Sunday

Online Bar Exam Flashcards

A couple days ago, I learned about Flashcarddb.com.  It provides an easy way to make online flashcards that you can access whenever you want.  You can also search the existing database of bar exam flashcards and practice with any of them.  When you practice with the cards, the site keep statistics tracking how well you are doing.

While I think it is better to make your own flashcards, if you can find a well-crafted set of flashcards at Flashcarddb.com, it could save you a lot of time. And, if you are comfortable reviewing flashcards on a computer, you don't have to lug around pounds of cumbersome index cards.

Here is a sample of cards available for the bar exam (sorry, the embed link would not let me shrink the window to fit fully in this column):



CA Bar Exam flashcards from sethreagan on FlashcardDB.
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Wednesday

A test of minimum competency?

If you look around, you will see statements that bar exams are tests of "minimum competency."  Well, I don't think that applies to the California bar exam. 

According to initial statistics, only 64% of first-time takers from California ABA schools passed, and only 58% of first-timers from out-of-state ABA schools passed the February 2011 California bar exam.  So, that means that either the ABA schools are not doing a sufficient job of teaching students legal basics (possible) or that the California bar exam is overly difficult (much more likely).

As someone who has taken the California bar exam and a bar exam in a state with a much higher pass rate (Oregon), I can tell you that the depth of knowledge required in California is much greater than that required in Oregon.  I would assume this comparison applies to most other states as well. 

So, is it really that much harder to be minimally competent to practice law in California than in other states?  I doubt it, but the exam is not likely to change any time soon.

Anyway, yet another amazing statistical breakdown from the California bar.

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Tuesday

Bar Exam Mind Strategy Guide Now Available


I am excited to announce the launch of my stragey guide for learning how to calm anxiety, beat stress, and conquer fear:  Bar Exam Mind.  This book has more than 100 pages of powerful methods to destroy bar exam fear, anxiety and stress in only 15-20 minutes per day.

This strategy guide comes with a 21-day schedule for you to follow, or you can work at your own (faster or slower) pace.  Either way, you will get the information you need to get your mind right for the bar exam.

In the book, you will learn:
  • negative visualization techniques to remove bar exam fears
  • positive visualization techniques to improve performance
  • how to use and create affirmations
  • how to eat right for brain health
  • which supplements enhance focus and learning
  • and so much more!
 I want to launch this book with a bang, so I am making it available for the low introductory price of $15 (the price goes up to $24.95 on June 1st.)

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UPDATE:  A revised version of Bar Exam Mind is now available at Amazon.com.  CLICK HERE to order.
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