If you're pursuing a license to practice law in the state of Maryland, Varsity Tutors can help you get ready to face the exam with a Maryland Bar prep course. You can learn directly from an experienced, highly-qualified instructor, either in an online classroom setting or through one-on-one tutoring. Each state has its own licensing process, but in the state of Maryland, you'll have to pass the UBE, or Uniform Bar Exam. You'll also have to take the MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination), which will address the issues of ethics, professional conduct, and disciplinary measures associated with lawyering. There's additionally a state-specific Maryland Law Component. The UBE is split into three sub-tests: The MBE (Multistate Bar Examination), the MEE (Multistate Essay Examination), and the MPT (Multistate Performance Test). These tests cover a lot of material and require you to show a range of skills, so figuring how to approach the Bar exam can be intimidating. However, online Maryland Bar preparation can give you direction and expert feedback, making test prep less of an ordeal.
How can Maryland Bar prep get me ready for the MBE and Maryland Law Component?
The MBE is a long, comprehensive test, and makes up a full 50% of your UBE score. You'll have to answer 200 multiple-choice questions over the course of six hours. These questions will cover topics like torts, civil law, constitutional law, criminal law and procedures, contracts, and more. You'll have to be well-versed in all aspects of U.S. law in order to make good time on the UBE. You'll also have to have the mental fortitude to maintain your focus for six hours straight. Your Maryland Bar preparation instructor can help you work on test-taking skills like time management. You'll want to answer questions at a steady rate throughout the test so you don't end up rushing through the latter part of the exam. You can also figure out what pacing methods work best for you and keep you sharp, whether that's taking periodic breaks, setting aside more time for subjects you know you'll find more difficult, or other techniques.
The Maryland Law Component is broken into two sections. One is a set of 50 timed multiple-choice questions similar to the MBE. This test is open-book, but you'll still want to be well-prepared for the exam to ensure that you finish within the 90-minute time limit, so your prep instructor can go over the specifics of Maryland law that you'll see on the MLC to get you up to speed. The MLC also includes a written section where you'll have to show your understanding of the distinctions of Maryland law like Maryland civil procedure and the codes of conduct expected of Maryland lawyers.
How can I prepare for the MEE?
The MEE is another written test you'll have to pass to become licensed in the state of Maryland. You'll be asked to respond to six essay questions, and will have 30 minutes to work on each. These essays will require you to analyze a hypothetical legal scenario, take a position on the issue at hand, and make an argument for that position. You'll be evaluated less on whether your stance is "right" or "wrong," and more on your ability to apply legal principles to formulate a well-thought-out and logically sound case. Your instructor can teach you to rapidly develop essay outlines that can help you examine your own argument in its totality, so you understand how your essay will hang together before you begin writing in earnest. These compositional abilities can serve you well on the MPT as well.
How can Maryland Bar prep assist me in approaching the MPT?
The MPT is somewhat different from the rest of the Bar exam. Instead of taking a traditional multiple-choice or essay test, you'll be assigned two lawyering tasks that you'll have to complete inside of three hours. These will be simulations of real-life legal work you'll perform should you pass the Bar exam and go on to practice law. You could be asked to draft a letter to the opposing counsel, for example, or put together a client's will, or write a closing statement. Regardless of the task, you'll have access to a "File" of documents related to these hypothetical cases, like police reports, newspaper clippings, client documents, transcripts of testimonies, and so on. You'll also be free to refer to a "Library" of relevant historical cases and statutes as you work. Although you'll have all the necessary information at your fingertips, much of what you'll be given won't be directly applicable to the task at hand. Your Maryland Bar preparation instructor can show you techniques for quickly sorting through these documents, separating out useful information, and arranging your materials to allow you to quickly compose your written work.
How will a Maryland Bar prep course present all of this to me?
When you sign up for Maryland Bar preparation you'll have two options: classes or tutoring. In either case, you'll work with your instructor online. Tutoring takes place through our Live Learning Platform, which allows you to see, hear, and speak with your instructor over video chat. In a classroom session, your instructor can deliver lectures to you and your classmates, take questions, break up the class for discussions and activities, and more. Your instructor won't just be giving canned lectures or teaching from a prescribed curriculum, they'll be free to use their expert pedagogical skills to adapt their lessons to the needs of students. A classroom environment also allows you to work with your colleagues, which can be an excellent way to get exposed to new perspectives on legal practice, discuss the ethical issues that you'll have to contend with throughout the Bar exam, and work on class projects. Your instructor could have you and your classmates work through MPT-style law office tasks together, for example, or brainstorm MEE responses. You'll be able to request one-on-one time with your instructor as well if you find yourself struggling with certain topics.
If one-on-one instruction appeals to you, and you prefer a more individualized experienced, working with a personal tutor can be a good idea. If you choose this option, you'll work directly with your tutor, who can work with you to develop a study plan that's specifically targeted at your needs as a learner. They can help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, point out areas of legal knowledge that you need to brush up on, and push you to build abilities you'll need to use when you sit for the Bar exam. If you've got the test-taking skills you'll use on the MBE down pat, for example, but feel like you might struggle to write cogent essays under time pressure as you'll have to on the MEE, your instructor can spend the majority of your time together drilling you with compositional tasks and helping you increase your speed as a writer. This can be a more efficient use of your study time, as you can skip over material that you're confident about and spend your time where it counts most.
I'd like to sign up for Maryland Bar prep, but I have a busy schedule. Will I be able to find options that accommodate my needs?
We're aware that many people readying themselves for the Bar exam have busy personal, professional, and academic lives, which is why we've gone to lengths to ensure that receiving instruction is easy. If you're interested in a class you'll be able to choose from a wide range of meeting times all throughout the week and at various times of day, so whether you'd prefer to study at night, on weekends, or during a break in your workday, we can find something that suits you. New class sections are starting every month, so you can get into your classroom and start learning with minimal fuss. If you're looking for personal tutoring your tutor can talk through scheduling and make time for you. In either case, online-format instruction means that you won't have to worry about commuting to a meeting place or brick-and-mortar classroom, which can save you time and travel expenses. You can study wherever you're most comfortable and productive, be that a favorite cafe, a public library, your office, or your own home.
How can I find Bar prep near me?
If you reach out to Varsity Tutors today we can find Maryland Bar preparation resources for you quickly and easily. Our educational consultants will be happy to discuss our offerings, answer any questions you may have, and get you enrolled. The Bar exam is a critical part of attaining a license to practice law, and the skills you'll employ to succeed on the exam can go on to serve you well throughout your career. If you're getting ready for the Bar exam you've undoubtedly invested a lot of time and effort into your education thus far. Let us help you protect that investment by giving us a call today and taking this step towards pursuing excellence on the Bar exam.