California Bar exam: update and tips for the MBE

For those of you who were following my struggle with the California Bar exam, previously chronicled here, an update: I have learned on Friday that I passed February 2019 California Bar exam!  (therefore, on my second attempt).

Which is just as well, because it caused such a nervous breakdown that I do not know whether I’d have been able to do it again. Please note it does NOT yet make me an attorney, as there are other issues left to resolve between me and the Bar.

Meanwhile for those who are interested or also taking the Bar in any US state, I have written and published some advice on taking the MBE – the multiple choice portion of any state’s Bar exam. These are just tips I developed and sort of used myself. Maybe someone will find them useful.

MBE advice

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