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Tips for bar sections that I completely do not understand?


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ag97
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Hi All,

I was wondering if anyone had any tips to pass the bar, given that there are some sections I really don't understand on a single read through, nor do I have time to spend on thoroughly understanding.

Specifically, the real estate and business law sections are completely outside of my preferred practice areas and I have little to know prior knowledge on these topics. Plus the materials go into so much painstaking detail for these sections specifically, that I just have no hope of knowing it enough to even locate answers.

Naturally, I am really concerned about failing the solicitor so I was looking for any advice from someone who has been in the same position.

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SNAILS
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I'm also taking the exam for the first time.

I lol'ed a bit at "sections that I completely do not understand." But sympathize with you brother (or sister, since i don't know your gender). I'm good at real estate (I took that course), but the business law section of the LSO materials was pretty much Greek to me, especially the tax stuff (I did not take a single course in business law, tax law, or bankruptcy).

This is what the LSO materials sound like to me:

"A CCBC can declare an SBD if PUC does not exceed ACB. A corporation controlled by XYZ has the option of declaring an ABC where the board of directors votes for YMCA and the CBC approves the BLT." WTF is this @#$% ?? (I'm making up acronyms and rules, but that's what it sounds like to me!)

Keep studying @ag97 Many of us are in the same boat. Hopefully we'll at least now enough for the actual exam to know where to look for the answers. And the sections you are stronger in might give you the marks you need to make up for weaker sections. 

Good luck.

On 5/16/2024 at 8:08 PM, ag97 said:

there are some sections I really don't understand on a single read through

Me neither

On 5/16/2024 at 8:08 PM, ag97 said:

... nor do I have time to spend on thoroughly understanding.

 

We actually have lots of time, so read it again and rely on U of T summaries, indices too.

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yunglawyer
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I skipped reading certain sections that were too dense. No point for an exam where you just need a broad understanding of the materials.

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Psychometronic
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Make sure you tab/index these sections well so you have a sense of where to find the relevant info on the exam. Pay attention to how the materials are organized so you have a baseline idea of where to start looking.

CANs/outlines can also be a good resource for a basic overview of the topic so you have a general sense of how the law works in that area. 

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Milareen
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Break down tough sections into smaller bits, focus on key concepts, and consider study groups or tutors for extra help. You've got this!

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musbee
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On 5/21/2024 at 4:27 PM, Psychometronic said:

Make sure you tab/index these sections well so you have a sense of where to find the relevant info on the exam. Pay attention to how the materials are organized so you have a baseline idea of where to start looking.

CANs/outlines can also be a good resource for a basic overview of the topic so you have a general sense of how the law works in that area. 

what are CANs please?

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SNAILS
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4 hours ago, musbee said:

what are CANs please?

Some law schools use the term "summaries" to mean what are called CANs at other schools. They are condensed documents consisting of key information for a a law school course or subject area on the bar exam. For example, I am currently reading a 64 page summary of the "professional Responsibility" section of the bar exam. It gives the same information but quicker than the materials in the official study materials. I have read all the actual study materials over the last 6 weeks, and I am now just reviewing.

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12 hours ago, musbee said:

what are CANs please?

"Condensed Annotated Notes", also called summaries or outlines 

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musbee
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On 5/31/2024 at 2:22 PM, Psychometronic said:

"Condensed Annotated Notes", also called summaries or outlines 

Thanks 

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easttowest
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On 5/21/2024 at 3:00 PM, SNAILS said:

I'm also taking the exam for the first time.

I lol'ed a bit at "sections that I completely do not understand." But sympathize with you brother (or sister, since i don't know your gender). I'm good at real estate (I took that course), but the business law section of the LSO materials was pretty much Greek to me, especially the tax stuff (I did not take a single course in business law, tax law, or bankruptcy).

This is what the LSO materials sound like to me:

"A CCBC can declare an SBD if PUC does not exceed ACB. A corporation controlled by XYZ has the option of declaring an ABC where the board of directors votes for YMCA and the CBC approves the BLT." WTF is this @#$% ?? (I'm making up acronyms and rules, but that's what it sounds like to me!)

Keep studying @ag97 Many of us are in the same boat. Hopefully we'll at least now enough for the actual exam to know where to look for the answers. And the sections you are stronger in might give you the marks you need to make up for weaker sections. 

Good luck.

Me neither

We actually have lots of time, so read it again and rely on U of T summaries, indices too.

I think you mean CCPC. And what, you don’t enjoy learning about the PUC grinddown? 

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