July 2014 Bar Exam is over – Results coming in a couple of months

Now that the bar exam is over, we wait for the results. This is the worst part really, 2+ months of waiting from here is no fun. DC and Maryland should post the last week of October, we’re looking around Oct 29th for DC and Oct 31st for Maryland. Virginia is a bit earlier to post and will be in mid October, towards the end of the week, October 17th. And of course for California, you’ve got over 3 months of waiting, until November 21st until the results are sent out.

This bar exam marked the end of a couple of things. First of all, for DC and all other jurisdictions using the MEE (including all UBE jurisdictions), commercial paper is no longer a tested essay topic. Additionally, for everyone except Louisiana and Puerto Rico (which doesn’t use the MBE), this was the last time the MBE will test the same six subjects because starting with the next bar exam in February 2015, Civil Procedure will be added to the MBE as a 7th subject. My students for February already have a strategy around this and in fact this should make the MBE easier for those who have struggled with it in the past for several reasons, but we’ll cover that another day. For the time being, try not to think about the bar exam and enjoy the rest of the summer. The results will be here when they will be here, nothing can make them come sooner or later.

Day 1 of the July 2014 Bar exam is over – VA and DC essays

Congratulations on surviving the first day. Down here in Virginia we had an interesting exam, with our predicted subjects making up nearly all of the exam and with civil procedure(s) having a negligible showing: Lots of local government, some personal property, crim law, partnerships, wills, domestic relations, agency and commercial paper. DC was fairly straightforward as well, with predictions nearly on the mark this time (6 out of 7 ain’t bad): crim, contracts, evidence, civ pro, fam law/conflicts and corporations. And on a positive note, the administration/proctoring of the DC exam today went smoother than last time, although there were still some issues, but hopefully this is a sign they are getting their act together slowly but surely. Oh, MPTs were a fairly tough memo and a letter. Good luck on the MBE tomorrow for everyone taking it!

No more Commercial Paper starting in 2015 in DC

By now most everyone is in full swing with their studying for the July 2014 bar exam as we are solidly into June. But I thought I would make a mention of the Feb bar exam as one of the most anticipated (dreaded perhaps?) changes to the bar exam is the addition of Civil Procedure to the February 2015 bar exam. Well, the NCBE has given some additional news which will probably be better received; effective the same exam, Feb 2015, they will no longer test UCC3 (Commercial Paper aka Negotiable Instruments) on the essay (MEE) portion of the exam. Here is the direct quote from the NCBE themselves:

“Effective with the February 2015 bar exam, Negotiable Instruments (Uniform Commercial Code Article 3 and the excerpts of Article 4, Bank Collections) will no longer be tested on the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE).”

So, for those of you taking the bar in February 2015 who were upset about Civ Pro coming to the MBE, maybe news will come as some small relief. In the meantime, I am going to commence my daily twitter Tips of the Day (#TOTD) so be sure and follow me if you have not already.

Bar Exam Stress Management workshop in DC

I came across something I thought I would share with everyone taking the bar exam this July. It is a Bar Exam Stress Management Workshop run by Brooke Baker of Brooke Baker Therapy (www.brookebakertherapy.com). I met with her last week to discuss her workshop and get some more details as I thought it might be beneficial to some of my students taking the exam this summer and was quite impressed with her and what she has planned for this workshop so I wanted to share the details with all of my readers. Here are some of the highlights of her workshop:

– How to create and implement a self-care regimen that will fit with your study/work schedule
– Relaxation techniques that will help recalibrate the nervous system so you have the greatest access to your cognitive faculties while you study and for exam day
– Tools for reframing the distorted and anxious ruminating thoughts that often lead to overwhelming anxiety post-exam

Each of these 3 areas are important when it comes to bar exam success. I have heard countless stories of people studying like crazy for the bar exam only to “blank” or “freeze up” when exam day came. Brooke explained some of the possible reasons this can happen and discussed her techniques for helping to address it which I found to be very informative.

The workshops will be on Friday, June 6th at noon and Saturday, June 14th at noon and are scheduled to run approximately an hour and a half or so. Even though time is always short when studying for the bar exam I think it would be a wise investment to spend the 2 hours or so and attend her class, especially for anyone who has test taking anxiety (which is pretty much everyone taking the bar exam unless you have nerves of steel). As always, good luck with the studying and for anyone who attends feel free to post some comments here leaving feedback as to what you thought of the session.

UPDATE: Here is a link to her website with registration information

Tutoring slots are full for the July 2014 bar exam

I am not accepting any more students for the July 2014 bar exam. I know that results have just come out but I only take on a small number of students each bar exam. For everyone that has already emailed me, I am going through your emails and will get back to you with options, including a waitlist. As always, feel free to email me if you feel you have exceptional circumstances for this summer but keep in mind that my roster is officially full. And yes, I am already accepting students for the February 2015 bar exam so if you are planning on taking that exam you may contact me about tutoring.

I’ve also gotten plenty of questions about seeking out other tutors. My advice is to trust your instincts. If you feel the tutor would be a good fit for you, then go with it. Other than that, I would stick to the basic questions such as how long have they been tutoring, what is their program like, how do they charge for their services, etc. Good luck and as always feel free to post with any questions.