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Everything will be okay!!

Posted by mcgeorgebarprep on May 14, 2018

I know this week is difficult for everyone waiting for results on Friday.  No matter what, though, remember that EVERYTHING WILL BE OKAY, and neither outcome will make you greater or lesser of a person.  I will be out of the country presenting at a conference and may not have Internet access, but I will be thinking of each of you and sending so much positivity that my brain might explode.

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Summer 2018 Extra Feedback Program

Posted by mcgeorgebarprep on April 25, 2018

The Summer 2018 Extra Feedback Program schedule is here! McGeorge graduates, don’t miss this opportunity to submit your work for free individualized written comments from experienced bar program graders.  Graduates who participate in the Extra Feedback Program—over 400 to date—consistently pass the bar at significantly higher rates than those who do not.

Please read the instructions carefully, because late or incorrect answers will not be graded.  Also, please note that graders cannot provide feedback on exams other than those listed in the schedule.

Copies of the questions and answers are posted below.  (Please note that the submission email address is different than the one used in the PASS class.)

July 2018 EFP Schedule

Schedule PDF Version

Due May 28PT1 Question Packet and PT1 Sample Answer

Due June 4Evidence Question and Evidence Sample Answer

Due June 11: Contracts Question and Contracts Sample Answer

Due June 18Property Question and Property Sample Answer

Due June 25PT2 Question Packet and PT2 Sample Answer

Due July 2Con Law Question and Con Law Sample Answer

Due July 9PR Question and PR Sample Answer

 

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Last Chance for Extra Feedback Feb. 12

Posted by mcgeorgebarprep on February 9, 2018

There is one last chance to get free, individualized feedback on your essay writing!  Submit your answer to the final Extra Feedback Program essay–PR, the subject you are almost guaranteed to see on the exam this month–any time before Monday, February 12, at 6:00 p.m.  You can find the question, submission instructions, and additional information here.

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EFP Property Essay Due 1/29 @ 6:00

Posted by mcgeorgebarprep on January 28, 2018

Don’t forget to get some extra feedback on your essay writing by submitting your answer to the Property essay by no later than tomorrow, January 29, at 6:00 p.m.  You can find the question, submission instructions, and additional information here.

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EFP Contracts Essay Due 1/15 @ 6:00

Posted by mcgeorgebarprep on January 14, 2018

Don’t forget to get some extra feedback on your essay writing by submitting your answer to the Contracts essay by no later than tomorrow, January 15, at 6:00 p.m.  You can find the question, submission instructions, and additional information here.

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Focus on Tasks, Not Time

Posted by mcgeorgebarprep on January 8, 2018

Several graduates recently have asked how much time they should be spending on bar prep each day.  That is a common question, but the answer truly depends on every individual.

For example, imagine that someone told Person X and Person Y that they need to spend eight to ten hours each day on bar prep.  So X and Y dutifully wake up and head to their preferred study spaces to begin, and each stays there from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. (with a few breaks in between).  If X is focused and engaged in the material but Y tends to daydream or is easily distracted, Y will get far less out of that time than X.  Yet if X and Y only were tracking how much time they were spending each day, both could say that they were “on track.”  If this remains true for the entire prep period, and X passes the bar exam but Y does not, Y will not understand what happened, since Y “spent 10 hours a day studying, just like X.”  This is one reason why focusing only on how much time you spend studying can be dangerous.

Of course bar prep is a very time-intensive endeavor, and you should be spending the majority of your days working at it; but instead of tracking specifically how many hours per day you spend at your desk, focus instead on the tasks you want to complete each day.  Instead of beginning the day by thinking, “I need to spend ten hours studying today,” try, “Okay, today I need to write two practice essays and review the answers, review the Contracts lecture outline, complete 34 MBEs, and work on my attack sheet for Property.”  That may take you ten hours, and it may not.  Instead of adapting the tasks you complete to fit how much time you want to spend, adapt how much time you spend to fit the tasks you want to complete.

A sizeable chunk of every day should be spent preparing, but every day will be different; it may take ten hours to complete your tasks on one day, and on another day it may take seven.  On yet another day, you may not finish before needing to go to sleep (or perhaps you need to budget for some time off for a planned event), so you may have to move a few tasks to different days.  Regardless, you will be using your time far more effectively than if you were just going through the motions to say that you spend X number of hours per day “studying.”  To give you an idea of what tasks you should be working on in addition to reading outlines and viewing lectures, by the end of the preparation period you should have completed at least 45-50 timed essays, 5-6 timed PTs, and 1600-1800 MBEs–all with answer review, of course.

So focus more on the tasks you complete and less on the time you spend (unless you’re writing a timed practice essay or PT!), and your bar prep should become much more efficient and effective.

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July 2017 Answers Posted

Posted by mcgeorgebarprep on January 3, 2018

Questions and example answers from July 2017 are now available on the State Bar website.  If you wrote this exam, consider completing an Essay Answer Comparison Chart and PT Answer Comparison Chart to determine where your work differed from the released answers.  Self-assessment is one of the most important skills to master for bar success; doing so helps you methodically evaluate your strengths and weakness and internalize that information so you can improve your future writing.

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First EFP Exam Due Jan. 3

Posted by mcgeorgebarprep on January 2, 2018

Don’t forget to get some extra feedback on your PT writing by submitting your answer to the In re Bryan Carr exam by no later than tomorrow, January 3, at 6:00 p.m.  You can find the question, submission instructions, and additional information here.

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Winter 2018 Extra Feedback Program

Posted by mcgeorgebarprep on December 18, 2017

The Winter 2018 Extra Feedback Program schedule is here!  If you are a McGeorge graduate, don’t miss this opportunity to submit your work for individualized written comments from experienced bar program graders.

Please read the instructions carefully, as late or incorrect answers will not be graded.  Questions and answers are posted below, and if you need hard copies of the questions, please contact the FSO (fso@pacific.edu).

Feb 2018 EFP Schedule

Schedule PDF Version

Since the Extra Feedback Program’s inception eight years ago, bar applicants who participate have passed the bar at higher rates than those who do not.  Be sure to complete and submit these questions so you too can conquer the bar this winter!

PT Question and PT Sample Answer

Contracts Question and Contracts Sample Answer

Property Question and Property Answer

PR Question and PR Sample Answer

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For Those Not Celebrating Yet

Posted by mcgeorgebarprep on November 20, 2017

Although we are thrilled for those who received positive results on Friday, we are mindful of those who are not celebrating yet.  If that applies to you, please know first that this score does NOT define you or your ability to have a successful career.  More tremendously successful lawyers than I can count were not successful on their first CA Bar Exam (previous Dean of Stanford Law, anyone?).

When you receive your score sheet, you are welcome to take a picture of it and email it to me so I can review it and see if it suggests any areas on which to focus moving forward.  If you plan to take the February 2018 exam and graduated from McGeorge, I also encourage you to participate in the free Extra Feedback Program, the schedule for which will be posted here on the blog as soon as it is ready (likely later in December).

If you plan to forge ahead and attack the February exam, do yourself a favor and make the most of the next few weeks.  It may be tempting to put things off and give yourself a break until after the holidays, but that will cause you to lose over a month of time — which, as you know, makes a big difference!  You don’t necessarily have to dive in at 100% right now, but sit down and make a plan for how you will use this time to your advantage.  Just saying generally that you’re going to “study” won’t cut it.

For example, there are 41 days (about six weeks) from November 21 until January 1.  If I were studying during that time, I might focus first on the seven MBE subjects, devoting five or six days to each.  Here is a sample breakdown:

Day 1: 10 untimed Con Law MBEs with quality answer review, and review 1/3 of the substantive Con Law outline

Day 2: Same (10 Con Law MBEs w/ answer review and second third of the Con Law outline)

Day 3: Same (10 Con Law MBEs w/ answer review and final third of the Con Law outline)

Day 4: 20 Con Law MBEs with quality answer review

Day 5: Review flash cards/notes; write & review 1 Con Law essay

Day 6: Day off (It’s okay to take a day off now, but don’t take a day off each week during “crunch time” in January & February!)

[Repeat for the other six subjects]

You might think this schedule is light compared to how you studied last summer, and it is; the holidays are busy, and you should spend time with loved ones if you can.  Quality review of the MBE subjects–to re-familiarize yourself with them, not to memorize them yet–will give you a solid foundation moving forward into the more intense study period after the new year when you do need to start memorizing, and it will reduce the likelihood of burnout.

That said, make the time your own.  You know yourself best, so focus on your weak areas first so you can revisit them more often later, and if you want to do more, go for it.  Just make some kind of daily schedule for yourself so you will be far more likely to make it happen.

If you would like to set up an appointment to discuss your schedule or preparation strategies, you are welcome to contact me and we can arrange it.  (Just please note that the school will be closed Wednesday through Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.)

Although this temporary setback is frustrating [<<understatement], know that you CAN pass the bar, and we wish you all the very best moving forward!

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