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Law School Courses to Help Prepare for the Bar Examination

Almost all state bar examinations require applicants to take and pass the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) as part of the exam. The seven subjects tested on the MBE are: (1) civil procedure, (2) constitutional law, (3) contracts, (4) criminal law and procedure, (5) evidence, (6) property, and (7) torts.  Substantial coverage of these subjects is taught to students in required courses.


Many state bar examination essays cover material from these same required courses and from Law and the Ethics of Lawyering, also a required course.  Other courses that may be particularly useful in preparing for the bar exam, regardless of the jurisdiction, include:


•          Advanced Legal Analysis

•          Business Organizations

•          Family Law

•          UCC: Sales

•          Wills Estates and Trusts


In addition, depending on individual strengths and weaknesses, students may want to consider taking the following courses in preparation for the bar exam:


•          Modern Real Estate Transactions

•          Modern Remedies


Students choosing to take any of these courses, except Advanced Legal Analysis, should take them in their next-to-last year if crucial to a career choice. If the course is not fundamental for the student's future career, the student may want to wait until the last year of law school to take the course closer to the time of the bar exam. Students are only eligible to take Advanced Legal Analysis in their final semester of law school.


In addition, all graduating students are required to take a 1-day Diagnostic MBE Exam and Review in the fall semester of their final year of law school.


All students are expected to take a commercial bar exam preparation course after graduation.  The commercial bar review course will cover the topics tested in particular jurisdictions.

Since each state administers its own bar examination, every student should check with the jurisdiction in which he or she intends to apply for admission to determine which topics will be tested in that jurisdiction.  You can find this information on the National Conference of Bar Examiners website