I have filled all of my tutoring slots for the February 2017 bar exam. I still have some slots yet to confirm, so more spots may open up to the people on my wait list, and I have several folks to still get back to, so I will get back to everyone who has emailed me so far by the end of the week either way. So if you have not heard back from me yet, I will get back to you soon. If anyone is considering contacting me for the first time now, there is very little chance of an opening for February 2017. But if you have extenuating circumstances, feel free to reach out and maybe I can point you in the right direction. Thank you.
DC has posted the July 2016 bar exam results here. The most interesting thing is the pass rate, which is the highest I have ever seen by a long shot. First time test takers had a pass rate of 71% with the overall pass rate being 62%. So, we had a total of 684 people take the exam and 422 passed. This is around double the number of people taking the exam and the pass rate is about 50% higher than usual as well. Congratulations to everyone who passed! If you did not pass, Continue reading
The results for the July 2016 Virginia Bar Exam have been posted. The overall pass rate was 73% with nearly 78% of first time takers passing the exam. UVA gets the top prize with the highest overall pass rate of over 92%, which is spectacular, so kudos to the Cavaliers!
The admission ceremony is going to be at the convention center in downtown Richmond at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7, 2016. This is a very nice ceremony where they convene a special session of the VA Supreme Court. Dress nicely and invite your family/friends to enjoy the special day with you.
Congratulations again to everyone who passed!
I am now beginning the process of reviewing all the emails I have received so far for tutoring for the February 2017 bar exam. I am anticipating getting through the emails by the end of this month (August 2016) so please be patient. I will review them from the oldest to most recent, but with emails from as far back as early January 2016 it will take me a while so please be patient. When emailing me about tutoring, please remember to always include the following information:
1) Why you are looking for a tutor?
2) Which bar exam (e.g. – July 2017 Virginia Bar Exam) are you planning on taking?
3) List the bar exams you have taken in the past as well as the results and complete breakdown of your scores.
4) How did you prepare for your past bar exams (e.g. – self study, barbri, pmbr, etc.)?
5) Any other information you think will help give a better understanding of your background and current situation.
Looking forward to responding to everyone who has contacted me so far and good luck to everyone taking the MPRE this weekend!
The July 2016 Bar Exam is over! This was definitely one of the harder exams on the books, with both the MBE and MEEs being more difficult/different than in the recent past. Virginia’s essays were, as usual, fair yet challenging as expected.
In DC we saw about twice the number of test takers due to this being the first time DC has tested as a UBE jurisdiction. Many folks opted against going up to New York or other jurisdictions and decided to stay local and take the exam here. I think yet others opted for DC instead of VA this time as well due to DC being a UBE jurisdiction. As far as the usual chaos that is the administration of the DC bar exam, they did not disappoint, although it was not the worst it has ever been. The main problem this time was delays in starting, which in the grand scheme of things is annoying but not as bad as what we’ve seen before. The morning MPTs were pretty straightforward, with a memo and a brief, but a couple of the MEEs were tricky this year. We had the following MEE subjects: Continue reading
The newest edition of the Strategies and Tactics for the MBE book by Steven Emanuel was released a few weeks ago. I have looked over the book and compared it with the 5th edition and there are several major changes, most of them for the better. This is, in my opinion, the best MBE study guide there is, and my primary book when preparing for the MBE. It is great to see it continuously updated and the roughly $80 price is really a steal for such a good resource that contains around 600 practice questions with excellent explanations of the answer choices.
The major change to the book is the addition of Civil Procedure, both Continue reading