If you're getting ready to take the Bar exam, let Varsity Tutors help you along the way by enrolling in a Maryland Bar prep course. The Bar exam varies from state to state, but to practice law in Maryland you'll have to pass the UBE, or Uniform Bar Exam. One of the advantages of the UBE is that it allows you to transfer your scores to any other jurisdiction that has also adopted the UBE. The UBE is comprised of three tests. These are the MBE, or Multistate Bar Examination; the MEE, or Multistate Essay Examination; and the MPT, or Multistate Performance Test. Maryland additionally uses the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), a test that will evaluate you on your understanding of the conduct expected from a legal practitioner and the disciplinary standards to which all law professionals are held. There's quite a lot of material to study for your upcoming Bar exam, so much so that it can be difficult to know how where to start. This is one way that a Maryland Bar course can assist you. You'll work with an experienced, highly qualified instructor who can deliver lessons and guided work that can give you a comprehensive review of legal concepts, and can additionally draw your attention to areas of law where you need to put in the time to bring your skills up to par. You'll get all of this in a convenient, easy-to-access online classroom where you can work with other prospective legal professionals in a mutually supportive atmosphere.
How can a Maryland Bar class help me ready myself for the MBE?
The MBE accounts for fully half of your overall UBE score. It's a six-hour, 200-question test that will assess you on your understanding of the fundamental legal procedures of all aspects of law, from torts to real property, from to civil law, to criminal law and procedures, and constitutional law, and; to evidence. Although you'll need to show an exhaustive knowledge of each of these subjects, and your first priority should, of course, be to ensure that you have your legal skills down.
The length of the MBE means that it's almost as much a test of endurance as anything else. Your Maryland Bar prep course instructor can give you advice on how to approach the MBE, from the content of the test to the structure of the exam and how you can turn it to your advantage. You can memorize techniques for quickly identifying and eliminating incorrect answers, for example, making educated guesses more useful on the multiple-choice questions you'll see on the MBE. You can also work on methods to pace yourself on the exam to ensure that you don't find yourself running short on time towards the end of the test, forcing you to rush through questions and potentially answer poorly. Your Bar exam mentor can also share tips on how to maintain the deep mental focus required by the MBE for all six hours, how to take breaks and re-assert your effort, and so on.
What will I see on the MEE?
The MEE will present you with six essay questions. You'll have 30 minutes to answer each one. In this time you'll have to assess the hypothetical legal scenario that you're provided with, determine what information is most salient and what can be safely ignored, formulate your own position on the issue at hand, outline your argument, and draft a well-written and logically -sound essay.
Half an hour isn't a lot of time to compose writing on complex legal topics, even for confident writers, so but your Bar exam prep instructor can give you practice essays, drills, and other activities for you to work on as you prepare. While you'll be evaluated on the quality of your essay, rather than your outlines and notes, building up your skills as a fast and effective outliner can be a good way to prepare as it can help you quickly determine how the logic of your argument flows and hangs together before you put in the time to write the essay itself. Your instructor can present you with a variety of prompts similar to those you'll see on the MEE and ask you to rapidly come up with arguments for each of them and can then provide feedback that you can use to refine your work.
What skills will I need to apply to the MPT?
The MPT is a little different from the other elements of the UBE. Here you'll be given three hours to perform just two tasks. Each of these tasks will be fairly complicated, and is intended to simulate the work that you'll perform in an actual law office should you pass the Bar exam and go on to work as a lawyer.
You might be asked to draft a will, for example, or put together a closing statement, or write a memorandum to a supervising attorney. Whatever piece of writing you are called to complete, you'll be provided with a "File," a set of documents intended to simulate an actual legal case. Your File could include police reports and evidence, for example, or client documents. You'll also have access to a "Library," a set of relevant legal statutes, regulations, and historical cases and precedents that you'll be free to refer to during the MPT. This means that you'll have all the necessary information right at your fingertips.
However, just as in a real legal case, much of this information will be irrelevant to your immediate task, and some documents may even be misleading or conflict with other pieces of evidence. You'll have to use your critical thinking skills to separate out the important documents, information, and laws, and set to work drafting a piece of your own work. Quick analytical skills and the ability to think on your feet can be vital to performing well on the MPT, so your Maryland Bar class instructor can help you get acclimated to this kind of work by providing you with packets of case files that are similarly confusing, so you can build up your ability to scan and evaluate articles of writing.
How will a Maryland Bar course present all of this information to me?
When you sign up for a prep class you'll be placed in a section where you'll interact with your instructor and your classmates through a virtual classroom environment. You'll attend class via video chat, so you'll be able to see, hear, and speak with the rest of your class just as you could in a traditional brick-and-mortar classroom. You'll attend live lectures and class discussions.
Our classes are not comprised of prerecorded videos or canned lectures. You will be taught by a professional, experienced, highly qualified teacher who has been extensively interviewed and vetted to ensure that they have what it takes to teach a class on the complicated legal concepts that you'll need to master to excel on the Bar exam. They have also been evaluated on their communication and teaching abilities, so you can be confident that you'll be learning from someone who not only knows the material thoroughly but also understands how to convey that material to students in a way that's easy to grasp.
Your instructor can present lectures, take questions, and incorporate student concerns into later lessons. They can also break your class up for group activities and discussions. You and your classmates can work together to complete a case similar to what you'll see on the MPT, for example, or read each others' practice MEE essays to offer constructive criticism. Engaging in group work with your colleagues can expose you to new perspectives on legal issues, as your classmates can come from a diverse range of backgrounds, career paths, and walks of life. This can broaden your understanding of how the law affects people's s' lives on a day-to-day basis. You'll also be able to request one-on-one time with your instructor, in case you find yourself struggling with particular topics and would like to spend extra sessions working closely with an expert.
I'd like to attend a Maryland Bar prep course, but I have a busy schedule. Is there a course for me?
We're well aware that many law students have packed schedules thanks to busy academic, personal, and professional lives. However, our online courses are designed to be easily accessible, even for those with fast-paced lifestyles and many commitments. You won't have to worry about fitting a new commute into your day, as you'll be able to attend your course from anywhere you have a connection to the internet and a computer or mobile device. Many course meeting times are available, and you can choose between two-week and four-week course sections. Whether you're looking for a short and intense course or something more protracted that will let you spread out your studies, we can find something that fits your needs.
How can I get signed up for a Maryland Bar course near me?
When If you give Varsity Tutors a call, we can get you enrolled in a Maryland Bar course without a hassle. New course sections start every month, so there's always something coming up shortly. Reach out today and let us help you make this investment in the future of your law career.