|What Makes Essays So Hard?|
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|Have you ever stopped to think why the California Bar Exam has one of the lowest pass rates in the nation? It's not because of the MBE; that's the same in every state.|
|The essays are nearly 40% of your score||
The essays are one point shy of 40% of your Bar score. And California's essays are the toughest I've seen in the nation. California tests the finest points of law, the exceptions and limitations to rules, and it does so in complex, convoluted fact patterns that rarely identify the issues for you.
Moreover, the issues that the essays concentrate on are not the same as the issues the MBE stresses. But most students study one set of outlines that covers everything, both the law for the MBE and for the essays.
|Concepts are enough for the MBE||The average student looks at the massive bar outlines and understandably figures, with this amount of material, the test must cover broad concepts only. The student guesses that all he needs to do is to understand the concepts, which is all he could possibly accomplish in two months of study.|
|And you practice thousands||But most students supplement their study of the law for the MBE by taking thousands of practice questions and learning the law by repeated exposure. Most students do not supplement their general study of the law for the essays. They rely on the encyclopedic outlines and are fooled into thinking all they need for the essays is general concepts.|
|Essays require clear rules||Some students do practice writing essays. But rarely do they write enough to get exposure to the range of issues that are frequently tested. And, unlike MBE questions, there's no objectively correct answer and explanation; the published answers can't be counted on for the rules and the issues raised.|
|You can't improve your reasoning by reading answers||Of course, writing essays isn't just knowing the issues and the rules. It's also reasoning. Students cannot self-assess their reasoning by reading a model answer. They need someone to comment on the way they wrote the essays and how they could reason better. Unfortunately, most students find the course they took does not give them that help. If you practiced taking the test as much for the essays as you did for the MBE--and if you were told exactly what rules to memorize and you got reliable feedback that improved your reasoning--the California essay exam wouldn't be so hard.|
|For one out of three a big Bar course isn't enough to pass||
That is exactly what you get in the Writing Edge course. I've already identified for you the fifteen or twenty issues that are repeatedly tested in each subject and for which you must know every nuance and detail of the rules.
I make sure both in lectures and in grading your essays that you understand these issues. And then you practice eight full days of bar exams under exam conditions. One person, Vivian Dempsey, a former Bar essay grader, grades and comments extensively on every test you write.
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