Varsity Tutors can help you along the path to a license to practice law in the state of Minnesota with a Minnesota Bar prep course. You'll learn from an experienced instructor, either in a group course setting or through one-on-one tutoring. In either case, you'll get a thorough review of all the facets of U.S. law that you'll have to show your understanding of when you sit for the Bar exam. Each state has its own exam requirements, but Minnesota uses the UBE, or Uniform Bar Exam, a test administered by the National Conference of Bar Examiners which allows you to transfer your scores to other jurisdictions that have also adopted the UBE. The UBE is split into three component parts: the MBE, or Multistate Bar Examination, the MEE, or Multistate Essay Examination, and the MPT, or Multistate Performance Test. You'll also have to take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, a separate test that will assess your knowledge of the codes of conduct and ethical standards to which all legal professionals are held, as well as the disciplinary measures in place to enforce those standards. With such a broad range of material to review, it can be difficult to know where to begin, but Minnesota Bar preparation from Varsity Tutors can get you on the right track.
How can Minnesota Bar prep ready me for the MBE?
The MBE is the largest part of the UBE, accounting for 50% of your overall score. It's also the longest by far, requiring you to answer 200 multiple-choice questions over the course of six hours. The MBE covers topics running the whole gamut of U.S. law. You'll have to be well-versed in torts, civil law, criminal law and procedures, contracts, constitutional law, and much more. On such a long exam, test-taking skills can also play an important factor. You won't want to misuse your time and find yourself scrambling to finish the exam. Your Minnesota Bar preparation instructor can help you develop time management strategies that can be useful when trying to pace yourself throughout the exam, as well as relaxation methods that can assist you when you're trying to maintain your focus for six hours straight. You can also learn how to take advantage of the multiple-choice test format by narrowing down your list of plausible answers, making correct choices easier to recognize and educated guesses more viable.
What will I have to know to excel on the MEE?
The MEE will ask you to respond to six essay questions. You'll have to complete each essay within 30 minutes, which doesn't give you a lot of time to assess the hypothetical legal scenario provided, take a position on the issue at hand, develop a logically-sound argument defending your stance, and compose your essay. The topics covered on the MEE are similar to those you'll see on the MBE, but instead of looking for an objective right or wrong answer you'll be aiming to demonstrate your ability to apply legal principles to formulate a well-reasoned response to a problem. Your prep instructor can drill you with MEE-style questions to help you increase the speed at which you can formulate a logical argument. You can also work on your outlining skills, as outlining your responses before committing to writing out your entire essay can be a good way to see the entire logical flow of your argument before you really begin your work, saving you time on the MEE.
How can Minnesota Bar prep assist me on the MPT?
The MPT is a little different from the other elements of the UBE, as instead of following a traditional essay-response or multiple-choice format, it instead asks you to complete two lawyering tasks similar to those you'd work on in a law office. The intention is to assess your ability to perform actual legal work, so you'll be required to draw up a client's will, for example, or to draft a letter to a supervising attorney, or to write a closing statement, or perform some other similar task. Regardless of what work you're asked to complete you'll be given a "File" of simulated case documents, like police reports, transcripts of testimony, newspaper reports, and so on. You'll also be free to consult a "Library" of relevant historical cases and precedents, statutes, regulations, and the like. Although you'll have all the necessary information to perform your work right at your fingertips, you shouldn't expect the MPT to be easy. As in real-life legal work, you can discover that many of the provided documents are useless for various reasons. They may not entirely apply to the matter at hand, or may contradict other evidence, or be otherwise misleading. Your prep instructor can work with you to develop active reading skills that can help you work through these documents quickly and identify the pertinent information, as well as organizational skills that can help you sort your files and rapidly assemble a well-structured written document of your own.
How will Minnesota Bar preparation present all of this material to me?
You'll have two options when you sign up for Minnesota Bar prep: a group classroom or one-on-one private tutoring. In either case, you'll work with your instructor online. Private instructor can meet you in our Live Learning Platform, which allows you to see, hear, and speak with your instructor while taking advantage of a shared online whiteboard, document sharing, and more. Should you opt for a class, your instructor can deliver comprehensive lectures that go over all the legal subjects you'll see on the Bar exam, take questions from you and your classmates, lead you in classroom activities and discussions, and more. You'll be taught live, rather than working with prerecorded material, which means your instructor can address the concerns of the class directly and can bring the dynamism and energy of a legal expert and experienced teacher to the classroom. Studying alongside other prospective lawyers can give you a broader perspective on U.S. law as well, as your classmates can come from a diverse range of backgrounds and career paths and can share their experiences with you, giving you a more well-rounded viewpoint that can be useful on the Bar exam.
Your instructor will be available for one-on-one sessions by request if you want to take a deeper dive into complex subjects. If you'd like a totally individual private learning experience, however, tutoring can offer that to you. If you sign up for tutoring, your instructor can take the time to get a sense of your current level of preparation, analyze your strength and weaknesses, and put together a study plan that targets your unique needs. If you're a strong writer and aren't worried about the MEE, for example, but feel like the MBE's length and format pose a significant challenge for you, your instructor can put the focus on time management skills, go over practice tests with you, and so on, while if you're most concerned about the practical skills you'll need to show on the MPT, they can put that at the fore instead. They can consider your personal learning preferences, too, so if you're a visual learner you can work with flashcards, charts, diagrams, and similar visual learning tools, or for an auditory learner, they could put together audio notes for you to listen back to after study sessions.
I'd like to sign up for Minnesota Bar preparation sessions, but I have a busy schedule. Can I find something that can accommodate me?
We've specifically designed our Minnesota Bar prep options to make getting the help you need to prepare for the exam easy and accessible. The online format of both classes and tutoring means that you won't have to worry about incorporating an extra commute into your day, which can save you time and travel expenses. You can study anywhere that you have a connection to the internet and a computer or mobile device, so whether you prefer to study somewhere private like your office or home, or in a public study space like the library or a favorite cafe, you'll be able to work where you find yourself most comfortable and productive. There are a variety of class times on offer, and classes meet all throughout the week, so you can find a class section that suits your lifestyle. New sections are starting every month, too, so you can get started quickly. In the case of tutoring, we can connect you to a tutor who's schedule fits with your particular needs.
How can I find Bar prep near me?
If you reach out to Varsity Tutors today, either online or over the phone, our educational consultants can answer any questions you may have about our offerings, discuss scheduling, and get you signed up for the Minnesota Bar preparation you're looking for. If you've come this far on your journey towards the Bar exam you've unquestionably sunk considerable time, money, and effort into your education, so let us help you protect that investment by signing up for a prep class. Give us a call and get started.