Varsity Tutors can enroll you in a convenient and comprehensive New Jersey Bar course as you prepare for your upcoming exam. Each state follows its own process for obtaining legal licensure. New Jersey has adopted the Universal Bar Exam (UBE), a standardized test drafted by the National Conference of Board Examiners (NCBE). The UBE is actually made up of three exams, the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE), and the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). It is intended to test your legal knowledge, analysis skills, and effectiveness in communicating with colleagues and clients. If standardized test prep isn't one of your strong suits, consider enrolling in our New Jersey Bar prep course to help build your confidence as exam time draws near.
How Can a New Jersey Bar Course Instructor Help Me Study for the MBE?
The MBE is a multiple-choice test consisting of 200 questions, which are divided evenly over two three-hour testing sessions. Some of the topics covered on the exam include Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Evidence, and Real Property. No doubt there are topics on the MBE that you are well-versed in, but if there are any in which you are less confident, your instructor can help you with those so that a simple misunderstanding doesn't become a significant learning obstacle.
The most important thing going into a test is that you know the material. But it's also important, when it comes to standardized tests, that you know how to take the exam is well. Your instructor can introduce you to test-taking strategies that may be helpful if you run up against a tricky question on exam day. As an example, you have four possible answer choices for each question on the test. That means that a blind guess is going to have a 25% chance of being right. You can improve those odds, though, if you are able to rule out one or more of the answers, and then make an educated appraisal of the ones that remain. The MBE is a computer-based test, and you will not be able to navigate back to questions you already answered if you want to change it. So you will need to be confident in all of your choices. Still, you don't want to spend all your time agonizing over a couple of questions. Your instructor can help you to strike the perfect balance so that you are thoughtfully considering all of the questions without overthinking them.
The MBE is a test of your legal knowledge, but the sheer number of questions, and hours you will spend on it, mean that it is a test of your stamina as well. Your instructor can coach you on maintaining your concentration for the duration of the exam. You can also study mindfulness techniques like meditation to help you stay focused on the item in front of you.
How Can a New Jersey Bar Course Help Me Prepare for MEE?
On the MEE, you will be answering six essay questions over a three-hour testing period. The MEE covers a lot of the same topics as the MBE, but the emphasis is on your reasoning skills, and your ability to craft an argument. You may have plenty of experience writing essays, but writing in a timed environment, when you have to move quickly from one topic to another, can present a whole host of new challenges. One of the most effective ways to successfully craft an argument is to begin with an outline. By doing this, you can be sure to have all of the parts of your argument laid out, along with your supporting evidence, in a logical fashion, so that you don't end up writing yourself into a corner and having to start over. Outlining may be something you already do, but you may not necessarily be used to doing it under pressure. Your instructor can help you to develop outlining strategies that will allow you to organize your thoughts efficiently so that you can maximize your time writing.
Three hours can feel like a long time, but when you consider that you will be writing six essays in that time, you only end up having thirty minutes for each one. Your instructor can aid you with time management strategies so that you are utilizing each of those half-hour blocks in the most effective way possible. They can also go over the instructions with you in class beforehand so that you know what you need to do going in and not waste valuable minutes orienting yourself to the test.
What Skills Should I Be Focusing on as I Study for the MPT?
The MPT consists of only two questions, and you will have ninety minutes for each one. That may not seem like a lot, but it is. A practical exam, the MPT is designed to mimic a real-world, law office setting, and test your ability to use fundamental lawyering skills.
Typically, the exam will give you a hypothetical situation and ask you to produce a text of some kind, such as a will, or discovery plan, or a letter to a client. You will be given material relevant to the case, and some of it not, in the form of a "File," and access to a Library with all the legal information you will need. You will have to sort through and analyze a lot of material in a short time, deciding what is relevant to your case and what is not. If you are not used to making quick critical choices, your instructor can help you to know what you should look for so that you are able to make the right determination while under the time crunch. Similarly, your instructor can help you with note-taking strategies so that you are better able to read and digest a lot of information in a short amount of time.
Are There Benefits Associated with Collaborative Learning Environment a New Jersey Bar Course Can Offer?
You may be reluctant at first to take a New Jersey Bar prep course because you don't like the idea of being in a classroom as opposed to studying alone. But there are actually quite a few benefits associated with studying alongside people who share the same goal that you have. For example, if you have trouble keeping straight the various ins and outs of tort law, or business association, one of your fellow students may have a simple mnemonic device to aid you in remembering. Or, you may find that hearing one of your classmates explain some legal concept that you have grappled with for some time is just the thing to make it finally click for you. A lot of professional educators will tell you that the best way to learn something is to teach it to somebody else. Helping a classmate to better understand something that they are struggling with, you may find, can help you to strengthen your own knowledge base and make you better prepared going into the test. And, if you are still having trouble with something, don't worry, you can always request a one-on-one meeting with your instructor.
A knowledgeable professional, your instructor can give in-depth lectures on the subject matter covered on the exam. They can also divide your class into smaller groups to realistically simulate a law office setting. This can expose you to a wealth of divergent perspectives and points of view that you may not have encountered on your own. This can help you to develop a more well-rounded understanding of the law.
Are You Sure a New Jersey Bar Class Can Fit into My Busy Schedule?
There are so many obligations in life, like family, and work, and we understand how hard it can be to find time to prep for your Bar Exam. That's why we give you the option of both a two-week and a four-week course, which run concurrently, so it's easier to find something that will fit your schedule. If your goal is to get your test prep done with as quickly as possible, you'll probably want to take the two-week course. If you're more interested in spreading your sessions out to make it easier to work in with your other responsibilities, you may want to look at the four-week course. You get access to the same quality instruction, and it's the same number of contact hours either way. All you have to do is pick which works best for you.
While many other test prep companies expect you to follow their schedule if you want to attend a New Jersey Bar class, we offer a virtual online classroom that lets you attend study sessions from anywhere there is a stable internet connection. You can attend from home, or neighborhood coffee shop, or from a local library. The ability to take advantage of video chat to communicate with your instructor and other students ensures that your experience will be comparable to any in-person class on the market. Plus, new courses begin every month, so you are never far away from getting started.
How Do I Sign Up for a New Jersey Bar Course Near Me?
Varsity Tutors wants to make it as easy as possible to enroll in a New Jersey Bar prep course. Contact one of our knowledgeable Educational Consultants online or by phone today to find out how we can help you meet your study needs!