If you're on a path towards becoming licensed to practice law in Missouri, Varsity Tutors can help you on your way with a Missouri Bar prep course. You'll study under a professional Bar exam instructor in an online classroom where you can get a comprehensive review of all relevant aspects of U.S. and Missouri law. The standards for licensure vary from state to state, but Missouri has adopted the UBE, or Uniform Bar Exam, a test which allows you to transfer scores to other jurisdictions that also use the UBE. The UBE consists of three components: the MBE, or Multistate Bar Examination, the MEE, or Multistate Essay Examination, and the MPT, or Multistate Performance Test. Missouri also requires you to take the MPRE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination), a test that covers the ethical and disciplinary issues surrounding legal practice, and a state-specific open-book test on Missouri law, known as the Missouri Educational Component Test (MECT). There's a lot of ground to cover before test day, and it can be difficult to even know where to begin studying, but the guidance you'll receive in a Missouri Bar course can give you direction.
How can a Missouri Bar class prepare me for the MBE?
The MBE is the largest component of the UBE, making up 50% of your overall grade. It's also the longest, weighing in at 200 multiple-choice questions delivered over the course of six hours. You'll be tested on all the fundamentals of U.S. law, such as constitutional law, civil law, criminal law and procedures, evidence, contracts, torts, and so on. The careful, systematic review that your prep course instructor can lead you through can be an excellent way to ensure that you don't gloss over anything as you study, and can reveal areas that you need to brush up on before you sit for the exam. Your instructor can also give you advice on how to handle such a long exam. Concentrating on difficult legal concepts for six hours straight is a demanding challenge, but your instructor can teach you test-taking techniques and time management skills that you can use while you work. This can help prevent you from falling off of your desired pace on the exam, so you don't end up running out of time and rushing through the end of the test.
What can I do to prepare for the MEE?
The MEE will test you on similar subjects as the MBE, but instead of evaluating your ability to discern between "right" and "wrong" answers, you'll be graded on your ability to cogently apply the law to defend your position on a hypothetical legal scenario. You'll be given six essay prompts and will have 30 minutes to answer each one. In this time you'll have to analyze the scenario, consider relevant laws, take a stance, and argue for your standpoint in a well-structured and logically-sound essay. As the focus of the MEE is your ability to think critically and adopt a defensible position, your Missouri Bar course instructor can help you get ready for this exam by drilling you with essay prompts and asking you to rapidly formulate outlines that show the logical flow of your argument. This can assist you in constructing well-reasoned essays under time pressure. The analytical skills that you'll have to employ here can also be useful on the MPRE, which will ask you to respond to difficult ethical questions and root out correct responses to practical dilemmas.
How can a Missouri Bar prep course aid me in studying for the MPT?
The MPT is unique among the tests you'll see on the Missouri Bar exam in that it is less of a traditional test than it is a practical assessment of your lawyering skills. You'll have three hours to complete two tasks similar to those you'd face in a law office. You could be asked to draft a letter to opposing counsel, for example, or to put together a client's will, or create some other written work in this vein. You'll have access to a "File" composed of simulated documents related to the case at hand, such as transcripts of testimony, police reports, client documents, and so on, which you'll be free to refer to. You'll also have a "Library" at your disposal, a collection of relevant statutes and historical cases for you to draw upon as you work. This means that you won't have to worry about having memorized all the pertinent information, but you will have to use solid research skills to weed out all the important information contained in your File. As in a real-life legal case, much of the material at your disposal may not be entirely applicable to the task at hand or may be contradictory, and you'll have to be able to discern between useful and misleading documents on a tight timeline. The active reading skills your Missouri Bar course instructor can help you develop for use on the MPT can apply equally well to the MECT, as in both cases you'll be working from an open set of documents.
How will a Missouri Bar class present all of this information?
When you sign up for your Bar class you'll gain access to an online classroom where you'll interact with your classmates and your instructor via video chat software. This allows you to see, hear, and speak with the rest of the class just as you would in a traditional in-person classroom session. Your instructor will teach the class in real-time - there are no prerecorded video clips or canned lectures here. Instead, you'll be learning directly from a qualified expert who has total control over the classroom and curriculum, so they can adjust their teaching methods to address the needs of the class, can take questions, and can lead the class in discussions and group work to supplement their lectures. These instructors have not only been assessed to make sure that they command knowledge of U.S. and Missouri law, they have also been evaluated on their ability to perform as communicators and educators. You can be confident that you'll be learning from someone who has the ability to explain complex legal concepts and terminology in a way that can make this challenging material more accessible. Your instructor will even be available for one-on-one sessions by request if you find yourself struggling with particular legal concepts and need to take a deeper look at certain subjects.
You can work collaboratively with classmates on sample problems, offer constructive critiques of each others' essays, and engage in discussions of the ethical issues you'll confront on the MPRE, among other things. Working alongside colleagues has been shown to improve student learning outcomes, and can help you retain information in the long term. You can also learn from the diverse backgrounds and career experiences of your peers, which can give you a more nuanced and well-rounded view of law that can improve your work on written exams like the MEE and MPT. You'll be able to share your own strengths with the classroom as well; teaching your classmates can reinforce your existing knowledge and boost your confidence as you get ready to sit for the exam.
I'd like to enroll, but I have a busy schedule. Is there a Missouri Bar prep course for me?
We know that law students often have many academic, professional, and personal commitments, so we've gone out of our way to ensure that attending a prep course can be easy. You can access your classroom from anywhere that you have an internet connection and a computer or mobile device, so you won't have to contend with a time-wasting commute. This gives you control over your study space, too, so you can work somewhere that you find comfortable and free of distractions, whether that's a campus cafe, a public library, your workplace, or your own home. There are a range of course meeting times available, so you can find something that works for you even if you need to meet late at night, on weekends, or during a break in the middle of your workday. You can choose between two-week and four-week course sections, depending on whether you're looking for a short and intense study experience or something more protracted that will let you spread out your workload.
How can I get signed up for a Missouri Bar course near me?
If you give Varsity Tutors a call today our educational consultants will be happy to help you enroll in a Missouri Bar prep course that's right for you. We can answer any questions you may have, provide more information about our services, and discuss scheduling options so you can pick the best course for your needs. New courses start every month, so the course you're looking for may not be far off. If you're preparing for the Bar exam you've undoubtedly put significant amounts of time, effort, and money into your education and your chosen career path, and it's important that you bring that investment to its fruition. Varsity Tutors can help. Reach out now and get started pursuing success on the Bar exam.