The six answers to the essay examination and the PT (valued at 1.5 times an essay question) will be graded, totaled and scaled to the MBE. The combined essay and PT scores will be weighted at 55%, and the MBE score will be weighted at 45% of the total scaled score. The scaled scores of the PT/essay examination and MBE will then be combined to determine whether a scaled score of 272 or higher has been attained. Please visit our web site in mid-April (for February) or mid-October (for July) for the official date for release of results.
Note: Applicants are required to sit for all sessions of the bar examination (both the morning and afternoon sessions of the PT/Essay Examination and MBE) in Pennsylvania, and make a good faith effort to answer each question. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
2. Learn to speak “Californian”Many California bar takers are successful attorneys from other states and countries who are surprised when they don’t pass the test here. Why do they fail? A major factor is that they try to use the approach and law they learned in their old state rather than writing for the California exam. This is a jurisdiction that prides itself on writing difficult essay and performance test questions and then grades very narrowly to punish the rule-memorizers and issue-spotters. The bottom line? Make good arguments and support them with the rule of law—and don’t try to elaborate on every marginal, irrelevant issue that you see. It just won’t work here.
Specifics on the Texas Essay portion of the bar exam
The Texas Bar Examination is administered twice annually over three days in February and in July. The Board of Law Examiners (BLE) prepares and supervises the grading of the Texas Bar Examination. The BLE is an agency of the Supreme Court of Texas and has nine members who are appointed biennially by the Supreme Court. Each member must be an attorney of at least thirty-five years of age with a minimum of ten years of experience in the practice of law. The BLE’s rules are adopted and promulgated by the Supreme Court of Texas.
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The state portion of the bar exam (essays, performance tests (including MPT)) is graded by lawyers from the testing jurisdiction trained by the jurisdiction's Board of Bar Examiners. The MBE is graded by the National Conference of Examiners (NCBEX).
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It is imperative that students make their responses as clear and easy to follow as possible. Most bar graders are reading hundreds of essays and have only two to three minutes to grade each essay. It should also be noted that bar exam essay grading is a volunteer activity and not a full-time job. Furthermore, most graders are reading essays in an area that is not their primary area of practice - This means, they are often dependent upon the checklist and other grading materials provided by the bar examiners.
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As these statements make clear, one of the greatest challenges presented by essay questions on the bar exam is their time constraints. However, regular essay practice during bar review (actually writing full essay responses) and having a dedicated, plan of attack when answering essay questions can help overcome this challenge. It is recommended that students write out responses to as many practice essay questions over the course of the summer as possible - This will mean doing more essay practice than is required by your course. However, in states where the state portion of the exam is more heavily weighted than the MBE portion for grading purposes (VA, MD, NC, CA, PA, NY, TX, for example) this additional practice can really pay off.