Bar Prep Workshops - Spring 2009

Graduating students - The Law College has organized six workshops this spring and a summer essay writing workshop series, each designed to help you begin to prepare for the upcoming bar exam. Sessions include warm-up reviews of selected areas of substantive law and training in exam-taking skills. These sessions are not a substitute for a commercial bar review course, but are a good way to refresh your recollection of the law and enhance your skills before you begin the bar review course in May.

Online registration is required for each session in the spring. The spring sessions are free, but seating is limited, so register now to secure your spot. Sessions begin this month with a mandatory information session and continue through April.

Pre-registration will be required for the summer essay writing workshop. Additional workshop and registration information coming soon.

Mandatory 3L Bar Exam Info Sessions

This one-hour panel discussion will focus on preparation for the bar exam, differences in bar review courses, components of the bar exam, bar loans, and advice from alums. You may attend any of the following sessions:

Wednesday 2/25 4:30 - 5:30 pm in room 343
Thursday 2/26 12 - 1 pm in room 472
Saturday 2/28 11 am - 12 noon in room 471


Law Library Bar Exam Materials Display: March 2-4

After your attend the information session, be sure to check out the Law Library's collection of bar review materials, which will be displayed in the library lobby from Tuesday, March 2, through Thursday, March 4. These materials include copies of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), Multistate Performance Test (MPT) and Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE). In addition, there are copies of past Michigan bar exam questions and model answers; review materials for several state bar exams; practice questions for the MBE; and bar exam study guides.

1) Multi-state Subjects: Essay Test-Taking Skills, Contracts Lecture

The folks from the BarBRI bar review course will give a sample lecture on a subset of Contracts topics. Practice an actual BarBRI essay question and review the model answer. Review successful essay strategies and tips.

Tuesday, March 3rd from 12:00-1:30 pm in room 472


2) MBE Test-Taking Skills: Multiple-Choice Questions

The folks from the Kaplan PMBR bar review course will provide a mini lecture on a subset of Contracts and then help you enhance your multiple-choice test-taking skills for the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) through a series of graded practice questions.

Wednesday, March 18th from 12:00-2:00 pm in room 473
Wednesday, March 18th from 4:00-6:00 pm in room 473 (repeat)


3) Michigan Bar Exam Essay Subjects: Torts Lecture

Professor Kathleen Payne will provide a brief lecture on torts subtopics frequently tested on the Michigan bar exam. These topics include no-fault, owner's liability, and workers' compensation.

Thursday, March 19th from 4:00-5:30 pm in room 471


4) Bar Exam Test-Taking Skills: Essay Strategies and Tips

Laurie Zimet, Director of Academic Support Programs at University of California at Hastings, will share strategies and tips for preparing for the essay portion of the bar exam.

Friday, March 20th from 1:00-3:00 pm in room 471


5) Bar Exam Writing Skills: Multistate Essay Exam and Multistate Performance Test

Taking the Bar Exam outside of Michigan? Carlota will review successful test-taking strategies and tips for state essays (outside of Michigan), multistate essays (MEE) and the multistate performance test (MPT). Practice an MEE & MPT question and review the model answer.

Saturday, March 21st from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm in room 473


6) Bar Exam Essay Test-Taking Skills: Essay Writing Workshop Preview

Timothy Dinan, Law College alum and bar exam expert, will provide tips on reading and answering bar exam questions. Students will answer essay questions during the first session and receive feedback from experienced bar exam graders during the second session. These two sessions provide a preview of the summer essay writing workshops.

Session 1: Saturday, March 28th from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm in room 473
Session 2: Saturday, April 4th from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, Business College Complex (BCC) Room N021. (The Business College is located directly across the street from the Law College.)


"A Lawyer Walks Into A Bar"

If you're still hungry for more information about the bar exam, check out the video, "A Lawyer Walks Into A Bar" on reserve in the library or attend the screening sponsored by student organizations the first week of April (watch for it in the Daily Announcements).  This documentary chronicles the lives of six law students as they prepared for the July Bar exam. Here's the New York Times' review:

"Writer-director Eric Chaikin's feature-length documentary...offers a witty, seriocomic look at myriad aspects of the American legal process and judicial system. It hones in on six individuals, all prospective attorneys at the time of the film's production, and follows them through trials and travails as they approach and take the formidable bar exam. Chaikin then uses the subjects' stories as springboards to broader digressions on U.S. litigation. The film features a myriad of celebrity guest appearances, from both well-respected attorneys and entertainers."