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What Not to Write: Real Essays, Real Scores, Real Feedback (Massachusetts)

  • Tania N. Shah
Series / Bar Review Series
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No lecture on technique or the substantive law prepares you for writing bar exam essays like reading and critiquing actual scored essays - both the good essays and the bad ones. All of the sample essays in What Not to Write have been written by bar candidates. Nothing, not even grammar or spelling, has been changed. Through step-by-step instruction, examples, and critiques, What Not to Write gives you insight into and practice writing consistently strong bar exam answers in the allotted amount of time.

Authored by the founder and head instructor for LawTutors, a highly respected bar exam preparation program, What Not to Write features:

Real essay answers to real bar exam questions;
Essays presented are unchanged, as written by bar candidates;
Step-by-step guidance on how to successfully write the answer to a bar exam essay question;
Opportunities to practice writing bar exam answers in essay form;
Exercises in critiquing sample essays-both good and bad ones;
Self-critiquing exercise;
The authors' critical analysis of both high-scoring and low-scoring essays;
Critiques highlight similarities between all bad essays and all good essays;
Exam-taking advice and suggestions;
A flexible organization from top-scoring essays to lowest-scoring essays, which can, alternatively, be covered from back to front;
Rules of law are signposted and explained where applicable.

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