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INDIVIDUAL TUTORING FOR YOUR BAR EXAM ESSAYS

 


DON'T WASTE SIX MONTHS OF YOUR FUTURE EARNING POWER.

WHO:  THE TYPICAL TUTORING STUDENT HAS ALREADY GRADUATED FROM LAW SCHOOL, HAS STUDIED THE SUBSTANTIVE LAW IN A REVIEW COURSE OR ON THEIR OWN, AND MANY HAVE EVEN TAKEN THE EXAM, BUT BY THE TIME THEY SEEK ASSISTANCE, ALL HAVE COME TO REALIZE THAT MUCH OF THE EXAM IS THE FORM AND FORMAT OF THEIR ANSWERS, AND THAT THEY NEED TO WORK ON THE QUICK AND CONCISE DELIVERY OF THAT SUBSTANTIVE LAW THEY HAVE COMMITTED TO MEMORY.

WHAT:  I OFFER TUTORING BY FIRST ANALYZING A STUDENT'S ESSAYS, THEN I CREATE A DETAILED PROFILE OF THEIR STRENGTHS AND CHALLENGES IN ANSWERING BAR QUESTIONS, AND PROVIDE METHODS TO THEM THAT WILL STREAMLINE THOSE CHALLENGES.  MY PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE OF GRADING HUNDREDS OF RESPONSES TO THE SAME QUESTIONS TAUGHT ME THE CURVE OF POSSIBLE RESPONSES THAT CANDIDATES COULD CREATE WITHIN THE TIME AND SPACE LIMITATIONS.  FROM THOSE I LEARNED THERE ARE PATTERNS, WAYS THAT GOOD ANSWERS TYPICALLY ARE ORGANIZED AND EXECUTED.  THIS ABILITY TO ORGANIZE AND EXECUTE ANSWERS SEEN AS A CURVE IS ALSO APPARENT TO YOUR BAR EXAMINERS.  YOU WANT TO INSURE YOUR ANSWERS ARE ON THE BETTER END OF THAT CURVE.

WHEN:  THE TIME TO START THINKING ABOUT TIGHTENING YOUR RESPONSES TO BAR EXAM QUESTIONS IS WHEN YOU START WRITING ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS.  THE SUBSTANTIVE LAW DIFFERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BUT THE PRESENTATION OF THAT LAW IS UNIVERSAL, AND SOME FORMS OF ORGANIZATION HAVE PROVEN SUPERIOR.

WHY:  THE BAR EXAM IS OFFERED ONLY TWICE A YEAR IN MOST STATES AND REQUIRES A GREAT DEAL OF COMMITTMENT OF YOUR RESOURCES TO ACCOMPLISH PASSING.  FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT YET TAKEN IT, I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH THE NEED TO GIVE IT MORE TIME THAN YOU THINK IT WILL REQUIRE TO PREPARE.  I HAVE NEVER HEARD ANYONE SAY AFTER PASSING THAT THEY HAD STUDIED TOO MUCH, BUT SADLY, THERE ARE MANY WHO REALIZE TOO LATE THEY DIDN'T DO QUITE ENOUGH TO PASS. 

ON EVERY SITTING OF THE BAR EXAM, A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF THE CANDIDATES WILL NOT PASS, DESPITE THE ROOM BEING FULL OF SMART, CAPABLE, SUCCESSFUL GRADUATES OF LAW SCHOOL.  IT IS HARD TO GET CANDIDATES TO FACE THE REALITY WHEN THEY LOOK AROUND AT THEIR PEERS THAT OUT OF EVERY LITTLE GROUP OF THEM, ONE OR MORE WILL BE LEFT BEHIND TO WAIT FOR SIX MONTHS, LEFT TO DEVOTE THEIR TIME AND ENERGY TO STUDYING AGAIN, LEFT TO GATHER THE STRENGTH NEEDED TO TACKLE THAT EXAM AGAIN ON THEIR OWN.  

THIS DELAY AND DIVERSION KEEPS THEM FROM THE EARNING ABILITY THAT COMES WITH THE LICENSE, KEEPS THEM FROM THE POTENTIAL JOB OPPORTUNITIES THEY WERE LOOKING INTO, KEEPS THEM FROM PROCEEDING INTO THE PROFESSION WITH THEIR PEERS.  SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS THE SEQUENTIAL BAR NUMBER YOU EVENTUALLY WILL RECEIVE WILL LABEL YOU FOREVER AS TO THE TIME OF YOUR ACCEPTANCE TO THE BAR.  I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO "DO IT RIGHT SO YOU WILL GET IT RIGHT" THE FIRST TIME, TO TACKLE IT WITH YOUR FULL EFFORT SO YOU CAN PUT IT BEHIND YOU. 

PLEASE TAKE TO HEART MY ADVICE THAT YOU MUST BOTH LEARN THE SUBSTANTIVE LAW THOROUGHLY AND LEARN TO PRESENT THAT INFORMATION IN AN EASILY DIGESTABLE FORMAT TO RECEIVE THE FULL SCORE YOU DESERVE.  FOR THOSE WHO HAVE YET TO SUCCEED AT TAKING THE BAR EXAM, I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO FACE IT HEAD ON AND GET STARTED PREPARING, BECAUSE EACH DAY SPENT WAITING IS ANOTHER DAY YOU COULD HAVE BEEN MOVING TOWARD EARNING A BETTER LIVING, DOING SOMETHING MEANINGFUL WITH YOUR TIME. 

 

MY PROFILE: 

I AM AN ATTORNEY, LICENSED AND PRACTICING IN WASHINGTON STATE.  AFTER LAW SCHOOL, I WORKED FOR A NATIONAL REVIEW COURSE AS A MENTOR AND AN ONLINE REFERENCE RESOURCE.  I HAVE ALSO WORKED WITH BAR EXAM RETAKERS, ANALYZING HUNDREDS OF THEIR ACTUAL BAR EXAM ANSWERS, EVALUATING THEIR PERFORMANCE AND COACHING THEM THROUGH THE NEXT REVIEW CYCLE.  I HAVE GRADED OVER A THOUSAND PRACTICE ESSAYS IN SUBJECTS INCLUDING CONTRACTS, PROPERTY, TORTS AND CORPORATIONS.  I HAVE EDITED BAR EXAM PREPARATION MATERIALS AND EVEN DEVELOPED PRACTICE ESSAY QUESTIONS FOR MULTISTATE MATERIALS.  THIS EXPERIENCE HAS ENABLED ME TO IDENTIFY WHAT GOES INTO BOTH EXCEPTIONAL AND POOR ANSWERS.  THIS SKILL, BOLSTERED BY MY PARTICULAR EXPERIENCE WITH THE BAR EXAM HERE IN WASHINGTON STATE, WHICH HAS A 100% ESSAY EXAM, AND COUPLED WITH MY UNDERGRADUATE ENGLISH DEGREE IN PROFESSIONAL WRITING, HAS QUALIFIED ME TO TUTOR BAR EXAM CANDIDATES AS TO THE FORM AND FORMAT OF THEIR ESSAYS.

 

INITIAL CONSULTATION PACKAGE IS AVAILABLE FOR $150.00 USD.  THIS INCLUDES:

  • ANALYSIS OF YOUR PREVIOUS ESSAYS, SEND ME EXAMPLES OF YOUR WORK, AND I WILL DETAIL HOW THESE ANSWERS COULD BE IMPROVED, AS WELL AS FIND OVERALL TRENDS IN AREAS YOU CAN IMPROVE IN FUTURE, AND THINGS TO BE AVOIDED.
  • PROVIDE EXAMPLES AND TEMPLATES FOR FORMATTING YOUR ANSWERS.
  • CONDUCT A FOLLOW-UP EVALUATION OF ESSAYS TO REINFORCE NEW TECHNIQUES.

 

ADDITIONAL TUTORING IS ALSO AVAILABLE AT AN HOURLY RATE, YOU'LL EMAIL YOUR  MATERIALS AND I'LL PROVIDE DETAILED ANALYSIS AND INSTRUCTION FOR IMPROVING ISSUES SUCH AS:

OUTLINING YOUR ANSWER, LAYOUT, ORDERING OF ISSUES

DETERMINING WHAT CONTENT YOU CHOOSE TO INCLUDE

ESTABLISHING A DIRECT AND CONFIDENT VOICE IN YOUR WRITING

SPEAKING TO THIS UNIQUE AUDIENCE, ANSWERING THE QUESTION ASKED.

 

To make arrangements for tutoring or mentoring for the Bar exam,

Contact: BarRetakeTutor@gmail.com