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Essay Exam Writing for the California Bar Exam, Second Edition

  • Mary Basick
  • Tina Schindler
Series / Bar Review Series
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The Second Edition of Essay Exam Writing for the California Bar Exam contains everything needed to pass the essay portion of the California bar exam. The book combines a comprehensive, yet efficiently concise review of volumes of substantive law with the authors’ proven-effective strategic plan for writing passing bar essays. Rule outlines are supplemented with issues checklists to aid issue spotting and memorization attack sheets, to make memorization manageable, while practice questions productively cover favorite testing areas so bar study is targeted and effective.

New to the Second Edition Update:

  • Recent and updated rule developments in all subjects
  • Expanded coverage of topics emphasized on recent bar exams
  • Updated issues tested matrices, rule memorization attack sheets, and topic specific approaches to reflect current testing trends
  • Updated practice essay questions and answer grids in all subjects including crossover questions

Professors and students will benefit from:

  • Concise easy to memorize rule statements
  • Fact triggers and exam tips that aid the transition to bar exam writing style
  • Easy to follow essay approaches for key topics
  • Practice essay questions with corresponding answer grids identifying issues and analysis required for a passing score
  • Realistic sample answers that could be written under timed conditions
  • Coverage of all heavily tested topics in each subject and crossover questions
  • Issues tested matrices identifying the subtopics tested in every essay given in 30+ years
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About the authors
Mary Basick
Assistant Dean
Southwestern Law School

Mary Basick is the Assistant Dean for Bar Preparation and an Associate Professor of Law for Academic Success and Bar Preparation at Southwestern Law School, where she recently led the school to historic bar passage rates. For over a decade she has successfully designed programs, developed innovative and engaging curricula, and taught courses in bar preparation and academic support. Mary Basick has written several popular books on bar preparation with longtime collaborator Tina Schindler. Their bar preparation books are concise and practical, condensing vast amounts of substantive law into manageable concepts presented in a useful and easily understandable format. Together they have authored emEssay Exam Writing for the California Bar Examem (Wolters Kluwer, 2sundsu ed. 2020), emCalifornia Performance Test Workbookem (Wolters Kluwer, 2sundsu ed. 2020), and emMBE Decodedem (Wolters Kluwer, 2021.) In addition, she authored the emMultistate Bar Examem flash card set for the Emanuel Law in a Flash series.

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