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Just check the probabilities. I don't know off-hand of a resource for this, but BarBri gave me the stats for NY (anyone know some links?). There are some things that weren't even tested on the exams I took that I thought were important in law school because my school emphasized them. For example, Administrative Law is not on either the New York or Massachusetts exams, but my school had some famous admin profs and they made it sounds like a "must take" (a valuable class, but most classes are).
I guess what I'm saying is that I would recommending getting more info an a particular bar and prioritizing. In my case - UCC wasn't any help on the bar, but Trusts, Wills, & Estates and Corporations were good to have taken.
I can understand how fear of the bar exam could dictate which classes one takes in law school. I've heard advice on both ends of the spectrum there. I divided my time between bar-helpful classes and "interesting" classes, and I'm pretty happy with that choice.
I think you could probably pass the bar without taking any bar helpful electives (a big part of the MA and NY bar exams are first year required classes), but of course it never hurts to start preparing early. Some classes are more valuable than others when it comes to bar preparation of course. I took UCC and only later learned that it has a very low probability of being on the NY bar, and is never on the MA bar. Meanwhile, I didn't get around to taking Criminal Procedure, which is a very important topic for any bar.
If I were a 1L planning my law school electives, I would look up the subjects and probabilities for the exam(s) before choosing. I think there's enough time to take the most imporant bar-related classes and still specialize.
I think Thanksgiving is a good time to start your outlines. You can't be expected to be studying that much while still keeping up with the usual class-prep work. I would do some very broad outlining now and then come back and fill in the details later.
The calender idea is a great one - this is definitly a time for self discipline and focus.
Finally, it's very important that you practice exam taking before the exams. A huge part of the grade will come down to your ability to express yourself the way the professor wants while under pressure. Definitly take some practice exams under timed conditions.
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Here's the link to the article.
This just in from BarBri:
The New York State Board of Bar Examiners anticipates that the results