Varsity Tutors can get you set up with professional Nevada Bar preparation services today. If you're interested in reviewing for the test in a structured, collaborative learning environment, we can enroll you in a comprehensive online class that covers everything you need to know. Or, we can connect you with a knowledgeable private instructor in as little as 24 hours. Both options represent great ways to prepare for your exam, so keep reading for more information on how we might be able to help you.
The Nevada Bar Exam consists of a Nevada Essay Examination written by the state, a Multistate Performance Test (or MPT) item written by the National Council of Bar Examiners (NCBE), and the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) produced by the same organization. In addition, candidates must score at least an 85 on the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) before earning legal licensure in the state of Nevada. If studying for all of these tests at once intimidates you, investing in formal Nevada Bar prep is a great way to gain self-confidence heading into your exam.
How Do I Decide Which Nevada Bar Prep Option Is Right for Me?
The prep method that's right for you is entirely up to you. If you opt for an online course, you'll meet with a group of dedicated students and an expert teacher at set times during the week to discuss all things Nevada Bar prep. Unlike many competing products, all of our course offerings involve live instruction. You're free to interact with your classmates, allowing for lively discussions on every perspective of legal concepts. There is also no rigid curriculum, which lets your instructor concentrate on whatever the group needs help with. For example, you don't have to waste time on professional ethics review if you and your peers are already comfortable with the topic. In contrast, other companies offer "courses" that are just a bunch of prerecorded lectures and video clips.
Studying with a private instructor allows you to review at your own pace. If you're having a hard time with Torts, your instructor can provide alternate explanations and examples until you feel more comfortable with the topic. If you already understand Constitutional Law, your instructor can quickly shift gears to keep your sessions as engaging as possible. A private instructor can also provide timely feedback on all of the work you complete, allowing you to address any mistakes while the material remains fresh in your mind. Some students even find it easier to ask for help in a one-on-one setting than a crowded classroom.
As you can see, both options are great ways to prepare for a Bar exam. In fact, some students combine them for an even more thorough test prep experience.
What Material Should I Cover During My Nevada Bar Preparation?
The MBE covers concepts such as Contract Law, Family Law, Real Property, Evidence, and Business Relationships, so your instructor can focus on similar material to help you feel prepared for whatever the test throws at you. If the sheer volume of material overwhelms you, your instructor can break it down into smaller chunks to make it more approachable. Any questions you ask can also be answered promptly, allowing you to seek clarification before a simple misunderstanding gets out of hand.
The Nevada Essay Examination tests you on a blend of general and state-level law. There aren't that many differences between them, but your instructor can point them out so that you apply the correct principles for each question. The Nevada Essay Exam also includes an item on professional ethics, while the MPRE covers the conduct expected of legal professionals. Most test-takers find this material easier than that tested on the MBE, but your instructor can still review it with you if you like.
Your instructor can also use a variety of different teaching stratagems to help you understand challenging concepts. For example, mnemonic devices can be a great way to ease the amount of rote memorization you need to do. Your instructor can also proactively look for ways to make the material more interesting, as engaged students often have better information retention than those who are bored.
Similarly, your instructor can try to work with your preferred learning style to make studying more productive. A visual learner might benefit from tools such as flashcards and charts to learn legal concepts, but an auditory student could get more out of lecture-based sessions instead. There is no universal way to study for a Bar examination, so why not do what makes the most sense for you?
Can My Nevada Bar Prep Instructor Teach Me Test-Taking Strategies Too?
You're taking four different tests in pursuit of Nevada Bar admission, so it only makes sense to have a customized approach for each one. The Nevada Essay Exam consists of eight essay questions split between two four-hour testing sessions. You are scored on your knowledge of legal facts, legal reasoning, and brevity, so it is strongly recommended that you compose an outline before you start writing to keep your argument on track. If you aren't accustomed to working from an outline, your instructor can show you how to create an effective one.
The MPT is a practical test where you have 90 minutes to complete a task that an entry-level lawyer could reasonably be asked to accomplish. For instance, you might construct a closing argument, conduct research for a criminal case, or compose correspondence to a colleague. All of the information you need is provided in the form of a "File" (for case-specific info) and "Library" (legal regulations), so you don't really need to memorize anything. However, you will need to separate pertinent information from irrelevant material. Your instructor can teach you how to skim each document to quickly determine whether you need it or not.
Ninety minutes might seem like a long time to answer one question, but it's involved enough that time management is important. Your instructor can show you active reading techniques to help you retain more of the information you're presented with, mitigating the need to refer back to your sources.
The MBE is a six-hour, 200-item multiple-choice test designed to assess your general legal knowledge. It can be hard to concentrate on multiple-choice questions for six hours, especially since you only get one scheduled break on test day. Your instructor can help you build up your mental stamina to help you prepare for the marathon. Likewise, you can learn how to leverage the test against itself. For instance, each MBE item has four possible answers. Your instructor can show you how to safely eliminate some of them in order to improve the efficacy of any educated guesses you need to take.
The MPRE is also a multiple-choice test, but it's much shorter (two hours, 60 items). If you get stuck, you can use the same strategies discussed for the MBE above.
Your instructor can also administer timed practice tests to give you a feel for what to expect on test day. Experiencing the time available to you firsthand is one of the best ways to learn how to budget it more effectively. Understanding how an exam tends to word questions can also go a long way toward relieving any test anxiety you may be experiencing. Most importantly, you can review your answers with your instructor to identify your unique areas of opportunity that you can improve.
Similarly, your instructor can share test-taking strategies that you may not even realize you need. For example, taking an exam in a secure environment is a novel experience for many Bar applicants. Your instructor can give you a sense of what to expect so that you aren't greeted by any unwelcome surprises on test day.
How Will I Fit Formal Nevada Bar Preparation into My Busy Lifestyle?
While many of our competitors force you to go out of your way for Nevada Bar preparation, we try to make it as convenient as possible for you. Our proprietary Live Learning Platform allows you to attend private study sessions anywhere with a stable internet connection, so you don't need to commute anyplace. It's also mobile-friendly, making studying in a local library just as easy as your living room. Cool features like video chat and a virtual whiteboard also ensure that your digital experience is just as effective as face-to-face instruction, so you're not compromising quality for convenience. Online classes are also provided via a simple to use virtual classroom interface.
If you want to take a course, we provide two- and four-week options simultaneously to make it easier to find something that fits your scheduling needs. You can also arrange private study time with your instructor outside of your usual meeting times if you think you need extra help. If you would prefer to work with a private tutor, we try to match you with somebody who can accommodate your scheduling needs.
Can I Sign Up for Nevada Bar Prep Near Me Right Now?
Of course. Contact a knowledgeable Educational Consultant using the info provided for expert guidance on choosing and enrolling in the Nevada Bar prep solution that's right for you. Whether an online course, a private instructor, or a combination thereof best suits your needs, Varsity Tutors looks forward to assisting you however we are able!