Frequently Asked questions

1. Are Essay Questions Really Necessary To Work With In My 1st Year Of Law School?

Once the law is understood, students must learn to apply the law to different scenarios using essay questions because learning the law is simply not enough. Students are tested on the application of the law.  It’s assumed that students know the law at test time.


Students who write essay questions and receive our constructive feedback will know what their weak areas are and can then work to improve on them. This training allows students to become better issue spotters, learn concise rules of law, and learn to write succinct analysis, all necessary skills to obtaining success on law school essay finals and for passing the CA FYLSE/Baby Bar essay exams. 


Working with essay questions is the best way to improve essay writing skills and performance.  Students should begin working with essay questions in their 1st year of law school.


2. How Many Essay Questions Should I Be Reviewing?

Students should review 10 - 15 essay questions for every law subject they are tested on in law school, or on the CA FYLSE/Baby Bar or Bar exam.


This amount of essay questions usually covers most of the major topics tested in each law subject.  The essay questions expose students to the various call(s) of the question(s), and provides the greatest opportunity to learn how to apply knowledge to different essay facts.


3. Why Do I Need Feedback On The Essay Answers?

Students must obtain quality feedback on their essay answers to understand their weaknesses before they can improve.   Unfortunately, essay writing feedback and personal attention are rarely offered in law school and in larger review courses.  


Students may receive generic feedback from professors such as "missed issues, weak analysis or too conclusory."  While somewhat helpful, these comments do not help students to understand how and where to make writing skill improvements. 


This is why Bar Made Easy offers detailed essay critiques. When students becomes aware of the weaknesses, the learning begins. By applying personalized constructive feedback to each consecutive essay answer, the student's test preparation skills improve, application of the law sharpens, and their confidence levels substantially increase. 


4. I'm A 1st Year Unaccredited Law Student. When Should I Start Your Baby Bar Essay Review?

Preparation for final essay exams and the CA FYLSE/Baby Bar essays is essentially the same. Therefore, 1st year unaccredited law students would benefit most by enrolling early on into our review course during their 1st year.  Our students learn the necessary essay writing skills needed to pass final and Baby Bar essay exams.


5. Why is the Baby Bar pass rate so low?

The CA FYLSE/Baby Bar average passing rate is 19%.  It is so low because 1st year law students are simply not prepared to pass this difficult but doable exam. 1st year students are usually overwhelmed with the number of cases they are required to read and brief and the memorization of the law, which leaves little time for anything else.  And law schools do not emphasize the need to apply the law to essay and mbe questions.  


Students can know the black letter law but if they cannot spot the essay issues, write good analysis and finish on time, they will not pass. 


Students who write essay questions and receive our constructive feedback will know what their weak areas are and can then work to improve them. This training allows students to become better issue spotters, learn concise rules of law, and learn to write succinct analysis, all necessary skills to succeed on law school essay finals and to pass the CA FYLSE/Baby Bar essay exams. 


6. How Should I Study For The MBE Questions?

There are many MBE courses on the market that are very good and reasonably priced.  We suggest students contact an MBE program that can provide guidance and instruction.  A couple MBE courses our students recommend are: 


https://www.adaptibar.com

https://pmbr.com


The National Conference of Bar Examiners also offers MBE study questions and materials. Clink on the link below.

See National Conference of Bar Examiners MBE Info

7. What About The CA Bar's Passing Rate? It's Not Much Better Than The Baby Bar's Passing Rate.

The CA Bar exam passing rate was recently at 27.3%, an all-time low according to records dating back to 1951.    


Even though students graduated from law school, many have not developed essay writing skills.  These skills are important to passing the essay questions and the performance test.


Students can know the black letter law but if they cannot spot the essay issues, write good analysis and finish on time, they will not pass. Working with essay questions and performance tests is the best way to improve essay writing skills.


Students who write essay questions and performance tests and receive our constructive essay feedback will know what their weak areas are and can then work to improve them.  This training allows students to become better issue spotters, learn concise rules of law, and learn to write succinct analysis, all necessary skills to passing the CA Bar essay questions.


8. Where Can I Find Essay Model Answers?

Since time is of the essence for most law students, having well-written model answers to study and review are a must. However, there are not may good model answers available.  Some professors and bar reviews provide lengthy sample answers while others provide no answers at all but a list of issues being tested or possibly past student answers.  


Bar Made Easy has Well-Written Model Answers to every assigned essay question.  Visual learners appreciate our answers because good answers are hard to come by.


9. Does The State Bar Of CA Publish Model Answers?

The State Bar of CA itself does not publish model answers but two passing student selected answers for each essay tested on the CA FYLSE/Baby Bar and Bar exam. The earned grades are not published so it’s unknown why the student answers were passing answers. 


The answers are also unedited so they could be missing issues, contain incorrect law or have weak analysis, which can be confusing to students. Students who do not have access to model answers may find some benefit to reviewing these answers.  Click on the link below.

Connect to State Bar of CA - FYLSE/Baby Bar & Bar published and Unedited selected student answers