If you're pursuing a license to practice law in the United States, you'll have to pass the Bar exam. Varsity Tutors can sign you up for a Minnesota Bar prep course that can help you get ready for the test. The exams you'll have to pass to become a practicing lawyer vary from state to state, but Minnesota has adopted the UBE, or Uniform Bar Exam. This test allows you to transfer your scores to any other jurisdiction that also uses the UBE. The UBE is comprised of three sub-tests: the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). Minnesota also uses the MPRE, or Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, a separate test that evaluates your understanding of the professional ethical standards expected of lawyers, judges, and anyone else in the legal field. There's a lot of ground to cover, and figuring out how to begin preparing can be an overwhelming task. A Minnesota Bar course will place you in an online classroom where you can work with a professional prep instructor who can guide you through the test preparation process.
How can a Minnesota Bar course help me get ready for the MBE?
The MBE can be a long and grueling experience. The exam is six hours long and requires you to answer 200 multiple-choice questions on topics like Constitutional Law, Torts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, and much more. The purpose of the MBE is to examine your knowledge of the fundamentals of law and your ability to apply the law in a wide variety of contexts. Working with an instructor can be a good way to identify what areas of the law you need to brush up on so you can study more effectively. Additionally, a six-hour exam can be as much a test of your ability to focus for long periods and pace yourself properly as it is of your actual legal knowledge. A Minnesota Bar class can go over test-taking strategies that you can employ on the MBE and expose you to practice tests so you can get an idea of how you'll need to manage your time when you take the exam for real. Even something as simple as knowing how to quickly weed out incorrect answers can make a difference. The MBE makes up 50 percent of your overall UBE score, so you'll want to take advantage of any opportunity to gain an edge.
What will I need to know for the MEE?
The MEE will ask you to complete six essay questions. Each will present you with a hypothetical scenario of some sort which you'll be expected to respond to within a 30-minute time limit. You'll have to examine the provided information, separate out the relevant details, think through your position, outline your reasoning, and plan and write an eloquent and convincing essay. This can seem like a tall order on such a tight timeframe, but a Minnesota Bar course can introduce you to tools you can use to approach these essays with confidence. Your instruction can drill you with prompts similar to those that you'll see on the MEE so you can get acclimated to coming up with a logical position on short notice, and you can work on your abilities to rapidly outline a written response. Building good outlining skills can not only increase your compositional speed but can also help you think through the entire sequence of your argument before you take the time to write out the entire piece, potentially resulting in a more logically sound finished product.
What can I expect to face on the MPT?
The MPT is somewhat different from other sections of the UBE. Here, you'll be given three hours to respond to just two prompts, but these will be realistic simulated scenarios intended to mimic the sort of work you'll do should you pass the Bar exam and go on to practice law as an attorney. You might be asked to draft a letter to a supervising attorney, for example, or to write a closing argument. Whatever task is set before you, you'll be given access to a "File" with information related to the hypothetical case, such as testimonies, evidence, newspaper articles, police reports, and so on, as well as a "Library" of historical cases and related regulations for you to review as you work. You'll have to show your ability to apply the law in a real-world context by quickly going through the provided materials, noting what information you'll need to draw upon to complete your work, performing a legal analysis, and putting together a document of your own. Much of what you'll find in the files given to you may be entirely useless, and you may have to resolve legal or ethical dilemmas or make sense of conflicting information present in the materials. You'll then have to compose the memorandum, will, statement, or another form of written work requested of you within the time limit. Your instructor can introduce you to methods to sort and annotate the materials you'll work with on the MPT, so you can make sure you have the time you need for the compositional element of the test. You can also learn active reading techniques and other strategies that you can use to skim and assess documents.
How is a Minnesota Bar prep course presented?
You'll attend your Minnesota Bar class online in a virtual classroom environment. You'll access a virtual classroom where you can see, hear, and speak with your instructor and classmates just as if you were in a traditional brick-and-mortar classroom. Instructors are highly qualified and have been extensively interviewed to determine that they have both the legal knowledge and experience needed to teach students about the Bar exam and the communication skills and teaching ability required to convey that knowledge in a comprehensible, accessible way. You'll be taught in live, interactive sessions. You're not signing up to view pre-recorded video clips or canned lectures; instead, you'll be able to learn from an actual teacher who can engage with the class, answer questions, tailor their lessons to the needs of their students, and so on. You'll even be able to request one-on-one sessions with your instructor if you find yourself having trouble with certain subjects.
Your instructor can deliver long-form lessons, present class activities, and break the classroom up for group discussions. Your mentor might present MEE prompts and ask you and your classmates to brainstorm responses and then critique each other's arguments, for example, weighing in with their own expert advice. Collaborative work environments like this have been shown to foster both information acquisition and retention, which can be of particular benefit in regards to the Bar exam. The skills you'll have to demonstrate to do well on the UBE are the exact same legal abilities that you'll need to use throughout your working life as an attorney, so any review method that helps you carry your knowledge forward into the future is a plus. Discussions can also bring you into conversation with law students from a wide range of backgrounds, which can give you a new perspective on the nuances of legal practice, how the law is applied, and the ethical issues implicit in law that can impact people's lives.
How can I fit a Minnesota Bar prep course into my life?
We're aware that many people preparing for the Bar exam have busy work, academic, and personal lives, and that even if you'd like to take a prep course, you may have reservations about how it will impact your day-to-day schedule. As our courses are presented entirely online, you won't have to worry about squeezing in another commute, which can save you quite a bit of time. You'll be able to log in to your classroom from wherever is most convenient for you. You can work from your home, your workplace, a public study spot like a library or cafe, or anywhere else that you find conducive to learning. Courses are available in both two-week and four-week sections, so whether you're looking for a short, intense course that will cover a lot of material rapidly or a more protracted course that will give you more time to study, we can find something for you.
How can I find a Minnesota Bar course near me?
If you give Varsity Tutors a call today you can speak with one of our educational consultants, who can give you more information about our offerings and about what you can expect from a Minnesota Bar class. New class sections start every month, so we can find a class that fits your needs that's beginning in the near future. If you're ready to take the Bar exam you've undoubtedly put a lot of time, effort, and expense into your education. Let us help you bring that investment to fruition by reaching out now and getting signed up for a Bar exam prep class that can give you a thorough review of what you'll face on test day.