Re: July 2017 Texas Bar Exam
Postby Tiredbuthappyitsover » Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:44 pm
Hi guys!! I took the July 2016 bar and failed by a few points, and then I took the February 2017 bar and passed with 30 points to spare. I have been a long-time lurker on this site but I wanted to post to offer some encouragement to all of you, especially you re-takers, because YOU CAN DO IT! All of us are different, but here's what I did differently the second time to pass this exam and I truly believe it made all the difference for me.
1. I changed my bar prep course from a very well known big box course to Reed Bar Review. PM me if you have specific questions about Reed Bar Review and you are thinking of signing up for it in any capacity. Basically, I loved Reed's MBE prep and strategy to memorize information for the Texas Essays.
2. I stopped working. DO NOT WORK WHILE STUDYING FOR THE BAR IF YOU CAN HELP IT.
3. I added Adaptibar to my preparation method. PM me your email if you need a discount code to sign up for it.
4. I added Critical Pass flashcards to my prep. PM me if you need a discount code to sign up for it.
5. I made sure to complete at least 2,000 MBE questions, and I did some MBE questions every day. I always reviewed the questions I got wrong, and even the ones I got right to understand WHY an answer choice was correct and why the others were wrong. After all, sometimes I just guessed correctly and got the right answer, but I couldn't rely on this for the real bar exam.
6. I took lots of full-length MBE exams and reviewed my mistakes. If I didn't know a rule of law or misunderstood it, I wrote it out in a notebook by subject (i.e. torts, contracts, etc.) and then reviewed those rules of law periodically.
7. I actually wrote out essays in full format while studying (and then I graded them). I didn't do this 100% of the time, but I did it at least 50% of the time. It was an uncomfortable process but it was ultimately VERY helpful to actually learning the information and memorizing it. Even when I didn't write out the essay in full format though, I outlined my answer at the very least and then graded that.
8. I used the model answers from the Texas BLE site to grade the essays I wrote in practice.
9. I focused heavily on the MBE as well as memorizing information for the Texas Essays (80% of your grade), and I didn't worry too much about the MPT/P&E until a few days before the test. That being said, do at least one or two practice MPTs at the beginning of your prep to make sure you can complete your task in the time allotted!
10. To study for the P&E portion, I exclusively did 10 recent practice exams and studied the difference between the Texas rules v. federal rules.
I truly wish each of you the very best!! GO KICK BUTT!
- Carefully read the question and the “call of the question” (what the question asks you to do.)
- Pay attention to the facts presented without assuming additional facts.
- Include more than a mere conclusion when asked to explain the answer fully.
- Respond to the “call of the question” (what the question asks you to do) and stay on track.
- Practice writing in complete sentences and composing paragraphs.
- Organize your responses, and answer subparts, if any, in the order asked.
- Strive for clarity and good communication in writing.
- Avoid lengthy or unnecessary discussion of general or extraneous matters.
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