You can depend on Varsity Tutors if you're searching for an all-inclusive Illinois Bar course. Illinois has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) developed by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), making them a UBE jurisdiction. The UBE is a comprehensive set of exams created to assess whether the skills of an entry-level lawyer meet the requirements expected of a professional attorney. The three exams include the MBE (Multistate Bar Examination), the MPT (Multistate Performance Test), and the MEE (Multistate Essay Examination). To practice law legally in Illinois, you must also pass the MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam).
Facing these lengthy, complex exams can be daunting, and seeking professional guidance while preparing is a wise choice. When you enroll in an online Illinois Bar prep course provided by Varsity Tutors, you can study both the applicable legal concepts and the test-taking strategies that together can give you the confidence you need as you go through the lengthy exam process.
Which subjects will be covered in a Bar course?
Your class will be led by an expert who knows the content of all the exams you need to take to pass the Bar. They can help you apply the legal understanding you've gained through years of study to the tests in the way the creators intended. As an example, they can present you with practice questions similar to the ones asked on the MPRE about the attorney-client relationship, including confidentiality rules, and potential conflicts of interest.
Your instructor can break topics into smaller bits to help you develop a deep understanding of each one from the ground up. For example, when you're preparing for the MBE, your instructor can break down topics like real property, constitutional law, torts, and contracts. You can ask any questions you may have during your Illinois Bar course, allowing you to gain clarification before you become mired in confusion over any topic.
To help you prepare for the MEE, your instructor can help you review your skills at identifying the legal issues raised by a hypothetical, yet realistic, situation. You'll need to quickly separate relevant material from that which is irrelevant, analyze the pertinent information, and write a clear, concise, well-organized essay within 30 minutes—not once, but six times. This can be taxing on the most experienced legal professional, so it's understandable that you would seek guidance in understanding the fundamentals of civil, constitutional, criminal, and contract law so you're prepared.
The MPT requires you to analyze statutory, case, and administrative materials to complete a realistic entry-level legal task such as writing a memorandum to a supervising attorney, a contract provision, a closing argument, or other likely scenarios. Again, you'll have to determine what's relevant and what's not. Then you'll apply the appropriate legal facts in order to complete the task or resolve the issue. Your class instructor can provide in-depth lectures on how to complete these tasks. They can also offer hands-on activities, potentially in groups with other classmates.You can be assured that your class instructor will provide a review of the facts and skills you need to prepare thoroughly for your Bar exam.
Why is the Varsity Tutors Illinois Bar course my best test prep option?
Our Bar classes meet online, which provides a few benefits. First, you get the benefit of the best instructor for the class without geography limiting the possibilities. The other main advantage of meeting online is the convenience to you. You get the same type of assistance you would in an actual classroom without the hassle of driving to some location across town, having to deal with parking, and adding that much more time to your busy schedule. Instead, you can meet in your class from wherever you want, whether that's your home, a café, a local library, or somewhere else.
You meet with your class using our virtual online classroom, a tool that allows you to interact in real time with your instructor and classmates. Our online lessons are not like others you may see that have prepackaged video lectures and snippets without any interaction. What if you're watching one of their videos and you have a question? With our lessons, you just have to ask your instructor or another student may pipe up with the same question you had. Either way, you can all learn together. Collaborative learning that allows interactive discussions can help you develop a better understanding of the content or skills you're studying. Your instructor has the flexibility to respond to the needs of the class. If there's a concept you're all feeling comfortable with, they can skim quickly through it and move on to the next topic.
If that's not enough and you find there's a topic you're having an especially difficult time understanding, you can get additional support. You can request one-on-one time with your instructor outside of class sessions. This gives you the time you need to focus entirely on your test preparation until you're caught up with the class.
What methods will my Illinois Bar course instructor use to help me prepare?
Your Bar class teacher can make use of a variety of methods of instruction. Having things presented to you in multiple ways can lead to it sticking in your mind better. If you've only learned one memorization technique, your instructor can introduce others like the loci method, the storytelling method, or many others. The details of laws, legal precedents, landmark cases, and other important information can be easy to recall when you have studied it from different angles and through different frames of reference.
Another method that can help you to learn may surprise you. The use of humor can often seal concepts in your mind. For example, a humorous story about a criminal failing in a hilarious way is probably something you'll remember and can call to mind the laws they broke, useful related cases, and other information.
Breaking a large class into smaller groups that mimic how you may work in an attorney's office, with other entry-level legal professionals, can help you understand things from different perspectives as each of your classmates will come from their own background with their own knowledge, ideas, and thought processes. The kind of constant and varied exposure available in our collaborative classes can not only aid your memorization of information but lead you to a deeper understanding of complex legal issues that are rarely black and white. Small groups can also allow you to perform mock interactions between attorneys, clients, and colleagues. Your instructor can give feedback in real time on any improvements you could make during these types of exercises.
The ability to quickly find information is indispensable for law students and practitioners. You've seen it in movies and on TV—shelves and shelves full of law books, and the determined law student with piles of books open all around them as they furiously jot down notes on their legal pad. That will probably look a bit different in the digital age, but the idea of knowing where to look, how to look, and how to apply the information you find is a crucial skill for attorneys, and you can rely on your Illinois Bar prep course instructor to give you practice in doing so. This can be especially helpful when you take the MPT, which requires you to look for relevant information to perform your task.
Are there test-taking strategies my Illinois Bar prep course instructor can demonstrate?
There are general test-taking strategies you can learn from your instructor as well as test-specific strategies. For example, time management is essential since each portion of the Bar exam is timed. Your instructor can offer you opportunities to practice your pacing using practice test sections, and give helpful suggestions if you're finding it hard to complete questions or tasks within the time allotted.
There are strategies that are useful for multiple-choice questions like you'll find on the MPRE and MBE. Your instructor can show you how to parse questions for exactly what they want in an answer, which can be helpful when you're not certain what an answer is. Your instructor can introduce ways to quickly analyze legal questions on the MEE and write effective outlines so your answer can be correct, cohesive, concise, and comprehensible. In addition, your instructor can introduce mindfulness techniques, such as meditation, that can ground and center you when you start to feel overwhelmed during any of the exams.
These are just a few of the many strategies you can learn in your Bar class that could help you during each of the exams.
How can I enroll in an Illinois Bar course near me today?
Varsity Tutors understands that you have a lot going on in your daily life, so we've made enrolling in a Bar prep course that fits your schedule as easy as possible. If you want to complete your test prep as quickly as you can, you can enroll for a two-week course. If you'd rather spread your study out a bit more, you can enroll for a four-week course. Either way, you get the same number of class hours with premium instruction provided by an excellent instructor.
When you're ready to enroll, just contact Varsity Tutors, and our friendly educational consultants can get you signed up for a class section that fits all your needs.