The written portion of the California Bar Exam is no easy feat. It requires grit, dedication, determination, and discipline. Achieving a passing score on each of the essay subjects requires a score of approximately 65, which demonstrates sufficient understanding of legal concepts, black letter law, issue recognition, and detailed analysis. You do not have to receive a perfect score. Many exam takers fall into this trap and get overwhelmed because they have perfectionist tendencies and this adds to the overall stress involved with this exam. You do not have to be perfect but you do have to be consistent. Therefore, we recommend one tip for consistency and overall success on the written portion:
WRITE EVERY SINGLE DAY OF BAR PREP!
Following thorough review of your bar outlines and cheat-sheets for a respective subject, you should attempt to fully answer a previously administered essay question on that subject. Doing this every day will help you identify issues, patterns, retain the black letter law, get you in the habit of writing, and increase your overall pace. Remember that you have one hour to answer each essay question and timing is critical to fully answer the call of the question. Many test-takers that struggle with timing usually face this issue because they have not built up their endurance or retention of the material. Retention of the material comes with constant practice of essay questions and repetition.
WORK WITH A COHEN BAR REVIEW TUTOR
Cohen Bar Review’s essay review packages and private tutoring sessions will guide you towards crafting passing essays. Our detailed feedback on your submitted essay answers will show you your faults and help push you over the edge so you can receive a score of 65 or higher on an essay. We will work with you through your essay submissions, track your progress, advise you on how to improve your essay writing, and teach you how to create organized and easy-to-follow answers. The more practice tests you go through and write answers on, the more comfortable you will feel on test day. Invest in your writing and you will reap the rewards.