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The Bar Exam Toolbox podcast helps bar takers pass with less stress and anxiety. Hosted by bar exam experts Lee Burgess and Alison Monahan, the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast covers a wide variety of topics, ranging from how to learn and memorize all the law you need to know for the bar exam, to how to write a passing essay, to how to get bar exam accommodations. If you're struggling with the bar exam, or work with students who are, tune in for practical strategies for bar exam success!

Episode Date
141: Listen and Learn -- The Fourth Amendment
20:47

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, in our "Listen and Learn" series, we're discussing when the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution applies, and how to determine if an unlawful search has occurred.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The rules governing searches and seizures
  • How to determine if an individual's Fourth Amendment rights have been violated
  • How a government agent can conduct a search
  • Analyzing two hypos from previous California bar exams

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-141-listen-and-learn-the-fourth-amendment/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jul 19, 2021
140: Listen and Learn -- Regulatory Takings
17:32

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! In today's episode from our "Listen and Learn" series, we tackle the topic of regulatory takings, which is often tested in crossover essay questions that cover both Property and Constitutional Law issues.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What constitutes a "taking"?
  • Possessory and regulatory takings
  • Distinguishing between the two types of regulatory takings
  • The Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council case
  • The three Penn Central factors, derived from the case Penn Central Transportation Co. v. New York City
  • The "denominator problem"
  • Analyzing two hypos involving regulatory takings
  • How to organize your answer when the question provides a list of claims by separate parties

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-140-listen-and-learn-regulatory-takings/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jul 12, 2021
139: Employment Considerations Related to the Bar Exam (w/Sadie Jones)
32:29

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we have ex-BigLaw recruiter Sadie Jones with us to talk about common career-related issues to think about while deciding when and where to sit for the bar exam. We also look at the best way to approach your employer in each of these scenarios.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How do employers generally think about the bar exam?
  • Deciding where you should take the exam
  • Is it better to have the transferable UBE score?
  • What if you have concerns upfront about passing?
  • Handling the situation of failing the bar
  • What if you're licensed and later decide to move to a new state?

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-139-employment-considerations-related-to-the-bar-exam-w-sadie-jones/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jun 28, 2021
138: Listen and Learn -- Hearsay Exceptions: Prior Testimony and Past Recollection Recorded
14:24

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! In today's episode, we cover two more hearsay exceptions -- prior testimony and past recollection recorded. You can find more on the topic of hearsay exceptions in episodes 101, 115, and 132.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • A review of the definition of hearsay
  • When is a declarant deemed unavailable as a witness?
  • The rules for the prior testimony exception and the past recollection recorded exception
  • Questions involving multiple hearsay
  • Going through two hypos from previous California bar exams

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-138-listen-and-learn-hearsay-exceptions-prior-testimony-and-past-recollection-recorded/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jun 21, 2021
137: Listen and Learn -- The Confrontation Clause
10:26

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, in our "Listen and Learn" series, we take a look at the Confrontation Clause. Confrontation Clause issues are commonly tested in Evidence questions in both law school exams and bar exams, almost always alongside hearsay issues. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Reviewing the rules of the Confrontation Clause
  • The relationship between Confrontation Clause and hearsay questions
  • How to determine whether a statement made to the police is testimonial in nature, or the Primary Purpose Test
  • Analyzing two hypos from previous California bar exams

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-137-listen-and-learn-the-confrontation-clause/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jun 14, 2021
136: Outlining on the Remote Bar Exam
31:01

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! We're coming up on the third online bar exam, and we're continuing to get questions from students and listeners about the best way to outline when using scratch paper is not possible. Join us for this episode as we share some best practices for outlining on the remote bar exam.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How important is it to outline your answer?
  • Outlining on paper versus on screen
  • Outlining for essay questions and the performance test
  • The logistics of the bar testing software
  • Where should you draft the outline?
  • Practicing under real exam conditions

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-136-outlining-on-the-remote-bar-exam/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jun 07, 2021
135: Listen and Learn -- The Dormant Commerce Clause
17:32

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, in our "Listen and Learn" series, we're focusing on the Dormant Commerce Clause, also known as the Negative Commerce Clause. We previously discussed the Commerce Clause in episode 108. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • A brief review of the Commerce Clause
  • When the Dormant Commerce Clause comes into play
  • What constitutes an unduly burdensome regulation
  • The market participant exception
  • Other issues tested alongside the Dormant Commerce Clause
  • Analyzing two hypos from previous California bar exams
  • How to approach questions where it's possible to argue either way

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-135-listen-and-learn-the-dormant-commerce-clause/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

May 24, 2021
134: Listen and Learn -- Authority of Agents
15:20

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, as part of our "Listen and Learn" series, we're discussing agent authority, which is one of the most heavily-tested issues on the bar exam. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Actual authority - express vs. implied
  • The rules of apparent authority
  • Other business associations topics that come up in combination with agent authority on an exam
  • Analyzing two hypos from previous California bar exams
  • How to structure an answer to a question involving agent authority

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-134-listen-and-learn-authority-of-agents/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

May 17, 2021
133: Listen and Learn -- Covenants (Real Property)
18:38

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're going to explore covenants, a type of non-possessory interest in real property. You can find more on the topic of real property in episode 122, where we discuss easements. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The rule statement for covenants
  • Restrictive covenants versus affirmative covenants
  • The different elements needed to enforce a covenant
  • The remedy for covenants
  • Differences between covenants and equitable servitudes
  • Elements of horizontal and vertical privity
  • Analyzing two essay questions from previous bar exams

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-133-listen-and-learn-covenants-real-property/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

May 10, 2021
132: Listen and Learn -- Hearsay Exceptions: Government and Business Records
15:25

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! In today's episode, we cover two hearsay exceptions, and they are government/public records and business records. You can find more on the topic of hearsay exceptions in episodes 101 and 115.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • A review of the definition of hearsay
  • The elements of the business records exception
  • Evidence that is admissible under the government/public records exception
  • How to approach questions involving multiple hearsay
  • Analyzing two hypos from previous California bar exams

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-132-listen-and-learn-government-records-and-business-records/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

May 03, 2021
131: Listen and Learn -- Strict Products Liability
16:36

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today we're talking about strict products liability, which is one of the three theories of liability that can form the basis of a products liability claim. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The three theories of liability
  • The rules of a products liability claim
  • Who can assert a strict products liability claim and against whom?
  • The three categories of defects
  • Analyzing two hypos, from the February 2013 and February 2006 California bar exams
  • How to structure your answer when the question involves strict products liability

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-131-listen-and-learn-strict-products-liability/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Apr 26, 2021
130: Tips for Taking the Bar Exam as an Attorney Applicant
29:30

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're discussing things to keep in mind before deciding to take the shorter attorneys' version of the bar exam, if you're eligible for this option.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Logistics of the attorneys' version of the bar exam
  • In what cases should you consider taking the full version with the MBE?
  • Pitfalls for attorney applicants that could lead to poor results
  • The difference between the bar exam and actual law practice
  • How to structure your prep time as an attorney applicant

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-130-tips-for-taking-the-bar-exam-as-an-attorney-applicant/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Apr 19, 2021
129: Should You Take the California Bar Exam or the UBE?
26:54

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about making the decision to take the California (or other state-specific exam), or the UBE.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Factors to consider when deciding where you want your law license to be
  • Thinking about how the exams are really different
  • What if you are struggling to pass the exam in a certain state?
  • The score portability of the UBE
  • Accommodations provided in the different jurisdictions
  • What are the downsides to changing jurisdictions when you sit for the exam?

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-129-should-you-take-the-california-bar-exam-or-the-ube/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Apr 12, 2021
128: Listen and Learn -- Privilege Against Self-Incrimination and Miranda Rights
17:17

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today we are focusing on criminal procedure, specifically two constitutional protections afforded to accused persons by the 5th Amendment – the privilege against self-incrimination, and Miranda rights.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Rules and scope of the privilege against self-incrimination
  • The three ways in which the privilege against self-incrimination can be eliminated
  • When is a suspect entitled to Miranda rights?
  • In what situations can Miranda rights be waived?
  • How to structure your essay when self-incrimination and Miranda rights are at issue
  • Analyzing two hypos from California bar exam criminal procedure questions

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-128-listen-and-learn-privilege-against-self-incrimination-and-miranda-rights/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Apr 05, 2021
127: Why People from Prestigious Law Schools Fail the Bar Exam
34:32

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about the reasons people who went to very prestigious law schools sometimes still fail the bar exam.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Distinctions between law school exams and the bar exam
  • Contributing factors to failing, and which ones can be avoided
  • What are some warning signs you might be on track to fail?
  • How you can right the course if you think you're in trouble
  • How to quickly recover from failing

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-127-why-people-from-prestigious-law-schools-fail-the-bar-exam/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Mar 29, 2021
126: Listen and Learn -- The Erie Doctrine
15:08

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're discussing an issue related to civil procedure -- the Erie Doctrine. We look at a step-by-step approach for answering questions in this area of the law when they show up on the bar exam.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What is the Erie Doctrine?
  • How and when the Erie Doctrine shows up on an exam question
  • A two-step analysis for determining whether a law is substantive or procedural
  • Reviewing examples of bar exam questions involving the Erie Doctrine

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-126-listen-and-learn-the-erie-doctrine/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Mar 22, 2021
125: Best Practices for Studying for an Online Bar Exam
37:57

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about best practices for studying for an online bar exam, based on the two virtual exams that have been given so far.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What were the results of the virtual bar exams given so far?
  • What exam-takers liked and what they found challenging about taking an online exam
  • Tips for preparing for a virtual exam, versus an in-person exam
  • Planning ahead for possible computer issues or necessary accommodations
  • How to practice under real exam conditions

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-125-best-practices-for-studying-for-an-online-bar-exam/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Mar 15, 2021
124: Listen and Learn -- Duty of Loyalty (Corporations)
17:06

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! In today's episode, we're talking about the duty of loyalty owed by directors and officers of a corporation, and the main types of conduct they are prohibited from engaging in.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • A review of the rule for duty of loyalty
  • The four types of prohibited conduct when the officer's interest is placed before that of the corporation
  • The situations in which a conflict of interest occurs
  • Usurpation of a corporate opportunity
  • Other topics that duty of loyalty is often tested with
  • Analyzing three hypos from California bar exam essays involving duty of loyalty

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-124-listen-and-learn-duty-of-loyalty-corporations/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Mar 08, 2021
123: Listen and Learn -- First Amendment (Content-Neutral Restrictions)
14:04

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, in an episode from our "Listen and Learn" series, we're discussing the First Amendment - in particular when, where, and how the government can regulate speech through content-neutral time, place, and manner restrictions.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Situations in which the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution applies
  • Public, limited public, and non-public forums
  • Content-based versus content-neutral regulations
  • The three-prong test for time, place, and manner restrictions for content-neutral regulation of speech
  • Analyzing a hypo from the February 2012 California bar exam

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-123-listen-and-learn-first-amendment/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Mar 01, 2021
122: Listen and Learn -- Easements (Real Property)
18:13

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, in an episode of our "Listen and Learn" series, we're discussing easements, which is one of the more common Real Property topics on bar exam essays.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Easements - the rule statement
  • Three important questions to consider when thinking about easements
  • The different ways in which an easement can be created
  • The two main types of easements
  • How an easement could end
  • Analyzing two Real Property hypos, from the July 2016 and February 2007 California bar exams

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-122-listen-and-learn-easements-real-property/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Feb 15, 2021
121: Listen and Learn -- Character Evidence
17:27

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about the Federal Rules of Evidence, and how to apply the rules of character evidence to both civil and criminal case hypos.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • In what cases character evidence may be admissible in court
  • The difference in the rules of character evidence for civil and criminal cases
  • How character evidence is presented in direct examination vs. cross examination
  • Going through two hypos, from the July 2010 and February 2016 California bar exams
  • Using a "Where, What, Why, Who, When, and How" framework to analyze fact patterns

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-121-listen-and-learn-character-evidence/)

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Alison & Lee

Feb 08, 2021
120: Listen and Learn -- Piercing the Corporate Veil
12:50

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we have another episode in our "Listen and Learn" series, where we review a substantive area of the law and apply that law to fact patterns. This time we're looking at piercing the corporate veil, which is a commonly-tested issue in Corporations and LLC essays.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What exactly is the corporate veil?
  • The four situations in which a court will pierce the corporate veil and hold the shareholders personally liable
  • What does it mean for a corporation to act as its shareholders' alter ego?
  • Analyzing a hypo from the February 2017 California bar exam
  • Other issues that are often tested together with piercing the corporate veil
  • The difference between piercing corporate and LLC veils

Resources:

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Alison & Lee

Feb 01, 2021
119: Listen and Learn -- Anticipatory Repudiation (Contracts)
15:17

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, in an episode from our "Listen and Learn" series, we're talking about anticipatory repudiation, which is an often-tested issue both on the MBE and on Contracts essays. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What is anticipatory repudiation?
  • What constitutes an "unequivocal communication"?
  • Presenting a demand for adequate assurances of the contract's completion
  • Rights and remedies available to the non-repudiating party
  • Topics that anticipatory repudiation is tested alongside of
  • Going through two hypos from bar exam Contracts essays

Resources:

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Alison & Lee

Jan 25, 2021
118: More on Memorization for the Bar Exam
31:43

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're revisiting the best memorization techniques for long-term retention of material. There are many different ways to memorize, and you have to test them to figure out which ones work best for you.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why is memorization such a problem for many bar studiers?
  • How much is realistic to memorize for each of the heavily-tested areas?
  • Some of the most effective ways to memorize
  • How to focus your time so you are as productive as possible
  • Practicing the material you have memorized
  • When is it too late to start memorizing?

Resources:

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Alison & Lee

Jan 18, 2021
117: Listen and Learn -- Due Process and Equal Protection (Con Law)
19:05

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! In this week's episode, as part of our "Listen and Learn" series, we're talking about an important area of Constitutional Law -- the Fourteenth Amendment. Specifically, we take a look at procedural due process, substantive due process, and equal protection. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • A review of the Fourteenth Amendment's Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause
  • The procedure for analyzing substantive due process, procedural due process, and equal protection
  • The Supreme Court case Mathews v. Eldridge
  • Strict scrutiny, intermediate scrutiny, and rational basis
  • How to identify state interest
  • Going through a Constitutional Law fact pattern from the July 2013 California bar exam

Resources:

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Alison & Lee

Jan 11, 2021
116: California Bar Exam Results Are Out! What's Next If You Didn't Pass?
43:20

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Results from the latest California bar exam have just come out, and there's not a lot of time to prepare for the February 2021 exam if you failed. Is it feasible to sit for the exam that's coming up, or would it be better to postpone? Join us for this episode, where we try to help you make this decision as rapidly as possible.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Important questions to ask yourself based on your exam results
  • What if you are working and studying?
  • Advice for foreign-trained attorneys
  • If you decide to try again in February, what should you focus on?
  • Tools that can help improve your scores quickly
  • To what extent can you predict the essay topics?

Resources:

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Alison & Lee

Jan 08, 2021
115: Listen and Learn -- Dying Declaration vs. Excited Utterance
28:29

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! In episode 101 we covered two hearsay exceptions, namely present sense impression and state of mind. Today, we'll discuss two more exceptions that are also commonly tested, and those are dying declaration and excited utterance. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How to structure your Evidence essay
  • A review of what hearsay and hearsay exceptions are
  • The rules of the dying declaration and excited utterance exceptions
  • Analyzing several hypos involving hearsay
  • The importance of evaluating each statement at issue as to whether or not it's hearsay

Resources:

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Alison & Lee

Jan 04, 2021
114: Listen and Learn -- Non-Hearsay
16:08

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! In this episode from our "Listen and Learn" series, we cover a category of evidence called "non-hearsay," which is tested often on both the MBE and on Evidence essays.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • A quick review of what is considered hearsay
  • Categories of statements deemed non-hearsay
  • When to consider hearsay exceptions
  • Analyzing two Evidence essay hypos, from the July 2005 and July 2007 California bar exams
  • How to structure your essay answer when the question is about hearsay

Resources:

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Alison & Lee

Dec 14, 2020
113: Lowering Stress While Studying for the Bar in COVID Times
38:18

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're looking at the telltale signs that you might be stressed out, the acute and chronic problems that stress causes, and some strategies for stress management, particularly important during these difficult and unpredictable times.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why are bar studiers particularly prone to experiencing excessive levels of stress?
  • How can you tell that you're stressed out?
  • The physical manifestations of tension in the body
  • Lifestyle changes that can help with long-term stress management
  • Strategies for the bar exam study period (and for test day)
  • Specific advice for people who failed the bar
  • Practical exercises to handle stress and feel better fast

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-113-lowering-stress-while-studying-for-the-bar-in-covid-times/)

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Alison & Lee

Dec 07, 2020
112: Listen and Learn -- Property Crimes
22:41

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today's episode is part of our "Listen and Learn" series, where we review substantive areas of the law that you're likely to encounter on the bar exam. This time we are focusing on criminal law, specifically property crimes, which appear on both the MBE and in essay questions.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How to approach open-ended questions and specific questions
  • A summary of the rules for eight property crimes
  • The merger doctrine
  • Analyzing two hypos involving property crimes, from the July 2004 and July 2012 California bar exams
  • Specific intent versus general intent

Resources:

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Alison & Lee

Nov 30, 2020
111: Listen and Learn -- Introduction to Supplemental Jurisdiction (Civ Pro)
16:48

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! This episode is part of our "Listen and Learn" series, where we review substantive areas of the law that you're likely to encounter on the bar exam. Today we're talking about supplemental jurisdiction, which you may see as part of a larger Civil Procedure essay question involving jurisdiction, or as a multiple choice question on the MBE.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What is supplemental jurisdiction?
  • The rules of supplemental jurisdiction and some related examples
  • Going through two questions involving jurisdiction, from the July 2012 California bar exam and the February 2015 MEE
  • Identifying the original basis of jurisdiction
  • How to apply the rules of supplemental jurisdiction to diversity of citizenship and federal cases

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-111-listen-and-learn-introduction-to-supplemental-jurisdiction-civ-pro/)

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Alison & Lee

Nov 16, 2020
110: Listen and Learn -- The Basics of Justiciability (Con Law)
18:10

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, in an installment of our "Listen and Learn" series, we're tackling another Constitutional Law topic -- that is justiciability, or the issue of deciding whether a court can make a formal judgment on a legal matter.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What three requirements must a plaintiff meet in order to have standing?
  • The special doctrines of taxpayer, organizational, and third-party standing
  • When is it too early or too late to bring a case?
  • The Case or Controversy Clause
  • In what circumstances will a court hear a case that would normally be moot?
  • Analyzing two examples involving justiciability

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-110-listen-and-learn-the-basics-of-justiciability-con-law/)

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Alison & Lee

Nov 09, 2020
109: When to Start Studying for (Possibly) Retaking the Bar
30:19

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! This year, because of all the postponed bar exams you won't find out until quite late if you passed or not. When should you start to prepare for retaking the exam if you have a gut feeling you aren't going to pass? In today's episode, we're tackling that question, sent in by some of our listeners.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Assessing why you think you might have failed
  • Thinking about delaying to retake if your situation allows it
  • If you decide to study early, what should you be doing since you don't know your results?
  • Is it feasible to plan to decide after the results come out?
  • Tips for working and studying on a compressed schedule
  • Are the February exams going to be online as well?

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-109-when-to-start-studying-for-possibly-retaking-the-bar/)

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Alison & Lee

Nov 02, 2020
108: Listen and Learn -- The Commerce Clause
08:18

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we have another installment in our "Listen and Learn" series, where we review substantive areas of the law that you're likely to encounter on the bar exam. This time, we're talking about a very testable part of Constitutional Law -- the Commerce Clause.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Does the Commerce Clause apply when the law was passed by Congress or by a state?
  • Cases that helped develop the modern formulation of the Commerce power
  • An analytical stepladder for Commerce Clause questions
  • Going through a fact pattern from the July 2009 California bar exam
  • A reminder that your reasoning carries more weight on the bar exam than the conclusion

Resources:

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Alison & Lee

Oct 26, 2020
107: Listen and Learn -- Assumption of Risk (Torts)
17:54

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we have another episode in our "Listen and Learn" series, where we review substantive areas of the law that you're likely to encounter on the bar exam. This time, we're looking at assumption of risk as a defense to negligence in Tort law.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • A review of the rule for assumption of risk
  • What are some common situations that trigger this defense?
  • Express vs. implied assumption of risk
  • The Professional Rescuer Rule
  • How a small change in the facts can alter the outcome of the question
  • Why your analysis on a bar exam essay is ultimately more important than your conclusion

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-107-listen-and-learn-assumption-of-risk-torts/)

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Alison & Lee

Oct 19, 2020
106: The Final Days of Prepping for the October 2020 Virtual Bar Exam
33:19

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! We've finally made it to the last few days before the bar exam in this incredibly challenging year! Today, we're talking about making the most of your final days of preparation, and we have some exam day tips as well.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Making sure the space you're taking the exam in is set up according to requirements
  • Checking off the list of "don't's" for exam day
  • Getting the testing software ready and practicing under exam conditions (Note that some jurisdictions have unexpectedly removed the ability to practice in exam conditions after we recorded this!)
  • Thinking about how to recharge during the exam breaks 
  • What to do if something goes wrong
  • Considerations for those planning to sit for the next MPRE

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-106-the-final-days-of-prepping-for-the-october-2020-virtual-bar-exam/)

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Alison & Lee

Sep 28, 2020
105: Listen and Learn -- Public and Private Nuisance
21:47

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we have another episode in our "Listen and Learn" series, where we review substantive areas of the law that you're likely to encounter on the bar exam. This time, we're focusing on a topic related to both Property and Torts, and that is nuisance.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Where does nuisance show up on the bar exam?
  • The similarities and differences between public and private nuisance
  • The attractive nuisance doctrine
  • Defenses to nuisance claims
  • Analyzing a hypo from the California First-Year Law Students' Examination from June 2014
  • How to structure your answer to a question involving nuisance
  • A reminder to extract individual facts from the fact pattern and figure out why each one matters

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-105-listen-and-learn-public-and-private-nuisance/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

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Alison & Lee

Sep 21, 2020
104: Listen and Learn -- Intentional Torts: Defamation
18:12

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about defamation -- a topic you might see on a Torts essay along with other intentional torts, and sometimes on the MBE as well. We also highlight some of the other intentional torts that are commonly triggered in a defamation fact pattern.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The five elements of defamation
  • When is a statement of opinion actionable?
  • The difference between defamation claims brought by private figures and public figures
  • The "slander per se" rule for damages
  • Analyzing three fact patterns involving defamation claims
  • What are the common defenses to defamation?

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-104-listen-and-learn-intentional-torts-defamation/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

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Alison & Lee

Sep 14, 2020
103: Listen and Learn –- Assault and Battery
21:04

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we have another episode in our "Listen and Learn" series, where we review a substantive area of the law and apply the rules to fact patterns. This time, we're focusing on two topics from Torts -- specifically, assault and battery.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Unpacking the elements of assault and battery
  • Are threatening words enough to be considered an assault?
  • Some less obvious situations where harmful or offensive bodily contact can occur
  • Coming up with scenarios to help you remember the rules
  • Going through a fact pattern from the February 2016 California bar exam Torts essay
  • How to analyze intentional tort questions 

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-103-listen-and-learn-assault-and-battery/)

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Alison & Lee

Aug 31, 2020
102: Listen and Learn -- The Statute of Frauds
23:29

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today's episode is part of our "Listen and Learn" series, where we review a substantive area of the law and apply it to fact patterns. This time, we're focusing on the Statute of Frauds in Contract Law.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The types of situations that courts have decided are particularly open to fraud
  • The elements of contract formation
  • What are the rules and exceptions to the Statute of Frauds?
  • Analyzing two Contracts questions, from the July 2011 and July 2019 California bar exams
  • How you should structure your essay answer when discussing the Statute of Frauds

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-102-listen-and-learn-the-statute-of-frauds/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

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Alison & Lee

Aug 24, 2020
101: Listen and Learn -- Present Sense Impression vs. State of Mind
18:57

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we have another episode as part of our "Listen and Learn" series. This one covers two hearsay exceptions –- specifically, present sense impression and state of mind.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • An overview of hearsay and hearsay exceptions
  • When to apply the present sense impression and the state of mind exceptions
  • Going through several examples from Evidence essays involving hearsay
  • The importance of considering each statement the declarant makes
  • A reminder to check out any distinctions from the federal rules of hearsay exceptions in states that do not administer the UBE

Resources:

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Alison & Lee

Aug 17, 2020
100: Anniversary Episode! The Top Bar Exam Toolbox Podcast Episodes
31:56

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Tune in for a special milestone episode today (number 100), where we recap some of the most popular episodes and a few of our personal favorite episodes we have recorded during the past two years.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Memorization techniques and the different types of learning styles
  • The best ways to prepare for essay writing
  • How to make sure you ace the performance test
  • Why is the MBE so challenging for many bar studiers?
  • Tips for first-time bar takers 
  • Avoiding self-sabotaging behaviors
  • Our "Listen and Learn" series, which presents rule statements in digestible pieces

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-100-anniversary-episode-the-top-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-episodes/)

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Alison & Lee

Aug 10, 2020
099: Tips for Taking an Online Bar Exam
35:38

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about preparing for taking an online bar exam, which will be the norm this year due to coronavirus concerns. We also discuss the recently-released information on how the October California bar exam will be administered.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The long-awaited details on the October 2020 California bar exam
  • Using AdaptiBar to prepare for the MBE portion of the exam
  • Developing attack plans to help with essay-writing
  • How to prepare for the performance test
  • Practicing under exam conditions
  • Resolving any accommodations or other concerns now
  • Taking advantage of the practice questions the bar is going to be uploading

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-99-tips-for-taking-an-online-bar-exam/)

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Alison & Lee

Aug 03, 2020
098: Listen and Learn -- The "Battle of the Forms" under UCC 2-207
15:39

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're doing another episode in our "Listen and Learn" series, talking about the Uniform Commercial Code Section 2-207 -- or "battle of the forms", as it's commonly called.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • When to use the UCC in a Contracts essay
  • Understanding the rules of Section 2-207
  • The "mirror image" rule from common law
  • Going through two hypos involving UCC Section 2-207 
  • Stating the possible outcomes and coming up with a reasonable conclusion
  • How a flowchart helps in visualizing the question

Resources:

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Alison & Lee

Jul 27, 2020
097: Listen and Learn -- The Reasonable Person Standard
17:20

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! This is another episode in our "Listen and Learn" series, where we review legal concepts and apply them to fact patterns. Today, we're tackling the reasonable person standard in Negligence.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Who is the reasonable person we hold everyone else's conduct up to?
  • When do we apply the reasonable person "under the circumstances"?
  • Some commonly tested standards (people with physical or mental disabilities, children, professionals)
  • Analyzing a Negligence question from the February 2011 California bar exam
  • The importance of considering every fact in the fact pattern
  • If you think there are two sides to the argument - argue them both!
  • Developing an attack plan for Negligence

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-97-listen-and-learn-the-reasonable-person-standard/)

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Alison & Lee

Jul 20, 2020
096: COVID-19 Bar Exam Update - July 2, 2020
37:27

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're discussing the latest updates from different jurisdictions on how the bar exam is likely to be administered this year, and sharing strategies to help you prepare for taking the fall exam amidst all the uncertainty. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What new information different jurisdictions have released since our last COVID-19 update
  • Preparing study aids if you plan on sitting for the exam in the fall
  • Practicing multiple ways of taking the exam to develop flexibility
  • The California "baby bar" and how online testing might work
  • Finding out as much information from the bar examiners as possible
  • How to decide whether you should postpone sitting for the bar

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-96-covid-19-bar-exam-update-july-2-2020/)

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Alison & Lee

Jul 13, 2020
095: Listen and Learn -- Promissory Estoppel
17:53

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today's episode is part of our "Listen and Learn" series, where we review legal concepts and use them in fact patterns. This time we're analyzing a topic from contract law -- promissory estoppel.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • When is a promise breakable, and when is it a contract?
  • What is inadequate consideration?
  • The "reasonable and detrimental actions" requirement for promissory estoppel
  • Breach of contract and reliance damages
  • Analyzing two questions pertaining to promissory estoppel
  • How to structure the essay answer when the fact pattern contains multiple actions

Resources:

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Alison & Lee

Jul 06, 2020
094: Impact of COVID-19 on the Bar Exam – June 15 Update
42:26

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we have another update on what is known about the bar exam administration in different jurisdictions, which will hopefully help you make a more informed decision on how to proceed with your study schedule amidst the COVID-19 crisis. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Updates from the National Conference of Bar Examiners
  • Which states are planning on administering an in-person exam in July?
  • The uncertainty around the California bar exam
  • Should you take an exam in a UBE state if the score is not transferable?
  • How to think about scheduling time off from work for the exam
  • Focusing on self-care and building resilience to cope with anxiety
  • Tips for preparing for a remote bar exam

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-94-impact-of-covid-19-on-the-bar-exam-june-15-update/)

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Alison & Lee

Jun 22, 2020
093: Listen and Learn -- Constructive Eviction
18:22

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today's episode is part of our "Listen and Learn" series, and this time we'll review a topic from real property -- namely, constructive eviction.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Regular eviction versus constructive eviction
  • The Implied Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment and Implied Warranty of Habitability
  • Using the SING mnemonic to remember the rules of constructive eviction
  • How to determine if there is substantial interference in the tenant's life or business
  • Analyzing two essay questions, from the July 2007 and February 2012 California bar exams

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-93-listen-and-learn-constructive-eviction/)

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Alison & Lee

Jun 15, 2020
092: Listen and Learn -- Subject Matter Jurisdiction
17:38

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! This is another episode in our "Listen and Learn" series, where we review legal concepts and apply them to fact patterns. Today, we're talking about a commonly tested Civ Pro topic -- subject matter jurisdiction.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Review of the basic concept of jurisdiction
  • How to structure your subject matter jurisdiction essay answer
  • The rules for federal question and diversity
  • Determining citizenship and domicile for people and corporations
  • Analyzing two Civ Pro essay questions, from the February 2009 and July 2012 California bar exams
  • Other laws that tie into subject matter jurisdiction

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-92-listen-and-learn-subject-matter-jurisdiction/)

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Alison & Lee

Jun 08, 2020
091: Listen and Learn -- Logical and Legal Relevance
21:14

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! This episode is part of our "Listen and Learn" series, where we review legal concepts and apply them to fact patterns. Today, we're talking about a topic you will see on every Evidence essay on the bar exam: relevance.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The two basic kinds of relevance
  • Relevance and admissibility in the court room
  • Determining facts of consequence
  • Weighing the probative value of the evidence against the risk of admitting it into court
  • Analyzing two essay questions, from the July 2005 and July 2009 California bar exams
  • Tips for writing bar exam Evidence essays

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-91-listen-and-learn-logical-and-legal-relevance/)

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Alison & Lee

Jun 01, 2020
090: COVID-19 Bar Exam Updates and Strategies
33:22

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're sharing our latest thoughts on studying for the bar exam with the delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and generally trying to make the situation work best for you.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Updates on the information known from various jurisdictions in the country
  • Will anything be available online, such as the MBE?
  • What is "courtesy seating" and which states are offering it?
  • Should you switch jurisdictions?
  • Thinking about travel arrangements
  • Pros and cons of starting to study early
  • Looking at the big picture beyond COVID-19

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-90-covid-19-bar-exam-updates-and-strategies/)

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Alison & Lee

May 25, 2020
089: Listen and Learn -- What is Hearsay?
18:22

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today's episode is part of our "Listen and Learn" series, where we review legal concepts and apply them to fact patterns. This time, we're talking about some hearsay basics.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What is hearsay anyway?
  • Hearsay exceptions versus non-hearsay
  • How you can use mnemonics or other memorization techniques for the bar exam
  • Reviewing two questions pertaining to evidence and hearsay from previous California bar exams
  • How to make a decision as to whether a statement qualifies as hearsay

Resources:

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Alison & Lee

May 18, 2020
088: Listen and Learn -- Negligence Per Se
19:49

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! This is the second episode in our "Listen and Learn" series, where we review legal concepts and apply them to fact patterns. Today, we're talking about negligence per se.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Statutory standard of care
  • The basic steps of a negligence per se analysis
  • How to look at the statutes narrowly and broadly
  • Analyzing three essay questions from previous California bar exams
  • Tips for spotting negligence per se on the bar exam
  • When to go beyond negligence per se and into regular negligence theory

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-88-listen-and-learn-negligence-per-se/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

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Alison & Lee

May 11, 2020
087: Listen and Learn -- Homicide
22:51

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're introducing a new series of podcast episodes called "Listen and Learn," where we're going to review substantive areas of the law and apply some of that law to facts. In this episode, we're talking about homicide.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Developing effective attack plans for an essay
  • Common law homicide
  • The four elements of malice aforethought
  • Heat of passion and imperfect self-defense
  • Analyzing two criminal law questions, from the February 2007 and February 2008 California bar exams
  • Classifying a homicide as first-degree murder, second-degree murder, or manslaughter
  • Arguing both sides of the facts and looking for holes in the fact pattern

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-87-listen-and-learn-homicide/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

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Alison & Lee

May 04, 2020
086: Tackling a California Bar Exam Essay: Remedies
23:45

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we are walking through the July 2017 California bar exam question on Remedies. This is part of our series of podcasts talking about how to approach questions on the California bar exam.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What is necessary for a good Remedies essay?
  • The law on temporary restraining orders (TROs) and preliminary injunctions
  • The defenses of unclean hands, misrepresentation, and unilateral mistake
  • Reading the question on Remedies from the July 2017 California bar exam
  • How to do a basic outline and analysis before you start writing

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-86-tackling-a-california-bar-exam-essay-remedies/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

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Alison & Lee

Apr 27, 2020
085: Dealing with Bar Exam Postponements Due to COVID-19
38:23

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're updating you on the bar exam postponements and other recent developments that have happened since our last episode related to COVID-19.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What's known so far on jurisdictions that are postponing
  • Getting your finances in order
  • How to develop a study plan suited to the new situation
  • Using any extra time effectively
  • How to think about working before the exam 
  • Ways to control stress and anxiety

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-85-dealing-with-bar-exam-postponements-due-to-covid-19/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

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Alison & Lee

Apr 20, 2020
084: Tackling an MEE Partnerships Essay
18:54

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we are walking through a UBE Agency and Partnerships essay question from the February 2018 bar exam. This is part of our series of podcasts on how to approach Multistate Essay Examination questions.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How to approach rule-heavy questions
  • Uniform Partnership Act (UPA) and the Revised Uniform Partnership Act (RUPA)
  • The rules governing a partner's withdrawal from the partnership, and the dissolution of that partnership
  • Do you have to memorize code sections or case citations?
  • Outlining the different points of analysis you'll have to address
  • Allocating your time before starting to write

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-84-tackling-an-mee-partnerships-essay/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

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Alison & Lee

Apr 13, 2020
083: Honing Your Mindset for Bar Exam Studying
30:23

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about why mindset is so important for bar prep, and how to deal with obstacles that can derail your study.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The difference between a fixed and a growth mindset
  • Developing mantras for yourself
  • The importance of positive thinking
  • Having a strong study plan
  • Focusing on active over passive learning
  • How the people you surround yourself with are impacting you
  • How to actively manage obstacles getting in your way

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-83-honing-your-mindset-for-bar-exam-studying/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Apr 06, 2020
082: Tips for Long-Term Bar Exam Studiers
29:18

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're sharing our tips for folks who are planning on studying longer-term for the bar exam, including first-time takers, repeat takers, U.S. attorneys, and foreign-trained attorneys.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The importance of evaluating your strengths and weaknesses
  • Developing and sticking to a study schedule
  • Getting feedback on your writing
  • Bar classes and other options for law school students
  • How much time should you allocate to studying if you're a repeat taker?
  • Resources for attorney takers
  • What should you focus on as a foreign-trained attorney?

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-82-tips-for-long-term-bar-exam-studiers/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

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Alison & Lee

Mar 30, 2020
081: Initial Thoughts on COVID-19 and the Bar Exam
23:42

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about how the coronavirus epidemic could impact the July 2020 bar exam, and the fact that you may need to adjust your bar study schedule for unexpected demands. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Our opinion on the likelihood that the July exams will go forward as scheduled
  • How the exam format could change
  • Using the lockdown to get ahead on studying if you can
  • Having a Plan B in case the exam is canceled or postponed
  • Looking for flexible, on-demand study options 
  • In what situations it might be a better idea to delay taking the exam
  • Paying attention to overall stress and anxiety during this unprecedented situation

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-81-initial-thoughts-on-covid-19-and-the-bar-exam/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

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Alison & Lee

Mar 23, 2020
080: Lessons from Learning a New Language that Apply to Bar Study
28:28

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're sharing five lessons we've learned while trying to study another language, that could be applied to bar exam study as well.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Picking your program carefully
  • What if your progress is not satisfactory?
  • Do you need a combination of multiple study methods?
  • The true value of a one-on-one tutor
  • Learning to play the long game
  • Creative ways to study and memorize as you're going about your day
  • A reminder to start studying well in advance of the exam

Resources:

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Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Mar 16, 2020
079: Tackling an MEE Criminal Law/Procedure and Evidence Essay
26:15

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we are walking through a UBE Criminal Law/Procedure and Evidence essay question from the July 2016 bar exam. This is part of our series of podcasts on how to approach Multistate Essay Examination questions.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Review of the law on hearsay, the Fifth
    Amendment, and Miranda rights
  • Reading the question from the July 2016 bar exam
  • How identifying which facts are legally significant triggers a strong analysis
  • Dealing with questions involving crossover issues
  • How to handle rules that are invoked in the question over and over again

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-79-tackling-an-mee-criminal-law-procedure-and-evidence-essay/)

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Alison & Lee

Feb 17, 2020
078: Learning through Mistakes in Bar Prep
30:11

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're discussing how our mind deals with failure, and why making mistakes can actually lead to better learning. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why being wrong when highly confident in the answer is a powerful way to absorb information
  • Why guessing on multiple choice questions doesn't lead to learning
  • A look at how kids deal with their mistakes
  • The concept of memory reconsolidation
  • Fixed versus growth mindset
  • Practicing by rewriting questions and quizzing yourself

Resources:

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Alison & Lee

Feb 10, 2020
077: Who and What to Trust for Bar Exam Prep
32:32

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about how to know who or what you can trust when preparing for the bar exam, and why it's important to go all in with an approach once you've decided to trust it. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Evaluating what works best for your learning style and life situation
  • Where to get practice materials and feedback
  • Can you test a course before you purchase it?
  • Assessing how you're spending your study time and if it’s working
  • Focusing on one topic at a time
  • Trusting the process and sticking with it through tougher days
  • How other people can help if you've hit a roadblock

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-77-who-and-what-to-trust-for-bar-exam-prep/)

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Alison & Lee

Feb 03, 2020
076: Tackling an MEE Con Law Essay Question
22:18

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we are walking through a UBE constitutional law essay question from the July 2018 bar exam. This is part of our series of podcasts on how to approach Multistate Essay Examination questions.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Do you need to cite cases when answering Con Law questions?
  • The Tenth Amendment and use of federal funding
  • Reading the Con Law question from the July 2018 bar exam
  • What is the best way to begin your answer?
  • How to create a solid rule section
  • The importance of working key words and phrases into your analysis
  • How to approach a question involving a multi-element rule

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-76-tackling-an-mee-con-law-essay-question/)

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Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jan 27, 2020
075: Tackling a California Bar Exam Essay: Trusts
19:10

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we are walking through the February 2016 California bar exam question on wills, trusts, and property. This is part of our series of podcasts talking about how to approach questions on the California bar exam.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The law pertaining to trusts, interests in real property, and the duties of a trustee
  • Reading the question on trusts from the February 2016 California bar exam
  • Noting the legal significance of each fact in the fact pattern chronologically
  • Allotting enough time to outline each part of the question before you begin writing
  • Creating solid attack plans to help you memorize the rules

Resources:

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Alison & Lee

Jan 20, 2020
074: Taking a Second Bar Exam in Another State
27:52

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about taking the bar in a new state, when you're already licensed elsewhere.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Figuring out if it's possible to take the attorney version of the exam
  • What are the most efficient study methods if you've already passed once?
  • Evaluating what topics you should focus on
  • Why the passage rate for attorney applicants is not very high
  • How early should you start studying?
  • Is your job willing to make accommodations if needed?

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-74-taking-a-second-bar-exam-in-another-state/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jan 13, 2020
073: How to Learn the Law Needed for the MBE
25:31

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're strategizing about how to resolve problems you're having while studying for the MBE, specifically when you're struggling with the law.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How complicated is the law on the MBE?
  • The importance of evaluating why you are getting questions right or wrong
  • Doing targeted practice on areas of the law where you feel less confident
  • The surprising powers of handwriting
  • Using frequency analysis, especially if you are short on time
  • Resources for extra help with your studying

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-73-how-to-learn-the-law-needed-for-the-mbe/)

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Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jan 06, 2020
072: Tackling a California Bar Exam Essay: Civil Procedure
24:59

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we are walking through the July 2017 California bar exam question on civil procedure. This is part of our series of podcasts talking about how to approach questions on the California bar exam.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The law pertaining to subject matter jurisdiction, joinder, and pleading requirements
  • Reading the facts in the civil procedure question from the July 2017 California bar exam 
  • The importance of carefully reading the questions you're asked before you start your answer
  • How to determine what law applies in a federal court
  • When a civil litigant has a right to a jury trial
  • What is the best course of action if two conclusions are possible?

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-72-tackling-a-california-bar-exam-essay-civil-procedure/)

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Alison & Lee

Dec 16, 2019
071: Tackling an MEE Contracts Essay Question
15:37

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we are walking through a UBE Contracts essay question from the July 2018 bar exam. This is part of our series of podcasts on how to approach Multistate Essay Examination questions.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How to easily determine you are working with a Contracts question
  • Does the scope of the question fall into the UCC world or the common law world?
  • A review of Article 2 of the UCC and the common law of contracts
  • Reading the Contracts question from the July 2018 bar exam
  • Is a verbal promise to keep an offer to sell goods open binding when the offer is made by a non-merchant?
  • Tip: Glance at the questions at the end before you start reading the facts in the hypothetical

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-71-tackling-an-mee-contracts-essay-question/)

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Alison & Lee

Dec 09, 2019
070: Tackling a California Bar Exam Essay: Criminal Law and Procedure
27:10

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we are walking through the February 2017 California bar exam question on criminal law and criminal procedure. This is part of our series of podcasts talking about how to approach questions on the California bar exam.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Fourth Amendment rights, including The Fruit of the Poisonous Tree Doctrine
  • When is a search by a state actor valid?
  • Establishing whether probable cause exists for a warrant to be issued
  • The "good faith exception" to the warrant requirement
  • Self-Incrimination Clause of the Fifth Amendment, and the Miranda rights
  • The defense of entrapment

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-70-tackling-a-california-bar-exam-essay-criminal-law-and-procedure/)

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Alison & Lee

Dec 02, 2019
069: 5 Things We Learned from Writing Bar Exam Sample Answers
26:23

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we are sharing five lessons we learned from drafting sample answers for California and MEE essay questions as part of our Writing of the Week program.  

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why you must practice under timed conditions
  • The importance of having a formatting scheme
  • Following a strict IRAC formula
  • Using clear and concise language
  • Why feedback is critical

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-69-5-things-we-learned-from-writing-bar-exam-sample-answers/)

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Alison & Lee

Nov 18, 2019
068: Handling the Bar Admission Process
29:51

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about the ins and outs of the bar admission application process, some requirements you may not be aware of, and common issues that can arise during your application.  

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Making sure you know what the rules are where you're applying
  • Some specific state requirements you may run into
  • The importance of starting early, because the process does take time
  • The fact that you may need to do some digging to recreate your address and work history
  • Reading each question on the application carefully and thinking about what you need to report
  • Talking to an ethics lawyer or the bar hotline if you have doubts about a question
  • Don't let the bar find something you didn't report!

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-68-handling-the-bar-admission-process/)

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Alison & Lee

Nov 11, 2019
067: Developing Attack Plans for the Bar Exam
26:03

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about why "attack plans" are important to develop and memorize during your bar study, and how to use them on exam day.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Thinking about each subject as a universe of topics
  • Why attack plans are so critical, specifically for the California bar exam
  • An example of an attack plan for criminal law
  • How can you use attack plans on exam day?
  • Where to find attack plans and how to start developing your own

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-67-developing-attack-plans-for-the-bar-exam/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Nov 04, 2019
066: Tackling an MEE Agency and Torts Essay Question
20:37

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we are walking through a UBE Agency and Torts essay question from the February 2015 bar exam. This is part of our series of podcasts on how to approach Multistate Essay Examination questions.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The test for determining whether a person is an employee or an independent contractor
  • What's the employer's liability for employees' tortious conduct?
  • The doctrine of negligence per se
  • Seeking indemnification for damages
  • Reading an Agency and Torts question found on the February 2015 bar exam
  • The importance of clearly articulating each issue, and then making an accurate statement of the applicable rule or rules

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-66-tackling-an-mee-agency-and-torts-essay-question/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Oct 21, 2019
065: Tackling an MEE Real Property Essay Question
14:44

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we are walking through a UBE Real Property essay question. This is part of our series of podcasts on how to approach Multistate Essay Examination questions.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Review of the law on real property warranty deeds
  • Reading a question from the February 2018 UBE and noting what's legally significant about each fact in the fact pattern
  • Breaking up your answer into one section for each question when there are multiple questions
  • Structuring your answers using the IRAC formula
  • Don't get intimidated when you see multiple questions on a short fact pattern!

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-65-tackling-an-mee-real-property-essay-question/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

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Alison & Lee

Oct 14, 2019
064: Tackling a California Bar Exam Essay: Contract Law
26:19

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! In today's episode, we are walking through the July 2016 California bar exam question on contract law. This is part of our series of podcasts talking about how to approach questions on the California bar exam.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Review of the main points of contract law
  • A walk-through the July 2016 California bar exam question on contract law
  • Determining the governing law when dealing with Contracts questions
  • Assessing what is legally significant about each fact in the fact pattern
  • How creating a strong outline at the beginning will help you streamline your response
  • Discussing potential damages

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-64-tackling-a-california-bar-exam-essay-contract-law/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Oct 07, 2019
063: February 2018 MPT - Drafting the Answer
25:13

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! In this second part of a two-part episode, we are going through drafting an answer for the February 2018 Multistate Performance Test. We recommend listening to last week's episode first, where we reviewed the file and the library. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • A quick reminder of the performance test's timing
  • A review of the task memo and facts in the February 2018 MPT
  • Structuring our analysis using the IRAC formula
  • Remembering to cite where we found a certain rule
  • Keeping an objective voice since we have to draw a conclusion based on the facts and the law
  • How a strong conclusion almost always has the word "because" in it

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-63-february-2018-mpt-drafting-the-answer/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

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Alison & Lee

Sep 30, 2019
062: February 2018 MPT - Going Through the File and Library
28:39

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! This episode is part of our series on how to approach questions on the UBE. Today, we are walking through the file and library on the February 2018 Multistate Performance Test. Next time, we'll discuss drafting an answer to this performance test.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • A reminder to read the instructions and memo on the performance test carefully before you move on
  • What documents and facts are included in the file
  • The legal research contained in the library and how to make use of it
  • How to segment your time while writing the performance test
  • A detailed walk-through of the task memo, file, and library on the February 2018 MPT
  • The black-letter law on what constitutes an office of emolument, and holding more than one civil office at the same time

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-62-february-2018-mpt-going-through-the-file-and-library/)

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Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Sep 23, 2019
061: Making the Most of Your Commercial Bar Review Course
32:38

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we are chatting about getting the most value out of your commercial bar review course as you are preparing for the bar exam.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • A review of the major commercial courses available, and what they include
  • Adjusting the study schedule to your particular learning needs
  • How reading lectures could be more efficient than listening
  • Setting aside time to assess your progress
  • The value of using a supplemental program or a tutor for extra help

Resources:

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If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Sep 16, 2019
060: Applying for Accommodations on the Bar Exam (w/Elizabeth Knox)
38:02

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we are welcoming special guest Elizabeth Knox -- disability consultant and tutor -- to talk about the types of situations in which you could apply for accommodations on the bar exam, and tips for having your request approved.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The type of work Elizabeth does as a disability consultant
  • A reminder to apply for accommodations as early as possible
  • Some common scenarios where accommodations are needed, such as anxiety or different disabilities
  • How nursing or pregnant women can get accommodations to make sitting through the exam more comfortable
  • The importance of providing the required paperwork for your request to be approved 
  • What if you forgot to apply for extended time?
  • What to do in the event of becoming disabled shortly before the exam
  • Accommodations for the MPRE

Resources:

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(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-60-applying-for-accommodations-on-the-bar-exam-w-elizabeth-knox/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Sep 09, 2019
059: The California Performance Test – Outlining and Drafting Your Answer
19:08

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! In this second part of a two-part episode, we are going through drafting an answer for the July 2018 California Performance Test. We recommend listening to last week's episode first, where we focused on reviewing the task memo, file, and library. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The timing aspect of the performance test
  • A quick review of the IRAC, CRAC, and CREAC methods for legal analysis
  • Tips for drafting a structured outline
  • Highlighting the specific rules you'll use and which case the rule comes from
  • Writing your analysis in a way that argues a position
  • Drawing a strong conclusion which tells the reader why an issue should be resolved in a certain manner

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-59-the-california-performance-test-outlining-and-drafting-your-answer/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Sep 02, 2019
058: The California Performance Test – Reviewing the Task Memo, File, and Library
22:52

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're walking through a Performance Test from the California Bar Exam. In this first part of a two-part episode, we are focusing on reviewing the task memo, file, and library for the Brief on the July 2018 California Performance Test. In the next episode, we'll talk about outlining and drafting your answer. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The timing aspect of the performance test
  • Dissecting the task memo
  • How to use the file on the performance test
  • What to look for in the library
  • How making notes on the key facts you read will make your analysis more efficient
  • The black letter law on moral turpitude and what constitutes an excuse

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-58-the-california-performance-test-reviewing-the-task-memo-file-and-library/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Aug 26, 2019
057: Using Mindfulness Techniques in Your Bar Exam Preparation
30:03

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Mindfulness is a common buzz word these days, but the reason it's so popular is that, for a lot of people, it really works. Today, we're discussing various mindfulness techniques to help you stay calm and collected while preparing for the bar exam, and beyond.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How Alison and Lee got introduced to mindfulness
  • Why should you give mindfulness a try?
  • Common exercises that can help with forgiveness, procrastination, worry, anxiety, and sleep
  • Different apps and courses to guide you in getting started with mindfulness
  • How long does it take to create a new habit?

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-57-using-mindfulness-techniques-in-your-bar-exam-preparation/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Aug 12, 2019
056: What Are the Bar Graders Looking For?
27:26

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're discussing the specific things bar graders are looking for as they are going through stacks of student answers in a limited amount of time.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Making each important issue stand out so it's easy to spot since the bar grader is reading your answer quickly
  • Using the facts given in the question precisely
  • Not focusing on extra law that you know, since it won't bring you more points
  • The pitfall of circular reasoning
  • Using IRAC and CRAC where appropriate, as well as headers and clear paragraphs to give structure to your writing
  • How bar graders can tell if you were panicking, running out of time, or planning as you wrote
  • Practicing and getting feedback so you can get used to how the exam is graded

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-56-what-are-the-bar-graders-looking-for/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jul 29, 2019
055: Using the Final Weekend of Bar Prep Effectively
29:13

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Studying for the bar exam is like a marathon -- you need to taper off your training in the final days so you can rest and restore energy. Today we are going through things to do during your final weekend of bar prep.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Setting up your routine to match that of exam day, so your body can adjust
  • The importance of studying in the 3 or 3.5-hour blocks you will be doing the testing in
  • Going to the exam site to figure out how long the commute will take you
  • Spending some time on your weak areas of heavily-tested law
  • Making sure you have all your registration materials and other stuff you're going to take into the exam room ready
  • Finding a way to distract yourself and clear your head the Monday before the exam

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-55-using-the-final-weekend-of-bar-prep-effectively/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jul 22, 2019
054: Last-Minute Tips for the Performance Test
29:24

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we are sharing some last-minute tips to help you squeeze out as many points as you can from the performance test portion of the bar exam.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The four different types of PT tasks, and their characteristics
  • How to think about the audience, tone, and organization for each of the task types
  • The difference between the IRAC and CREAC writing approaches
  • Tips for reading and interpreting the materials provided in the PT packet
  • A reminder to carefully read and follow the directions given on the performance test, so you are not losing easy points

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-54-last-minute-tips-for-the-performance-test/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jul 15, 2019
053: What to Do if Your Jurisdiction is Adopting the UBE
28:54

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! As we are seeing more and more jurisdictions switch to the UBE instead of a state-specific bar exam, many bar takers are being put in the position of taking a new bar exam, even if they are repeat takers. So, what does this mean for folks taking the UBE for the first time?

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Is it a good thing if your jurisdiction is switching to the Uniform Bar Examination?
  • Resources where you can learn more about the UBE 
  • The importance of finding out what is the same and what is different in the UBE and state-specific exams, and building on the knowledge you already have
  • How to do focused practice and get feedback on your writing style
  • Should you forum shop?

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-53-what-to-do-if-your-jurisdiction-is-adopting-the-ube/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jul 08, 2019
052: Avoiding Burnout While Studying for the Bar Exam
31:16

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about how to avoid burnout while studying for the bar exam, and what to do if you feel that you're already burned out.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What are the signs and symptoms of burnout?
  • The negative effects burnout can have on your bar prep, and sometimes your health
  • Why are so many bar studiers burned out?
  • Tips for avoiding mental exhaustion
  • How to get back on track if you are burned out

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-52-avoiding-burnout-while-studying-for-the-bar-exam/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jul 01, 2019
051: Making the Most of Your Bar Exam Practice
31:58

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Effective practice is not easy, but it's the best active learning you can do. Today, we're going through our top tips to get the most out of your bar exam practice and set yourself up for success on exam day.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Why just doing lots of practice questions is not enough
  • How writing out your answers instead of outlining them is going to help you recall the specific language you will need on the test
  • The value of practicing under real exam conditions
  • Why it's important to spend time evaluating your work and rewriting questions
  • Where to find real graded essays and model answers for the California bar exam and the UBE
  • How by practicing with a lot of questions you will probably go through every rule that could be tested

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-51-making-the-most-of-your-bar-exam-practice/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jun 24, 2019
050: What We Discovered about the MBE from Explaining Lots of Questions
31:11

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about what we learned about the MBE while creating the Practice of the Week (POW) MBE Workshop, and spending lots of time with the questions.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The fact that none of the MBE questions are actually impossible, although they require very detailed knowledge of the law
  • The best approach to figuring out the right answer to each question
  • How by practicing with a lot of questions you will go through every nuance that could be tested
  • Why you should keep a Missed Multiple Choice document of the rules you didn't get right
  • How to know what's most likely to show up, and focusing the majority of your efforts on those areas
  • A few tips to help you push through and answer every question on the exam 

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-50-what-we-discovered-about-the-mbe-from-explaining-lots-of-questions/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jun 17, 2019
049: Tackling a California Bar Exam Essay: Tort Law
21:19

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today we are walking through a California Bar Exam question on tort law, taken from the February 2016 exam. This is part of our series of podcasts talking about how to approach questions on the California Bar Exam.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • A quick review of the law you will want to know for this question
  • How to focus on issue spotting in the fact pattern
  • Why it's important to create an outline listing each tort before you start writing the essay
  • Assessing all torts causes of action between the three parties in the question, and estimating how each cause of action is likely to fare
  • How to save time on the exam by referring back to your rule statements from previous sections
  • How to write great conclusions, using the all important "because"

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-49-tackling-a-california-bar-exam-essay-tort-law/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jun 10, 2019
048: When Is It Too Early to Start Studying for the Bar Exam?
29:50

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're discussing things to consider when starting to study for the bar exam early, who's a good candidate to study early, and when it makes sense to start.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What is the time period most people allocate to studying for the bar? 
  • Types of situations where you might consider getting started sooner to reduce your stress later
  • Things to think about when developing a study plan
  • Is there such a thing as starting to study too early?
  • Some pitfalls that might get in your way during a longer study time 
  • Whether you should start preparing again right away if you fail the exam (or think you probably did)

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-48-when-is-it-too-early-to-start-studying-for-the-bar-exam/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Jun 03, 2019
047: Preparing for the MPRE (w/Brittany Raposa)
37:20

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about optimal preparation for the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) with special guest Brittany Raposa -- one of our bar exam and law school tutors.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • A quick rundown of what the MPRE is and why it can be so challenging for some students
  • When is the best time to sign up for the MPRE?
  • Different prep course options available
  • Why practicing is important
  • What topics are tested particularly heavily, and are there tricky questions on the exam?
  • How to avoid panicking on exam day
  • How to bounce back as painlessly as possible in case you fail
  • And lastly, a reminder to base your answers on the rules rather than opinion

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-47-preparing-for-the-mpre-w-brittany-raposa/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

May 27, 2019
046: Should You Take Bar Classes in Law School, and When?
36:25

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today we're talking about whether, and when, you should take bar classes in law school, and which classes will help you prepare successfully for the big day. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • The different schools of thought on bar prep
  • Focusing your studies based on your strong areas and which exam you're planning to sit for
  • How you can figure out which subjects are most likely to be tested
  • Classes that are great for everyone to take
  • What classes you should strongly consider enrolling in, and which ones you could probably skip
  • When is the best time to take bar classes?
  • The importance of optional courses, such as upper-level electives, writing classes, and bar prep classes offered by your school

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-46-should-you-take-bar-classes-in-law-school-and-when/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

May 20, 2019
045: Why Are MBE Scores Dropping? And What to Do About It as a Bar Taker
32:47

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today we're focusing on strategies to help you beat the trend of declining MBE scores, seen in recent data released by the National Conference of Bar Examiners.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Possible reasons why MBE scores are down
  • How much individual bar takers should be worried about this trend
  • Good resources for finding real released MBE practice questions
  • Smart tools to help you focus your MBE study
  • How many practice MBE questions are enough to prepare you to pass
  • The importance of doing your exam prep under as close to exam conditions as possible
  • Some alternative ways to mix up your MBE study routine

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-45-why-are-mbe-scores-dropping-and-what-to-do-about-it-as-a-bar-taker/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

May 13, 2019
044: Tackling a California Bar Exam Essay: Constitutional Law
22:13

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today we are walking through a California bar exam question on constitutional law. This is part of our series of podcasts talking about how to approach questions on the California bar exam.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • A quick review of the First Amendment and its application to the states via the Fourteenth Amendment
  • Issues related to the freedom of religion
  • The Establishment Clause, the Free Exercise Clause, and the Equal Protection Clause
  • How to do proper analysis on California bar exam essay questions
  • How to assess what is legally significant about each fact in the question's fact pattern
  • How to create a roadmap and organize your essay's structure

Resources:

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-44-tackling-a-california-bar-exam-essay-constitutional-law/)

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

May 06, 2019
043: Talking about AdaptiBar with Guest Maggy Mahalick
31:01

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're chatting with special guest Maggy Mahalick, Corporate Counsel and Content Manager for AdaptiBar, about how this tool can help you prepare for the MBE. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • An introduction to the MBE prep tool AdaptiBar
  • Why it's a good idea to study using authentic MBE questions developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners
  • How AdaptiBar makes NCBE-licensed content more user-friendly for the student
  • How students can customize their AdaptiBar experience for optimum results
  • Whether you need to be doing MBE questions under strictly timed conditions
  • How many practice MBE questions you should do to pass

Resources:

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-43-talking-about-adaptibar-with-guest-maggy-mahalick/)

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Apr 29, 2019
042: Memorization Techniques for the Bar Exam
34:13

Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast! Today, we're talking about effective memorization methods to help you optimize your time and retain more information while studying for the bar exam.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How to prepare your own study materials in an easy-to-memorize format by starting with SmartBarPrep or Lean Sheets
  • Implementing spaced repetition, or going through the material multiple times, so it is committed to your long-term memory
  • The importance of focusing on remembering terms of art, concise rule statements, and the exact elements of black letter law
  • How to use different memorization techniques, such as immersion, acrostics, visualization, a memory palace, storylining, and handwriting to learn important concepts faster
  • When to start memorizing for the bar exam

Resources:

If you enjoy the podcast, we'd love a nice review and/or rating on Apple Podcasts (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-pass-bar-exam-less-stress/id1370651486) or your favorite listening app. And feel free to reach out to us directly. You can always reach us via the contact form on the Bar Exam Toolbox website (https://barexamtoolbox.com/contact-us/). Finally, if you don't want to miss anything, you can sign up for podcast updates (https://barexamtoolbox.com/get-bar-exam-toolbox-podcast-updates/)!

Download the Transcript
(https://barexamtoolbox.com/episode-42-memorization-techniques-for-the-bar-exam/)

Thanks for listening!

Alison & Lee

Apr 22, 2019