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Bar Exam Preparation: CUA Bar Preparation Classes for Academic Credit

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CUA Bar Prep Courses

Applied Legal Studies (4 hrs.)

This course offers to students a review of all seven subjects that are currently tested on the Multistate Bar Examination: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Property, and Torts. For each subject, students will be offered a review of all or some critical portion of the legal doctrine in that subject area that is tested on the Multistate Bar Examination, followed by detailed in-class analysis of actual Multistate Bar Examination questions and, in some cases, state essay questions in that subject. The final exam in the course will consist of multiple-choice questions designed to look very much like actual Multistate Bar Examination questions. Prof. Attridge, Prof. Colinvaux, Prof. Fishman, Prof. Leary, Prof. Rienzi, Prof. Schooner, Prof. Scordato


Bar Preparation–Maryland (3 hrs.)

Open to graduating day and evening division students. This course will introduce students to the substantive knowledge, thought process, and writing skills needed for success on the Maryland Bar Exam. The learning methodology will be iterative, consisting of substantive lectures and materials followed by practice-testing and analysis. The course will begin by reviewing the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) subjects, and will then introduce the Multistate Performance Test (MPT); the second half of the course will cover heavily-tested essay subjects. Although designed to meet the particular needs of Maryland applicants, much of the coverage will be relevant for other jurisdictions as well. Practice-testing will include actual MBE, MPT, and essay questions, and all substantive materials will be written by the instructor specifically for this course. Students will be able to monitor their progress during the semester, both individually and relative to their peers. All students will also meet individually with the instructor to discuss their progress and specific steps they can take to maximize their odds on the Bar Exam. Grading will be Pass/Fail based on timely and complete submission of assignments. Students will be expected to complete weekly assignments and are advised to plan their time accordingly. Regular and punctual attendance at class meetings or equivalent course exercises is a condition of receiving credit in all courses. If a student misses more than two hours of coursework for each credit hour assigned to the course, the instructor may direct the Dean's office to exclude the student from the course. Please note: Credit will not be granted for both “Maryland Bar Preparation” and “Virginia Bar Preparation.” Mr. Flinn

Bar Preparation–Virginia (3 hrs.)

Open to graduating day and evening division students. This course will introduce students to the substantive knowledge, thought process, and writing skills needed for success on the Virginia Bar Exam. The learning methodology will be iterative, consisting of substantive lectures and materials followed by extensive practice-testing and analysis. The course will begin by reviewing the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) subjects; the majority of the course will then provide detailed coverage of heavily-tested essay subjects. Although designed to meet the particular needs of Virginia applicants, much of the substantive coverage will be relevant for other jurisdictions as well. Practice-testing will include actual MBE and Essay Examination questions, and all substantive materials will be written by the instructor specifically for this course. Students will be able to monitor their progress during the semester, both individually and relative to their peers. All students will also meet individually with the instructor to discuss their progress and specific steps they can take to maximize their odds on the Bar Exam. Grading will be Pass/Fail based on timely and complete submission of assignments. Students will be expected to complete weekly assignments and are advised to plan their time accordingly. Regular and punctual attendance at class meetings or equivalent course exercises is a condition of receiving credit in all courses. If a student misses more than two hours of coursework for each credit hour assigned to the course, the instructor may direct the Dean's office to exclude the student from the course. Please note: Credit will not be granted for both “Virginia Bar Preparation” and “Maryland Bar Preparation.” Mr. Flinn