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  1. 1. Planning for bar admission <ul><li>Current as of Jan. 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>The bar exam </li></ul><ul><li>Studying for the exam </li></ul><ul><li>Applying for admission </li></ul><ul><li>Planning for study </li></ul><ul><li>Paying for bar related costs </li></ul><ul><li>Helpful courses </li></ul>
  2. 2. 1. Bar exam <ul><li>Last Tues and Wed of Feb and July </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Feb. 23-24, 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>July 27-28, 2010 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Two days </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Essay day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple choice day </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Three days in some states </li></ul>
  3. 3. Essay day-1 <ul><li>Morning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>IL – 3 essays – IL civ pro </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personal property, remedies/equity, any of topics next slide </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>30 minutes each </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MO – 4 essays – MO civ pro; MO Admin law? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Any of topics next slide </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Performance test </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>90 minutes </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Essay day - 2 <ul><li>Afternoon </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6 MEE essays </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3: contracts, torts, constitutional law, property </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>evidence, criminal law/crim procedure </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3: agency & partnership, commercial paper, conflicts of law, corporations, decedent’s estates, family, federal civil procedure, sales, secured transactions, trusts and future interests </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30 minutes each </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Multiple choice day <ul><li>MBE – 200 multiple choice questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>100 in morning; 100 in afternoon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Six hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Approx. 1.8 minutes per question </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. MPRE – ethics exam <ul><li>Ethics exam – 60 questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Two hours </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Given March, August, November </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In IL, must have two thirds of the hours needed for graduation before taking exam </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See for rule </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Exam tips <ul><li>For outline of topics to be tested for each portion, go to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Also get free guide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Contains past sample questions </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. 2. Preparing for exam <ul><li>Commercial bar review courses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Offered by private vendors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BarBri </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kaplan’s PMBR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Themis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See student representatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tables </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mailbox stuffings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bulletin boards </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Review courses <ul><li>BarBri – long history, good track record </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Taped lectures, 9-12 daily, 6 weeks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Daily readings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BarBri critiques two essays for you </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Expensive, does not work for everyone </li></ul>
  10. 10. Review courses <ul><li>Kaplan PMBR – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Daily taped and live lectures, posted online for review </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Daily readings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critiques unlimited number of essays </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Less expensive, new in IL – no track record in IL – see record elsewhere, good online features </li></ul>
  11. 11. Review courses <ul><li>Themis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Daily short lectures combined with practice questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Daily readings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critiques 6 essay questions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Least expensive, totally online, new in IL </li></ul><ul><ul><li>See track record in other states </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Other sources of help <ul><li>National Conference of Bar Examiners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They write the exam </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject matter outlines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free guides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free sample questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online annotated m-c questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>$26 – 100 questions for six months </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. One more source of help <ul><li>We highly recommend: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stay on campus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use our help </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Workshops to supplement the bar course </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Daily in person assistance </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Critique of unlimited essays </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Simulated essay day one week prior </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SIU Law Bar Pass Blawg </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. 3. Applying for admission <ul><li>Being admitted means </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Passing character and fitness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Passing the exam </li></ul></ul><ul><li>You must: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete character and fitness form or update the one you completed as 1L </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check due dates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check payment methods – no personal checks </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Character and fitness form <ul><li>Completing character and fitness form </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time-consuming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Requires careful attention </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be complete and honest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow time to gather past traffic tickets, child support documents, divorce records, employment info, etc. </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Character and fitness forms <ul><li>If you completed form as 1L, you must now apply to take the exam </li></ul><ul><li>You will pay a fee but less than if you waited to 3L year </li></ul>
  17. 17. More on character and fitness <ul><li>Every 3L should get free credit report </li></ul><ul><li> links to how to get one </li></ul><ul><li>Grads are running into problems when forgotten past due debts appear </li></ul><ul><li>Work on paying down debt now </li></ul><ul><li>Examiners want 3-4 month record of paying down debt </li></ul>
  18. 18. Final on character and fitness <ul><ul><li>Questions, ask the examiners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IL examiners prefer e-mail to calls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See contact list on bar bulletin board in lounge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Every state has its requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IL examiners will be here Jan. 26, 12 noon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MO examiners will be here Feb. 11, 12 noon </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Type the exam? <ul><li>Want to type rather than hand write the exam </li></ul><ul><li>See how to register to type on your state’s website </li></ul><ul><li>Extra fee required </li></ul><ul><li>Exam soft version used </li></ul>
  20. 20. 4. Bar review time <ul><li>Bar review </li></ul><ul><ul><li>M-F, 8-10 hours in the first month </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some time on weekends </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>S-S, 12-14 hours the last month </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Arrange housing, finances, family care, other responsibilities NOW </li></ul><ul><li>Do not work </li></ul><ul><li>Explain commitment to family and friends </li></ul>
  21. 21. 5. Financing bar costs <ul><li>Bar related costs: $10,000 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bar course: $1700-3300 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State fees: $250-750; 1500 if late </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel to exam site: $600-1000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Housing, utilities, car payment and insurance, food, gas, spending money, health insurance </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Financing <ul><li>Extend third year federal loan budget </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For fees to state </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See Pat Caparole for details </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Most students use commercial loans </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sallie mae --Wells Fargo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Between you and lender </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Apply early to save money </li></ul><ul><li>Lock in rates with review courses </li></ul>
  23. 23. Financing <ul><li>If financing is an issue, see Schmitz now to develop a strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Money never just works itself out </li></ul>
  24. 24. 6. Courses <ul><li>Bar review courses are just that – review </li></ul><ul><li>Few students will take every course </li></ul><ul><li>Plan carefully </li></ul><ul><li>Most students will find it very hard to learn these topics without the course – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intro to commercial law (UCC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wills and trusts </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. Plan now, pass later <ul><li>Planning now helps to ensure passing later </li></ul><ul><li>Best wishes </li></ul>
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