Tutoring for the February 2017 bar exam and good luck to those taking the MPRE this weekend

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!

July 2016 Bar Exams are over – DC, VA and MBE discussion

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

Strategies and Tactics for the MBE Sixth (6th) Edition Review

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

Public Service Announcement – Strategies and Tactics 6th edition now available – Tips of the day on twitter

PSA – The new edition of Emmanuel’s Strategies and Tactics for the MBE is now shipping. Expect a full review from me shortly. The main change is the addition of a Civil Procedure section (both questions and a substantive review) plus an additional 100 or so questions from the NCBE OPE-4. If you have the 5th edition, email the publisher as they can give you online access to the Civil Procedure questions.

Also, I have started posting my daily Tips of the Day (#totd) on twitter. Check for the #totd hashtag to get MBE and Virginia bar exam tips each day.

Tutoring roster is full for all states for July 2016

I have filled my entire roster and my waitlist for the July 2016 bar exam and am no longer accepting any more students. I believe I have responded to all the emails I have received so far, and I know some folks have emailed several times and it can take a while for a response but things get quite busy around results season. I have started filling spots for February 2017 so if you are interested please feel free to email me and of course if you have extenuating circumstances please feel free to email me for July 2016 and I can try and give you some advice. Good luck to everyone taking the bar this summer!

Washington DC Feb 2016 bar exam results posted

The results are posted. Out of a total of 324 applicants, we have an overall pass rate of 44%, with 54% of first time takers passing. The full pass list is located here. Congratulations to everyone who passed!!! I know it’s agonizing waiting for the DC results but they are finally here. If you did not pass, don’t despair as it is not the end and you can use a different approach and pass it this summer (you should be getting your letter with full score breakdown in the mail very soon).