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Bar Simulation Day: March 14

Posted by mcgeorgebarprep on February 24, 2015

Congratulations and best wishes to all McGeorge graduates sitting for the CA Bar Exam today!!  Current seniors, your exam date will be here before you know it, so here is one chance to get going on your way to One and Done this summer:

On Saturday, March 14, you will have the opportunity to participate in the Pacific McGeorge Bar Simulation Day.  This simulation will mimic the real bar exam, with three essay questions in the morning, a break, and a performance test in the afternoon.  Everyone who writes the simulation will receive individualized feedback on each answer, and the chance to attend a review session.

The simulation is required for all students enrolled in Practical & Persuasive Legal Writing, but it is open to any 3D or 4E student.  Like the bar exam, the simulation will be closed-book, so please study the rules sheets linked below before attending the simulation.  The law tested on the essays will be Criminal Law and Procedure, Professional Responsibility, and Evidence.  Also like the bar exam, be prepared not to bring anything with you into the testing room, except your laptop and/or pens (this includes bags, purses, phones, etc.).  Students who type the simulation will submit their answers in Word format.

Time management and endurance are vital to bar preparation, and simulated writing practice is the single biggest key to success this summer. This is your chance to assess your skills before you even graduate, so don’t miss this opportunity to start down the path to being ONE AND DONE!

If you are not enrolled in PPLW but would like to participate in the simulation, please RSVP to so we can be sure to have an exam for you.

Location:  Lecture Hall

Time:  8:30 a.m. – ~5:00 p.m. (break 12:00-1:30 p.m.)

Rules to Study:  Crimes Rules     PR Rules     Evidence Rules


More logistical info from the Dean of Students:

“We will attempt to run this exam as closely as possible to the way the State Bar runs the Bar exam.  To that end, here are the instructions that the State Bar has available on their web site regarding the administration of the exam:

My advice to you is this:  Pretend this is Day One of the Bar exam.  Thus, only bring to the classroom what you are allowed to bring to the Bar exam.  Lock all your other valuables in your apartment or your car.  We will not allow backpacks, cell phones, etc. or any food or water in the examination room.  You will have a 90-minute break for lunch.  Dining Services in the Student Center will not be open, so plan accordingly.

For those of you who are typists, you will not be using ExamSoft, but instead, will be required to answer each question in Word (a separate Word document for each essay and the PT), and then email each answer separately to  The subject line of email should be:  LastName-Subject (e.g., “Smith-Crim” or “Jones-Evidence”), and documents should be saved in Word, with the same title (LastName-Subject).

We will have blue books available for those of you who are writers and for anyone whose computer malfunctions during the exam.  We anticipate that the exam should end at approximately 5pm.”


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