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MBE Decoded: Multistate Bar Exam, First Edition

  • Mary Basick
  • Tina Schindler
Series / Bar Review Series
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MBE Decoded is a fresh approach to MBE study which makes the vast amount of MBE tested rules manageable and understandable. The authors fully analyzed all NCBE released MBE questions to determine rule coverage and identify common testing patterns so you don’t have to. This book can be used during law school for early bar preparation or during intensive bar preparation by first-time takers and repeat bar takers who struggled on the MBE the first time. This book is a great resource for students to get essential MBE practice before they fully “know” the law, allowing students to get additional essential practice recognizing the fact patterns and testing styles that are key to passing. Pedagogically, this book encourages students to engage with the material, develop deep rule understanding, gain MBE pattern recognition, and aids in critical memorization efforts.

Professors and student will benefit from:

  • MBE black letter law subject matter outlines that are clear and concise with key terms bolded.
  • Identification of the most frequently tested MBE rules.
  • Summary charts to help you understand confusing topics and how they interrelate.
  • MBE tips to improve accuracy and understanding of how the rules apply to fact patterns.
  • Decoy tips to help you avoid picking the wrong answer when more than one good option is available.
  • Examples, pulled from NCBE MBE released questions, which illustrate how the rules are MBE tested.
  • Bullet point memorization cheat sheets.
  • Guided MBE question deconstructions illustrating best MBE solving practices.
  • A guide on how to effectively solve MBE questions with troubleshooting tips to help improve your accuracy.
  • Guidance on effectively taking an MBE exam online.
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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.

Tina Schindler
Southwestern Law School

Professor Schindler is the Director of Bar Preparation and an Associate Professor of Law for Academic Success and Bar Preparation at Southwestern Law School, where she recently helped lead the school to historic bar passage rates. For over a decade she has designed academic and bar exam support programs, created innovative curricula, directed bar preparation programs and pre-admission law school programs, taught courses and workshops in all California bar tested subjects, and published books that enable students to pass both the essay and performance test portion of the California Bar Exam.& She co-authored (with Mary Basick) a popular and highly rated bar preparation book, emEssay Exam Writing for the California Bar Examem, which is in its second edition.& She also co-authored (with Mary Basick) the book, emCalifornia Performance Test Workbook: Preparation for the Bar Examem, also in its second edition.& Her work was also published in the book, emYour Guide to Taking the Bar (Again)em. In addition to teaching and publishing on bar exam subjects and test-taking strategies, Professor Schindler has graded and lectured for several bar preparation companies and served on several committees related to bar passage for the Association of Academic Support Educators (AASE).& As an expert in the field of academic and bar support, Professor Schindler has been invited to present on bar exam topics at national conferences including her heavily attended presentation on Improving Multiple-Choice Test Taking at the AASE Annual Conference.

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