Bar Exam Results for February 2015 MBE

Here are the tentative dates for bar exam results for February 2015, by state. These dates may change. If we get updates, will let you know. Bookmark this page, and best wishes to each of you.

Alabama says before April 16.

Alaska—last week of May

Arizona—sometime in May

Arkansas—no date, but check here

California—after close of business (6 p.m.) May 15

Colorado—May 7

Connecticut—May 8

Delaware had no Feb. exam.

Florida—April 13

Georgia—last week of May

Hawaii—no date

Idaho—April 16

Illinois—Early April, before the 15th

Indiana—Around the 12th of May, perhaps the 11th

Iowa—unknown

Kansas—unknown

Kentucky—unknown

Louisiana—April 24 (mailed out before that date)

Maine—Prior to May 10

Maryland—May 1

Massachusetts—unknown

Michigan—by middle of May

Minnesota—April 21

Mississippi—unknown

Missouri—late in the day April 15

Montana—around the second week of May

Nebraska—unknown

Nevada—May 6

New Hampshire—unknown

New Jersey—unknown

New Mexico—by middle of April, could be in early April

New York—middle of May

North Carolina—late March

North Dakota—unknown when they’ll be mailed, and they are not posted on line

Ohio—April 24

Oklahoma—April 3

Oregon—sometime between March 30 and April 6

Pennsylvania—middle of April

Rhode Island—unknown

South Carolina—unknown

South Dakota—not online, mail date unknown

Tennessee—April 10, mid afternoon

Texas—unknown

Utah—unknown, but watch the local news for an announcement

Vermont—April 23

Virginia—unknown

Washington (state)— April 10

West Virginia—unknown

Wisconsin—none posted

Wyoming—none posted

District of Columbia — usually posted within 90 days of exam date

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Pass Bar Exam, Start Law Practice

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It takes time and money to begin a law practice, but once you pass your bar exam, you’re on your way, as many law graduates have discovered. While you wait for your bar exam scores, here are some resources to study in preparation for your exciting career, if being an entrepreneur is your bent.

MyShingle.com has a great guide to beginning a law practice. They cover everything from choosing a name for your law firm, to making a business plan, to setting up and preparing for clients. Bookmark this and refer to it as you grow.

A couple of years ago, Lawyerist.com wrote about opening a law firm for lless than $3,000, a non-threatening figure in today’s economy. The article is worth reading.

But then, just a few months ago,  of BitterLawyer.com, proposed a way to hang your shingle for less than two ten-spots. That’s right, he says twenty bucks, your monthly StarBucks budget, will do it.

More conservatively, the American Bar Association shares a solo guide from Jocelyn Frazer and Nerino J. Petro Jr. on opening a law office. Good ideas here, too.

BusinessInsider recently published a first-hand account from Branigan Robertson on how he dove in and opened his own shop directly after law school, an idea, he says, that was called “insane.”

Jumping in with both feet right after you receive your passing bar exam score may not be for the feint of heart, but the world is your oyster.  Study these experts and you can make your own considered decision, but the best advice for any career direction is still, organize, plan, set goals, and take baby steps every single day. Good luck!

February 2015 Bar Exam results (bar exam scores) will be available in April and May. See our post about anticipated result dates.

 

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How to Get Money for Law School

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Paying for law school is an expensive challenge, costing as much as $200,000 from registration to passing your bar exam. We researched current means of procuring financial assistance and for paying those bills from some of the most reliable sources across the web. We offer five hot tips for finding money for law school.

      1. U.S. News said it as well as we could in this current, in-depth resource guide, PAYING FOR LAW SCHOOL. Don’t miss the sections on scholarships, negotiating financial aid, and working while studying.
      2. Here’s a piece on how to find and apply for grant money—that’s money that never has to be repaid. Read carefully and start your quest for grant money for law school early. Revisit potential opportunities every year.
      3. Though the ABA doesn’t have a ton of granting opportunities for individuals, there is a diversity program that awards 20 grants (annually, it seems). Awardees are “exceptional recipients who have overcome adversity, proven themselves through academic success and public service, and demonstrated the tenacity to excel within the profession.”
      4. LSAC, the Law School Admission Council offers an explanation of options for law school funding, including a video. Spend some time on this site and you’ll have a better understanding of what’s out there and how to get it.
      5. One of the best resources when searching for law school financial aid, law school grants, and law school scholarships is your chosen school’s website or financial aid office. Explore every avenue to find money for law school, and apply for everything you feel you may qualify for.

 

 

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Financing the High Cost of Law School

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Deciding whether or not to incur the high cost of law school is an agonizing process, but being prepared with facts makes the decision easier. If you create a budget early on and explore all of your options for funding and assistance, the experience will be far less stressful.  Here are some tools to help you prepare and plan for the big-picture cost of law school.

First stop, AdmissionsDean.com has a calculator that predicts the cost of three years at dozens of schools. If the school you’re interested in isn’t listed, you can still get a clear idea of how to budget for your legal education. The calculator considers living expenses, too, and the site offers discussions of grants, scholarships, and loans.

Cost of books and supplies, according to a survey of law school websites for 2015-2016 is anywhere from $785 to $2,000. That often can be controlled by variables like extra program fees, renting books, buying used books, or budgeting carefully.

Additional workshops and seminars are other items to think about as you revise each year’s budget. Costs can range from a couple hundred dollars for a local event to $1000 or more if travel is necessary. Many schools offer free seminars and workshops—savvy students take total advantage of these. Work out a figure to cover one seminar per year at the least.

Bar Exam costs run from $1,000 to about $1,500, depending upon the jurisdiction.

A bar exam preparation program is a necessary part of budgeting for your law school experience. There are dozens of programs with tuition as much as $4500 plus. ReedBarReview.com offers an extremely high pass rate across the U.S., and has one of the lowest program costs, starting at $1295. You can register for free and take advantage of all the study aids available on our site, no matter where you are in your law school career. We’ll gladly help you determine which of our many self-study and tutored programs is right for your learning style.

You’ve made your decision—a law degree is your goal. So be ready for the high cost of law school. Develop a budget, revisit it at the beginning of every semester, and plan your financial resources to cover everything you’ll need. Flying by the seat of your pants is a risk. Though serious law students will tell you the cost is worth the career, wouldn’t it stink to get halfway through school and find out you failed to prepare properly?

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Hugh Reed Helps You Pass Your Bar Exam

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The BAR EXAM is COMING!!!!!!!!!!

Don’t panic! Passing the Multistate Bar Exam is a daunting prospect. We all know that. Col. Hugh Reed, CEO of Reed Bar Exam, recommends that you organize, strategize, memorize, and stay calm. Here’s how Colonel Reed helps you make that happen so you’ll pass your bar exam.

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Organize your entire MBE study and practice plan, and start early.

 

 

 

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Strategize—think of the MBE as a chess match that you simply MUST win. If you’re prepared and use a logical progression of study methods, including first-class tutoring and courses available from Col. Reed at ReedBarReview.com, you’ll pass. Guaranteed

 

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Memorize. There is no substitute for committing key concepts to memory. How can Col. Reed help? All of his courses have a valuable memorization component. He also offers self-study aids to help you pass your bar exam—flash cards and caveats—right on this blog. Do it now!

 

 

 

Keep calm. Get control of your stress and anxiety—small amounts of stress motivate us, but lots of stress immobilizes us. Col. Reed has an uncanny skill of putting the entire exam in perspective and showing you how to manage bar exam stress. Register FREE at ReedBarReview and begin to get control—pass your bar exam the first time. Guaranteed. keep calm and take your bar exam

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Why You Could Fail the Bar Exam

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The bar exam is extremely broad and difficult. It takes knowledge of the law to pass the bar. Passing requires understanding how to express yourself and how to detect the main idea in a question. Passing the bar also requires that you understand HOW to pass, and this post explains why you could actually fail the bar exam.

  1. You didn’t practice enough of the right stuff. Sensible, logical mnemonics, like the ones Col. Hugh Reed has created for his students, work very well. If you don’t have regular access to memorization tools like his, you’re likely to fail. With Reed Bar Review, you’ll study actual real-life questions and tests based on past bar exams. Our students NEVER feel like the material on their bar exam is new or unfamiiar. They’re prepared!
  2. You decided not to use a bar prep resource. Sure, a few candidates pass the bar exam on their own, but they’ll be the first to tell you that it’s close to impossible. You can’t know what you’re facing. Our courses include everything from a completely affordable, complete online bar review to intensive 1-on-1 tutoring by a foremost expert in bar exam success, Col. Hugh Reed.
  3. You didn’t realize that memorization of the law is a key to passing. Many fail the bar exam because they leave memorizing the law to the last panic-stricken weeks before their bar exam date. Too late, folks. You MUST memorize law and must know how to retain that memorization. Register for a free account at ReedBarReview.com, and you can select any one of seven study modules free. You’ll get one of the exact modules you get in our courses—it’s a chance to try before you decide to enroll.
  4. You’ll fail the bar exam if your process, your environment, and your study plan are disorganized. Flailing around from topic to topic will instill panic and cause you to forget everything you know.
  5. No action plan. Hugh Reed’s courses help you plan your attack and understand exactly what material you’ll be facing on that bar exam. Forewarned is forearmed. Col. Reed has taken and passed almost 30 bar exams in different jurisdictions. He shares that experience with you and teaches you to map out a strategy that sticks with you when you’re stressed.
  6. You have no idea how to answer an essay question or how to strategize BAR EXAM multiple choice questions for best score. You can’t guess at this. It has to be shown to you from the vantage point of experience. Need we say more?
  7. You don’t respond to the issue in a given question. Let Col. Reed’s experience help you understand how these questions are structured, how to spot the key issue, and how to target a response to the correct issue. Can you imagine passing the bar exam without knowing this??
  8. High anxiety/test anxiety. If you don’t feel confident and well prepared, your innate test anxiety kicks into high gear, and without a doubt, that anxiety will cause you to blank on many, if not ALL questions. We guarantee your success on your bar exam. Guaranteed!
  9. You failed to keep track of time. The clock is the clock. Stealing time from one essay question to add to another question is not a good plan. Col. Hugh teaches you how to plan and stick to the plan.
  10. No one can read your writing. Believe it or not, this is a real reason that many people lose points and fail their bar exams. Make sure your writing is readable. Slow down just enough to write in English, not in Sanskrit. If the judges can’t read it, you don’t get points.

Give yourself the best chance of passing—our students enjoy an average 95% passrate across the nation. Don’t fail the bar exam—call Col. Reed at  (800) 852-3926 or register for a free account at ReedBarReview.com. Get to know us—we guarantee bar exam success.

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Bar Exam Study Success Plan—How to Pass

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We have compiled five definitive ways to prepare for bar exam study success. Law students have to learn how to study for the bar exam—randomly diving in is not going to cut it. Here’s the kick-start for passing your bar exam and moving on to your new law career.

Create a reasonable bar exam study plan. Ask for help from an expert, a teacher, a tutor. Hire a tutor, especially if you’re repeating your bar exam—find the budget somehow. You’ve spent a ton on law school, is this the time to pinch pennies?

Be realistic about your study and work schedules—plan some down time each week for R&R, like Sunday afternoon after a quick review and drill on Sunday morning. If you have a job—no weekends, no overtime, and try to limit stresses. Right?

Stress and health — not a joke. Try to avoid stressful situations, relationships, projects, etc. if at all possible. Pay close attention to your general health. Eat healthily, sleep appropriately, stay away from parties, keep alcohol consumption to a bare minimum, and do half an hour of high physical activity daily. When at the computer, get up every hour for at least two minutes. A few stretches, perhaps?

Practice. consistently. Follow Hugh Reed’s very targeted advice and use memory tricks, mnemonics, flashcards, self-testing. You can find all those things at ReedBarReview.com. Practice in the shower. Practice at lunch. Practice before retiring, and do not practice with friends. It’s all too common for study groups to disseminate incorrect information and flawed concepts.

If you’re repeating the bar exam, review your results and analyze weaknesses. Ask an expert, like Col. Hugh Reed, to suggest a plan of action, and follow the advice! Take the process seriously, this is one of the most important things you’ll ever attempt.

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Can Law Schools Be Saved or Must They Die?

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The truth is out there…

Read today’s headlines—law school enrollment is plummeting, and has been for some time. Law school enrollments are down, alarmingly so, and many bright students, the ones who would once have pined to enter law school, are electing to follow other career paths. Can law schools be saved?

Above the Law has an in-depth article proposing to put the blame for the downturn squarely on law schools, themselves. Is there hope? Can law schools be saved?

Above the Law has a lot to say in a December 19, 2014 opinion piece, 

Law schools have not taken responsibility for what is happening and are quick to cite reasons beyond their control. Their failure, however, to adapt to a changing landscape and refusal to let go of a time-dated model are primary reasons many are electing not to go to law school.

According to the American Bar Association, last year’s enrollment was less than law school enrollments have been since the early 1970s—keep in mind that college enrollments in general are also taking a dive, according to the Census Bureau, but not as steep a downturn.

Above the Law thinks reducing the length of time to get a JD and reducing the costs might have an impact. We think law schools need to take responsibility for quality of education and improve the user experience drastically. Yes, the law school powers-that-be must get their thinking out of the dark ages and work with students to prepare them for today’s market place, today’s careers, and today’s competition.

ReedBarReview agrees with such forward thinking, and rest assured that we’ve taken a stand with our courses for law students, from 1L to bar exam prep.  We strive to keep up with the world you face.

Can law schools be saved? We advocate for sub-par law schools to wake up and step up. Last fall we contacted hundreds of law firms in Alabama to make sure they were aware of the low quality of law education in some of that state’s schools. We’ll keep on advocating for you and we’ll always provide the strongest support possible for law students in this highly competitive world.

What’s your thought? Is your law school preparing you for a future? Are your ready to face the bar exam and pass it? We’d like to know what your experience has been.

 

 

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Internet News for 2015 Law Students

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Welcome to the brave new world of a new year, 2015 to be exact. We browsed the ‘Net to find a few good sites for 2015 law students. Look over this list of links to save yourself a little time as you get back to your law school studies. You don’t want to miss the good stuff out there.

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS FOR LAW STUDENTSWilliam Peacock, Esq’s BLOG offers salient advice on beginning the new year properly. Find out why you might decide to drink less, or to drink more, improve your wardrobe, chill out, and other strategies. Mr. Peacock also offers an analysis of declining law school enrollments.

Five Resolutions 2015 Law Students Should NOT Make, from BitterLawyer.com. via the Northwest 3L blog. We especially like Suppress the urge to correct laypersons’ mistaken legal assertions  and Stop worrying about grades.

Weed Law—we knew it had to come eventually, and of course, it’s coming from University of Denver. Yes, friends, this well-respected school is teaching burgeoning lawyers to be prepared for representing clients in the new world of legalized, partially legalized, and wishfully legalized marijuana, medical and otherwise. An interesting read about an interesting weed.

Rape and assault are topics too traumatic for 2015 law students to study. Read this article, then see if you can determine whether cases related to these topics are too tough for lawyers to litigate….

Most bar students who took the California bar exam in July 2014 FAILED. Are the tests harder, or the students less intelligent? Or less motivated? Or poorly prepared. Yep. That’s our vote. Read the piece, think about your strategy and register free with ReedBarReview.com—you have nothing to lose.

 

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General Testmanship Tips – Part 5

Here is another test taking tip from Colonel Hugh Reed‘s book Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) Primer. Check back weekly for new installments or register for a free account at ReedBarReview.com to get the entire PDF ebook free.

RULE 6

Beware of Terms of Art, Strange Facts, Statutes, and Quotation Marks

A term of art is a term that has a legal meaning different from its dictionary meaning.
a. Malice aforethought is a term of art
i. It has nothing to do with hatred or ill will beforehand.
ii. Its legal meaning is an intent to kill, or an intent to do grievous bodily harm or the knowing creation of a high risk of death or that grievous bodily harm will occur.
b. They love to test these, this is a legal test. So use the legal meaning, not the dictionary meaning.
c. When you see malice aforethought don’t think hatred beforehand. Think intent to kill, intent to do grievous bodily harm or the knowing creation of a high risk of death or that grievous bodily harm will occur.

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