Varsity Tutors is the only name you need to know if you're searching for comprehensive South Dakota Bar preparation services. If you'd like to study in a collaborative learning environment with a group of dedicated students, we can enroll you in a comprehensive online course. Alternatively, we can connect you with a knowledgeable private instructor in as little as 24 hours. Either way, you get to work with a knowledgeable expert who can assist you with every facet of your South Dakota Bar prep.
The South Dakota Bar Exam is a two-day test with three sections. On the morning of day one, candidates answer five Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) items written by the NCBE (National Conference of Bar Examiners) plus a state-written question concerning Indian Law. You'll come back to take the NCBE's Multistate Performance Test in the afternoon. The following day, you take the NCBE's Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) during the morning and afternoon. In addition, candidates must earn a score of at least 85 on the NCBE's Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) in order to practice law in South Dakota. If studying for all of these tests at once strikes you as an impossible task, working with a knowledgeable instructor can help improve your South Dakota Bar prep efficiency. Keep reading for more information.
Which South Dakota Bar Preparation Option Is Right for Me?
Both online classes and private tutors are great ways to prepare for your Bar exam. If you opt for an online class, you'll meet with an expert instructor and a group of other students at set times every week to talk about South Dakota Bar prep. All of our classes consist of live instruction, allowing your teacher to adapt their lesson plans to the needs of the group. For instance, you don't need to spend any time on torts if you and your classmates are already comfortable with the topic. You can communicate with your peers in real time, allowing for enlightening class discussions that could make it easier to understand all sides of a complicated legal issue. In contrast, many competing "classes" are just prerecorded lectures and video clips.
A private instructor affords you the luxury of learning at your own pace. If you're having a hard time with constitutional law, your academic mentor can provide fresh examples and explanations until it clicks for you. If you think constitutional law is the easiest topic on the test, your instructor can skip it entirely to concentrate on other areas. All of your completed assignments can be looked at promptly, allowing you to correct any mistakes while the material remains at the forefront of your mind. Some students even find it easier to ask for help in a one-on-one study environment than a more crowded learning environment.
Clearly, there are no bad options here. In fact, some students choose to combine both services in order to feel as prepared as possible when they sit for their Bar exam.
What Concepts Can I Review with My South Dakota Bar Prep Instructor?
Most of the exam centers on topics such as criminal law and procedure, contract law, family law, and evidence, so your instructor can concentrate on these areas to help you feel ready for the test. The actual list of things you need to know is long, so your instructor can break it into more digestible chunks to take some of the pain out of your test prep.
The Indian Law essay item tests your knowledge of federal Indian law, including but not limited to civil and criminal jurisdiction, the Indian Civil Rights Act, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. Your instructor can review these regulations with you if you need assistance. Likewise, the MPRE assesses your knowledge of the laws governing a lawyer's professional conduct. Most test takers find concepts such as client confidentiality and the client-lawyer relationship fairly easy, but your instructor can review them with you if you wish.
Your instructor can use a variety of different teaching techniques to help you remember information. For example, mnemonics can be a great way to make all of the rote memorization a little easier. Similarly, your instructor can look for ways to make the material you're studying more interesting. After all, you're more likely to retain the information if you're actually interested in studying it, right?
There is no universal approach to standardized test prep, so your instructor can also try teaching methods to compliment your preferred learning style. For instance, a visual learner might get a lot out of a graphic highlighting frequently-tested laws, while an auditory student could get more out of the oral repetition of the most important concepts.
Can I Also Study Test-Taking Techniques During My South Dakota Bar Preparation?
Your instructor can give you a test-specific road map to follow for every part of the South Dakota Bar Exam. For example, you have three hours to answer five MEE questions plus the Indian Law prompt. An average of 30 minutes really isn't that much time to compose an effective essay, so your instructor can show you how to outline your work to make sure you both include all of the relevant evidence backing up your argument and present it in a logical manner. Lawyers need to be able to make their arguments succinctly, and working from an outline can also show you when you are done.
The MPT is a practical test asking candidates to complete two tasks an entry-level lawyer might be expected to perform in three hours. For instance, you might need to write a letter to a colleague, review the facts before a criminal trial, or communicate directly with your client. All of the information you need is provided to you, so you don't need to memorize anything. However, the NCBE intentionally gives you contradictory and useless information, forcing you to make a judgment call on what to focus on. Your instructor can teach you how to quickly skim documents so that you only spend time on relevant information. You can also review active reading strategies such as note-taking to retain more of what you read, an important consideration when you don't have enough time to double-check everything.
The MBE is a 200-question, six-hour, multiple-choice test. It can be tough to concentrate on multiple-choice items for six hours, so your instructor can help you build up your intellectual stamina before your exam. Since it's multiple-choice, your teacher can also show you how to rule out some of the answer choices to make your educated guesses more effective. The MBE prohibits test takers from returning to previous questions, so your instructor can help you find the right balance between spending too much and too little time on each item.
The MPRE also uses a multiple-choice format, but it's a lot shorter (two hours, 60 questions). The same tips that informed your educated guesses on the MBE apply to the MPRE as well, so use them if you get stuck. Your instructor can also share broader test-taking tips with you. For example, a quick list of test center yeas and nays can help you prepare for a potentially unfamiliar environment.
Your instructor can also administer practice exams to give you a sense of what to expect on test day. Experiencing how long you have to finish yourself can make it easier to budget your time accordingly. Likewise, understanding the structure of each part of the exam can mitigate any test anxiety you may be dealing with. Your instructor can also go over your answers with you, helping you identify where you're improving and what you could still use help with.
How Can I Fit Formal South Dakota Bar Prep into My Busy Schedule?
While some of our competitors delight in making you jump through hoops to attend a study session, we allow you to choose the learning environment that works best for you. If you work with a tutor, you can attend sessions through our Live Learning Platform. If you want to attend sessions without leaving home, that's fine. If you'd rather go to a local library, our mobile-friendly platform can go with you. Either way, features such as video chat and a virtual whiteboard provide a great experience comparable to anything you could get in person.
If you'd like to take a course, we offer two- and four-week options concurrently to make it easier to find a fit for your scheduling needs. You also have the right to arrange one-on-one study time with your instructor outside of course meeting times to get any extra help you need. If you'd rather receive individualized attention all of the time, we do our best to find you a private instructor who can meet according to your schedule. Who knew that professional test prep could be so easy?
How Do I Get Started with South Dakota Bar Prep Near Me?
At Varsity Tutors, we try to make the South Dakota Bar preparation process as convenient as possible. Simply use the contact info provided on this page to speak with a friendly educational consultant who would be happy to walk you through each of the options available to you and help you sign up. Contact us today to get the process started!