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For both repeat and first-time candidates, the writing methodologies for both the essay and performance exam have proved to be highly effective over the past 40 years – and especially given the need to write under strict time conditions.

More precisely, there are six analysis systems perfected for both sections of the exam that will cause the candidate to use the typical 40 minutes of actual “writing time” more artfully in adapting to the need for speed given the relative importance of major versus minor issues. Embodying the general principle of IRAC, each of the six analysis systems comprise specific formulas that will cause you to use the facts and legal principles in an ultra-efficient manner.

Learning and reinforcing through repetition your use of the systems will change your relationship with both the essay and performance exam in making them ultra-manageable given the limited time for analysis that each of these sections require. If you have found yourself running out of time in writing essays and performance exams, the combination of using the six methodologies may just be the perfect antidote.

And, the equally time-proven Issue-Clustering Systems developed for each of the 14 bar subjects will cause you to upgrade your ability in the typical first 20 minutes of each essay to maximize your issue-recognition skill.

 

Paul Pfau © 2016 All Rights Reserved

Paul Pfau is a retired Los Angeles County deputy district attorney and the owner of Cal Bar Tutorial Review, which has been customizing bar review programs for 40 years. For more information about Cal Bar Tutorial Review, call (800) 348-2401 or (800) 783-6168. Web site: www.cbtronline.com

 

 

 

Although you may revisit other related articles at this website regarding the new change coming to the California bar exam this July – this article is just to re-emphasize the need to re-strategize your preparation time to succeed.

The written portion of the bar will include the essay and performance test sections – comprising 50% of your total scaled score. The MBE section will comprise the remaining 50%.

 Therefore, assure your best chance to succeed – given the new configuration of points – by proportionalizing the time you dedicate in preparation to each section. If, for example, you spend 70% of your overall preparation time on just substantive review, you won’t be doing this. There are different kinds of exercises that will more precisely upgrade your writing and MBE strengths – than just reviewing the law – so be sure to integrate them into your study strategy.

 “Time-management”, then, becomes crucial in scheduling the host of exercises that will lead to more exacting and competitive test-taking skills for each section of the exam. Here at Cal Bar, we program literally every hour of your estimated study time in assuring that the candidate “builds” these kinds of exercises into his or her daily study schedule.

 Further, this is also important if you feel you need to bolster either (or both) of your testing skills for the writing or MBE sections of the exam. In other words, “balance” is important in working to mitigate your weaknesses – but also as noted in boosting your testing strengths. If, for example, your perceived strength lies with the MBE section of the test, don’t spend 70% of your time working to further upgrade it. Shift your emphasis accordingly.

In a nutshell, “study smart” – and especially in making it reflective of the new percentages about to be the new reality on the California bar. All success!

 

Paul Pfau © 2017 All Rights Reserved

Paul Pfau is a retired Los Angeles County deputy district attorney and the owner of Cal Bar Tutorial Review, which has been customizing bar review programs for 40 years. For more information about Cal Bar Tutorial Review, call (800) 348-2401 or (800) 783-6168. Web site: www.cbtronline.com

 

 

 The upcoming February 2017 California bar exam will be the last 3-day test given in the state. In July 2017, the bar will become a 2-day test. In combination with this article, please see the earlier article at this website regarding the pros and cons of the test with its new changes. 

For February, the writing sections of the exam will still carry a weight of 67% of your total scaled score. In July and thereafter this will drop to 50%. 

For those of you who write at a bar-passing standard (different than most law schools), the February bar offers you a strategic opportunity to pass the test give the weighted value of the combined essay and performance test components. 

For those of you who have the option of taking the February bar – versus all exams thereafter – you must decide if the opportunity presented by the higher weighted value of the writing component (essay/performance test) is enough reason to take the February exam. In my view, it can definitely be a reason to do so. There are two primary reasons: First, as a “scaled exam”, you will be competing mostly with candidates repeating the bar – which means you can fare better – versus more first-time candidates on the (usual) July exam(s) whom are also as a group better writers. Second, and especially if you begin your preparation sooner than later, you have more time for the February exam to hone your writing skills at a bar-passing standard. 

If you are locked in to the July 2017 or a later exam, and you feel your writing skills need improvement, then my suggestion is that you begin much sooner than the usual two+ months before the test given the more urgent need to maximize your writing scores. At 50% of your total scaled score, writing looms large – and even larger – if you also have difficulty with the MBE. Here, remember that the MBE will count 50% - which means the only way you can offset a less-than-passing scaled score on the MBE is to do better on the essay and performance test sections. 

At any rate, I hope this adds to your strategic perspective in either determining whether to take the February or July bar should you have that option – or – whether to start earlier if you are locked in to the July or a later exam. 

Either way, we would be delighted to help you succeed – and especially in teaching you the writing methodologies adaptable to the current or newer exam. Or, in getting your preparation started much earlier.

 

All success on your exam!

Paul Pfau © 2016 All Rights Reserved

Paul Pfau is a retired Los Angeles County deputy district attorney and the owner of Cal Bar Tutorial Review, which has been customizing bar review programs for 40 years. For more information about Cal Bar Tutorial Review, call (800) 348-2401 or (800) 783-6168. Web site: www.cbtronline.com

 

 

Like life or health insurance, it is often advisable to purchase “bar insurance” depending on your test-taking needs. Here, it is key to assess your individual strengths and weaknesses given the need to perform at a statewide bar-passing standard for the MBE and writing section of the exam.

If you elect to take a bar review course, there are a host of strategies you can adopt: these include the usual “one-size-fits-all” or specialized MBE or writing programs.

Here, at Cal Bar, we adapt the program to fit either strategy. Applicants may take this as their exclusive program – or – adapt its MBE or writing methodologies to fit their more generic approach. Cost is therefore specific to each applicant’s test-taking needs – and additionally available to each applicant is a “pay-it-forward” discount.

Most importantly, the personalized one-to-one component of the Cal Bar program is available to all students regardless of their overall preparation strategy. In this way, the test-taking methodologies you learn serve as “insurance” in enabling you to prioritize and integrate them into your overall preparation strategy.

Unpretentiously, our nearly 40 years of experience counts in helping to guide you to success as you navigate the host of known and often unforeseeable challenges that are inevitable in preparing and working to pass the bar exam.

Whatever your testing needs, we would be delighted to help you identify and address them in working with you to put the test behind you.

Whether in-person or remotely, we look forward to helping you succeed.

 

Paul Pfau © 2016 All Rights Reserved

Paul Pfau is a retired Los Angeles County deputy district attorney and the owner of Cal Bar Tutorial Review, which has been customizing bar review programs for 40 years. For more information about Cal Bar Tutorial Review, call (800) 348-2401 or (800) 783-6168. Web site: www.cbtronline.com

 

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Cal Bar Tutorial Review, one of the oldest review courses in California since 1979, is accepting enrollment for its June and July Summer classes. Unlimited one-to-one tutoring is also included.

 

The classes are precisely designed for both currently enrolled law students interested in raising their grades – and – for both repeat and first-time bar applicants interested in passing the bar the next time they take it.

 

Students or bar applicants may use the content of the summer classes in either a supplementary or comprehensive manner. Cost is customized based on the need of each enrollee.

 

All testing skills are covered, including: (1) Time-Management Study Skills so that every hour of your preparation for a law school test – or – the bar is made more efficiently effective, (2) Issue-Recognition and Analysis Skills for the essay and performance exams, and (3) to improve your Skills for Multiple-Choice Exams. The skills are unique to Cal Bar. References available upon request.

 

Discounts are also available for those students with a background of charitable experience.

 

To enroll, or to ask questions, please contact PAUL PFAU at 800-783-6168, or, paulphau@cbtronline.

 

All success!

 

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Paul Pfau, having tutored both repeat and first-time bar examines over the past 40 years, knows that passing the California Bar Exam is a herculean task. In fact, Pfau likens the pursuit of passing the exam to climbing Mt. Everest.

Who better to make that analogy than a man who has led numerous mountain-climbing expeditions all over the world, including the famous Mt. Everest?

"It's all in the planning," says Pfau. "it takes several months of planning before you even hike your first step. It's normally a two-year process. Long-range planning is the key."

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Michael Ehline joined the U.S. Marine Cops out of high school and has no college degree.

After his military service, he started a construction business and ran a health club until he heard of the Law Office Study Program.

Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney, Michael P. Ehline, was able to become a lawyer without college, or a law school degree.

He passed the California Baby Bar Exam with no college and passed the California General Bar Exam with no J.D.

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Earn credit towards a FREE Course when you refer qualified candidates that enroll in the California Bar Tutorial & Review program - A common sense approach for raising your law school grades & passing the Bar Exam with an All-In-One-Common-Sense-Cost. Additional discounts may also be available for small groups or any charitable experience you may have contributed to others. As always, Cal Bar's policy is to pay it forward".

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REMOTE OR DISTANCE LEARNING IS AVAILABLE WITH CAL BAR 

Remote or distance learning is available for those students requesting it. This includes all materials, unlimited one-to-one, and even scheduled meetings.

Whether attending the live lecture or not, each student’s individual study schedule may be designed to fit the circumstances of the candidate. This is all-important in assuring the day-to-day structure necessary to succeed.

And, as a function of remote or distance learning, students may choose a comprehensive strategy that exclusively covers all three sections of the bar – or – one that is supplemental if the candidate is also working with other resources or programs.

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Statewide Test Results

First Time Takers
about 57.2% Fail 

Repeat Takers
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All Takers
about 70.9% Fail

about 80.7% Fail

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Cal Bar is pleased to announce that Ali Hinsche continued her remarkable run of success in having just passed the Florida bar exam.

This was her 4th (count 'em: 1, 2, 3, 4) successful bar - on her 1st attempt-following California, New York and Illinois.

While Ali worked with Cal Bar for each state, she also owes her success to persistence, hard work, and in learning how to adapt and apply the Cal Bar test-taking systems to the requirements of each bar exam.

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