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Dr. Saccuzzo's Predictions for the July 2017 California Bar Exam: Specific Issues

Each bar exam cycle, Dr. Saccuzzo not only releases general predictions for the essay topics on the California Bar Exam, but also some specific issues within each of those subjects to which he recommends you pay special attention.

As you know, his general predictions have already been posted on the free CalBar Updates platform. Now, he has started to roll out each of the specific-issues posts for each of those subjects. California Community Property, Professional Responsibility, and Civil Procedure were added to the platform in the last few weeks, and Agency and Partnership was posted today.

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How is the bar exam weighted?

Beginning in July of this year, the California Bar Examination will be weighted as follows:

  • Multiple choice (i.e., MBE): 50% [200 items, 175 of them scored]
  • Essays (non-MEE): 35.7% [Five 1-hour questions]
  • Performance Test (non-MPT): 14.3% [One 90-minute test]

For those taking the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), the weighting is as follows:

  • Multiple choice (MBE): 50% [200 items, 175 of them scored]
  • Essays (MEE): 35.7% [Six 30-minute questions]
  • Performance Test (MPT): 14.3% [Two 90-minute tests]
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Debriefs of the February 2017 California Bar Exam

Our debriefs for the February 2017 California Bar Exam essays are now available. But we are releasing them a little different this time around. We are bundling them alongside Dr. Saccuzzo's predictions for the July 2017 California Bar Exam essays. They're still free, and conveniently packaged together. Sign up here to access them now.

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

Dr. Saccuzzo's predictions for the July 2017 California Bar Exam essays are now available. But we are releasing them a little different this time around. We are bundling the predictions alongside our debriefs of the February 2017 California Bar Exam essays. They're still free, and conveniently packaged together. Sign up here to access them now.

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

So far so good, right?  We really do not see a need to deviate much from the original predictions at this point, but perhaps we can offer a bit more focus for you.

Here is what we think you might see tomorrow:

  1. Business Associations crossed over with Professional Responsibility. Professional Responsibility is less likely to appear as a full-blown essay at this point, so it will either be a crossover, or it will be on PT B. As you likely know, when it is crossed over, one of the most logical host subjects is Business Associations.
  2. CrimesGiven that Criminal Procedure and theft crimes have been hit the most recently when Crimes has appeared (and it has been a little while), we think that crimes against the person, most likely homicide, is ripe for testing.
  3. Torts crossed over with Civil Procedure. This would round out our predictions and leave us with a perfect mark. That does not happen every time though. That said however, we would not at all be surprised by Civil...
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MacBook Pro with Touch Bar Expected to be Banned from February 2017 CBX

The State Bar of California is expected to announce this week that it will ban the MacBook Pro with Touch Bar from use for its February 2017 bar exam.

Other states have already announced their ban, which is reportedly owing to security issues the Touch Bar poses to ExamSoft's software.

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

Thank you for your patience. The first part of Dr. Saccuzzo's predictions for the specific issues on the essays for the February 2017 California Bar Exam is now available. The other subjects will be added to this playlist soon. To see the other videos in the playlist, click the playlist icon in the video frame.

 

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Should You Wait and Take the July 2017 California Bar Exam?

With the deadline for registering for the February 2017 California Bar Exam rapidly approaching, a lot of people have asked us whether they should wait until July or go ahead and sign up for February's exam. The answer is that unless you perform really well on multiple choice tests, go ahead and take the February 2017 bar exam. Don't wait. This is because the weight of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) in California will be increased beginning with the July 2017 exam—with a corresponding decrease in the weight for the written portion.

"The answer is that unless you perform really well on multiple choice tests, go ahead and take the February 2017 bar exam. Don't wait."

The impact of the changes will be negative for women as a whole and positive for men. This is because the current 35/65 weight (for the MBE and written portion, respectively) actually slightly favored women. The change in weight will result in a lower percentage of women passing under the new July...

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

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 properly, you will be.  Best of luck to you, and stay tuned for more.

 

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Debriefs of the Essays from the July 2016 California Bar Exam

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 Bar of California. The examiners' Selected Answers for these essays will not be posted for at least a month or two, but we know you're all anxious to get a rundown before then, so we always like to release our own interpretation of the questions first.

NOTE: The embedded video is part of a playlist. If you're on a mobile device, simply click the symbol that looks like a play symbol next to a list menu icon. You can select the other essays from there.

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