Bar Exam Materials

  • BLOCK, GERTRUDE. EFFECTIVE LEGAL WRITING FOR LAW STUDENTS AND LAWYERS (5th ed. 1999). Reserve Room KF 250 .B56 1999 Read Legal Writing Style for ways to connect important ideas with effective sentence structure. The chapter on grammar outlines common problems of redundancies, sentence fragments and improper punctuation. The problem words section is especially useful to avoid common mistakes easily made when writing under strict time limitations.

    DARROW-KLEINHAUS, SUZANNE. THE BAR EXAM IN A NUTSHELL (2003). Reserve Room KF 303 .D37 2003 According to this author the bar exam is a practical exam that requires a practical approach. The chapter on bar exam essays outlines proven strategies for using IRAC to produce a successful essay. Useful sections in this chapter include emergency measures when the writer freezes or is ignorant of the rule of law, along with a useful essay writing checklist.

    HANDY, EDNA WELLS. YOU CAN PASS ANY BAR EXAM (1997). Third Floor Stacks KF 303 .H36 1997 The author believes practical strategies for dealing with all aspects of the bar exam will give the test taker an edge. Those who have a fear of writing should read pages 37 through 41 on reading, writing, and outlining strategies for the essay portion of the exam.

    INSTITUTE FOR BAR REVIEW STUDY. COMPILATION OF BAR EXAMINATION QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS (1994-). Reserve Room KF 388 .N5 1994- The Institute for Bar Review Study publishes sample essay questions and answers from assorted states on a semiannual basis. Each question includes the grader’s guide listing the issues and the percentage given for discussion of each issue. Although Ohio’s exams are not published in this series it is still useful.

    LECLERCQ, TERRI. GUIDE TO LEGAL WRITING STYLE (3rd ed. 2004). Reserve Room KF 250 .L37 2004 Legal writing is a branch of technical writing guided by its own set of rules and priorities. LeClercq provides the reader with crisp how-to guidance to make the written essay more readable. The advice is divided into chapters covering organization, sentence structure, word choice and punctuation. Examples of both good and bad writing are included, along with brief exercises to strengthen composition skills. The answers to the exercises are included in the appendix.

    STROPUS, ROTA K. & CHARLOTTE D. TAYLOR. BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN COLLEGE AND LAW SCHOOL (2001). Third Floor Stacks KF 283 .S77 2001 Tips on Exam Preparation walks the reader through the process of problem solving. What to Do During an Essay Examination offers a five step strategy for organizing and writing the essay answer. A sample contracts question and answer illustrates the process of issue spotting, organizing the issues, and writing a successful answer.

    SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF OHIO. OHIO BAR EXAMINATION: ESSAY QUESTIONS AND SELECTED ANSWERS (1992-). Reserve Room KFO 76 .O35 1992- This semiannual book contains 12 essay question and actual applicant answers to the essay and MPT questions. The introduction warns the answers are an illustration of above average performance and are not necessarily complete or correct in all aspects.