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Dr. Saccuzzo's Predictions for the February 2017 California Bar Exam

Nov 17, 2016

Thank you for your patience.  Dr. Saccuzzo's predictions are now available.  As we always say, remember that these are just predictions.  You should be prepared for anything the examiners throw at you, and we know that if you study...

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Debriefs of the Essays from the July 2016 California Bar Exam

Nov 11, 2016

Finally.  The State Bar of California posted the fact patterns, and we have been busy producing our biannual debriefs of the previous bar administration's essays. Remember, these are not, of course, affiliated with or endorsed by the State...

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Top 5 Mistakes 1Ls Make (and How to Avoid Them) - Part 5

Oct 12, 2016

Mistake #5: Failing to have a framework or overview of the subject

This is probably the biggest mistake. Most students are afraid of "spoiling" the subject by looking ahead. But if you lack a basic understanding of how the concept...

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Top 5 Mistakes 1Ls Make (and How to Avoid Them) - Part 4

Oct 05, 2016

Mistake #4: Failing to consolidate before the exam

The outline is finished. And now it's time to study and memorize as the exam gets closer. Most law students simply try to memorize their whole outline, or a condensed version of it, over and...

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Top 5 Mistakes 1Ls Make (and How to Avoid Them) - Part 3

Sep 30, 2016

Mistake #3: Getting distracted too early

Technology has most of us moving from pillar to post, from our books or our work or whatever it is we should be focused on, to our phones, our computers, or our tablets. Too often we see students (and we...

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Top 5 Mistakes 1Ls Make (and How to Avoid Them) - Part 2

Sep 29, 2016

Mistake #2: Taking too many notes

Yes, you read that right. When you're in class, you want to channel your inner absorber—not your inner stenographer. If you're focused so much on taking down every word your professor is saying, you're...

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Top 5 Mistakes 1Ls Make (and How to Avoid Them) - Part 1

Sep 28, 2016

As a 1L, you enter law school with the best of intentions. You're full of excitement and drive, and you may even be bringing with you some study habits from undergrad. Some may help, others may not. Follow along over the next few days as we...

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Federal Court Consent Judgment: Reed Bar Review Willfully Infringed Upon Bar Secrets' Copyrights

Sep 20, 2016

For the past nine months, Bar Secrets has been privately dealing with a troubling matter. Last week, on September 16, 2016, a federal court order has thankfully and finally enabled us to share this matter publicly.

Late last year, a...

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The best time to practice multiple choice questions and review past essay exams is...

Sep 12, 2016

Right now.  Yes, right now.

One of the biggest mistakes law students make is putting off practicing multiple choice items and reviewing past essay exams until the very end of the semester.  The thought goes something like this:

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