If you're preparing for the Bar exam in West Virginia, Varsity Tutors has two West Virginia Bar prep options that can help you prepare more effectively. We provide comprehensive courses that meet live online led by an expert instructor, allowing you to study legal concepts and test-taking strategies in a structured learning environment. If you prefer, we can set you up with a private online instructor who can give you their full attention during your sessions. Whichever solution you choose, you will receive West Virginia Bar preparation assistance from an expert instructor who can help you as you strive to reach your goals.
West Virginia has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), which means that you will take a test written by the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE) rather than a state-written exam. The three tests that make up the UBE are the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), and the Multistate Essay Examination (MEE). Being in a UBE jurisdiction also means that your scores can be transferred to other UBE jurisdictions rather than having to retake the entire Bar exam if you move to another UBE state. You must also pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) in order to practice law in West Virginia.
What content will be covered by West Virginia Bar preparation?
Whether you choose to meet with a private instructor or enroll in a class, you can expect comprehensive coverage of all topics that will be found on each of the four exams you need to take. For the MBE, that means constitutional law, criminal law and procedure, torts, evidence, civil procedure, and real property. For the MEE, that means solidifying your ability to identify legal issues as raised by realistic legal situations and separate relevant from irrelevant information. You'll also need to be able to write a well-reasoned analysis that demonstrates your understanding of fundamental legal principles as they apply to the issues in your hypothetical situations. For the MPT, you'll have to analyze legal materials (statutory, case, and administrative) and apply them to resolve two simulated client issues. Finally, the MPRE includes topics on the attorney-client relationship, client confidentiality, the different roles of a lawyer, and more.
Your West Virginia Bar prep instructor is able to cover all of the topics and skills you'll need to have mastered, but one of the advantages of either live classes or private tutoring is that your instructor doesn't have to cover each topic the same way or with the same focus. If you (and your classmates, if applicable) are well-versed in a particular topic, your instructor can skim through it quickly and devote more attention to material that you find more challenging.
In addition to test content, your instructor can cover valuable test-taking strategies meant to help you as you are actually taking the exams. An example of a test-taking strategy is time management. Each of the assessments is limited in time, so it's important to make sure you're answering questions or performing tasks at a pace that allows you to complete everything within the allotted time without sacrificing accuracy.
Another test-taking strategy would be what to do on a multiple-choice question (the MBE and MPRE) if you don't know the answer. Is it better to guess or leave it blank? Your instructor can answer this and demonstrate methods of narrowing down choices by analyzing the question closely and eliminating the most obviously wrong answers. Another technique that can help you during the day-long exams especially is mindfulness, which can help you keep your attention focused on the exam questions and answers for protracted periods of time.
Which West Virginia Bar prep assistance option will be best for me?
Both a Varsity Tutors class and a private tutoring situation have advantages. Deciding which would be best for you will depend on your personality and learning preferences. Each type of instruction utilizes online tools. The powerful Live Learning Platform allows you to meet face-to-face and communicate with your private instructor as if you were sitting together in a room. Helpful tools like the voice chat feature as well as the virtual whiteboard and others make live, online learning as smooth as possible. If you opt to attend one of our classes, you will meet through a virtual online classroom that’s easy to use.
In a live, online class, you can interact with both your teacher and fellow students. Your teacher can separate the class into small groups to practice doing the types of tasks required in the MPT or researching the types of materials you'll see on the MEE, for example. Learning in a collaborative environment can help you retain information and processes more effectively than just learning on your own. You have the benefit of looking at different legal issues from many other points of view since each student will come from their own unique background and set of circumstances.
Your instructor can conduct in-depth lectures on legal topics as well as facilitate lively discussions. Additionally, your instructor can respond to the needs of the class. Rather than canned, prerecorded lessons, your instructor can spend more or less time on any topic based on the needs of the students. If you need one-on-one attention, you're free to sign up for extra time with your instructor. The kind of targeted, personalized instruction you can get this way can help you catch up quickly. Online classes are an excellent option for aspiring attorneys who enjoy the social aspects of learning as you'd find in a traditional classroom, combined with the freedom from a commute and parking hassles.
The one word that sums up the benefits of private one-on-one instruction is customization. Since you're the only student your educational coach is working with, virtually every aspect of your lessons can be designed to fit your attributes, from your strengths and learning style to your interests and personality. You can skip over entire topics if you're comfortable with them, and you can take as long as you need with topics or tasks that are especially challenging for you.
You can participate in intense Bar prep practice using the shared document editor on the Live Learning Platform. You can write practice essays and have your instructor step in immediately if you are not clear or if you use a logical fallacy that could work against you on the test. With this kind of intense, targeted assistance, you can stop bad habits before they form and avoid any wasted time practicing your writing or thinking the wrong way. Immediate feedback can be a valuable tool as a part of your West Virginia Bar prep.
You and your private instructor can get into detailed discussions about legal issues. If you're discussing the MPRE, for example, you could dissect ethical issues until you have a deep understanding of all viewpoints and of how the rules that govern legal ethics came to be. There is likely to be memorization involved in studying for the Bar, but this kind of study can lead to a true understanding, which is far more valuable in the long term than simple rote memorization could be.
While both class and private instructors can cover test-taking strategies, private instruction allows for more targeted, specialized suggestions on how to deal with time management, test anxiety, and other issues that are likely to come up when you take the exams. For example, say you're working on memorizing moments of legal precedence and struggling. You may be using memorization techniques you learned in school that don't work that well for you. Since your instructor can get to know you very well, they can introduce you to memorization techniques that are more fitted to your style, like the spaced repetition or loci methods. Private instruction is the best choice for you if you prefer to work in close proximity without any of the distractions a classroom may entail.
Will I be able to fit West Virginia Bar prep into my busy schedule?
Varsity Tutors does everything possible to make your West Virginia Bar preparation as convenient as possible. Attending your sessions online relieves you from the extra time and cost of commuting to a class or tutoring location. You can study from wherever you're most comfortable, whether that's your home, favorite coffee shop, or a local library. You can access the best instructors out there without geography being a limiting factor, so you can rely on accurate, up-to-date information in your class or tutoring sessions.
If you've chosen to take classes, we offer both two- and four-week options. You can choose the two-week option if you want to finish studying as soon as possible, or the four-week option if you'd rather spread your study time out. You'll receive the same number of class hours either way, so it's your choice. New classes begin every month so you won't have to wait long.
If you're setting up sessions with a private tutor, you could be in your first session the day after you sign up, and you can meet as often as you like.
How can I get started with West Virginia Bar prep near me?
All you need to do to get started with either type of West Virginia Bar preparation is contact Varsity Tutors. Our friendly educational consultants can talk to you about your many study options and even help you decide what might work best for you. Then they can get you set up to begin your class or tutoring as soon as possible. We look forward to helping you as you reach for your Bar exam goals.