If so, don’t waste time discussing offer, acceptance, and consideration.
The examiners are clueing you in to the fact that there is some other issue more worthy of your time.
Take the time to carefully read the call of the question first.
This allows you to read the rest of the question more effectively, looking for key facts that are going to shape your answer.
You’ve got the Rule Against Perpetuities down cold (maybe…).* Now what?
It’s not enough to simply parrot rules of law on the bar exam. But much time is wasted and many points are lost by focusing on issues that the bar examiners aren’t actually asking about.For example, if you think that a statement is admissible under the dying declaration to the hearsay rule, you must first explain what hearsay is, then explain that it is generally inadmissible, and then explain that there are certain exceptions. Keep these essay-writing tips in mind, and you should be well on your way to bar exam success!Sophie Dye Gayle is an Editor and Academic Director for Themis Bar Review.In this post we present four tips on how to write a bar exam essay that will keep you on track to succeed!Bar exam essays are far more concise and efficient than essays you may have written in law school.However, by setting forth your rule, organizing the relevant facts, and allocating your time among the subparts, you will actually save time in the long run. Most importantly, don’t use more than the allotted time for each question—even if it is just five minutes.Avoid the snowball effect—if you spend an extra five minutes on each question, you will run out of time on your final question!You’ve got to show the examiners that you actually understand the rules and know how to apply them. Read every bar exam question carefully to ensure that you understand what, exactly, is being asked.Does the question say that two parties entered into “a valid contract”?Watch your timing carefully, and when your time is up, quickly wrap up and move on. You have no job or grade riding on your specific score.You do not need to dazzle the examiners with your new theories or analysis, as you might a law professor. I tell my students to imagine that the examiners are lawyers who are experts in every topic but the one in question: they should use legal terms and phrases as if speaking to attorneys, but should also be careful not to skip any steps in analysis.