Varsity Tutors can enroll you in a comprehensive New York Bar course to prepare for your upcoming exams. Every state has its own process for obtaining legal licensure. New York State utilizes the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), meaning that the Bar exam is written and scored by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) and your scores are transferable over to any other UBE jurisdictions. The UBE consists of three separate exams: the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE). It's designed to measure your general legal knowledge, legal analysis skills, and ability to effectively communicate with clients and colleagues.
New York State also requires prospective members of the State Bar to pass a state-level exam called the New York Law Exam (NYLE) either before or after the UBE in order to earn a license. If standardized test prep isn't your greatest strength, considering enrolling in our New York Bar prep course to help improve your self-confidence heading into these exams.
How Can A New York Bar Course Help Me Prepare for the NYLE?
The NYLE is a two-hour test comprised of 50 multiple-choice questions about state-level laws and regulations in a variety of legal fields. You must first take the New York Law Course (NYLC), which consists of approximately 17 hours of pre-recorded lectures accessible online, before you can sit for the NYLE. These videos have questions embedded in them that you must answer correctly in order to move onto the next section. Your class instructor can help you understand this material.
Once you're ready to move onto NYLE test prep, your instructor can administer practice exams to help you get comfortable with the exam's electronic interface. The exam is open-book, so your instructor could also help you put together a sheet with some of the concepts you might want nearby as you take the test. Notably, you are prohibited from searching through electronic NYLC materials during your exam, so having your notes handy is highly recommended.
Bar applicants in New York must also pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), meet a 50-hour pro bono service requirement, and satisfy several additional criteria in order to earn admission. If you have any further questions about these state-level requirements, your New York Bar prep course instructor can answer them for you.
How Could A New York Bar Class Instructor Help Me Study for the MBE?
The MBE is a six-hour multiple-choice exam with 200 questions evenly split between two testing sessions. Some of the topics covered include Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, and Evidence. If you have any questions about these topics, your instructor can address them before a simple misunderstanding spirals into a significant learning obstacle.
Your instructor can also teach you test-taking strategies that you can use if you feel stumped on exam day. For example, each item has four possible answer choices. A blind guess therefore has a 25% chance of proving correct, but you can improve those odds if you can eliminate some of the answer choices. You are not permitted to navigate back to a previous item, so make sure you are comfortable with each answer before advancing to the next question. Of course, you don't want to waste all of the time you have on a couple of questions either. Your instructor can help you strike the right balance between spending too long and not enough time on each question.
It is intellectually exhausting to answer 200 multiple-choice questions in a single day, so the MBE is just as much a test of your mental stamina as it is your legal knowledge. Your instructor can coach you on strategies for maintaining your full concentration for the duration of the exam, including eating a balanced meal beforehand and taking breaks as necessary. Likewise, you can study mindfulness strategies such as meditation if you need to refocus on the item in front of you. This portion of the exam represents 50 percent of your total UBE score.
What Skills Should I Focus on for the MPT?
The MPT is a three-hour test with only two questions, but it's much more challenging than you might think. This practical exam begins with a memo from a senior attorney assigning you a task that an entry-level lawyer would be expected to be able to perform. You are also provided with a "File" containing information such as interviews, newspaper articles, client documents, and police reports that may have an impact on the case. Furthermore, you have access to a "Library" with historical cases, statutes, and regulations that you may consult freely during the test.
The good news is that the Library contains all of the legal information you need for the entire test, so you don't need to memorize anything. Unfortunately, the File may have conflicting information, so you need to identify how to resolve any discrepancies in your analysis. If you don't have a lot of experience performing this type of critical analysis, your instructor can teach you what to look for to make a quick determination.
You are also given useless information in both the File and Library, measuring how well you can separate important information from irrelevant material. If you have a hard time quickly absorbing the information you read, your instructor can teach you active reading strategies such as note-taking to help improve your retention. This test represents 20 percent of your total UBE score.
How Can A New York Bar Course Instructor Help Me Study for the MEE?
The MEE consists of six essay questions over one three-hour testing session. You will be tested on some of the same concepts that the MBE covered, but the emphasis is placed on your legal reasoning skills and how well you craft an argument, rather than rote knowledge. One of the best ways to craft an effective argument is to outline your work beforehand, ensuring that you include all of your supporting evidence in a logical manner. If you aren't already in the habit of doing so, your instructor can teach you how to quickly sketch out an effective outline to work from.
Writing six full essays in three hours can also be challenging, so your instructor can show you time management techniques to help you finish on time without rushing. Having an outline gives you something to reference if you forget what you wanted to say next, so you don't waste any time pondering it. Your instructor can also ensure that you're familiar with all of the directions before the exam begins, saving you a few valuable seconds. This exam represents 30% of your total UBE grade.
Are There Any Benefits Associated with the Collaborative Learning Environment A New York Bar Course Can Offer?
Some students are hesitant to take a New York Bar prep course because they don't want to share their instructor with other students, but doing so can actually prove beneficial. If you're having a hard time remembering how to handle trusts and estates, one of your classmates may know a great mnemonic device to make it easier. Likewise, you might find that a classmate's explanation of a challenging concept helps it click for you. You can even try to help your classmates with anything they're struggling with to reinforce your own knowledge base. If you still have trouble understanding any topics, you can always request one-on-one time with your instructor for dedicated support.
Your instructor can also break your class into smaller groups to realistically simulate what it's like to work in a law office. This can expose you to a variety of new perspectives that you may not have even considered on your own, helping you develop a more comprehensive understanding of legal concepts.
Are You Sure A New York Bar Class Can Fit Into My Busy Schedule?
We understand how busy you are, so we provide both two- and four-week courses concurrently to help you find something that fits into your schedule. If you're interested in finishing your test prep as quickly as possible, taking a two-week course could make sense for you. If you'd rather spread sessions out to make it easier to juggle your other responsibilities, a four-week course may be better for you. You get the same premium instruction and number of contact hours either way, so go with whichever option best suits your lifestyle.
While many of our competitors expect you to go out of your way to attend a New York Bar class, we offer live classes via an online classroom that lets you attend study sessions anywhere with a stable internet connection for maximal flexibility. If you want to study at home, you can do so. If you would prefer the serenity of a local library, that's fine too. The video chat ensures that your study experience is comparable to any in-person class on the market, so why go out of your way when you don't need to?
We launch new courses on a monthly basis, so you're never too far away from getting started. You can also arrange extra help sessions with your instructor if you feel like you need a little extra support.
How Do I Sign Up for A New York Bar Course Near Me?
Varsity Tutors strives to make it as easy as possible to enroll in a New York Bar prep course. Reach out to a friendly Educational Consultant by phone or online today to learn more about how we can help you!