080: Bar Exam 101 - An Introduction
Published January 16, 2017
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    Welcome back! Today, we're talking about the basics of the bar exam. This episode might send shudders down your spine if you're a 3L looking to take the bar exam next summer, or perhaps you're thinking, "Hey, I'm a 1L. Why should I be worrying about this so early?"

    Well, the reality is the bar exam is a pretty big deal and is one of the final hurdles to becoming a lawyer. So whether you're taking the next bar exam or taking it a few years from now, you need to understand the basics, to ensure you prepare effectively and only have to take it once!

    (We're pleased to announce our episodes now contain a transcript, which you'll find below. Enjoy!)

    In this episode we discuss:

    • Bar exam basics, especially California and the UBE states
    • What the UBE consists of (MPT, MBE, MEE)
    • What the performance test covers and how to prepare
    • What to expect on the MBE and how to prepare
    • Being strategic and matching your bar exam planning to your career objectives
    • Questions to ask yourself as you decide which bar exam to take
    • The changes coming to the California bar exam
    • Should you wait to take the CA bar exam? 
    • Will CA be harder or easier after the changes?
    • Planning ahead for the bar exam as a 1L and 2L 
    • Other state bar exams you may encounter
    • Choosing the right bar review provider and whether you need to buy immediately as a law student
    • What are accommodations and how can you get them for the bar exam?
    • Should you take bar electives in law school?
    • The future of the bar exam

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    Thanks for listening! Good luck on the bar exam.

    Alison & Lee

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