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Bar Exam Week: Your week to shine!

When you sit for the bar exam next week, go in to pass.  Let no doubts in.  You are not going in to see how it goes or to “try” —you are going in to do your very best.

Some of you are just so ready for it to be over.  That is normal.  You are tired.  So put the books down and sleep, or exercise, or go to a movie.  Take your mind off it.

Take tomorrow off too, if you need to, if it will make you feel more ready.  Better to go in clear-headed and enthusiastic than over prepared and drained.

Do what works for you, though. If it will help calm you to study or do a few more practice questions tomorrow, go for it.

But remember, and believe, that you are ready.  Think about all you have done to get to this point.  You sweated in high school and college, you took many high-stakes exams: SAT, LSAT, MPRE, midterms, finals, and more.  You made through law school, and received your JD!  And, you have been studying like crazy all summer long!

Think of these words of Booker T. Washington,  “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.”  Just close your eyes and for one minute be proud of how much you have overcome.

This is just the next step.  And, you are ready.  Don’t think now about what comes after the bar exam.  Do not worry about jobs or your future, or anything else for that matter, other than doing your best next week. Be in the moment.

These are your main concerns:

  • Sleep well,
  • eat right,
  • exercise, and
  • on the exam, read carefully and think hard, using what you know to reason to logical conclusions.

Bottom line: Get READY to PASS. You earned that.  Next week is your week to shine.  This is your bar exam to pass.  You have been training for years. You have learned what you need, and taken many practice tests.  Think of this as another practice bar exam.  (In Bobby Unser’s words, “Success is where preparation and opportunity meet.”)

You have prepared, and prepared well. Now is the time for action. Act as if you will pass. Believe you will pass.   And, on the actual bar exam, keep that confidence with you until the last “time” is called.

It’s not over until it’s over.  Work as hard and as thoughtfully as you can until you must stop.  (When the proctors say “Done,” you are done, but not until then.) And, after you leave the room on the last day of your exam, celebrate!  You will have earned it.

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July 2014 Bar Exam preparation

Preparing for success on the July Bar Exam?  Are you serious about passing the exam?  Are you ready to give up everything but studying for two full months?  Have you taken and passed the MPRE?   Have you filled out the moral character portion of your bar exam application?  What else are you doing to get ready?  Have you started practicing with performance tests?  If not, now is the time to begin!  Master this open book portion of the bar exam, now, early on.  Get a head start!


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Success on the MPRE

See this terrific new article with tips and strategies for the MPRE!

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MPRE –sign up now!

September 30 is the deadline to sign up for the November 8, 2008 MPRE.  (Late filing deadline is October 16).  If you have not yet signed up, sign up now!

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MPRE this Friday

Next MPRE is this Friday, August 8.  Good luck if you are taking this exam.

Next opportunity to take the MPRE is November 8.  Deadline to apply for that exam is September 30, with late filing by October 16. 

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Enroll now for March 08 MPRE

Enroll now —or by January 29, 2008— for the March 2008 administration of the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam ("MPRE").   More info at

Taking and passing this exam is a required component for licensing in California. 

PASS the Bar and the MPRE —and work on your moral character forms as well –so you can be sworn in just as soon as you find out that you have passed!

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Failed the MPRE? Re-take it asap!

And what of the student who says, “I failed the MPRE by two points! I’m so discouraged. I don’t even want to retake it.”

I say, of course, nonsense! Get back on that horse. Go re-take it asap. Why? You need to, to be licensed. And, why spend any time thinking about it.

The message to draw from missing by only two points is of course you CAN do it! You were nearly there. So, go make some minor adjustments, study up again, and knock it out.

Do not spend one moment thinking YOU are less than! Go do it. Sign up now!!!!

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Are you taking the MPRE –test yourself!

See if you know how important various subject matters are???

Part A

Will any of the following be tested??

Regulation of the Legal Profession
Unauthorized Practice of Law
Historical incidents of lawyers committing crimes
Fee Division with Non-Lawyers
Contracts between Clients & Lawyer
Lawyer-Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine
Independent Professional Judgment–Conflicts of Interest
Lawyers as Witnesses
Business Dealings with Client
Lawyers being influenced by persons other than client
Competence, Legal Malpractice, and Other Civil Liability (8-12%)
Civility, Courtesy, and Decorum
Client Fraud
Client Perjury
Witness Perjury
Safekeeping Property and Funds of Clients and Others
Direct Contact With Prospective Clients (Solicitation)
Judicial Ethics
Duty to Uphold the Integrity and Independence of the Judiciary
Duty to Avoid Impropriety and the Appearance of Impropriety
Duties of Impartiality and Diligence
Activities to Improve the Legal System
Extra-Judicial Activities
Political Activity of Judges
Candidate for Judicial Office

Answer: All of the above (and then some!), with the exception of historical incidents of lawyers committing crimes.

Part B

What percentage of the questions you face will likely be in these selected areas listed below?

Communication About Legal Services
Independent Professional Judgment–Conflicts of Interest
Different Roles of the Lawyer
Competence, Legal Malpractice, and Other Civil Liability
The Client-Lawyer Relationship
Privilege and Confidentiality
Safekeeping Property and Funds of Clients and Others
Litigation and Other Forms of Advocacy
Judicial Ethics

Answer:Communication About Legal Services (6-10%)
Independent Professional Judgment–Conflicts of Interest (12-16%)
Different Roles of the Lawyer (4-8%)
Competence, Legal Malpractice, and Other Civil Liability (8-12%)
The Client-Lawyer Relationship (10-14%)
Privilege and Confidentiality (6-10%)
Safekeeping Property and Funds of Clients and Others (4-8%)
Litigation and Other Forms of Advocacy (12-16%)
Judicial Ethics (6-10%)

NOTE: The information here is from the NCBEX website. Please refer to that for further detail. The purpose of this fun quiz is just to remind you how many different areas will be covered and how important this exam is. Work you do preparing for the MPRE will likely assist you in preparing for essays in professional responsibility on your bar exam, and performance tests that test ethical issues. Good luck. Much more information is available to help you at the NCBEX site at Visit the site for details.

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Upcoming MPRE

Next MPRE will be administered Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007. The application deadline is next week, Sept. 25, 2007, the late filing deadline is Oct. 11, 2007.

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MPRE –Have you taken and passed it?

The next MPRE administration is 11/3/07. If you want to sign up to take this exam, get your application in by 9/25 –just a couple of weeks away! (Get more info at

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