Congratulations to February Bar-Passers!

We just got the pass list for the February Georgia bar exam, and other states’ results are starting to come in. Congratulations to the 31 Emory Law grads who passed the Georgia bar in February! Those of you who will take it in July — take heart! You too can do this.

Shown above, with permission: Al Haidar, December 2015 grad, at his swearing-in.

You Graduated. Now What?

Emory Law Commencement 2016 led by Professor Richard Freer, by Frank Chen.

Congratulations — you graduated and you earned a law degree! BUT … you don’t get to practice law until you pass the bar. Sooooo … it’s time to really focus on getting ready for success on the bar. Even before you start your bar review course (and start listening to Professor Freer again!), here are some suggested actions to take right now, from the excellent book “Pass the Bar”, by Riebe and Schwartz:

  1. Develop a written bar preparation schedule for yourself that includes:
    1. Time to review bar review outlines
    2. Time to attend bar review classes.
    3. Time to master or recall the substantive law.
    4. TIME TO DO PRACTICE QUESTIONS.
    5. Time for sleep, exercise and relaxation.
  2. Make sure you have sent all bar-related paperwork in by your state’s deadline: check here: National Conference of Bar Examiners. E.g., in Georgia you must file separately to take the exam, with separate paperwork, once you have been certified as eligible through the Character and Fitness process. Deadline to do so for the July bar is June 1!
  3. Contact all the people who are important to you, explain how crucial it is that you pass the bar exam and how much time it will take you to get ready, meaning you will be less available to them — i.e., at least fifty hours/week.
  4. Do at least one thing you enjoy that you won’t have time to do once your bar review course starts, until the end of the bar exam.
  5. Remind yourself frequently of your strengths and how they will help you pass the bar exam.
  6. Any other planning ahead you need to do for things like housing, meals, childcare, pet care, other obligations.

Stay in touch and let us know how it’s going! And congratulations again on your achievement in earning your law degree!

Photo: Frank Chen, 2016.

Subjects Tested on the Georgia Bar Exam

The Georgia bar exam is a two-day exam. Some parts are written by the National Conference of Bar Examiners; the essay questions are written and graded by members of the Georgia Board of Bar Examiners and their attorney assistants. For details on the Georgia bar exam dates, deadlines and logistics, visit their website: www.gabaradmissions.org.

Day 1: Two 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) questions in the morning and four 45-minute essay questions in the afternoon.

Day 2: Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), a 200-question, multiple choice exam.

SUBJECTS TESTED

MBE Subjects: Constitutional Law, Contracts/Sales, Criminal Law/Procedure, Evidence, Federal Civil Procedure, Real Property, Torts.

Georgia Essay Subjects: Business Organizations; Commercial Paper; Family Law; Federal Practice and Procedure; Georgia Practice and Procedure; Non-Monetary Remedies; Professional Ethics; Trusts, Wills and Estates; plus all MBE subjects. More than one subject may be tested in a single essay question.

Multistate Performance Test: Practical questions using a file of instructions, factual data, cases, statutes and other reference material supplied by bar examiners. Examinees are asked to draft a written work product, such as: a memorandum to a partner; a judicial opinion; contract provisions; a letter agreement; a letter of advice to a client, etc.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam: The MPRE is taken separately from the bar exam and it is offered in March, August and November. A scaled score of 75 on the MPRE is required for admission to the Georgia bar.

Upcoming Bar Readiness Programs — Save the Dates!

Emory Law students who will graduate and take a bar exam this summer should add these dates to their calendars. Make sure to attend one or more of the free MBE workshops (you can go to all three!) and the important meeting with Georgia bar officials on February 29 (see my earlier post for details and advance reading to do). To sign up for an MBE workshop and lunch, go here: Sign-up for MBE Workshops and Lunches.

Mark your calendars now for the following dates:
 
* February 22, 12:15 – 1:45 pm, Tull: Faculty session on Civil Procedure with Professor Rich Freer
 
* February 24, 12:15 – 1:45 pm, Tull: Faculty session on Torts with Professor Frank Vandall
 
* February 26, 1:00 – 4:00 pm, 1D: MBE Workshop Diagnostic Test with BARBRI (follow-up BARBRI Lecture will be in March)
 
* February 27, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, 1C: MBE Workshop Diagnostic Test and Live Lecture with Themis (lunch provided)
 
* February 29, 12:15 – 1:45 pm, 1E: Bar Exam Introduction AND Review of Georgia Essay Question, by State Bar Officials (lunch provided)
 
* March 14, 12:15 – 1:45 pm, Room TBD: Faculty session on Contracts with Professor Rafael Pardo
 
* March 16, 12:15 – 1:45 pm, Room TBD: Faculty session on Criminal Law & Procedure with Prof. Morgan Cloud
 
* March 18, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm, 1D: MBE Workshop Diagnostic Test and Live Lecture with Kaplan (lunch provided)
 
* March 21, 12:15 – 1:45 pm, Tull: Faculty session on Evidence with Professors Julie Seaman and Mark Goldfeder
 
* March 23, 12:15 – 1:45 pm, Tull: Introduction to Bar Exam Essays and the MPT with Assistant Dean Katherine Brokaw (lunch provided)
 
* March 25, 9:00 – 4:00 pm, 1D: Follow-up MBE Workshop Live Lecture with BARBRI (lunch provided)
 
* March 28, 12:15 – 1:45 pm, Tull: Faculty session on Constitutional Law with Professor Charles Shanor
 
* March 30, 12:15 – 1:45 pm, Tull : Faculty session on Property Law with Professor Jim Hughes

Late Fitness Application Deadline for Georgia Bar, March 2

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.

Important Bar Exam Information Session, February 29

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

Upcoming Deadlines for the Georgia Bar Exam!

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.

 

Georgia Bar Character and Fitness Application Deadline This Week

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 Don’t You Know?

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.

Swearing-In Ceremony for Alumni in Georgia

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!