello! I passed the Texas Bar Exam in July 2019 and am looking to sell my Barbri materials. I have all of the books and the study keys and whatnot and would be happy to sell them to someone who doesn't want to pay full price and doesn't need the videos. PM me on here and we can work something out. Best of luck to everybody studying! It's REALLY not that bad

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Re: Texas Bar July 2019

Postby Electricella » Wed Feb 27, 2019 1:23 pm

els18 wrote:Hello! I passed the Texas Bar Exam in July 2019 and am looking to sell my Barbri materials. I have all of the books and the study keys and whatnot and would be happy to sell them to someone who doesn't want to pay full price and doesn't need the videos. PM me on here and we can work something out. Best of luck to everybody studying! It's REALLY not that bad


July 2018 maybe?;)

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Re: Texas Bar July 2019

Postby Lasttimetakingthebar » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:21 pm

Repeat taker here. I passed the writing portion of the bar exam but failed the MBE. My best advice is to purchase BARBRI/Themis and hammer the past essays exams in your study material. I use Adaptibar (which has helped immensely and 10 of those questions were exactly verbatim on the bar exam! I also supplement Emmanuel’s and Finz. Finally, don’t neglect the first day your going to need the points. Good luck

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Re: Texas Bar July 2019

Postby els18 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 3:06 pm

Electricella wrote:
els18 wrote:Hello! I passed the Texas Bar Exam in July 2019 and am looking to sell my Barbri materials. I have all of the books and the study keys and whatnot and would be happy to sell them to someone who doesn't want to pay full price and doesn't need the videos. PM me on here and we can work something out. Best of luck to everybody studying! It's REALLY not that bad


July 2018 maybe?;)


Lol.. Yes. I passed the July 2018 exam and thankfully do not have to take the 2019 exam.



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