About The Bar Exam Review

Written by Jill Morrison
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When participating in a Bar Exam Review, format of the Bar Exam and subject matter should be focused on. It is also important to review the requirements needed in the particular state where the exam will be taken. Each state requires different qualifications and knowledge of state-specific details.

Differences in Criteria to Focus on in a Bar Exam Review

Most states require that an applicant passes the MPRE prior to taking the Bar Exam. Passing scores on this exam differ from state to state. Some states, such as New Jersey, allow applicants to take a course in the place of the MPRE as long as it is completed with a C grade minimum.

The Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) is consistent in every state. It uses 200 multiple choice questions. Subject matter pertains to general law, applied in every state. In a Bar Exam Review, general law principals should be studied for the MBE section.

Each state includes a section of the exam that is specific to laws in that particular state. The format of these sections may differ in length and material. Some states place more importance on this section than the general law portion and score it accordingly. Other states may count each portion equally at 50% for each in the total score. Before participating in a Bar Exam review, the scoring procedures in the applicant's particular state should be realized.

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