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Do Current Law Students Need: Remedial Study – And Different External Bar Preparation?

The short answers are: it depends; and probably. Why? Because, students, circumstances, and bar results have changed in the last decade.

Traditionally, because of the general difficulty of state bar exams, a majority of law school graduates had chosen to take some form of external bar preparation course. Despite the rigors of law school and the emphasis on legal analysis, culminating in writing essay exams, state bar exams were found to be difficult to pass.

Within the traditional setting, law schools had emphasized the precepts of IRAC (Issue, Rule, Analysis, Conclusion), and thus concentrated their classes on these precepts to culminate in training students to be very adept at approaching, analyzing, and writing essay exams. For bar exam takers, this left a gap – the dreaded multiple choice questions called the MBE.

As a result, commercial companies targeted law graduates with bar preparation courses. Although most companies advertised overall bar …