How Tutors Help You Write Better Essays for the Bar Exam

December 10 2019 By Pieper Bar Review
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How well do you write?

Be honest with yourself: Pretty well? Not bad? Just okay? Or is writing something you fret over as you approach a career in law?

Whatever the case, honing your writing skills in preparation for the Uniform Bar Exam is a must. After all, 50 percent of the UBE—the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT)—is writing.

Completing practice essays helps in this regard, but you should also consider hiring a tutor.

Why? We’re glad you asked.

You’ll work with experts.

No one knows the bar exam like the Pieper family. Damian and Troy, who both tutor, have passed the bar exam in multiple jurisdictions. In doing so, they’ve sharpened their skills: They know the material; they also know how to present it in a clear, concise manner.

That’s paramount to passing the bar. When you work with Pieper tutors, you get expertise from teachers who have recent first-hand experience taking the exam.

You’ll gain a teammate.

This is crucial for all those “I’m a terrible writer” types. Bar preparation can be a lonely endeavor. That’s particularly true when it comes to a singular act like writing. It’s just you and an essay question. No guessing. No crowd-sourcing. Wouldn’t you love some support?

Tutors join your team the second you sign up. They’re invested in you, and will guide you right through the date of the bar exam.

You’ll learn how to allocate your time.

Knowing the answer is one thing. Conveying that answer within the allotted time is another. Think about it: Perfecting one MEE response in an hour when you have six to cover does you no good. Tutors provide tips on allocating your time. You’ll learn to set checkpoints on your watch to understand your progress and speed up or slow down if need be.

You’ll be prepared for the MEE.

The MEE may cover Agency, Conflict of Laws, Corporations, Family Law, Future Interests, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Trusts, Wills, and U.C.C. Article 9. That’s a wide range of topics, and you won’t know which subjects will show up until test day. It’s important to study them all thoroughly in your bar review.

Tutors walk you through each while offering advice on how to frame your essays. That way you’ll never be guessing, in terms of how to organize your essay and what to say.

You’ll understand the intricacies of the MPT.

Of the six skills the MPT tests you on, “communicate effectively in writing” and “complete a lawyering task within time constraints” challenge students the most. You may have an understanding of the material included in your two case studies, but you may struggle to produce a clear answer.

That’s where tutors come in. They’ll break down the process of analyzing an MPT question and help you structure strong responses in your window. That time structure also poses an obstacle in and of itself. With the MEE—six essays in 180 minutes—you can write yourself into a rhythm. That’s not the case with the MPT—two case studies in 180 minutes. Ideally, you should spend 90 minutes on each. Understanding how to do that is half the struggle.

You’ll develop working outlines.

Under the time constraints of the bar exam, writer’s block can ruin your chances of passing. The best way to avoid it is to develop a firm first step. In essay writing, that’s constructing a working outline. Bar exam tutors aid in framing answers so that for each essay question, or MPT issue, you can put pen to paper as soon as possible.

Practice makes perfect in this case, and you’ll pull from your mental cache of outlines come test day. You may need additional time to think about fleshing out your essay. But at the very least, it will be organized.

You’ll receive one-on-one feedback.

No one is saying you’ll turn into Charles Dickens, but you’ll be shocked how much your writing improves with the aid of one-on-one feedback. Close editing is an important learning experience for any writer. Tutors will help you develop habits that enable you to convey the law clearly, concisely, and efficiently so that you achieve the scores you need to pass the bar exam. 

This is also true for students who speak English as a second language. They may have mastered the language, but churning out clean copy under time constraints could still be a challenge. Tutors work at each student's pace to teach the necessary skills to approach the bar exam with confidence.

About the author

Pieper Bar Review

For over forty years, Pieper Bar Review has taught students the legal concepts and skills necessary for success on the bar exam, and reinforced students’ knowledge through thought provoking examples and bar exam questions. The proof that the Pieper teaching method works is found in the success of our former students – now present-day attorneys. Learn more

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