I was first admitted to the Bar of Ontario (Canada) in 1986 when I passed on my first attempt. The California Bar Exam, however, was a different story.
It took me three times to successfully slay that dragon. Unlike those who made it on the first shot, I struggled. After I didn't pass for the second time, I looked around for a tutor but I couldn't find anyone who I could relate to, and more importantly, someone who I could trust with my professional future. So, I set out to figure it on my own.
I began a process of carefully analyzing essays in a pure IRAC approach, breaking the law into separate elements and diligently applying the facts to the law. To this end, I created a series of highly accessible outlines for each subject, systematically breaking out the law into elements that I could readily use for both writing better essays and more efficient memorization. I eventually started calling these my Flash Outlines™, and they formed the foundation for my law. Next, I turned my attention to the Performance Tests (PTs). I methodically analyzed dozens of old PTs until I came to understand more and more of the tricks and gamesmanship behind a part of the exam that counts for so many points and doesn't require any memorization. Soon, the Essays and the PTs were no longer my 'enemies' but rather my 'friends'--paths that I could count on to get me over the top. Lastly, I worked on my MBEs. I didn't try to make my way through 1000s of MBEs like so many of my fellow students were intent on doing. Rather, I focused on about 1500 questions and meticulously 'drilled down' on all my incorrect answers until slowly but surely my percentages went up and so, too, did my confidence.
I passed on my third attempt but I had to learn from my mistakes, develop a winning strategy, conquer my demons, and fight like hell to pass that damn exam... just like you.
Indeed, you too will get your name on the 'Pass List' and I want to help you reach that goal. As your strategic coach and nurturing tutor, I will guide you along the inevitable bumps and challenges on the road to successfully becoming a California Esq.
I look forward to helping you making this next bar exam your last!