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Cal Bar Tutorial Review. Personal ongoing tutoring including one-on-one class preparation for all A.L.U. students. Personal tutoring in preparation for both the FYLSX and the GBX. Download PDF here. The following is a notice that I received from the Bar Exam Doctor. Natasha Travis (former Associate Dean at ALU) is also an "expert" grader for this company. It is a new online bar exam prep course (as of Spring 2010) that focuses on Performance Tests only. As many of you know I worship Flemings PT Workshop, and used it for my general bar prep. However, I think very highly of Natasha and different tools suit different people, so have at it! Best of luck to you! As usual, I would appreciate any feedback from anyone who is taking or has taken the course.
Bar Exam Doctor
I wanted to take a minute and discuss an idea with you. We are launching a brand new website where students can take a performance exam online ( Similar to your tutoring, its purely a supplemental product for bar candidates to help improve their scores.
Thank for your time and I look forward to helping each other out in the near future.
Bar Exam Doctor
5325 Lindley Avenue, Suite 101
Tarzana, CA 91356

One-timers. Stumbled on these guys on a random internet search. I Like their California specific FREE SAMPLE "MODEL" answers. I would appreciate any feedback that anyone has on this bar prep program. Thanks!

LA Superior Court Lit Program

Date: March 6, 2010Event by LACBA


This is exactly the kind of thing that I wish I would have known . . . (See video below). Had I known that I could join bar associations during school for free, or at all for that matter, this event on March 6, 2010 is exactly what would have sparked my interest. An all day event for those of you interested in litigation. If you check it out, please report back and let me know how you liked it. Only $40 for students!!

Articles, Links, Resources

January 9, 2009Posted by Sandy


[Sunday, January 17, 2010] BarMax: The $1,000 iPhone App That Might Actually Be Worth It. Are you unnerved by the thought of spending $1,000 with one click on your iPhone? Does it matter if you pass? View BarMax California Edition here. This app requires an iPhone and iTunes.
By MG Siegler

ARTICLE: No more room at the bench. Published in the LA times January 8, 2010. “The American Bar Assn. allows unneeded new law schools to open and refuses to regulate them. The government should consider taking steps to stop the flow of attorneys into a saturated marketplace.” Remember the old joke about 20,000 lawyers at the bottom of the sea being “a good start”? Well, in an interesting twist, thousands of lawyers now find themselves drowning in the unemployment line as the legal sector is being badly saturated with attorneys.
By Mark Greenbaum

Click here to read the article in its entirety.

Locating the Law: A Handbook for Non-Law Librarians by Southern California Association of Law Libraries . This book is 1 of 5 recommendations in Appendix B from the book Finding the Law (American Casebooks)Book store by Robert C. Berring and Elizabeth A. Edinger available at Appendix B, “State Legal Research Guides and Bibliographies” includes a total of five books referenced under the California Heading. Locating The Law is FREE in PDF format.

July 2009 Released Answers. Released answers from the California State Bar.

Lawyer 2 Lawyer on the Legal Talk Network. Scroll down to the podcast Law Students & the Legal Job Market. This podcase is a must listen podcast. They discuss the issue of lawyers without broad-based knowledge. This is where we ALUers have an advantage since we have generally lived another life and we are perhaps capable of creating an immediate niche for our services. An enjoyable and educational podcast, highly relevant to the current economic crisis.

I Wish I Would Have Known. . .

There are so many things I wish I would have known while I was still in school! Now you won't have that problem. I was speaking with fellow graduates about this issue and I was surprised to learn that I was not alone. allows you to access “authentic, recent, and graded California Bar Exam essays.” As you may or may not know, if you fail the California Bar Exam, you will receive a letter from the Bar with your scores and you may request copies of your exams. You will not receive your scores if you pass. pays students for those essays and posts them on their site for anyone to review. New applicants pay for access to the graded bar exams with scores ranging from 50s to the 70s. That's right, 70s. Just because an applicant fails does not mean every exam he or she wrote was below passing. I used this service once. It was too close to the bar exam for me to spend much time on it. I found it confusing and redundant. Some of the handwriting was absolutely atrocious. Some of the exams seemed to be no better or worse than another and yet one exam had a high grade and another a low grade. It all started to jumble together in my head as one big blur. Imagine how the graders feel?! I immediately realized how important it is to type or write very neatly in an organized fashion but I already knew that. I found the effort tedious. My gut said it was not beneficial. As always, go with your gut. I think it's a terrific resource, just not for me. You be the judge.

A Little Inspiration

I nabbed this from a comment posted on The Grand Poobah's blog, otherwise known as Passing The California Bar Exam. This quote moved me enough to reprint it here.

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”
---Theodore Roosevelt

LexisNexis Law Outlines

I love, love, love these outlines and utilized Property and Con law in my 4th year review and lead up to the Bar Exam. If I had known about them prior to my third year I would have incorporated all of them into my class outlines from day one. You only need one of either Barbri, PMBR,, or these with your class notes and personal outlines. End of story. Don't get bogged down buying and printing everything you can get your hands on. Find the gold, then polish, treasure, and MEMORIZE IT!

Calendar Your Bar Prep

Law Study For Correspondence Students. This site is a good, quick read, but not my favorite. The California Bar Exam Primer is the only one you'll need although both are useful. I discovered the California Bar Exam Primer about 18 months before I took the exam. I read it word for word, printed it, three-hole punched it, cross-referenced the dates with the CalBar web site and calendared all the important dates. I highlighted what was important to me. I suggest you do the same! Don't let someone else tell you what to worry about. You know your strengths and weaknesses. This timeline dates me to about mid-2008. I assume the web site remains updated, but that's up to you to figure out. The fonts, background colors, and theme have been spruced up since I used it. That is a good indication that it remains up to date. Even if it's not updated, I remember it well and the California Bar Exam doesn't change much in light of this sage advice and study plan. It's not really a study plan, more like a total preparation guide.