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Essential Rules for Bar Exam Success

ISBN-10: 0314176780
ISBN-13: 9780314176783
Edition: 2008
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Description: A former Assistant US Attorney turned professor, Prof. Friedland has spent years tutoring bar takers in the south Florida area. In the process, he devised a method for teaching students to pass the bar that is easy to learn and implement. It is this  More...

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List price: $38.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: West Academic
Publication date: 6/18/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 250
Size: 5.80" wide x 8.75" long x 0.55" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

A former Assistant US Attorney turned professor, Prof. Friedland has spent years tutoring bar takers in the south Florida area. In the process, he devised a method for teaching students to pass the bar that is easy to learn and implement. It is this method he and Mr. Shapiro share with you in this book. You will learn how to: - Dissect any Multistate question, - Study actively rather than passively, - Think, read, and write critically, - Make the most of the weeks before the Bar, - Prepare, attack, and even endure the bar exam on test day, - Cope with pressure, and - Choose study partners that will help, not hinder, your studying. Rely on the experts and learn the essential rules for Bar Exam success so you can pass the first time.

Preface
Acknowledgements
About the Authors
A Note From Steven I. Friedland
A Note From Jeffrey Scott Shapiro
Prologue
Introduction
One Cruel Trick
Bar Prep Blues
What Makes the Bar Exam So Tough?
No Real Professor
No Casebooks
No Loose Requirements of Conciseness and Precision
No Accompanying Law School Course
No Total Focus on Issue-Spotter Essays
No Essays Containing a "Discuss" Call of the Question
Supersized: Not Just One Course at a Time
It's All or Nothing: No Easy Electives to Balance the Schedule
Familiarity With the Bar Exam
The Test on Paper - The Multistate Exam
Some Highly Tested Topics
Scoring
The State Components
Essay Questions
Multiple Choice Questions
Performance Testing
The Basics of Multiple Choice and Essay Questions
Dissecting Multiple Choice Type Questions
Components
Sample Stems
Stem Tasks
Three Primary Multiple Choice Question Types
Dissecting Essay Questions
Common Mistakes Bar Takers Make
Not Studying
"I can always take it again."
"I'm not sure if I am going to practice law."
"I'm just not motivated."
"I am the master of the universe!"
"My family and friends need attention."
Letting Time Slip Away
Wasting Precious Time
Substituting the Main Course for Side Salads
Location, Location, Location: Finding a Place to Go to Work
Working While Studying
Adopting A Passive Studying Approach
Making the Connection Between Reading and Applying
The Wrong Kind of Reading
Digesting and Comprehending
Reading for the Wrong Reasons
Illustration: Training for a Marathon
Skimming the Rules and Principles
A Skimmer's Approach to Reading and Understanding the Rules
Illustration: Tommy the Skimmer
Over-Studying
Illustration: Danni, the Queen of Coverage
Letting Negativity Get the Best of You
Illustration: The Allure of the Unknown
Quick Tip: Unrecognizable Answer Choices Are Almost Always Wrong
Failing to Create Exam Strategies and Tactics
Mistake #1: Not Having a Strategy For Responding to Multiple Choice Questions - Don't Go to Vegas, Go to Hawaii
Mistake #2: Not Having a Strategy For Writing an Effective Essay
Test-Taking Judgment Errors
Personal Maintenance
Other Distractions
Things to Watch Out For - Catching a Last Minute "Redeye" to Vegas
Qualities of Successful Exam Takers
Introducing the Successful Bar Examinee
The Skills You Need Now
Critical Thinking, Reading and Writing
Critical Reading - The Whole Package
Critical Thinking - A Learning Pyramid of Skills
Critical Writing
The Question Asked
What Contract Law Applies?
Was a Contract Formed?
Commitment to Passing the Bar Exam
Get Disciplined!
How Badly Do You Want It ... Really?
Treat the Exam as a "Big Rock"
Illustration: Well-Rounded Ted
Every Day Counts
Here is the Real Question: How Much Does It Cost to Fail?
Illustration: "Time is a Jar of Marbles"
Remove Temptations
Dedicate a Study Place
Go ahead and do it!
Display the "Do Not Disturb" Sign
Treat Bar Prep as Your First Law Job
Exercising Judgment
Managing Time Effectively
A Failure to Prioritize: Thinking All Topics Are Created Equal
Illustration: The Big Rocks
Big Rocks for the Multistate Bar Exam - What You Really Need to Know
Evidence
Torts
Contents
Criminal Law
Property
Constitutional Law
Poise
Goals Are Everything - A Schedule for Bar Exam Success
Goals
Timing
When
What
Where
How
Schedule Output, Not Input
Studying Blocks
McNuggets
Variety
Test Yourself
Feedback
Sample Schedule - Two Months Away
Sample Schedule - Two Weeks Away
Techniques for Success
Frameworks and Protocols: Learn a Dance, Not A Pose
Frameworks and Protocols-Travel Maps for Courses and Legal Rules
Essay Questions
Whole Rule Analysis
Funnel It
The Right Direction
Critical Reading Techniques
Practice Reading Critically: Apply Active Studying Techniques
Step #1: Understanding That Not All Words are Created Equal
Step #2: Spotting Important Words
Technique #1: Practice Translation
Technique #2: Identifying "Real" Issues
Critical Thinking Techniques
Critical Thinking Techniques
Technique #1: Aim for Mastery
Technique #2: Funnel
Technique #3: Practice Thinking Out Loud
Technique #4: Make Flash Cards
Learning the Vocabulary of Bar Prep - The Elements
Technique #5: Make Car Tapes
Technique #6: Repetition-Recapturing Rules and Elements
Technique #7: Magic Opening Phrases
Technique #8: Memory Enhancers
Technique #9: Doctrinal "Triggers"
Critical Writing Techniques
Critical Writing Techniques
Technique #1: Identifying and Emphasizing Real Issues
Technique #2: Mind the "Big Picture" and the Details
Practice, Practice, Practice
Ditch Irac
Box It Up
Use Anchor and Trigger Words
The Approach to Game Day
Three Weeks to Go
Schedule
Nerves
Cool as Ice
Avoid Quicksand
Natural As Granola
Stay the Course
Do You Feel Lucky?
Take a Walk
I Have Studied and I Have Learned
Toxic People
One Week to Go
Keep Staying the Course
Focus
The Day Before the Exam
The Night Before the Exam
The Exam is Now - Strategies and Tactics
Dismantling Pressure
Clothing
Food
Housing
The Exam Itself - Time, Tools, Temperament, Reading, Frameworks
Post-Mortems
After a Question
After a Day
After the Exam
The Workbook Chapter: Applying Your Knowledge

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