Active Retrieval Practice: Known to Improve Learning but Underappreciated?

Exam time has arrived in law schools.  Students who want to excel on exams (and later, as attorneys) would do well to try out active retrieval practice.  To understand the value of retrieval practice, some brief discussion of well-established cognitive science is necessary.  Learning involves (1) taking knowledge into short-term working memory, and then (2)…
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An Overview of “A Study of the Relationship Between Law School...

Robert Kuehn, Professor of Law at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, and David Moss, Associate Clinical Professor at Wayne State University Law School, recently conducted a large-scale study looking at the relationship between clinical/experiential or bar subject-matter courses and bar passage success in a paper entitled, “A Study of the Relationship Between…

The Five People You Meet at the Bar Exam

Preparing for the July bar exam?  Let us allay (or confirm) your fears with this checklist of the five types of people you’re guaranteed to meet in the room that day, along with some practical, realistic advice on how to quickly riposte each one of them in order to maintain sanity. Good luck! 1. The Perennial Failure…
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Six Last-Minute Bar Exam Tips

Let’s have real talk. By the time you see this post, you are under 24 hours away from taking the bar exam. What should you be doing with those last precious hours? What should you do to maximize your ability to not die during the process? Believe it or not, we have tips. And not…

10 Things You Will Do While Studying for the Bar

1) Fail a Practice Exam. You will take a practice exam—whether it’s a set of MBE’s, an essay, or a performance test—and find that you are clearly below the passing range. Such performance is to be expected in the first week, as you are in the process of learning. The unsettling thing is that the failures…

After All These Years: Another Bar Exam Over, Another Entering Class,...

I was never a Journey fan but I truly am astonished that after all these years of preparing lawyers for practice, and after two years of an unprecedented undermining of  the rule of law in our nation, law schools still live with a disconnect between the profession’s  licensing exam and what business, government and society…

Virginia Updates Bar Exam Dress Code to “Hipster Fabulous”

The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners have enforced a strict dress code of “proper business attire” for applicants during test-taking, much to the chagrin of recent law-school grads used to taking exams in pajama pants and ratty sweatshirts. After years of criticism, the Board of Bar Examiners for the Commonwealth of Virginia has finally relented…
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Bar Exam Survival Tips, Because You Need All The Help You...

Throughout most of the country right now it is graduation season. Across thousands of colleges and high schools, scores of new graduates are celebrating remarkable academic accomplishments with their families, all while planning for a future full of hope and possibility. YOU on the other hand went to law school, so your graduation felt either like…

Leading Edge Conference: Facing and Forming Legal Education’s Future with Insights,...

Last week, I was fortunate to attend the 6th annual Leading Edge Conference hosted by Wolters Kluwer (WK) in Riverwoods, Illinois. It was my first experience with this particular conference. Using an unconference format and with a balance of old-timers and new attendees, WK brought together approximately 30 “thought leaders” for two+ days of intense…

How Practice Tests Reduce Anxiety in Bar Preparation and the Exam

Sara Berman and I recently did a podcast in the ABA’s Path to Law Student’s Well-Being Podcast series. See https://www.spreaker.com/show/path-to-law-student-well-being. Anyone associated with helping applicants prepare for the Bar exam knows that the challenges they face can affect their well-being.  In the podcast, we share our experience that applicants who practice tests regularly learn not…