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Bar Exam Essay Writing (1)

This seven-week course focuses on writing essays for the bar exam. The intended purpose of this course is to prepare students for the written portion (i.e., written skills as opposed to substantive knowledge) of the bar exam. Specifically, the course will train students in writing answers to (i) bar exam essay questions, and (ii) the Multistate Performance Test (MPT). The bar exam essay questions are based on both Maryland-specific and on Multistate subjects. The MPT is a closed universe writing assignment wherein bar applicants get 90 minutes to review a file (facts) and a library (law) in order to produce written work product -- usually a brief, letter, or memorandum.

The skills taught in this course should benefit students taking exams in many jurisdictions. All bar exams have essay questions, and many jurisdictions, including Maryland, have some kind of performance test requirement. Over the seven weeks of this course, students will write dozens of essays and receive written feedback.

This course is not intended to be a substitute for a bar review course. Students will not learn or review any substantive law. Students are strongly encouraged to take a bar review course after graduation.

Students who have taken Advanced Legal Analysis may not take this course for credit, but they may audit the course.

Current & Previous Instructors:
Russell McClain;

514S (CRN: 25934)       Credits: 1
    McClain.
    Spring, 2015 (Twilight).
    Wed: 4:20-6:20  
    Room 460.
    0 openings. (Limit 50). See course waitlist.
    Enrollment Limit: 50
    


Key to Codes in Course Descriptions
P: Prerequisite
C: Prerequisite or Concurrent Requirement
R: Recommended Prior or Concurrent Course

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