Recommended resources for California Bar Exam students

One of the first steps of bar prep is to choose the resources you want to use for your studies. There are many resources out there, but here is a short list of the ones I used to pass the bar. For tailored feedback and advice on strategy If you're a foreign attorney or retaker, having a tutor is absolutely essential, even if just to review a few of your essays or PTs. Their understanding of the...

A timeline for tackling the California Bar Exam

Yesterday was a day many law students and foreign attorneys dreaded - we found out if we passed or failed the California Bar Exam. I was elated to see that I'd passed - I had worked long and hard for that result. Now I'm hoping to share some info on how I went about it - for first timers, retakers and foreign attorneys in particular. Here is a timeline I followed that got me to that end goal....

Issue checklists

I often used issue checklists to check off issues on essays or get a feel for the key aspects of a subject. Let me know if these are useful. Issue-checklist-business-associationsDownload Issue-checklist-civ-pro-one-pageDownload Issue-checklist-commmunity-propertyDownload Issue-checklist-constitutional-lawDownload Issue-checklist-contractsDownload Issue-checklist-criminal-lawDownload...

Fifth amendment and questioning (Criminal law)

The Fifth Amendment right to remain silent and right to speak to an attorney are often the subject of MBE questions. I found this chart useful in determing how each right was invoked, whether questioning could recommence and the effect of a violation. Let me know if this chart helps! Crim-pro-5th-Amendment-and-questioning-finalDownload

A summary of articles and amendments of the US Constitution

International students and foreign attorneys may not be as well-acquainted with the Constitution as their local counterparts. I found this table useful at memorizing the examinable articles and amendments and their applicability to bar subjects (not only constitutional law but also civil procedure, criminal procedure and even property law). I hope you find it useful too....

Essay approach – freedom of speech (constitutional law)

Freedom of speech is a common essay topic (and often appears on the MBE). It really pays off to know it well. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to navigate a freedom of speech question. STANDING. Discuss injury in fact, causation and redressability. STATE ACTION. Discuss the regulation the state has put in place. FREEDOM OF SPEECH. Explain the freedom and state how it is applicable (including...