Varsity Tutors can enroll you in a comprehensive and convenient Rhode Island Bar course to prepare you for your upcoming Bar Exam. The process for obtaining legal licensure can differ quite a bit from state to state. Rhode Island utilizes the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE) which means that much of the exam is written and scored by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE), and your scores may be transferred to any jurisdiction that has also adopted the UBE. The UBE is made up of three separate exams, the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and the Multistate Essay Examination. If standardized test prep isn't something you feel is one of your strengths, consider enrolling in a Rhode Island Bar prep course to help you gain the confidence you need going into your exams.
How Can a Rhode Island Bar Class Instructor Help Me Study for the MBE?
The MBE consists of 200 multiple-choice questions covering a range of topics including things like criminal law, procedure and evidence, and Constitutional law, to name just a few. You have six hours to complete the exam, with questions divided evenly over two testing sessions. If you are uncertain about any of the topics covered on the exam, your instructor can clarify them for you so that some small misunderstanding doesn't grow into something that hurts your score on the test.
Sometimes knowing how to take a test can be nearly as valuable as knowing what is on the test. Your instructor can work with you to develop test-taking strategies to prepare you for questions that stump you when you sit for the test itself. On the day of the exam, you will not be able to navigate back to previous questions if you decide later on that you want to go back and change one of your answers, so you will need to make sure that you are confident with each answer choice you make before moving on to the next question. That being said, you also don't want to spend your whole time answering just a handful of questions. Your instructor can help prepare you so that you are spending the right amount of time on each question, and so that you are being accurate in your selection while still answering all the questions within the allotted time.
Having to answer 200 multiple-choice questions in a single day can be exhausting. In this respect, the MBE can be a test of your endurance as well as your understanding of the law. Your instructor can help you develop strategies for maintaining your concentration over the long haul, like knowing when to take breaks and making sure you have a balanced meal before going into the test.
What Skills Should I Focus on for the MPT?
The Rhode Island Bar exam utilizes one MPT question, which may not seem like a lot, but that one question can actually be quite challenging. The MPT is a practical exam designed to test an examinee's ability to use fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation. You will need to be able to sort detailed factual materials, analyze statutory, case, and administrative materials, and apply relevant law to relevant facts, all in a relatively short amount of time.
Typically, the question will give you a hypothetical situation you might encounter while working at a law office. For example, you may be asked to write a memorandum to a supervising attorney, a will, or a closing argument. Along with this, you are given a "File" with documents relating to the problem you have been given, and access to a "Library" that has the legal information you need. The file you are given may contain conflicting information, so you will need to be able to resolve any discrepancies in your analysis. If you don't have experience making this kind of on-the-spot critical analysis, your instructor can help you to better understand what to look for so you can better make a timely determination. Along similar lines, you will have to read and digest a lot of information in a short time, so your instructor can share with you reading and note-taking strategies to help you sort through and separate relevant from irrelevant facts.
How Can a Rhode Island Bar Course Help Me Prepare for the MEE?
The MEE will require you to write six essays, with half an hour allotted for each one, all in the same day. You can expect to find this challenging no matter how good you are at writing essays. No doubt you had plenty of experience in argumentative writing when you were at law school, but writing in a timed setting on a number of different subjects can present its own set of challenges. One strategy for crafting a convincing argument is to write a concise outline beforehand so you have all of your supporting evidence laid out in a logical fashion before you even get started. If you are not already in the habit of doing that, your instructor can share with you some effective outlining practices that can be performed quickly so you still have plenty of time to write.
When writing multiple essays, time is always going to be a consideration. Your instructor can help you with time management strategies so that once you begin working from your outline you can be sure you are not getting bogged down on one essay and not leaving yourself enough time for others. They can also see to it that you are familiar with the exam's instructions before you go in. That way, instead of wasting valuable minutes figuring out what is expected of you, you can dive right in and write.
Are There Benefits Associated with Collaborative Learning Environment a Rhode Island Bar Course Can Offer?
Sometimes people are hesitant to enroll in a Rhode Island Bar prep course because they don't like the idea of sharing their instructor with other students. There are plenty of benefits, though, to studying with other like-minded people. For example, if you can never seem to keep straight certain subtleties and nuances of intestate succession, one of your classmates may know a mnemonic device to help you remember. Similarly, it could be that hearing a classmate explain some concept you've always struggled with is just the thing that finally clarifies it for you. Some people say the best way to learn something is to teach it, and you may find that helping your fellow students when they need it only strengthens and reinforces your knowledge base. If there is anything that still gives you trouble, even after going over it in class, don't worry. You can always request a one-on-one meeting with your instructor for dedicated support.
In addition to giving in-depth lectures on the various legal topics you will need to know when you take your exam, your instructor can assign you and your classmates to work in small groups to more realistically simulate what it is like to work in a law office. Such a setting has the benefit of exposing you to new perspectives and points of view you may not have come to on your own, deepening your understanding of the legal concepts you are studying.
Are You Sure a Rhode Island Bar Course Can Fit into My Busy Schedule?
Trying to pass your Bar exam can be challenging enough, considering all the other responsibilities you have like work, school, and family. Trying to find time amid all that for a prep course can be more challenging still. That's why we provide both two-week and four-week courses, running concurrently, to help you find something that best fits with your schedule. If your goal is to get through your test prep as quickly as you can, signing up for the two-week course may be the right choice for you. If it makes more sense to you to have your sessions spread out so that you are better able to juggle your other responsibilities, then you may consider the four-week course. Either way, it's the same number of contact hours and the same quality instruction. All you need to do is pick whichever option is the best fit for you.
A lot of other test prep companies want you to adhere to their schedule in order to take a Rhode Island Bar class. We, on the other hand, value flexibility. Since sessions take place in a virtual online classroom, we make it easy for you to attend study sessions from anywhere with a reliable internet connection. You can study from the comfort of your own home if that's your preference, or from your local library. If you need a little caffeine to power through your study sessions, you can attend from your neighborhood coffee shop. It's really up to you. Powerful learning tools like video chat and a virtual whiteboard mean that the test prep you receive is comparable to any in-person study experience out there. Why jump through all those hoops when there's really no need to?
New courses start each month, so it's easy to begin any time you want. And, you can always arrange extra help sessions with your instructor if you ever feel like you are in need of a little added guidance.
How Do I Sign Up for a Rhode Island Bar Course Near Me?
Varsity Tutors goes to great strides to make enrolling in a Rhode Island Bar prep course as convenient as possible. Reach out to one of our friendly and knowledgeable Educational Consultants by phone or online today to learn how we can help you meet your test prep needs!