Course Description

601:512. FUNDAMENTALS OF LEGAL ANALYSIS 3


Camille Andrews, Alison Nissen, Nancy Iannone, Herb Sablove

Permission of instructor required.

This three credit course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the bar review and bar examination process, with a primary focus on the New Jersey and Pennsylvania bar examinations. The New York bar exam will also be addressed briefly.  The course is designed to assist students in mastering the specific skills needed to successfully complete the three major components of any bar exam: (1) the multiple choice questions; (2) the essays; and (3) the performance test portions.  The course will instruct students on how to learn from and utilize bar review outlines and lectures. 

Students will learn how to employ self-regulating learning theory techniques to memorize and apply specific topics from bar-tested subjects to practice bar exam questions, including multiple choice, essay and performance test questions.  Students will also learn how to self-assess comprehension and individual performance; skills critical to success on the bar exam. The course will also address student attitude, stress and time management as related to the bar exam and provide specific skills to help students manage these factors. 

While the course will discuss and teach doctrinal law in the context o these test-taking skills, the course is not designed to provide a review of the substantive law tested on the bar examination. Nor is the course designed to replace or be a substitute for a comprehensive, commercial bar review course. 


Possible Texts and Materials:

Pass The Bar by Denise Riebe and Michael Hunter Schwartz (Carolina Academic Press 2006)

Practice MBE materials (TBD)

Practice New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York Essays