The last deadline to apply for certification by the Board to Determine Fitness of bar applicants in Georgia, in time to take the Georgia bar exam in July 2016, is March 2, 2016. Applications must be received in their office before 4:30 pm on that date, not postmarked by that date, and the late filing fee must be paid in full. Details about all deadlines, fees and forms of payment are here: Georgia Bar Admissions Deadlines and Fees.
Three bar officials (and Emory Law alumni) will go over the logistics of the bar exam, and Essay I from the July 2015 Georgia bar exam, with all graduating students who plan to take any bar exam, on Monday, February 29, from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m., in Room 1E. Lunch will be provided. The information is relevant to success on bar examinations generally, so students should attend even if they plan to take the bar in a state other than Georgia.
Essays and sample answers from July 2015 are at Georgia Bar Exam Essays and MPT Questions and Answers. Students should review Essay I in advance, to be familiar with the question and sample answers, so the bar examiners’ explanations will be more meaningful.
Students should also read the following on the Georgia Bar website (scroll down to find them):
Message on Preparing for the Georgia Bar Exam
Tips for Taking the Georgia Bar Examination
How I Successfully Prepared for the Bar Exam
If you plan to take the MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam) before graduation, it will be given next on March 19, 2016. For more information, and to register, go to the website of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. The MPRE is required for bar admission in most American jurisdictions.
These reminders have been shared by Georgia’s Office of Bar Admissions. For more detail, it is important to go directly to their website, www.gabaradmissions.org.
For those students intending to sit for the February 2016 Georgia Bar exam, please note that the late deadline to submit a Bar exam application is Friday, February 5, 2016, prior to 4:30 p.m.
For those students intending to sit for the July 2016 Georgia Bar exam, please note that the late deadline to submit a Character and Fitness Application is Wednesday, March 2, 2016, before 4:30 p.m.
Now that final exams have been over for a week, it’s time to talk about The Big One: the bar exam. Before you run screaming into the night — stop! By thinking about it now and doing some planning, you will take a lot of stress off yourself and improve your chances for success the first time you take one. First, let’s dispel some urban myths. Yes, it is possible to fail the bar even if you did very well on your LSAT. No, it is not a good idea to work while you study for the bar exam to pursue a job, because if you fail the bar, that job isn’t going to be yours anyway. Yes, you can pass even if you had a low LSAT and law school GPA, as long as you put in the time and do 85% or more of your bar review course. No, there are no shortcuts. Preparing for the bar exam is hard work, a fulltime job, and it take at least 600 hours.
You heard that right. 600 hours. So if you do nothing until the week after graduation (Emory’s Commencement is on May 9), you have 11 weeks to put in at least 600 hours. That’s about 55 hours/week. Fulltime job hours. Lawyer hours.
Here’s the good news: you can start putting in some of those hours now, and during the spring semester, to lighten that load. If you haven’t chosen a commercial bar review course yet, now is a good time to research your options and commit (check out the Resources link on this blog, to start). Ask the vendors questions to make sure their course is a good fit for you. Once you’ve made a deposit with any of the major vendors, you get access to lots of useful study and review materials. Take a look at the bar admissions website for the state where you think you will take the bar. They post old essay and MPT questions, with model/sample answers. You can self-test on your own and identify any weak areas, or subjects you’ve just forgotten, then use the commercial bar review study materials to brush up on your memory or understanding.
The National Conference of Bar Examiners posts old questions online at www.ncbex.org. It also posts an outline of the subject matter tested on the MBE, and other materials about its tests (MBE, MEE, MPRE, MPT, UBE). Look them over! We’ll repeat last spring’s faculty-led bar readiness presentations on all the MBE topic areas, with some additional presentations. And I highly recommend buying a copy of “Pass the Bar!”, by Denise Riebe and Michael Hunter Schwartz. It’s available on Amazon and you can even get it on Kindle.
Have a wonderful break, use some of that time to take stock of your bar readiness and plans, and we’ll see you in January!
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.
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.