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Bar Exam Preparation: CUA Bar Preparation Classes for Academic Credit

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We are committed to ensuring that our students are prepared to succeed on the bar exam. This commitment does not end at Commencement, rather, it continues throughout the summer leading up to the July exam, and in the months leading up to the administration of every exam after.


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

Multistate Performance Test Preparation (1 hr.; second half of semester)

This course is designed to introduce students to the National Conference of Bar Examiners' (NCBE) Multistate Performance Test (MPT) and help student perform well on this exam.  The MPT consists of either one or two (two for UBE jurisdictions) 90 minutes tasks requiring the application of fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation.  This course will enhance your ability to carefully read and follow instructions, identify issues, analyze and synthesize legal authority, use facts in legal analysis, write for a specific audience, organize your thoughts, apply legal reasoning and maintain good time management.  Grading will be pass/fail based on the timely and complete submission of assignments and good faith participation. Prof. Woods

Legal Analysis for the Bar Exam - Essay Questions (1 hr.; second half of semester)

This course will introduce students to the thought process and writing skills needed for success on the essay portion of the bar examination.  Grading will be pass/fail based on the timely and complete submission of assignments and good faith participation. Mr. McDermott


CUA Summer Bar Prep Program

As a supplement to the commercial bar prep programs, and thanks to the outstanding support from over 45 alumni each year, the Law School provided all  students the opportunity to work one-on-one with a CUA alumnus during the summer leading up to the bar exam. Twice a week from mid-May through mid-July, any graduate sitting for the bar is invited to attend a free catered lunch at the law school and receive bar exam essay questions which they can submit for quick and constructive feedback.

In addition, once a week our students are given the opportunity to complete a practice quiz in a particular subject area tested on the bar exam and then attend a review session where a faculty member will extensively review each question. All of this is designed to ensure that our students are prepared to take and pass the bar exam.