3 Steps to Success From An Attorney Who Passed 3 State Bar Exams

GUEST BLOG BY Gregory Rutchik,
Attorney at Law

Years ago, about this exact time, I was studying for my first bar exam, the New York Bar.

I remember feeling anxious and thinking “how on earth am I going to study twenty-two subjects (yes, that is what the syllabus said at the time) for the New York Bar”?!  My BARBRI course hadn’t even started and I was already having trouble sleeping. My mind was racing with anxiety. I could not afford to fail the exam because I was off to a Fellowship as soon as the bar ended. Even though I did well on law school exams, I knew that “the bar” was a different animal. At least that was my feeling at the time.

This feeling is familiar to many and some find it embarrassing to admit. I wish someone who had been there before would have taken my hand and walked me through the process. You know, like the runners who partner with newbies running their first marathon.

First and foremost, I trusted the BARBRI program. BARBRI does an incredible job. There is no need to waste time and energy asking them why. They have tested it. You signed up presumably on the referral of someone who used them to pass. If that is not the case, you are hearing it from me now. They know their stuff. If you follow the BARBRI course, you will be prepared.

Once I accepted that I could trust the BARBRI Bar Review course, I stopped asking why. I stopped asking about things that a classmate or I found in the practice answers that I thought were wrong or irrelevant. I stopped asking questions about whether I should do more than the assigned MBE questions each night. No need unless I wanted to for the heck of it. I stopped asking whether I should take another course on top of BARBRI. The answer is, if you do what they assign, it is NOT necessary.  Do you hear me? I trusted the program and so should you. It works. I am living proof as I passed three bars by trusting BARBRI and I am just a normal person.

What I did additionally, and repeated throughout my entire bar preparation, made all the difference in the world for me and I’d like to share that with you. I repeated these techniques again four years later when I studied and passed the California Bar.

I call these techniques my three steps to success and my key to passing the New York, Connecticut and California Bar Exams without a problem.

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 1.) I made my bar prep period all about me

I knew by that point that I felt best every day when I exercised to sweat. If that is not the case for you, then identify what does make you feel good every day. Schedule it in.

Back then, I was a treadmill runner. I could picture myself running on the treadmill in the morning after my first cup of coffee before every single BARBRI lecture just to get my blood flowing. I would run again at night – with flash cards and notes once I got into the studying. By coming up with an organized schedule of non-negotiables – things I had to do for me – I knew I could have some control over the craziness of the eight-week study marathon.

My personal non-negotiables included exercise, making and eating healthy dinners and break times. I scheduled my study time around these items and included rewards such as break time with friends or “TV zone out time” so I could look forward to those rewards once I hit my study goal. It is a long race so build stamina and restore.

2.) I developed the right mind set

I remember meeting panicky classmates in law school and I am a high-energy person myself. This bar prep period of time is different. I had to form and protect a winning mindset for myself during this study phase. I was in this for me and my loved ones and I had to protect my mindset with positive, good energy activities and people. No one’s advice about how to keep your mind set positive is as meaningful as your own. Listen to your inner self. Be responsible for your own positive thoughts and calm.

One way that I achieved the right mind-set was through visualization techniques. I worked every day on seeing myself successfully finishing the bar. I know it sounds silly but it works. Watch an Olympian before an important race. Swimmers are a great example as they will stand with their eyes closed and move their bodies as if they are swimming the race. Winners of races visualize for weeks prior to a race – they visualize each important part and the end. It has worked for me for decades and it worked with the bar.

3.) I chose joy

As a little boy, my father let me carry his trial briefcase. In my other hand, I used to pull a luggage cart with his trial binders. I became a lawyer because I witnessed my dad helping people achieve their goals and overcome obstacles in life. The look on my dad’s face and the look of his client after a successful trial is the look of exhaustion and pure joy. I went into law to have a joyful professional life.

What about you? Channel why you are going to be a lawyer. Taking the bar was just another opportunity to explore the exhausting challenge of the profession and I was committed to doing the eight weeks in as joyful a way as possible. There are those that slug through any challenge and they finish well. And, that might be you. But there are those who study hard, eat well, play hard and kick the bar’s you know what and do it with a smile. That was me. And it can be you too!

ABOUT GREGORY RUTCHIK

Gregory passed the New York, Connecticut and California Bar Exams – each the first time. He also waived into DC on his MBE results. Gregory is a proud BARBRI Alum. He is a 1992-1993 Fulbright Fellow at the University of Tokyo, a 1992 graduate of Temple University School of Law and 2005 LL.M. graduate in Tax Law from Golden Gate University.

Gregory’s practice started in Silicon Valley at Cooley LLP and is now a mix of business development and lawyering for established family owned or closely held businesses. Gregory identifies and qualifies business partners for his clients and forms and designs their business structures, entities and agreements so his technology, real estate acquisition and even chocolate manufacturer clients can make, sell, distribute and protect their products. Gregory has also litigated dozens of IP infringement cases in Federal Court. When not lawyering, he is a martial artist, a yogi, a writer of children’s books and helps high achievers whose anxiety and panic interrupts their performance.

Avoid Comparisons

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Guest Blog by Courtney Boykin, 3L at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Let me be honest.

I have a long list of things I loathe about law school. The number one thing I hate about law school is the intense tendency to compare ourselves. With things like GPA rankings and Cali-ing, the nature of the law school beast is to compare your “intellectual capacity” or “abilities” to someone else. I hate it… never liked it and I don’t predict that I ever will.

So caught up in the idea of being the top, I spent my whole life at the top and I quickly realized that those positions are fleeting (as the saying goes, what goes up must come down). When I started hearing of individuals committing suicide because they weren’t getting the grade or position they wanted, I immediately realized that comparison can lead to something much more serious than I could ever imagine. That’s when I knew… the comparison has to stop.

As a 3L, my advice for law school success is to avoid the comparisons. While we can’t change the nature of law school, we can, most definitely, for the lack of a better phrase, “protect our peace.” We can make sure that we aren’t getting too caught up in this race to finish “first.”

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Don’t get me wrong. It’s important to try your best at everything you do. Whether that is the work you do, the cases you prep, and/or the presentations you make. Put your best foot forward, but don’t get overwhelmed striving for perfection.

What do you think about this blog? Let me know on Instagram or Twitter: @The3Llife

Law Student Discounts Revealed

GUEST BLOG Makenzie Way, 2L at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

Law school is expensive, so why not save money when you can? For most of us, these are our last three years as students … meaning it’s also the last three years that we’ll be eligible for law student discounts. With that said, here are some of the (objectively speaking) best law student discounts!

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Shopping

  1. Banana Republic: 15% off for students with valid ID’s when shopping in-store
  2. J.Crew: 15% off for students with valid student ID’s
  3. Topshop: 10% student discount
  4. Ann Taylor: 15% off full-priced merchandise online and in-store
  5. Club Monaco: 20% full-priced and sale items with student ID
  6. Amazon Prime: Get your first six months free and then 50% off per year on your prime membership.

Tech Stores

  1. Apple: Generally students get 5% off but check with your local store and campus technology store since Apple constantly has student/school specific sales!
  2. Adobe: 60% off Creative Cloud (to make sure your selfie game is on point)

Social Outings

  1. Cinemark: Discounts vary per local theater but most offer discounted movie tickets on select days
  2. Professional Sports: Many professional sports games offer student pricing and group student pricing on local tickets.

Weekend Trips

  1. Choice Hotels: Sign up for the Student Advantage Card and get 15% off select hotels
  2. Greyhound: Sign up for the Student Advantage Discount Card and save 20% on your tickets.
  3. Amtrak: Again, get that Student Advantage Discount Card and save 10% on your tickets
  4. Hertz: Become a Gold Rewards Member (for free) and have your young renters fee charged
  5. Budget: Save up to 20% on bookings by showing a valid student ID

  1. The New York Times: Register with a student e-mail and get free unlimited access
  2. The Wall Street Journal: Students are eligible for $1/week subscriptions
  3. Apple Music: Students pay just $4.99/month, a 50% savings
  4. Spotify Premium: Students get access to Spotify, Hulu and Showtime for $4.99/month instead of the regular $9.99/month

5 Tips to Thrive During 1L OCI

1L OCI

GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona

1L OCI season is upon us. This may be the first time you are going to a professional interview. Even if you are a seasoned interview pro, the OCI interview process is different. While other job interviews might ask you to discuss your job history, qualifications, and your strengths and weaknesses, this may not happen at 1L OCI. In fact, you might spend your precious 20 minutes discussing your motivation for coming to law school and exciting things from your hobbies list.

Remember this is not your only interview, just a screening interview. Your job is to be memorable, likable and to demonstrate genuine interest for the firm or organization. Here are five tips to help you thrive during OCI.

#1 Review Your Resume.

I know you wrote it, but how long ago? Try to look at it with fresh eyes. What stands out? Your resume is fair game for interview questions. At my school, we had mock interviews last week. I had answers ready and was prepared to talk about one interest that most people ask about. However, my interviewer asked about a usually overlooked activity. I knew it was on my resume and could speak about it, yet, no one had EVER asked about it! So it felt like that question had come out of nowhere.

#2 Research the firm or organization

First, make sure you can pronounce the firm name correctly.  I recently read an OCI horror story about that! Next, be sure that you can discuss aspects of the particular firm office or organization. For example, be sure to know the type of specialties that specific office has. Not all offices have the same specialties. At a recent firm presentation, the attorney shared that one of the worst things that can happen is when a law student says they know they want to practice X law, but the office they are interviewing at does not handle it.

1L OCI

#3 Prepare Questions to Ask

Remember your goal in the screener interview is to get a callback. If you can ask meaningful questions about the firm or organization, it shows that you have a real interest in working there. Consider asking about the firm culture, probono work, and how attorneys collaborate. The key here is to show that you’ve done your homework (see #2) and have a genuine interest in the firm or organization. Come up with more question than you can ask, as running out of questions is as bad as not having any.

  • Pro Tip: If you know who will be interviewing you, be sure to have looked up their CV/Resume. You can ask about their recently published works or cases and perhaps find some common interests.

#4 Dress Appropriately

For your initial interview, a suit is best in almost all cases. Check with your law school career office, but as you are likely familiar, most seem to recommend conservative, dark color suits. I would suggest that you make sure you wear it a few days before the interview to make sure you are comfortable. Nothing is worse than not to be comfortable in what you are wearing while trying to impress others, so make sure you can sit, stand and walk with confidence.

  • Pro Tip and Fashion PSA: Look at your suit jacket, pants, and skirt. Do you an odd X (usually over a flap)? Yes? CUT IT OFF! That X is a tacking stitch, and it is meant to prevent inappropriate creasing during shipping and when things are hanging on a rack. Still not sure what I am talking about? Check out this article: https://www.buzzfeed.com/tomvellner/suit-jacket-tacking-stitch

#5 Be Yourself!

Yes, interviewing is intense! Yes, you are trying to show your best traits and qualities in 20 minutes! Yes, there is another student outside waiting to do the same thing!

BUT… BE YOURSELF. 

Don’t try to be the person you think they want you to be as you will likely come across in a way that just makes things worse. The screener interview is all about “fit.” Do you fit in with the culture of the firm? Are you a person they would want to work with every day? Are you a person they can trust? These are all questions the firm or organization is trying to determine. If you are not authentic, you might find yourself in a miserable situation for the entire summer. Remember you are awesome… Be yourself!

Do you have more tips to share? Personal OCI stories? Did these tips help you? Let me know over at the @The1LLife on Twitter and Instagram.

3 Ways to Help Prioritize Sleep, The Secret To Higher Quality Work

GUEST BLOG Harrison Thorne,
Graduate of UCLA Law

As a 1L, I really prioritized sleep. I’d get in bed at a certain time, no matter what.

As a 2L, I did not prioritize sleep. I got distracted doing various things, and before I realized, I would only catch five to six hours, tops.

Comparing my day-to-day operations from 1L to 2L year, I can definitively say that I noticed a huge difference. Well rested, I was more alert, focused better and was much more efficient. Conversely, when I was chronically tired, the opposite was true.

My advice, looking back, is to rededicate yourself to sleeping. I did. What worked for me 1L year and what I started implementing again was simple when I followed these three steps:

Fotolia_74211266_Subscription_Monthly_MStep 1: Watching television before bed is a bad idea. Sometimes I would take in a show before bed (I’m not perfect), but when I read for pleasure before turning off the lights, I found it much easier to fall asleep.

Step 2: I enjoyed some “sleepy time” tea before bed. It really helped relax my body as well as my mind.

Step 3: I liked to do some form of meditation before turning in. I really think that is a game-changer for me and would recommend it to anyone.

These three steps were pretty consistent in helping me get to sleep faster, sleep deeper and sleep more hours.

With all this in mind, there’s one thing I’d like to point that seems extra productive initially but ultimately counterintuitive to being able to perform at your best. A lot of people in law school would talk about how to get less sleep – usually in order to get more done or have more workable hours. However, after some of my own experimentation, I learned without a doubt that it’s actually better to miss out on an extra hour or two of work, if the work you do is of a higher quality (because of the extra sleep).

Mentors

Guest Blog by Courtney Boykin, 3L at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Networking and mentors have always been a weird topic for me. When I was in college I attended a lot of networking events. I built a strong relationship with the dean of my college and had the privilege to meet many different people doing many different things. Now in law school, I haven’t had the opportunity to meet as many people and of the people I have met, it seems as though they all, basically, did (or do) the same thing. Nonetheless, I believe that mentors are very important, especially in the legal field. As a 3L, here’s my advice about mentorship, networking, and things of that sort.

1. Don’t be afraid to reach out to professors and advisors.

Earlier last week, I started researching potential fellowships for next year. As you may know, I am extremely interested in public health/health law. Although I am graduating with both my JD and my MPH, most of my experience have been legal related rather than public health related. Because I wasn’t finding much on my own, I decided to reach out to one of my advisors. She quickly connected me to one of the alumni of the school that’s in the public health law field. If it wasn’t for me just randomly, on the cusp, emailing my advisor, I wouldn’t have gotten that contact information. That being said, don’t be afraid to reach out!

2. Networking events can be positive experiences.

I’ll be the first to say, I DON’T like networking events. I just find the idea of approaching someone with small talk very difficult for me to digest. It’s just really weird to me. Nevertheless, these events can be promising. To my introverted friends out there, don’t let the daunting idea of “small talk” deter you from attending these events.

3. Keep a positive rapport with your classmates.

It’s kind of weird to think of our classmates beyond the classroom and as coworkers or potential employers. However, the truth of the matter is that these will be some of our greatest resources for finding jobs and connecting with other people in the very near future. Having said that, BE NICE. That’s a simple statement, but it’s extremely important. Your law school reputation will follow you all the days of your life. Yeah. Be cordial. Be pleasant. Be nice.

How are you finding mentors? Share with other law school students and @The3Llife on Twitter and Instagram.

4 ways to brief cases even faster

As you may have already discovered, your speed-reading abilities won’t help you as much as you think in law school. As you spend hours each night preparing for class, you need to know how to read – really read – the assigned cases. You must now carefully and critically analyze, question and reason every paragraph, sentence and word.

1) USE A “ROAD MAP” FOR READING ASSIGNMENTS

It’s always a good idea to know where you’re going. Before you start reading the assigned cases, look at the chapter headings and the table of contents in the casebook. These will tell you the topic to which the assigned cases relate and where this topic fits in the overall course.

2) KEEP A GOOD LAW DICTIONARY ON HAND

Law is a technical language with technical meanings. When a word is used which you don’t understand, or when a word is used in some unusual sense, stop immediately and look it up. You’ll be spinning your wheels mentally until you absorb the correct meaning. A good way of making sure you remember the meanings of legal terms is to use them in your case briefs (and outlines). You’ll better recall the context in which you used the word and its meaning will sink in.

Consider, also, the value of prepared course outlines included with BARBRI 1L Mastery and 1L Mastery Pro. You can these to supplement your reading if you don’t understand something or want to verify details about a case. If you already have access to 1L Mastery or 1L Mastery Pro, just sign in to utilize these resources today.

3) CREATE A BRIEFING SYSTEM

Briefing cases is indispensable in “learning to think like a lawyer.” Once mastered, you’ll be able to distill the facts and reasoning of a case down to manageable size. The use of a briefing system will force you to disect a case sufficiently for analytic purposes. Try a format of breaking down the essential elements: Facts, Trial Court decision, Issues, Rules and Rationale.

For help with your own briefing system, contact your BARBRI Director of Legal Education.

4) KEEP YOUR BRIEFS BRIEF

The sole purpose of a brief is to help you recall the case in sufficient detail to discuss during class and to integrate into your class notes. Don’t attempt a detailed restatement of the entire case. Avoid copying citations. Simply try to capture the gist of the facts and the court’s reasoning in as few words as possible. Proficiency at briefing cases is absolutely necessary if you’re serious about becoming a lawyer.

Learning how to brief cases is something you can master with reasonable practice and, once you know it, you’re likely not to forget. You don’t need to commit yourself to briefing every case in every class throughout law school – you simply must commit yourself to briefing cases until you’re good at it, which for most students means throughout 1L year.

New Year’s Resolutions Every Law Student Should Adopt

GUEST BLOG Makenzie Way, 2L at the University of Pennsylvania Law School 

It may be February but it’s never too late to make New Year’s Resolutions! While money management, clean eating, and gym memberships are common resolutions amongst the masses, I’m more concerned about resolutions specific to the law student.

1. Adhere to the Professional 24/Hour Response Timeline for all Forms of Communication. 

As law students we get busy, as a result we let emails build up and place our relationships on the back burner. During peak times it’s all too easy to forget to respond in a timely manner, or at all. Make one of your New Year’s Resolutions be adhering to 24/hour response time. It will make you seem more responsible and professional to professors, firms and attorneys. Likewise, your friends and family will still appreciate a timely response. 

2. Set a Time Limit for Your Weekly Netflix Viewing. 

We’ve all been there. You start a new Netflix series. You click play while telling yourself it’s only going to take 40 minutes out of your day. Then, three hours later you’re three episodes deep into your Netflix binge session. Setting maximum viewing times for the week makes you think twice about clicking play repeatedly. 

New Year's Resolutions

3. View Every Opportunity as a Networking Opportunity. 

As 1L’s networking opportunities were handed to us leading up to on campus interviewing. As 2L’s there are less formal networking opportunities, but that doesn’t mean you should stop networking all together. Every interaction that you have with a firm, attorney, or judge is a networking opportunity that you should be taking advantage of. 

4. Begin Improving Your Wardrobe

In a few months we’ll be entering the legal world again as summer associates, many of us in private law firms. In one year’s time we’ll be first year associates or fellows. It’s time to supplement our jeans and legging filled wardrobes with classy suits, dress shirts, and at least one pair of dress shoes. 

5. Be Aware of Your Social Media Image

You may have a summer job under your belt but don’t forget that partners, competing firms, bar associations, and prospective clients are all on social media. You don’t want your social media past coming to bite you later on in your professional career. Start thinking now about removing old posts, making your accounts private, and being mindful of what you post and/or allow yourself to be tagged in from hereon. 

Did you make New Year’s Resolutions or will you be making some? Share them with me and other law school students on Instagram or Twitter: @The2Llife

3 Steps to Create a Shell Outline

GUEST BLOG Stephanie Baldwin, 1L at the University of Arizona

One of the major things I decided to implement much earlier this semester was outlining earlier and reviewing it frequently. I struggled with this last semester and by midterms I discovered what I should have done!

The answer for me was creating a “shell” outline. Though, I learned about this in my BARBRI Law Preview class, I didn’t think this was going to work for me. I was I wrong! Using this method, last year, right before midterms was so helpful. I committed to making sure that I did it this semester before I hit week 4. The followers of @The1LLife were interested in the process so here it is. How you create a shell outline in 3 pretty easy steps.

First, let me explain that a “shell outline” is an outline that combines the casebook table of contents (which are usually organized by topic and cases) and your professor’s outline. The goal of a “shell outline” is to have each case and major topic that covers from the beginning to the end of the course. Yes, I am talking about creating an outline now that will go to the end of the class.

So instead of creating an outline as you go, with a “shell outline” you fill it in as you go. The advantage of this is that everything is well organized. You don’t have to think about what to call each area, as it is already done for you. Since you are just filling in the details as you go, it makes it much easier to keep your notes organized. If you use the headings feature you can create an attack and concise outline at the same time, but we will talk about using the heading feature at a different time.

Now is the perfect time to create your shell outline and fill it in! Here is how to get started:

Step 1 – Gather the Required Materials

To do this, you will need your professors course outline and your casebook table of contents. I have most of my books in a digital format, so this is easy for me to copy and paste from. If you do not have digital versions, never fear. You simply need to go to the publisher of your textbook and look for the index, they often supply this on the student resources page. If you can’t find it there, you can just google it. For Aspen published book, you will usually find this on the companion website. Here is the master list: http://www.aspenlawschool.com/

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Step 2 – Merge the Documents

The next step is to merge your professors outline and the casebook table of contents together. I prefer to have the table of contents from the casebook to be the “base” of the outline. I will usually copy and paste this either from the digital casebook or from the index pdf into a google doc or word doc. Then copy and paste the headers from the professors course outline. This will provide you a document that has all of the major headers from the textbook and your professor, plus all of the cases. This will take some time, but as you go through the professor’s outline, you can delete cases you will skip and sections of the casebook you will not cover.

Step 3 – Begin Filling in the Shell Outline

Voila! The shell outline has not been created through the end of the semester! Now the final step is to start filling in your notes from the previous weeks. For cases, be sure to note the Rule, Determinative Facts and any other information your professor likes you to know. Once you have caught the outline up, you can use this shell outline to take notes the rest of the semester. 

If you follow this method, you will have an outline that has every major case, organized by topic in a way that matches the structure your professor intended. You can also organize the outline using various headings, so you can also create an attack outline as you go. 

If you have any questions about this you can reach me @The1LLife on Twitter and Instagram

The Lowdown on the MPRE

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GUEST BLOG Makenzie Way, 2L at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

We all know that to practice as an attorney we must take the dreaded bar examination. Many of us also know that part of registering for the bar exam is the Character and Fitness Test. Law students are divided on whether they’re aware of the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) Requirement … so what is the MPRE?

Exam Structure and Overview

First off, it’s really nothing to stress about! The MPRE is a short two-hour, 60 questions multiple choice exam that is offered multiple times a year (generally, once in November, March, and August). Registration is done online and takes a matter of minutes.

Most importantly, the completion of your school’s professional responsibility course is not a requirement for registration.

When to Take the Exam Quiz

  • What year are you in law school currently?
    1. 1L
    2. 2L
    3. 3L
  • How full is your course and/or social schedule this semester?
    1. Extremely packed. I’m almost at the max credit allowance.
    2. It’s law school; I’m busy, but I still have some free time.
    3. Totally laid back.
  • Is there an MPRE examination center near your law school?
    1. They’re all pretty far away and I don’t have a car.
    2. There’s one pretty close!
    3. My school is a test center.
  • What is your summer job like?
    1. I’ll be working abroad.
    2. I’ll be in a US city for the average 10-weeks.
    3. I’m not working at all.
  • Have you taken professional responsibility yet?
    1. Uh no …
    2. I’m registered in it now.
    3. Obviously.

Mostly A’s: Sorry 1L’s, you must be a 2L or 3L to register for the MPRE! Otherwise, for eligible participants, it is not recommended that you take the Fall and/or Spring exam offering if your schedule is extremely busy since you likely will not have the time to devote to studying for the exam. Likewise, if you’re away for the summer, or working throughout August, it is not recommended that you take the August offering.

Mostly B’s: It sounds like you’re fairly flexible when it comes to enrollment options. If you’re interested in getting the exam out of the way, consider registering for the summer exam offering as you’ll have finished your professional responsibility course by that point! Otherwise, keep the MPRE in mind when registering for your Fall/Spring semester courses. You’ll want to make time during one of those semesters if you don’t opt for the summer offering.

Mostly C’s: You urgently need to register for the nearest MPRE! As a 3L you need your MPRE score to register for the bar exam. Don’t risk ruining your bar trip and interfering with your bar exam studying schedule by registering for the summer offering. Instead, head to the MPRE website now and register for the upcoming Spring semester offering before registration closes!


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Cost

The cost for the MPRE recently increased, as of 2019 if you register on time the fee is $125, however late registrations will now be charged $220 (a comprehensive fee and registration outline can be found here)! You are not charged at the time of registering, instead, you pay when you arrive at the test center – so if you’re short on cash, don’t feel dismayed from registering anyways.

On the topic of payment, if you’re going to a medium to large sized law firm, your firm may reimburse you for your MPRE test and preparatory course. Don’t hesitate to ask your firm if this is an applicable “bar-related” expense. Likewise, if you’re going into public interest, it can’t hurt to ask your law school if there are funding sources available to help with MPRE associated costs.

Recommended Preparation

Most law students who have completed the MPRE that I talked to seemed to agree that taking a course in professional responsibility before taking the exam is a smart decision. Otherwise, they stressed that preparation is relatively minimal, especially in comparison to the bar exam. Still, most students said they enrolled in at least one virtual prep course.

Preparatory courses are offered by many of the same companies who offer bar exam prep courses. Similar to the bar prep courses, the cost differs from company to company. As a plug for BARBRI, their MPRE review course is FREE!