Hugh Reed’s Multistate Bar Exam Primer Testmanship Tips

Testmanship from Hugh Reed

This is part two of Hugh Reed’s Multistate Bar Exam Primer “Testmanship Tips.” Bookmark this and also mark part one of the bar exam testmanship tips. Refer to them at least once a week as you prepare for your MBE.

RULE 5. When in Doubt, Stick to Basics and Majority Rules

Stick to the Basics. Always follow the majority view. Don’t worry about minority views, unless
the question quotes a statute or tells you your jurisdiction follows a particular view. Remember,
this is an objective test. They have to have one answer that everybody agrees is the best one.
That means they have to test majority views, unless they tell you different. So if the question
doesn’t quote any statutes or tell you your jurisdiction follows a particular view stick with the
basics, the majority view. Now, if on the other, the question does quote a statute or tells you your jurisdiction follows a
particular view, forget what your bar review told you, forget what you learned in law school, and
apply the statute or the law the question gives you. Read it carefully and apply it.

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.

RULE 7. Do Not Become Emotionally Involved

Unlike the real world, where the equities of the case may lead the court to reach a particular
result, on fantasy island MBE they like to use the equities to lead you down the primrose path to a wrong answer.
1) Example: Macho Pig is in a bar. Another costumer grabs a barmaid and starts to rape her
on a pool table. Macho Pig thinks that’s neat. He likes watching and he doesn’t lift a
finger to help the barmaid, but he doesn’t say or do anything to encourage the costumer.
He’s just there and he likes it.
a. Don’t get mad at Macho Pig, don’t try and get him because he’s a jerk.
i. The people in this question aren’t real. This is all make-believe.
ii. If he’s just there, and he doesn’t say or do anything, he’s not legally
guilty of anything.
iii. Don’t pick the answer that makes you feel good. Don’t try to satisfy your
sense of justice. The MBE has nothing to do with justice. Pick the
answer that is technically, legally correct.
iv. Say Macho Pig is not guilty, and don’t feel bad about letting him go.
2) Don’t get emotionally involved in the question.

RULE 8. Always Know What Sub-Topic is Being Tested and Answer Accordingly

If you get an off-the-wall question about something you know nothing about, don’t panic. Think
general principles. Understand what part of the forest you’re in. Certainly you’ll know you’re
being tested in one particular subject. However, it’s key to understand what part of the forest
you’re in, i.e., what sub-topic of that subject is being tested. Don’t panic. Apply general
principles. Don’t let them break your stride.

RULE 9. Keep Moving at a Steady Pace and Observe Time Management

Whatever you do, keep moving at a steady pace. Do not get bogged down with any one question. Keep moving at a steady pace. If you get a mental block or don’t understand the question, put down an answer on the answer sheet, mark the question with a question mark in the question booklet, and move on and come back to it later if you have time. And, you will have time, assuming you’ve followed the time management techniques discussed supra.

RULE 10. Keep the Status Quo

During your time of preparation for the bar exam, it would be wise not to make any drastic
changes in your life, get rid of distractions that will affect you physically or emotionally. If you
smoke, keep smoking. If you don’t, don’t start. Keep the status quo; whatever got you here, should get you through the bar exam.

You can download the entire MBE Primer FREE in pdf form by clicking here. Register for a free account while you’re at ReedBarReview.com and receive other study aids at no cost.

 

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bar exam in ten days

Multistate Bar Exam Primer Part 1 by Colonel Hugh Reed

bar exam in ten days It’s not too early to begin thinking about your coming February 2015 Bar Exam. Bookmark this page. Review the tips once a week, as part of your study practices. By the time you take your MBE, these test strategies will be second nature, and your stress level will be reduced. These General Testmanship Tips come directly from our CEO/Founder, Colonel Hugh Reed, in his Multistate Bar Exam Primer. No body knows it better! (Find Part 2 of these tips here.)

RULE 1. Read Carefully.

Under the time constraints of the MBE, you will only have time to read a factual setting once, in detail. Make it count! You have to read carefully in order to answer correctly. Many wrong answers, or “distractors,” are for people who skipped over an important fact. As you read a question, you may want to highlight important points and read the question actively, i.e., underline, draw yourself timelines, circle dates, parties, events, etc. Do not become lazy, particularly in the afternoon of the exam, and let your mind wander. YOU MUST FIGHT FOR EVERY POINT!

RULE 2. Focus on the Call of the Question (Interrogatory)

The call of the question is the last few lines of the question. You must read the call before you look at the fact pattern in order to find out what they are asking you. Read the question from the “bottom up.” Accept implausible results. E.g., If the question tells you “…the jury believes Macho the Pig….” accept the result and find him not guilty regardless of what you think the outcome ought to be.

RULE 3. Never Look for Right Answers But ALWAYS Eliminate Worse Answer Choices

The MBE is like other standardized tests in one very important respect — the best, and sometimes only, way to arrive at the correct answer is to use a process of elimination. Simply put, you arrive at the correct answer by eliminating from contention answers that cannot be correct. If you employ a process of elimination on every question, the result is a fascinating theoretical possibility. You will know three answers in each question are definitely wrong and get a perfect score on the MBE — without knowing any answer was definitely correct! Of course, this would never happen in reality, but it does indicate the value of knowing how to eliminate incorrect responses. Knowing how to recognize a bad response is your most valuable analytical skill on the MBE. NEVER, EVER LOOK FOR THE RIGHT ANSWER BUT FORCE YOURSELF TO ELIMINATE ANSWER CHOICES THAT ARE BAD. Most importantly — do not get bogged down with questions you do not know! Instead, eliminate answer choices that cannot be correct!

RULE 4. Test Each Answer Choice Factually, Legally, and Application Accuracy

You must first test each answer choice to see whether it is factually correct. If not, draw a line through it and you’re finished with this answer choice. If it is factually correct, then see if it is legally correct. If not, draw a line through it and you’re finished with this answer choice. If it is both factually and legally correct, then see if the answer choice is responsive to the call of the question (interrogatory). If not, draw a line through it and you’re finished with the answer choice. If it is responsive, it’s possibly the correct answer. You must follow this process for each of the four answer choices. These four tips are part of an electronic publication by Hugh Reed, Multistate Bar Exam Primer.  Part two, the second set of six tips, are here. You can get the entire publication, free, by clicking this link and downloading the booklet.

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Three Tips for Class Notes in Law School

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Law school is in session, and from 1L to graduation, the goal is to pass your bar exam. Let’s start with basics and consider note taking in classes. Here are three really quick tips—a short read, to give you yet another tool for getting through law school and achieving a top score on that bar exam. Read our three tips for class notes in law school.

    1. We all know that basic, important concepts are in the meat of every class lecture, but those gems may be buried under rhetoric. You must develop a listening and noting style that captures salient ideas. Write down key words and concepts. Make notes of new ideas and things you will need to repeat or memorize.
    2. Focus on the entire lecture. Leave your phone behind, and ignore text messages. If your mind drifts, bring it back to the instructor’s voice, then you’ll have a better shot at remembering the body of the lecture when you review your notes. Mentally reliving that lecture helps you remember key points for your exams.
    3. Review notes regularly, not just the week of an exam. Make it a habit to re-read a block of notes before bed each night, or during your evening time, or during any time you’re relaxed and can re-focus and implant key ideas.

That’s it. Three tips thatmake a big difference to whether or not class notes help you, or just languish in a dog-eared notebook. One more suggestion—if you have any type of learning challenge, large or small, talk to your guidance office to see what kind of study help your law school offers. Such help can encompass a variety of aids, including assigning someone to accompany you to class to take notes if that’s necessary.

Dartmouth University’s website has handouts, videos, and recordings from a variety of schools that can help you perfect your note taking skills. The resources are at the bottom of this note-taking page, scroll down.

 

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July 2014 Bar Exam Test Score Results by State

We’ve scoured the Internet and put together as much information as we could for you to access the July 2014 Bar Exam Test Score Results online.

Some states only post names of those who passed. Good luck. Anyone that needs help can totally count on the staff and tutors at ReedBarReview.com!

Alabama— No later than September 15 

Alaska—couldn’t locate exact date. At least by mid-Nov.

Arizona—October 10

Arkansas –available now 

California — Nov. 21

Colorado –October 9

Connecticut — October 3

Delaware — October 2

Florida — Sept. 22

Georgia — October 24

Hawaii — exact date unknown

Idaho —available now

Illinois — This state doesn’t appear to put results online.

Indiana — available now

Iowa — available now

Kansas — available now

Kentucky — September 26

Maine — No later than October 13

Maryland — Halloween :)

Massachusetts — mid November

Michigan — Date not available  (ReedBarReview does outstanding Michigan appeal work)

Minnesota — Applicant portals October 6

Mississippi — September 12 online

Missouri — evening of Sept 16

Montana — available now

Nebraska — results are out, but not available online; typically come out mid-September

Nevada — October 22

New Hampshire — date not known

New Jersey — No later than November 15 

New Mexico — available now

New York — second week November

North Carolina — Available now

North Dakota — Not available online

Ohio — Halloween

Oklahoma — available now

Oregon — September 19

Pennsylvania — Middle of October

Rhode Island — November. You’ll have to look for their pdf file.

South Carolina — End of October

South Dakota — they don’t post online

Tennessee — October 10

Texas — Around Halloween

Utah — date unknown

Vermont — date unknown

Virginia — October 17

Washington — available now

West Virginia — available now

Wisconsin — available now but they don’t put it online

Wyoming — available now but they don’t put it online

District of Columbia — at least by middle of November

American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, and Virgin Islands do not post the list, nor do they offer a date that we could find.

Puerto Rico — couldn’t find a date

There you have them — July 2014 Bar Exam Test Score Results.

 

 

 

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Seven Top Bar Exam Study Tips

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Well, law students, school is back in session. Time has a habit of passing too quickly and you should know your February bar exam will loom in front of you almost before you can blink. So begin right now to set up a successful routine to ensure your success on the MBE and on your midterms and finals. ReedBarReview will help with simple tips for study success.

  1. Study time is practically sacred. Major universities say you MUST set aside a substantial amount of time for out of class study. Schedule your time, stick to the schedule. Cramming has been proven to be unsuccessful.
  2. Dedicate organized study space. Even if space is at a premium, carve out a niche. Dedicate a small desk or even a corner arm chair and lap table. Minimize distractions. Put away phones and email accounts. Focus. You’re spending a lot of money on your career, don’t squander your opportunities.
  3. Use visual aids and effective study aids whenever you can. Mnemonics, flashcards, (click the link for a set of Hugh Reed’s MBE flashcards) flow charts, video tips, all can be life savers! Here’s one of Hugh’s FREE video MBE testing tips.
  4. Practice past exams. Know this: Hugh’s practice exams and course materials are based on real material from past MBEs, and he is an expert. Hugh has passed almost 30 different bar exams. This kind of information when you’re studying is invaluable, one of your most effective tools.
  5. Engage others in your study process. Grab your mom, roommate, or sig other and make them listen to you as you explain concepts and answers to study questions. The information will stick in your head for a longer time.
  6. Forego study groups unless you have the discipline of a saint. It’s too easy to squander time in a group of students with varying degrees of commitment. You may even get incorrect information. If you need help, ask a pro, or find one study partner who has a commitment and work ethic that matches your own.
  7. Take care of yourself. Hydrate, eat properly and regularly, rest, sleep, take breaks. Take off one day a week for total R&R that doesn’t include large quantities of alcohol. Excessive drinking kills tons of brain cells and you need every cell you can manage to conserve.

 

The very moment you find yourself feeling as though you’re getting stuck, reach out to our staff. We have FREE and AFFORDABLE courses for every aspect of law school and bar exam preparation. If you haven’t bookmarked ReedBarReview.com, and you fail to visit regularly, you are doing yourself a huge disservice. Call us if you have questions. (800) 852 3926.

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Highest Pass Rate in the Nation

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Law student, Carlos Urdaneta, took Reed Bar Review’s Gold 1-on-1 bar tutoring program. We’d like to share his comments about the experience—you’ll see why Reed Bar Review students have the highest pass rate in the nation. Carlos is a non-traditional student. English is not his primary language; he’s not in the under 25 demographic, and time is of great concern to him in his studies. We helped him and we’re right here to help you, too.

Have a look at what Carlos, and other bar exam takers, have thought after working with Reed Bar Review.

First of all, Carlos said the Reed Bar Review products are “superb!” From the audios, to the videos, to the printed material, he found them very helpful and he awarded us 5 out of 5 points. He said, “The material is well-written, covers the right areas and is easy to mentally process.”

How Do Students Rate Our MBE Training?

Carlos told us, “Over the top! Not only the endless number of topic-specific-MBE-questions that you present is impressive, but also the materials that help (the student) understand certain type questions…. i.e. you warn about spousal privilege or arson or manslaughter by saying “memorize this chart” ….. and you also explain many of variations for that Topic, furthermore you provide a countless number of questions for (each) topic. WOW!”

How We Rate on Bar Exam Essay Question Training

Hugh Reed and the entire staff were especially pleased with Carlos’ reaction to this portion of his bar tutoring and bar exam training experience. It’s not easy to teach to essay questions, and many traditional bar exam reviews fall far short of meeting students’ needs. We take your needs seriously.

“This is a feature of Reed Bar Review that can help every non-native speaker of English, like myself. I completed 12 essays. The feedback was blunt and to the point, which is necessary in order for the student to improve. I did not allow the instructor to give me more essays due to time and health constraints, but the instructor was willing to continue assigning essays and improving my writing until he felt it was time to move to something else.”

*Keep in mind, law students, we excel at helping native English speakers as well!*

Reed Bar Review Multistate Performance Training

After awarding Reed Bar Review another 5 of 5 points, Carlos had this to add, “The system of charting the issues and the pages where to find the case law is very useful during the time-crunch at the MPT. This proved invaluable. Also, the 50+ pages presented provided every possible example imagined. As if that was not all, I was provided with access to every MPT (with model answer) that was tested during the last 10 years. What else can I ask for?”

Well, Carlos, you could ask for audios, videos, and test tips posted online regularly. And you’d get them!

How Helpful Is the Reed Bar Review Course Overall?

We hear this again and again from law students who turn to Reed Bar Review for help in securing their success the first time on their bar exam: Traditional bar tutoring products are generally not based on real bar exam material and questions. Time spent 1-on-1 is minimal, and the tools used just don’t cut it. So how did Carlos feel about his overall experience? Read what he said!

“Having taken other courses before Reed, I knew that the level of confidence I had while taking the test was well founded. Reed Bar Review (RBR) taught me how to write, and boosted my MBE performance in my three weakest (areas)…RBR has done their job.”

Carlos found the essay critiques, the specialized/remedial MBE questions, and the mnemonics to be incredibly helpful to his learning style. He was blown away by the 10 years worth of MPT and MEE, the charts right from MEE, and personal coaching. It all adds up to our bar exam students scoring the highest pass rate in the nation.

We Always Want To Know How We Can Improve

But Carlos had an interesting take on that idea, “Do not improve, because that will take out of your mental game…It is I as a student that is here to improve, and you are delivering an outstanding product and service.”

When Carlos finished evaluating our methods, materials, and delivery, he mentioned that he had two goals. 1) To pass his bar exam with confidence  2) To encourage his friends to register with Reed Bar Review and guarantee their own success. Time for you to do the same!

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When a Law Student Needs a Tutor or Bar Tutor

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Muscle up in law school this year

You’re a law student—which means you’re probably hard-working and bright—but all law students trip over stumbling blocks. For instance, do you know which caveats and concepts are tested on all bar exams?  Are you up to speed on torts—injunctions and permanent injunctions? Does adverse possession send you into total confusion?

No matter what year of law school you’re in, you may ask yourself if you need a tutor. Our answer is, it would be unusual not to need help at some point between pre-law or 1L and sitting for the bar exam. Here are things to think about when considering a tutor (ReedBarReview tutors and resources are always available for you).

How to Decide If You Need a Tutor

As you begin your first year of law school, you’ll feel overwhelmed. It happens to everyone, and if it doesn’t happen to you, you’re kidding yourself. The same feeling can recur as each year begins. We advise

  • Equip yourself with all the supplies you need and a good tablet or laptop, then dig in.
  • Read up on the Socratic teaching method so you get what’s happening to you.
  • Do all assigned reading. Read thoroughly, no skimming.
  • Allocate enough time for outside study. Social life comes second.
  • Don’t worry about the tutor decision until about a third of the way through the first semester.

If you are keeping up for the most part and can halfway articulately ask or answer questions in class, you’re doing well and should now organize the following:

  • A study buddy—not to study with you necessarily, but to motivate each other to study consistently.
  • Look into all of the help and resources offered for free on your campus, and there are lots. Take advantage of everything from teaching assistants to on campus mentors. (Never try to wing it if you’re struggling to a painful degree).
  • Definitely enroll in ReedBarReviews’ FREE online programs for 1Ls,  or our free study aids for the MBE,  or enroll in our online 2L and 3L programs.
  • If you’re stumbling over something in particular, document a clear example of what you’re having trouble with. Make an appointment with the professor and get his/her input. Follow the advice you are given.

If, by the time a third of the semester passes, you feel hopelessly lost, are seriously considering dropping out, or haven’t a clue what’s expected of you, this is the time to consider a tutor, an expert who will work with you one-on-one. There are always tutors available on campus or nearby.

Ask successful friends for referrals, or visit your academic advisor and see what resources they recommend. ReedBarReview offers outstanding online programs for 2L and 3Ls that include unlimited access to all upperclass study kits, our exclusive How to Excel in Your Second and Third Year of Law School audio, as well as audios and outlines tailored to your course load.

Staying afloat during your law school years will move you steadily toward the time when you’ll finally take your bar exam, pass it, and step into your well-earned law career. And getting to that MBE is the first long-range goal for every law student. Once you’re nearing that goal, we highly recommend working with our ReedBarReview bar tutors so that you pass your bar exam—the first time.

How to Choose a Great Bar Exam Tutor

  1. Make sure you know all the costs up front, before you sign on.
  2. It’s critical to get a great match between you and the tutor. Good material ranks, but you can’t and won’t succeed without a personality match and the right schedule. You have to be able to communicate with each other.
  3. A variety of materials and methods matter! You may learn better with audios. Maybe videos are what nails info into your brain. Mnemonics, when well-constructed, are invaluable, and only an articulate tutor can provide clear, relevant, memorable information.
  4. Make sure your tutor has taken and passed a bar exam. Note: Our founder, Hugh Reed, has taken and passed 27 different bar exams as of 2014. We know of no other bar exam professional or bar tutors who comes close. You can benefit from his intimate knowledge of the meat and bones of American bar exam content, questions, and concepts.
  5. Make sure you get what you pay for. Get the details in writing and insist on the time, materials, and assistance promised.

Reed Bar Review bar tutors and staff wish you the very best in your academic endeavors this year. It’s never too late to ask for help, Even if a particular year feels like it has gotten away from you, don’t give up, seek qualified help. Plan ahead for your bar tutor, and the resources and supplemental programs you’ll need in order to pass your bar exam the first time. We’ll always be there to help you.

 

 

 

 

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Valuable Websites for First Year Law Students

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First day of law school is coming right up. We’ve compiled one more resource for 1Ls, a list of valuable websites for first year law students, to make the process a little more intuitive. Book mark this page — you’ll need it for the coming years.

Tips for managing your time in law school, especially 1L

All about the Socratic Method of teaching, which you’re going to run into in class after class. Might as well know what it is!

U.S. News on understanding LSAT score evaluations

Westlaw on Surviving Law School

Success in Your First Year of Law School

On paying for law school

Law Journals - you’ll need them!

Law Review/Journal search engine from the ABA 

Care packages your friends and family can send you. Give them the link!

Free legal research sites from George Mason University

Free classes at Harvard, online

Free online law classes 

Law school is a challenge, any tool is helpful! If you know of more good websites for first year law students, please put them in a comment! Thanks.

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Surviving Law School 1L—First Year Fears

Surviving law school 1L

Win the 1L prize!

2014 Law school sessions begin in the next three weeks. Are you law students ready to buckle down in the quest for the elusive JD degree?

Think of surviving law school 1L as a real-time game of thrones. You have a goal to accomplish—maintaining accecptable grades and graduating on time, ready to begin your law career. There are monsters out there , but you can, with the right weapons and support, conquer all and take the throne.

Ok, it’s not that colorful. Here’s what to expect as a 1L, first year law student.

Surviving Law School 1L Studies and Grades

1. You have little choice of 1L classes at most law schools. Expect Legal Research and Writing, Torts, Civil Procedure, Law (Property, Constitutional, Criminal) Contracts, Criminal Procedure. Sometimes you’ll get an elective in the 1L second semester.
2. There’s an enormous amount of reading with this staggering course load. These are concepts and information you’ve not seen before, so don’t even consider trying to skim, skip over boring parts, or speed read at the last moment. Set aside at least one hour of reading time for every hour of class time (often, even more than that will be needed) and DO THE READING like it’s your job.
3. Understand the grading system. It’s all on a bell curve. By this time, you know what that is. The best scores get the A’s, the worst get the F’s, and most fall in the B range. You must, then, keep up with your fellows in order to pass. You are competing for grades.
4. Your grade will likely be the result of one exam, a final. No quizzes, no homework grades, no points for teacher’s pet. You’ll do a lot of writing, but mostly in the writing course.
5.. The class environment is fast-paced and most instructors engage all students by calling on anyone, at random, in a discussion. No daydreaming or texting—you’ll end up terribly embarrassed when your name is called.

1L Social Life

  1. Pretty much forget about parties, dances, and goofing off; though law school is notorious for a work-hard, play-hard point-of-view, you won’t have much time for playing.
  2. You’ll do best in surviving law school 1L if you reserve time for one extra curricular activity (good for resume building and for developing a small support network). You’ll need consistent downtime, but you won’t have much time available. Try for Sunday afternoons, and really relax.
  3. Keep in touch with your family, they can be invaluable for decompressing when things start to close in on you. Vent to your mom, best friend, or whoever has an understanding, non-judgemental ear. Then get back to work.

First Year Law School Health

In law school, especially 1L (first year), stress is high, rest comes at a premium, and the tendancy is to skip meals and grab sustenance in a hurry.

  • Watch your nutrition.
  • Get adequate rest.
  • Consider a flu shot.
  • Hydrate.
  • Don’t forget some exercise every day.

You cant afford to be under the weather. Might want to keep a distance between you and anyone who is sniffling, sneezing, or displaying other signs of some yucky bug. See health services at the first sign of any health issue.

1L Bottom Line

You’ve commited to preparing for your law career, so you have to be ready to handle the workload. Take advantage of every tool offered to you, and budget way ahead for critical expenses like your bar exam review and tutoring.

One of the best weapons you’ll have is free. Reed Bar Review offers a terrific 1L review that’s totally free. All you need to do is register at our website and download the online course. Do it right now, and use that course, it will make all the difference.

Let us know how else we can help you as you move though your 1L. You’ll make it!

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How to Set Up Your Law Student Blog

Law students can blog

Law students and new lawyer/entrepreneurs can benefit by knowing how to set up a blog without paying a web designer a ton of money and without knowing a whole lot about web mastering. Here are can’t-fail tips for getting up and running with your blog in no time.

Be sure to make a commitment to keep up your law student blog, it will propagate itself as you add content, and you can share it with people by a variety of social sites. If you build it, and you write quality, they will come. However, Neither Rome, nor good blogs were built in a day.

What’s the Best Way to Set Up a Blog?

One elegant solution is WordPress, self-hosted. You get almost total control without needing much in the way of tech knowledge. There IS a learning curve, but it’s quite do-able. You’ll need your own domain, also known as a url. Like www.mybartutor.com, our domain for this blog.

  1. First thing to do is to come up with a url that suits your topic. Maybe it’s your name.com or maybe a key phrase that represents your theme. Something like, SurviveLawSchool.com You can check availability here: http://www.whois.net/
  2. Type the domain you’d like to have (including the .com or .net portion) into the box at WhoIs and click to check if that url is available.
  3. Once you find one you want, you’re on your way and can set up an account at WordPress.ORG – that’s where MyBarTutor lives.

Now If hosting your own domain seems like a big step at this point, go go WordPress.COM and start a free blog hosted by WordPress. Piece of cake. You don’t need your own domain. The instructions are clear and easy.

Blogger by Google is as easy as WordPress.com, though I find that Google’s documentation can sometimes be incomplete or hard to follow. Just go to the site and follow the directions. Some people like Blogger better than WordPress, some don’t. Try both, using two blogs and adding content little by little. You have nothing to lose and can always discontinue one or the other and port the content to the surviving blog.

If this still feels too challenging for your first outing, the very simplest thing to do is to sign up for a GooglePlus account (free) and blog directly into the posting sections. You will quickly find out if you want to commit to frequent writing or not. Our Google plus is here. 

You can use Facebook as a blog, too, but it’s best to keep those entries on the short side.

This is a lot of info. Check out all the sites and see what you think. Above all, get yourself in to writing about your law school experiences or your legal career and entrepreneurship; it’s good for the soul and for the mind. and as a fringe benefit, when you head out to look for law jobs, the blog is a terrific resume addition.

Comment below and tell us what your experiences have been, or ask any questions you have. Once you get blogging, you’ll have a perfect outlet for your thoughts on law as a business or as a career — you can share your journey with readers and encourage others to put their work out there, too! You’ll be surprised at how much you learn by sharing information that matters to you.

 

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