Retake the Bar Exam and Pass with a Pieper Tutor

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Retake the Bar Exam and Pass with a Pieper Tutor

The results are in, and just 38% of all candidates passed the February 2018 Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). If you're part of the other 62% who did not pass, don't quit. Retake the bar exam and pass, with a Pieper Tutor.

February 2018 Bar Exam Blues

As of mid-April, bar exam pass/fail verdicts are out. Invariably, many examinees are still reeling from the disappointment of a failing score. If you’re one of those people, you’re in good company.

According to the New York State Board of Law Examiners, only 38% of all candidates passed (1,421 from 3,759 hopefuls), and just 25% of repeaters managed to squeeze out passing scores (594 out of 2,349).

Here's a February 2018 Bar Exam Pass-Rate Breakdown, Per Group:

All ABA Graduates (First-Time takers, Repeaters) 45%
All Candidates 38%
First-Time Takers 59%
Pro Bono Scholars 89%
New York ABA Schools – First-Time Takers 70%
Out-of-State ABA Schools – First-Time Takers 68%
All ABA First-Time Takers 69%
All Foreign-Educated First-Time Takers & Repeaters 28%
Foreign-Educated – First-Time Takers 42%

 
Plus, there's a long line of incredibly successful people who've failed the bar exam at least once, but passed on a later attempt, too. Such luminaries include:

  • Former First Lady, Secretary of State and two-time U.S. Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton
  • Former First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Former Mayor of New York Ed Koch
  • Former President of the United States Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Former President of the United States John F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • Former Governor of New York David Patterson

Maybe you’ve heard of some of them before?

What we’re trying to say, is that you can believe in life after bar exam failure. So without further ado, let’s push pause on the sadness and disappointment and get proactive—shall we?

Both the number of candidates attempting the exam and examinee pass rates have dwindled when compared with metrics pulled from the February 2017 exam results.

So, what happened?

Top Reasons People Fail the Bar Exam

There are many missteps commonly cited by examinees to explain what exactly went wrong during bar exam preparation, or even during the test itself.

Five Popular Sources of Bar Examinees' Heartbreak:

  1. Managed Time Poorly
  2. Missed Opportunities to Course-Correct
  3. Took the Importance of Practice-Testing for Granted
  4. Failed to Memorize the Law Adequately
  5. Life Happened

The good news is that all but one of the above excuses are entirely avoidable. This means you can plan for them, and adapt accordingly, during your next go around. (Wait… You didn’t think we were just going to let you quit, did you?!)

Pieper Tutors Can Help You Pass the Second Time

For repeaters, it can be tough to wrap your mind—and life—around yet another bar exam preparation period.

The challenges abound: You’ve used up your paid time off and can’t attend another full bar review course. You can’t stand to spend more time tucked away from your family and friends, like a hermit, eating and breathing complex law concepts. You find the thought of failing for the second time to be unbearable.

Enter: Pieper Advanced Tutoring.

  • If your issue is poor time management, a Pieper tutor will help tailor your study schedule to your lifestyle. Tutors provide one-on-one assistance and are focused on you, and you alone, during your time together.
  • If you missed opportunities to course-correct during your last exam prep, a Pieper tutor will help you identify strengths and weaknesses to do so this time around.
  • If you need more writing practice, a Pieper tutor will assign practice essays to improve your test-taking skills and will provide critical feedback so you can correct any unforgiving habits or tendencies, before you retake the exam. 
  • If you need to improve your MBE score, a Pieper tutor will identify your weaknesses and help you to answer MBE questions more efficiently with test-taking tips.
  • If you failed to memorize the law adequately, or perhaps spent too much time learning rules of law that don’t show up on the bar exam much, a Pieper tutor will be there to monitor your progress over the course of your sessions, to be sure you don’t fall short of your memorization goals again.

Analyzing Your Results

If you fail the UBE, the bar examiners provide:

  • Your scaled written score
  • Your scaled MBE score
  • Your combined total UBE score (266 out of 400 is required for admission in New York)
  • Scaled scores on each of your essays and MPTs

As of April 2017, when jurisdictions release the results of the UBE, the score sheets for failing candidates also include:

  • Your overall percentile rank on the entire MBE
  • Your overall percentile rank on each of the seven MBE subjects

Note: The percentile ranks are based on national MBE data, not the results from the jurisdiction where you took the exam.

If you took the February 2018 bar exam, then the analysis of your results probably looks something like this:

 

YOUR SCALED SCORE

YOUR
POINTS SCORE

YOUR % OF 266

% NEEDED TO PASS

DIFF IN % TO PASS

RANK

%TILE

AVG

MAX

MIN

MEE 1: CONTRACTS

60.16

15.7

5.9%

5.0%

0.9%

9

90%

47.6

67.7

31.9

MEE 2: TRUSTS

62.12

16.2

6.1%

5.0%

1.1%

5

95%

46.5

81.5

33.7

MEE 3: FAMILY LAW

59.02

15.4

5.8%

5.0%

0.8%

8

91%

46.4

67.3

34.5

MEE 4: CORPORATIONS/ LLCs

48.53

12.7

4.8%

5.0%

-0.2%

40

57%

47.9

70.3

32.2

MEE 5: AGENCY/ PARTNERSHIP

61.79

16.1

6.0%

5.0%

1.0%

3

97%

46.5

71.3

20.9

MEE 6: REAL PROPERTY

36.66

9.6

3.6%

5.0%

-1.4%

74

20%

45.8

68.4

26.9

MPT 1: MEMORANDUM

43.67

22.9

8.6%

10.0%

-1.4%

45

52%

46.1

79.6

34.2

MPT 2: BRIEF (FACTS/ CONCLUSION)

49.67

25.9

9.8%

10.0%

-0.2%

31

67%

47.3

71.9

32.3

WRITTEN SCORE

134.4

134.4

50.5%

50.0%

0.5%

7

92%

122.2

142.9

99.7

MBE SCORE

120.9

120.9

45.5%

50.0%

-4.5%

61

34%

123.9

145.4

86.5

FINAL SCORE

255

255

95.9%

100%

-4.1%

35

62%

246.2

265.2

194.0

 

It’s crucial you understand your failing UBE results so you can patch up the holes in your knowledge of the law. A Pieper tutor can help you to dissect your results and set up a unique study schedule best suited to your needs.

Do I Need A Tutor?

If you’re gearing up for your first crack at this exam, enrollment in Pieper’s Full Bar Review is the suggested path for you. However, if you...

  • Are retaking the exam
  • Need extra help with essay writing
  • Can’t make the information “stick," you're not confident, and you're anxious for feedback
  • Want one-on-one attention from an expert with test-taking tips
  • Can’t take a full bar review course (or are falling behind in your review course)
  • Don’t speak fluent English
  • Just need an extra push to stay on schedule

...then a Pieper Tutor may be of tremendous help to you.

To Recap…

The suggested steps for retaking the bar exam and passing are as follows:

Step 1: Understand Your UBE Score

Step 2: Get a Tutor

Step 3: Course-Correct

Step 4: Execute (on Exam Day)

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