A Few Thoughts On Bar Exam Prep

It’s that time of year again: bar prep time! Even though this might be a trying and exhausting period for all you studiers out there, Tarlton can help to make these next couple months a little easier.

Tarlton is a great place to study for the bar this summer. It is a nice, quiet, and familiar location for you to focus on the many facets of hearsay and other difficult doctrines that are tested on the exam. Moreover, we can even offer practical advice for taking the bar (like eat a good breakfast, mint gum can help you focus, remember to underline and boldface your headings in your essay answers so graders can pick them out immediately, go with your gut if you’re confused by a multiple choice question, and most importantly, DON’T PANIC!). So feel free to come in an spend some high-quality study time with us.

Beyond that, however, we have many materials that can help you prepare for the bar as well. One tried-and-true trick to studying for the bar is to go through as many sample questions as possible, review the answers, figure out where you went wrong, and then review those areas so that you don’t make the same mistake twice. This can help you time yourself, find your problem areas, learn how the National Conference of Bar Examiners asks and answers questions, and get in the rhythm and practice of answering the kinds of questions that appear on the bar.

One concern is, what happens if you answer all of the practice questions you have? Even though review courses give you many practice questions, they can run out. So, it’s great to have other options available for more questions.

Fortunately for you, we have several previous-year study guides for the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) that can give you these questions. Check them out from BarBri and from Kaplan.

Similarly, we have guides that can give you extra help with the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), again from BarBri and Kaplan.

And, of course, we have practice questions for the Texas Essays and the Texas Procedure & Evidence portions of the exam.

While these books are not substitutes for completing a full bar review course, Tarlton’s resources are an excellent supplement to your studies. One caveat, however: These materials are all at least a year old. If there have been any major changes to the law since the version of the study resources that we have were published, they would not be reflected in what we have. So, if something seems wrong to you or conflicts with what you have learned in your bar review court, it might be old law. Make sure to double check.

Meanwhile, prep courses and practice questions are not the only way to prepare for the bar. Let’s say, for instance, that you’re having extra difficulty understanding something about partnership law, even after you’ve used everything in your review course. For help, you can look at our resources on the subject to help you work out your problem areas. Indeed, you can do this with any of the subjects that are tested on the Texas bar. Check out our guide to some of the best study resources we have here.

As a final note, if you are considering taking the Texas bar and do not yet know which subjects are tested on it, here they are:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Business Associations
  • Trusts and Guardianships
  • Wills and Administration
  • Family Law
  • Uniform Commercial Code
  • Consumer Rights
  • Oil and Gas
  • Income, estate, and gift tax issues (cross-over section)
  • Bankruptcy (cross-over section)
  • Texas civil procedure and evidence, including jurisdiction
  • Federal and Texas criminal procedure and evidence




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