If you're pursuing a license to practice law in the state of Washington, you'll have to pass the Bar exam, and Varsity Tutors can help you prepare with a Washington Bar prep course. You'll work with a professional instructor who has been rigorously vetted and interviewed to ensure that they have the legal knowledge and the pedagogical abilities required to teach. They can give you insight into not only the legal and ethical issues that you'll have to address on the test but also into how the Bar exam is structured. Each state sets its own requirements for those who'd like to work in the legal profession, and Washington has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam, which allows you to transfer your scores to other jurisdictions that use this test. The UBE consists of three sub-tests: the Multistate Bar Examination, or MBE; the Multistate Essay Examination, or MEE; and the Multistate Performance Test, or MPT. Additionally, Washington uses the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, otherwise known as the MPRE, a test that will assess your knowledge of the conduct expected of lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals, as well as the disciplinary measures that can be brought against those who fail to meet these standards. There's quite a lot of material to review as you get ready to face the Bar exam, but a Washington Bar course can give you direction and help you figure out where you should be focusing your studies.
How can a Washington Bar course assist me as I prepare for the MBE?
The MBE is the most heavily-weighted part of the UBE, accounting for 50 percent of your UBE score. It's also the longest. You'll answer 200 multiple-choice questions over the course of six hours, so you'll need to learn to maintain an intense mental focus for long periods of time. The MBE covers the gamut of U.S. law. You'll be tested on topics like torts, real property, civil law, Constitutional law, criminal law and procedure, and more. Your Washington Bar course instructor can address each of these subjects in turn, giving you a comprehensive run-down of each topic and helping you discover and shore up your weaknesses.
Your instructor can also give you advice on how to approach the MBE, from a structural standpoint. As the exam is multiple-choice, your mentor can show you methods to quickly deduce which answers must be incorrect, which can make finding the correct answer easier or help you make an educated guess. You can also learn how to properly manage your time so that you don't find yourself rushing through questions during the latter part of the test, as well as when it's appropriate to take breaks to re-assert your focus.
What can I ready myself for the MEE?
The MEE will ask you to read and respond to six essay prompts and allows 30 minutes for each essay. In this time you'll have to assess the hypothetical legal scenario at hand, consider what legal and ethical snares might be inherent in the question, formulate your own position on the issue, and compose a well-written and well-argued essay. Even for a confident writer, half an hour isn't all that much time to complete a task as complex as this. However, your instructor can provide you with writing drills and other activities that aim to improve your ability to rapidly produce logically-sound responses to the sorts of prompts you'll see on the MEE. You can also work on your outlining skills. Taking the time to create an outline might seem like a waste in a high-pressure environment like the Bar exam, but it can actually help you write more quickly and create better work.
What will I face on the MPT, and how can a Washington Bar class assist me?
The MPT is somewhat different from the MEE and MBE, as it takes the form of two simulated real-life tasks of the sort that you'll encounter in the workplace should you become licensed as a lawyer and go on to work in a law office. You might be asked to draft a letter to a supervising attorney, for example, or put together a closing statement. You'll be given access to a "File" of simulated case documents, like police reports, evidence, client documents, and so on, as well as a "Library" of relevant legal cases, historical precedents, statutes, and the like. As you'll have all the information that you need to complete your work at your fingertips, you won't have to worry about having memorized the applicable laws and rulings. However, you will have to show your ability to skim through a large quantity of written information, absorb and process it, and decide what material is most useful for your purposes. As in real-world legal work, some of the documents that you'll find in your "File" may contradict one another or may simply not be of any utility to you. You'll have to use your critical thinking skills to decide what files to use and how to use them as you compose a written document of your own. Your Bar exam instructor can expose you to the kinds of material you'll work with on the MPT, warn you about the sorts of misleading information that you may have to sift through as you work, and can show you methods for planning out your work while you research so you can save precious time on the MPT.
How will a Washington Bar prep course present all of this material to me?
Your prep class will be taught entirely online through a virtual classroom, which utilizes video chat technology to give you access to live sessions. This allows you to see, hear, speak, and interact with your instructor and classmates just as you would in a traditional in-person classroom. Classes are taught by an experienced instructor. You won't be learning from prerecorded video clips or static lectures. Instead, your Bar exam mentor can deliver lively, dynamic lessons that allow you to ask questions, work with your classmates, and participate in classroom activities. They also won't be working from a strict, predetermined curriculum, so they can adjust their teaching style and the focus of their lectures to suit the needs of the classroom. In addition to following along with your instructor's lessons, you can add your voice to class discussions and engage with collaborative activities. You and your peers can work together to brainstorm responses to MEE-style essay questions and offer each other constructive criticism, for example. Learning from a group of your colleagues can be an excellent way to broaden your understanding of the law. Your fellow students can come from a range of backgrounds and career tracks, and so can share a multitude of life experiences that can give you a new viewpoint on the legal and ethical issues that you'll have to address in your law career. You'll also be able to request one-on-one sessions with your mentor if you'd like to take a deeper look at particular topics.
I'd like to sign up for a Washington Bar course, but I have a busy schedule. Will I be able to find a course that suits my needs?
We recognize that many law students have active professional, social, and academic lives, and have to juggle many responsibilities and commitments. This is why we've gone to lengths to ensure that our students can make it to their Washington Bar class easily, even if they have a fast-paced lifestyle. Commuting to and from a physical classroom can eat up a lot of time, especially when you factor in traffic delays, and can become expensive. However, as our classes are taught entirely online, you'll be able to study from any location where you have a stable internet connection and a computer, laptop, or mobile device. You can work from home, your office, a campus cafe, a public library, or any other space that you find convenient and free of distractions. Classes are available throughout the week and at a variety of times of day, so whether you need to study late at night, on weekends, or even during your lunch break, you can find a class that's right for you. These classes also come in both two-week and four-week-long sections, which means that you can choose between a shorter, more intensive study program and a more protracted one that will give you more time to spread out your workload. Students from all walks of life are welcome.
How can I find a Washington Bar course near me?
Varsity Tutors has educational consultants who will be happy to take your call, give you more information about our course offerings and scheduling options, and get you signed up for a Washington Bar prep course quickly and painlessly. If you've made it this far along the track to a license to practice law you've undoubtedly sunk plenty of time, effort, and expense into your chosen career. The skills you'll develop as you prepare for the Bar exam are not only necessary to pass the test, but are also the same skills you'll need to use on a daily basis in a legal career. Let us help you work towards making good on that investment by giving Varsity Tutors a call today.