After all of the sacrifices you made this winter, you’ve learned that you didn’t pass the Uniform Bar Exam and now face the daunting task of re-taking the exam in July. Hang in there. The pain of not passing gets (a little) more bearable each day, and with another three months of hard work, you will pass the exam in July and be admitted to practice as early as December.
Remember, there are plenty of people who are or have been in the same situation as you. Hillary Clinton failed the Washington D.C. bar exam. Franklin D. Roosevelt failed the New York State bar exam the first time around. And Michelle Obama failed the Illinois bar exam on her first try as well. You're not alone and there's a lot you should be proud of yourself for already. Not everyone can get into or graduate from law school, so don't get discouraged. Although the bar is anything but easy to pass, that doesn’t make failing any less disappointing. The key is to dust yourself off, determine where you lost points, and then start studying for the next exam.
Understanding Your Score
The following document is the handout to which John Pieper refers in the video above.
It can be difficult to start studying again if you don't know where you went wrong the last time. That's why it's important to understand your score. John Pieper, founder of Pieper Bar Review, explains how to break down your score sheet from the New York Board of Law Examiners in the video above and goes over what your score goals should be for the UBE in July. In regards to the written portion of the exam (essays and MPTs), for instance, you’ll be looking for a total scaled score of 133 or higher.. If you didn't achieve that, then your written average weighed down your overall score. By going through each of your essay scores and your MBE percentile rankings for each topic (remember, higher numbers are better), you'll get an idea where you struggled and what subjects need the most attention. If you don't bother to understand your score, there's a good chance you could make the same mistakes you did in July.
So Learn From Your Mistakes
As mentioned above, the results of the last UBE contain valuable information showing what sections of the exam you excelled in and which need improvement. This information can help you figure out what you should concentrate on as you prepare again.
For example, if you took the exam in Missouri which requires a 260 to pass the UBE, and your MBE scaled score was below 130, your MBE was weighing you down. Along the same lines, if you took the exam in Alaska, which requires a 280 UBE score, your MBE would hold you down if your scaled score was below 140. Based on these results, you'd know you need to focus additional time on improving your process-of-elimination skills—that could be the difference between passing the bar and taking it once more. However, perhaps it’s your Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) that needs improvement. This section makes up 30 percent of the UBE. If this is the case, you will need to focus additional time on your essay-writing skills. Keep in mind as you plan for this summer's exam, however, that you'll need to do more than improve upon your weaknesses. You’ll also need to maintain and improve upon your strengths. It won’t help you to increase a weak MBE score if your strong performance on the MEE or MPT declines. Balance is essential.
And Put Your Plan into Action
After pinpointing where you made the majority of your mistakes on the last exam, jump right back into studying, as the next exam is right around the corner. Taking another UBE review course would be most beneficial to you. And while you may be tempted to take the bar review course you previously did for free, do you really want to risk failing again?
Maybe it’s time for a change.
You can start studying today with Pieper Bar Review. You’ll get immediate access to our UBE lecture videos so you can get a head start in the areas where you struggled most, so you’ll be up to speed in those topics when our courses begin. Plus, our team of attorneys can help guide you with managing any study time you have before class starts.
Pieper Bar Review’s UBE review course is led by knowledgeable instructors who cover every topic that will appear on the exam—from torts and constitutional law to conflicts of laws and UCC Article 9—and offer tips to master each section. Our essay-writing and MPT workshops teach you how to organize your answers in order to ensure that you are maximizing your scores, and you’ll have the opportunity to submit your written assignments to be analyzed by our team of top attorneys. Our mnemonic devices will help you recall the law more efficiently than ever before, and our breakdowns of MBE questions will help you conquer the exam. With more than four decades sharing our legal expertise with students, we not only know the bar exam inside and out, but we also appreciate how stressed students can get as they prepare for it. This is why we don’t just teach the information, but rather guide our students, providing them endless support and advice through various resources, such as our tutoring services.
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