Bar Preparation Strategies is a two-credit, graded course offered the semester before graduation. The course is designed to help students refine the skills necessary to succeed on the bar exam and to give them a head start on the bar-preparation process. The course will familiarize students with the components of the Bar exam. Through intensive practice and individual feedback, it will help students strengthen key skills, including reading, analysis, outlining, and writing skills. Students will learn how to organize information and how to create analytical templates for answering questions. They will also develop strategies and skills for the Minnesota Essay Exam (MEE), the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). Students will review, outline, and begin to memorize key legal concepts in two selected bar-tested courses (Contracts and Evidence) on their own. The doctrine will be used in class as a springboard for developing exam-taking skills. This is a "learn-by-doing" course that requires preparation for and active participation in class. Students should expect weekly reading and writing assignments. They should also expect to do self-reflection, peer review, and small-group work. The final grade will be determined by written assignments (some take-home, some in-class), a final exam, and class participation. Please note that because the course focuses mostly on skills and covers only two of thirteen bar-tested courses, it is not a substitute for commercial bar-preparation courses like BarBri or PMBR.
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