If you're pursuing a license to practice law in the state of Pennsylvania, Varsity Tutors can help you along your path with a Pennsylvania Bar prep course. We will place you in an online classroom where you'll learn under the tutelage of a highly-qualified instructor. These instructors have been thoroughly interviewed and vetted to ensure that they have what it takes to assist law students in reviewing complex legal topics. The Pennsylvania Bar exam consists of several components. You'll have to pass the Multistate Bar Examination, or MBE, and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, or MPRE, as well as Pennsylvania's state-specific Essay Examination and Performance Test. There's a lot of material to go over before test day, and even deciding how to begin preparing can feel overwhelming, but a Pennsylvania Bar course can put you on solid footing and give you an idea of how to best proceed.
How can a Pennsylvania Bar class help me ready myself for the MBE?
The MBE can be a grueling test. Spanning 200 multiple-choice questions and lasting six hours, you'll have to demonstrate considerable mental endurance to do well. The questions you'll face on the MBE run the entire gamut of U.S. law, including the fundamentals of torts, real property law, constitutional law, civil law, criminal law and procedures, and much more. A Pennsylvania Bar course can lead you through a systematic review of all aspects of law that you'll see on the MBE, so you can feel assured that you haven't overlooked anything in your studies. This comprehensive preparation can also help you identify areas of weakness in your legal knowledge and assist you in narrowing the scope of your preparation going forward. Your instructor can drill you on each subject until you feel certain that you've memorized the relevant information, and can also give you advice on how to approach such a lengthy test. Six hours is a lot of time to spend focusing closely on anything, much less difficult-to-parse legal language. You'll want to be able to measure the amount of time you spend on each question carefully, as losing track of time can result in you rushing through the latter part of the exam and potentially answering questions poorly. Your instructor can introduce you to time-management techniques and test-taking skills that you can employ on the MBE, including strategies for turning the multiple-choice format to your advantage. Learning methods to quickly identify incorrect responses and cross them off can improve your ability to locate the correct answer, and can also make educated guesses a more viable option when confronted with particularly challenging questions.
What can I do to prepare for the MPRE?
The MPRE is focused on the ethical issues surrounding legal practice. As a lawyer, judge, or other legal official, you'll be expected to uphold a strict standard of ethical responsibility, and you will need to be aware of the disciplinary codes surrounding these standards of conduct. The MPRE will test you on related subjects like client confidentiality, the client-lawyer relationship, the various roles that a lawyer can play both inside and outside the courtroom, and other similar subjects. The MPRE is two hours long and includes 60 questions, and while this makes it much shorter than the MBE, you shouldn't expect it to be any easier. The thorny ethical issues that you'll see on the MPRE can be difficult to unravel, and the roughly two minutes you'll have to answer each question can pass more quickly than you may expect. A Bar course can present you with convoluted disciplinary questions and practical dilemmas to get you acclimated to the sort of work expected of you on the MPRE, and classroom discussions can introduce you to the many viewpoints that such issues can be seen from and lend you a more nuanced understanding of legal ethics that can be useful on the exam.
How can a Pennsylvania Bar course assist me in studying for the Pennsylvania Bar Exam?
Pennsylvania's state exam has two sections: an Essay Examination and a Performance Test. The Essay Examination will present you with six essay-response questions on topics similar to those seen on the MBE, like contract law, family law, wills and trusts, and the like, and can include questions directed specifically at Pennsylvania law. Unlike the MBE, your answers will not be judged on their value as an objectively "right" or "wrong" answer; instead, the examining body is interested in your ability to construct a logically-sound argument based on a prospective scenario that shows your ability to apply your reasoning skills to the issue at hand and argue cogently. You also won't be graded on the relative eloquence of your answers - spelling and grammar are not important factors. You are intended to show your understanding of the issue at hand and your ability to use the law to support your position. A prep course can help you refine your ability to formulate a stance when presented with questions similar to what you'll see on the Essay Examination. Working on your ability to construct an outline quickly can be an excellent way to develop an argument to its conclusion, particularly when you'll be working under time constraints on the exam.
The Performance Test will task you with completing a single task. You'll be asked to do simulated lawyering work similar to what you'll do in a law office, should you pass the exam and go on to work as a lawyer. You might be asked to draft a letter to opposing counsel; for example, a motion, a legal memorandum to a partner, or something else in this vein. You'll have a "File," or set of documents related to your task. This "File" might include interview notes or transcripts of testimony, for example, or letters, invoices, reports, and so on. You'll also have access to a "Library" of legal principles, which are the only principles you are to draw upon while completing your task. This means you won't have to worry about having memorized all the applicable information, but it does mean that you'll need to be able to rapidly sort through and analyze the contents of your "File" and use your critical thinking skills to apply the principles contained in your "Library" appropriately.
How will a Pennsylvania Bar course present all of this information?
When you enroll in your prep class you'll be placed in an online classroom where you'll be able to interact with your instructor and your classmates via video chat. This allows the virtual classroom to function just as a traditional in-person class would - your instructor will teach the class live, and can deliver lectures, assign work, take questions from the classroom, and break up the class for cooperative activities and discussion. There is no prerecorded, static class content and no prescribed curriculum. Instead, you'll be learning directly from an expert on the Pennsylvania Bar exam, who can use all the legal knowledge and pedagogical skill at their disposal to bring you to a more complete understanding of the concepts you'll need to apply when you sit for the test. They can incorporate class concerns into subsequent lectures, and will even be available for one-on-one sessions outside of class by request, should you want to pursue a deeper investigation of subjects that you find yourself struggling with. Working collaboratively with your peers under the guidance of a professional test prep instructor can improve your ability to recall material you've studied when you take the bar exam, as this type of group learning environment has been shown to improve students' ability to both acquire new information and retain it in the long term.
Will I be able to fit a Pennsylvania Bar prep course into my busy schedule?
We're well aware that many law students have many professional, academic, and personal commitments, and that it can be tough to add to one's workload. However, we've taken measures to ensure that attending a Pennsylvania Bar class can be easy even for those with limited availability. An online-format class means you won't have to worry about adding a time-intensive commute to your day and allows you to study wherever you feel to be most productive. You can work from the comfort of your own home, a favorite library or cafe, or even from your workplace during your lunch break. You'll be able to choose from a wide variety of class meeting times all throughout the week, so you can find a class that works for you even if you need to meet late at night, for example, or on weekends.
How can I find a Pennsylvania Bar course near me?
If you reach out to Varsity Tutors today we can get you signed up for a Pennsylvania Bar prep course quickly and without a hassle. Our educational consultants can talk you through scheduling and answer any questions you may have about our offerings, so you can find the option that's best for you. Reach out now and take this opportunity to invest in your future.