Never having taken the bar exam before, and never having taken another bar exam prep course, I can’t say how useful barbri is, nor how it compares to another program. The general consensus seems to be that barbri sucks. But I think quite a bit of that may come from the fact that we all resent having to fork over so much money to sit in a cold auditorium on cold metal chairs and pay attention to a lecture that we really don’t care about. I mean, this isn’t exactly fun.
That said, the Introduction was super helpful. At least now I finally understand the way the bar exam is set up, which topics go where, and how it’s graded. For the curious, here’s the rundown…
Day One (half day)
10% – 90-minute Multistate Performance Test (MPT) – perform a lawyer-like task (brief, memo, etc.)
10% – 90-minute Procedure and Evidence Exam (P&E) – Texas and Federal, Civil and Criminal, Procedure and Evidence. Divided into two halves (civil and criminal) with 20 chronological fill-in-the-blank questions.
Day Two (full day)
40% – 6-hour Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) – 200 multiple choice questions covering
- Real Property
- Criminal Law and Procedure
- Con Law
Day Three (full day)
40% – 6-hour Texas essay exam – 12 essays covering
- Business Associations (2 essays)
- Family Law (2 essays)
- Wills and Estate Administration (2 essays)
- UCC (2 essays)
- Texas Real Property (2 essays)
- Trusts and Guardianships (1 essay)
- Consumer Rights (1 essay)
Seriously, could they make this any more complicated? I’m not even going to get in to the absurdity of the grading/scaling/scoring processes. But I’m happy to know which topics I’m studying for multiple choice questions and which I’m studying for essays.
…stupid bar exam.