Bar Strategies Seminar

Focused Bar Strategies Seminar

Elective (1 credit), Graded pass/fail, 3Ls only, limited enrollment (25 students maximum)

This course is designed to provide students with focused strategies for how to study and practice for successful completion of the New Mexico Bar exam. The course will help students to improve skills in legal analysis and issue spotting, essay writing, multiple choice test-taking, critical reading, and time management. Students will develop strategies for the required elements of the NM Bar exam through assigned reading, practice tests, and questions, with both in-class and take-home assignments. Emphasis will be placed on developing strategies for legal analysis, applying detailed rules, structuring essays, and time management, rather than on covering the subject matter of specific legal rules. This is an experiential class which requires attendance (80%), practice, group work, and self-reflection (100% of assignments must be completed). Those who would benefit from significant assistance with essay writing, multiple choice question strategies, and bar study skills are especially encouraged to take this course. This course is not designed to be a substitute for a commercial bar exam course such as BarBri, Kaplan, Themis, or others.