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This website has been serving the legal community for more than 25 years. It is older than some current law students! The bar examination has changed since 1997. Many jurisdictions (41 and counting) have adopted the Uniform Bar Examination. The California Bar Examination has been cut from three days to two.

These webpages include dozens of bar exam seminars – free for your personal use. These materials go far beyond what commercial bar exam providers charge thousands of dollars for! 

If you are a bar exam candidate or a law student who is looking for a logical, consistent approach to issue spotting and legal analysis, you’ve come to the right place. There are no gimmicks or shortcuts. If you want to be successful on the bar exam, you need to know more than the black letter law. You need to understand how the material is tested. Practice is central to success.

If you are interested in the law, the materials published here can serve as a detailed introduction into the topics that legal education is built around. The reasoning and writing skills we work on in law school are useful in any field. All of them require study and practice. You can learn a great deal about the law from the content here at passthebar.com, without spending three or four years and a king’s ransom in borrowed money for a legal education.

Black Letter LawThe Pearce Micro Review is a video series designed to give you a framework upon which to build and sharpen your knowledge through practice. Outlines and dozens of hypothetical essays are included, with over 20 hours of video. Here is the series:

Essay WritingThe Master Essay Method is a video series emphasizing issue spotting and organization, the two most important skills needed to write passing answers to bar exam essay questions. This program emphasizes analysis over boilerplate. The Master Performance Method applies the same techniques to the “practical essay” section of the bar exam.

More than 140 practice essays are included, all with issue outlines and over 24 hours of video explanations. Here is the series:

The Multistate Bar ExamThe Master MBE Method covers all the subjects on the Multistate Bar Examination. It is based on released questions, with roughly 20 hours of video. Here is the series:

Tutorial Services: Do you want help preparing for the bar examination?.

The most common mistake is to study too much and not practice enough!

This is the primary lesson I have to offer you, based on many years of experience working with students on the bar examination. The best way to prepare for the bar exam, and indeed the best way to learn the law, is through a program of guided study and practice.  

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