The Georgia Character and Fitness Application is due this week, on December 2, 2015 if you want to avoid paying a large late fee (several hundred dollars). “Due” means it must be received in their office before 4:30 p.m. on that date. If you plan to take the bar exam in Georgia, go directly to the website of the Georgia Office of Bar Admissions for detailed information and FAQ. For example, if you click on the tab titled “Bar Examination”, it will take you to a page with links to old bar exams and model answers, helpful tips from the actual Georgia Board of Bar Examiners, etc. This is also the website where you will find all relevant fees and deadlines. Good luck with exams this week and next!
What you don’t know about bar admissions CAN hurt you — so knowledge is power! First, if you plan to take a bar in the coming year, you should go to the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners and look over their Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admissions. It has lots of information including which states have reciprocity, which accept transferred scores, which ones administer the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), etc.
Second, if you plan to take the bar exam in Emory’s home state of Georgia, you can go directly to the website of the Georgia Office of Bar Admissions for detailed information and FAQ. For example, if you click on the tab titled “Bar Examination”, it will take you to a page with links to old bar exams and model answers, helpful tips from the actual Georgia Board of Bar Examiners, etc. This is also the website where you will find all relevant fees and deadlines. Speaking of deadlines, the Georgia Character and Fitness Application is due on December 2, 2015 if you want to avoid paying a large late fee (several hundred dollars). “Due” means it must be received in their office before 4:30 p.m. on that date.
Two of the leading lights in law school academic assistance, Denise Riebe and Michael Hunter Schwartz, have a very helpful guidebook for law students called “Pass The Bar!“. It is a comprehensive guide to bar readiness, starting as early as 12 months before you start taking a bar review course after graduation. It includes action checklists, self-assessment tools, a decision grid to help you choose which commercial course to take, information about various aspects of bar exams, practice questions and sample answers, and appendices with all kinds of additional information and resources to help students get ready for this high-stakes test.
I highly recommend this book to all students who will graduate this spring, i.e. in six months. The very first action checklist covers the period 6-12 months before you start your post-graduation course, so now is a great time to get the book (available directly from Carolina Academic Press in hard copy or for Kindle, or from Amazon. com and other booksellers). Yes, you have exams coming up, but it’s important to start getting familiar with the skills you will need for success on the bar, while you still have one more semester in law school to address any deficits and strengthen them with help. Start working on that checklist now, and feel free to come ask anyone in the Office of Academic Engagement and Student Success if you have questions.
As most graduating law students know, the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) is the standardized professional responsibility test required in most states, separate from the actual bar exam. It is offered three times/year, in November, March and August. It is one of the tests designed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners. For more information about it, including how and when to register for its next administration, plus some sample MPRE questions and other resources, go to www.ncbex.org. Most commercial bar review courses offer some free MPRE study materials; consult their websites for more information.
We look forward to welcoming dozens of young Emory Law alumni next week as they get sworn into the Georgia Bar in the place where it all began with Welcome Week: Tull Auditorium! Tuesday, November 10, 6-7:30 pm, with a reception for the new bar members and their families to follow. This is a great annual tradition and a highlight of the law school’s year. Class of 2016, this will be many of you next year!
Congratulations to the Emory Law graduates who just got the good news that they passed the Georgia bar exam! We’re really proud of you and we hope to see many of you back at Emory Law in early November, to get sworn into the bar with your classmates. Look for an email invitation from our office of Alumni Relations. Congratulations again!
Passing the bar exam after you graduate is more than a rite of passage. It is the final challenge before you can do what you came to law school for: to practice law. Bar readiness begins long before you graduate or take a bar review course. Each semester that you spend in law school teaches you more of the vocabulary, the analytical writing and critical reading skills, the persistence and the doctrinal law you need to achieve success on a bar exam. Bar review courses are just that: a concentrated review of material you have seen before, with intensive coaching on the strategies you need to succeed on these high-stakes, standardized tests and essays.
This blog will help you explore the ways that you can make yourself ready to pass the bar before and during your final semesters of law school. It’s in your hands!