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Bar Exam Preparation / 2-Hour Free MBE Tutorial
« on: June 28, 2009, 11:19:32 AM »
I provide tutoring for the MBE to students one-on-one, and in small groups. I'm located in New York, and from now until the exam, I'm intending to hold a 2-hour session each Sunday (from 2:30-4:30) covering 1 topic per week. Practice multiple choice questions on that topic will be reviewed, and any questions that have come up while studying will be addressed.  Occasionally topics will be combined, such as Criminal Law/Criminal Procedure, and Contracts/Sales.

The sesssions are free and are meant to provide students with an opportunity to determine whether private tutoring will benefit them in reaching their goals. There is, however, no obligation to obtain private tutoring, and anyone is free to come to all of the sessions simply to review what they are learning on their own.

If there is any demand, the next session will take place on Sunday, July 5th, with the topic of Criminal Law/Criminal Procedure.  I'll likely limit the group to 10 students, as the public space at which I intend to hold the session will not accommodate very large groups. The tutorial takes place at 550 Madison Ave at a public space called the Sony Public Atrium.

If this is something of interest to anyone, feel free to e-mail at to RSVP.



Bar Exam Preparation / If located in New York
« on: May 19, 2009, 09:28:46 AM »

Bar Exam Preparation / NY
« on: January 23, 2008, 02:52:27 PM »
I was recently e-mailed some questions by a someone who intends to take the New York exam this July. I figured I'd post some of my response for those in a similar situation who might have similar concerns.  I hope it helps.


First thing I'd recommend is that you buy the NY Bar Bri Conviser.  If you intend to take the Bar Bri course, then Conviser along with the rest of the set of NY books will be provided to you.

If you don't intend to take the course, the book can usually be found on Ebay or a similar site.  Because you have a lot of time before the July exam, it may be to your advantage to buy the entire set of NY books. When it comes to memorizing outlines, though, go with Conviser for both the state portion and MBE.  It really is a helpful book.

It is all a bit overwhelming, but just take it one subject at a time.   Most people spend a few months studying, you have much more than that to learn the material.  Once you feel comfortable with the content, start working out some problems. Do as many multiple choice questions as you can (again time is on your side here), and work through prior NY released essays.  Memorization, and practice are the keys to doing well. It's a long, difficult process, but it gets easier as you move along.

As to your specific questions:

(1):  Barbri is quite good for the state specific portion of the exam. I can't speak for the classes, because I didn't take them.  I used Conviser to learn the state specific law, and the law tested on the MBE.  I used PMBR to practice MBE multiple choice questions, but I've heard BarBri is a good value in that regard as well. Personally, because I was successful with it, I recommend self-study to others. But I know that some have been helped by the classes, so I assume it's a personal preference.

(2): I wouldn't worry too much about supplementing your knowledge.  There is plenty to study in the review books.  You really don't want to go off track by reading too many supplements.  If anything, because you have so much time, you could read the the large Bar Bri books that come with the Conviser (if you take a course). The Conviser has everything you'll need, but those books will provide you with a bit more details which might help you to better understand the material you'll be required to memorize.

(3):  The sooner you start studying, the better off you'll be.  Before you start trying to apply the law to essays, and MC questions, you really need to gain a deep knowledge of the subjects tested. This takes time.  A few months tends to be enough for many people, but if you have more that that, it'll really ease the pressure.

(4):  The most important hint I can think of is to spend a lot of time reviewing the old bar exams released by the Board of Law Examiners.  This won't teach you all the content you'll need (though it will teach you some), but it will provide you with the structure that the examiners are looking for when they grade the exam.  It's really important to understand this prior to sitting for the test.

Bar Exam Preparation / Content tutoring for NY Bar Exam
« on: January 20, 2008, 11:09:06 AM »

I provide tutoring for all subjects tested on the NY Bar Exam. The tutoring in the past has especially helped those who are studying on their own, but also helped those taking a course who like having a personal tutor to guide them through certain aspects of the material they find difficult to understand.

I also tutor essay writing, but generally the tutoring is geared towards learning the content tested on the exam. Once you're comfortable with the material, we can move on to applying it to essays, and seeing how essays in the past have combined different subjects within a single essay.

I tutor online and in person (NYC only).  My fee is $50/hour for tutoring.

Please e-mail at for more information.



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