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Bar Preparation & Mentoring

Persuasive Analysis Strategies & Skills (PASS) Courses

Each semester, McGeorge offers two courses to students in their final year of law school to help prepare them for the upcoming bar exam: PASS I and PASS II.

PASS I is a 10-week, two (2)-unit course that focuses on the essay portion of the bar exam and touches on how to attack the MBE (multiple choice questions). Students in PASS I have the opportunity to practice using real past CA Bar Exam essay questions, receiving extensive individual written and oral feedback concerning critical reading skills and issue identification, answer outlining and time management, use of IRAC, and crafting effective rule statements, factual analyses, and conclusions. Students review selected areas of law commonly tested on the CA Bar and create substantive outlines to guide them through the writing exercises. CA Bar Exam procedures, standards, and techniques are explained and practiced. PASS I is required for students in Directed Study, but all McGeorge students are strongly encouraged to enroll.

PASS II is a one (1)-unit elective course that immediately follows PASS I in the final four (4) weeks of the fall and spring semesters. Students in PASS II learn and practice the specific skills necessary to write performance tests successfully on the CA Bar Exam. Extensive individualized feedback is provided to students concerning critical reading skills, answer outlining and time management, answer structure and tone, and effective objective and persuasive use of provided facts and law. CA Bar Exam procedures, standards, and techniques are explained and practiced. PASS II is not required for graduation, but all McGeorge students are strongly encouraged to enroll. Completion of PASS I is a prerequisite.

PASS I and II classes are graded on a pass/fail basis and are offered as a precursor to — not a replacement for — enrollment in a post-graduation commercial bar review course. PASS students must be in their final year of study at McGeorge, but students do not need to wait until the semester before taking the bar exam to take PASS I or II. In fact, many spring graduates who took a for-credit bar preparation course in the fall report that it was beneficial in helping them improve their fall and spring law school exam writing.

Extra Feedback Program

During the winter and summer bar preparation periods, McGeorge graduates may also participate in the free Additional Feedback Program. Alumni taking advantage of this program may submit designated essay and performance test practice exams for detailed, individualized written feedback. Please watch the "McGeorge Bar Prep" Facebook Page and/or the McGeorge Bar Prep Blog for the schedule, which will be posted shortly after graduation.

Individual Counseling

Professor Lee is available to counsel students and alumni who are studying to pass the California Bar Examination, whether they are taking it for the first time or trying again. Professor Lee welcomes students and graduates to meet with her to discuss their choices of commercial bar review programs, their extracurricular or work schedules during bar preparation, how to communicate with their families and loved ones concerning the support they will need, and anything else related to their bar success.