BarWinners- How To Pass The California Out-of-State Attorney’s Exam

October10, 2016
by Shari Karney

California Out-of-State Attorney’s Exam-How to Pass It!

For the busy attorney professional with family and work obligation who needs to pass the California Attorney’s Exam, it is essential that CA attorney applicants find a bar preparation company that is tailored to practicing attorneys with limited study time. Attorney’s need a CA Bar Exam strategy, “cut-to-the-chase” approach, with both content and schedule, tailored for the out-of-state attorney’s unique needs.

Unlike the first time an out-of-state attorneys took the bar in their home state, likely as freshly-graduated law school students who had just finished taking classes like Remedies and Civil Procedure, attorneys now sitting for the California Bar Exam are juggling many more responsibilities while studying for the Attorney’s Exam California.
For some, marriage, children, work related travel, and full-time employment are factors that will take away time that these attorneys were once able to dedicate to studying for the bar full-time.

Instead of spending time learning substantive law, which is important for first-time takers, secondary bar takers should focus on developing a broader understanding of core subjects and have a writing approach and template in place, that will make for strong essay content for every California Bar Exam essay tested subject. It is important to get clear direction and  “boiled-down content” from your bar review course that can be applied directly to a bar exam essay.  The more pre-written content you can learn, the easier it will be to give the California Bar Examiners what they are looking for, and to garner the points you need to pass.  This will also help you with effective time strategy given your time limitations and work commitments.

California Attorney Exam takers need to spend their time on what gets the most points on the exam. Studying from pre-written Approaches and Bar Exam templates is a smart, timesaving idea. Out-of-State California Bar takers simply will not have the time to memorize and plow through thousands of pages of bar review tomes of information. Barwinners has cut the information down into manageable, memorizable Approaches and templates, does a lot of the work for the attorney applicant. Barwinners provides a clear, substantive approach for the 14 tested essay subjects on the California Bar Exam, helping attorney applicants focus on what to study, how to study, and how to make the best use of limited study time. Also, Barwinners provides full Performance Test Workshops with both essay and performance test simulated exams with quality feedback. All so essential for passing the California Bar Exam. “Practice does make perfect.”

The attorneys that grade the California Bar Exam are typically only paid around $3.75 an essay, which leaves less than two minutes for the grader to skim an essay for content. Many experienced attorneys taking the California Bar exam find it difficult to adapt to the style of writing needed for these essays, as many attorneys leave out points that seem obvious to recent law school graduates. While this might work in practice to just “get to the point,” graders want to see progressive analyses…and not doing so could leave points “on the table” and lower an applicant’s chances of passing.

California has one of the most difficult bar exams. The California Bar Exam has lots of specialized areas of law, like California Evidence and California Civil Procedure. The best way to learn these “new,” California-specific subjects is to use good quality bar review materials that organizes the materials first by the Federal Rules (also tested) and then how the California rule differs or modifies it. Some bar review course materials only give you the Federal Rules and then have you look up the California rules. This can take away valuable studying and memorization time.

In terms of studying, the sooner an applicant starts, the better. This helps working professionals who cannot dedicate days at a time to study, but by fitting in an hour or two several times a week, or on the weekends, over a longer period of time, attorneys are still able to successfully master the material.

Another important distinction about secondary bar-takers is that a bar preparation company should provide guidance, rather than leave the attorney to figure out how to study after years (if not decades) post-law school.

Finally, on the Performance Test, many secondary bar-taking attorneys do well on this portion of the exam given their years of experience interpreting statutes and reading cases. However, the pitfall these applicants face is that unlike a real firm where there is time for edits and revisions, there is no extra time allotted for fixing imperfections. Each performance test counts like two essays, so it is important for attorneys to make time to practice working quickly and efficiently. And it’s important to pick a bar review course that has a full performance test workshop, with simulated performance exams and quality grading.

While it might seem like a daunting task to take  bar exam, it is not an impossible one. Attorneys taking the California Bar Exam can set themselves up for success by first, starting to study early, and second, finding a program that understands the needs and time constraints of a working professional.

If you have any questions about the California Attorney’s Exam, please feel free to e-mail: shari@barwinners.com or phone, 310.451.0519. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you pass the California Attorney’s Exam.

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