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Bar Exam Performance Tool Is Promising

Bar Exam Performance Tool Is Promising

A two-year study of an online learning program in California has shown promising results, thus increasing applicants’ chances of passing the examination. The program was designed to assist applicants to handle the challenges of preparing for the California Bar Exam. The State Bar offered the free program to October 2020 bar exam applicants. The program was developed by the California State Bar in tandem with a team of law and psychology researchers from distinguished universities. The team used surveys and focus groups of recent California Bar Exam participants to develop the program’s content to help improve the adaptive mindsets of examinees. The...

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Even More Time Management Tips For Online Students

Even More Time Management Tips For Online Students

A major challenge for students during the pandemic is time management. The coronavirus is altering how they live, study, and learn. Nothing is certain for the short-term, unpredictability has forced everyone to ad-lib just to get through the day. Online students must have the ability to be self-motivated, organized, and independent. Here are some basic time-management tips to make online learning more productive. Eliminate any distractions While a home environment provides convenience, comfort, and flexibility, it also presents the temptation to easily engage in activities that may be less productive. This tip is a correlate of having a dedicated workspace. It is...

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Important California Laws To Know – Child Abuse, Neglect, And Endangerment

Important California Laws To Know – Child Abuse, Neglect, And Endangerment

The following are some important California laws related to the abuse, neglect, and endangerment of children. Penal Code § 270 Child neglect This statute addresses the abandonment and neglect of children by stating the following: If a parent of a minor child willfully omits, without lawful excuse, to furnish necessary clothing, food, shelter or medical attendance, or other remedial care for his or her child, he or she is guilty of a misdemeanor…” Proof of abandonment or desertion of a child by such parent, or the omission by such parent to furnish necessary food, clothing, shelter, or medical attendance or other remedial care for...

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The Coronavirus And The Force (Majeure)

The Coronavirus And The Force (Majeure)

Most contracts may not be the most interesting piece of “literature” that lawyers and law students may read in their leisure time. One clause commonly found in almost every contract, and perhaps more interesting than most other provisions of a contract, is a force majeure clause. Many legal scholars and attorneys anticipated that the coronavirus would be a circumstance that would result in the interpretation of force majeure clauses affecting the global economy. A force majeure (“superior force”) or “Act of God” clause in a contract relates to performance and whether such performance is suspended by causes outside the control of...

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Important California Laws To Know – Cyber-Harassment

Important California Laws To Know – Cyber-Harassment

Our series of blogs on important California laws to know continues with a look at some criminal offenses rife with the advent of the digital age. These laws are related to the wrongful use of electronic communication devices, such as computers, tablets, and smartphones. Penal Code § 647(j)(4) Cyber harassment  or “revenge porn” As the internet provided more ways for people to interact at many various levels, the California legislature enacted this code section in 2013 to address a growing problem: the intentional distribution of images that most people would consider intimate. Anyone found guilty of a criminal offense under California Penal...

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Important California Laws To Know – Elder Abuse And Neglect

Important California Laws To Know – Elder Abuse And Neglect

The California legislature recognizes that elders and dependent adults are more subject to abuse, neglect, or abandonment than other adults and that the state has a responsibility to protect these persons. Welfare and Institutions Code § 15600 et seq - The Elder Abuse Act Abuse of an elder or dependent adult means physical abuse, neglect, abandonment, isolation, abduction, or other treatment with resulting physical harm or pain or mental suffering. It may also consist of the deprivation by a care custodian of goods or services that are necessary to avoid physical harm or mental suffering. And finally, it may include financial abuse...

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20 Things A Lawyer’s Website Should Contain

20 Things A Lawyer’s Website Should Contain

The standards for website accessibility are still evolving. While there is currently no legal definition of an ADA-compliant law firm website, attorneys should still voluntarily accommodate people with disabilities on their firm website because it is simply the right thing to do. It’s also good for business. Here are the top 20 (plus one) things that all lawyers should consider to ensure that their law firm’s website is accessible: Identify the language on each page in the code of the website.  The text on the page can be resized to 200% without losing the ability to consume the content and function in...

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Unwinding After The Bar Exam

Unwinding After The Bar Exam

Many recent California law school graduates in men and many not so recent law school graduates took the California bar exam in October period. Of course, the coronavirus pandemic created stressful conditions and circumstances for all those involved. The test was originally scheduled, as it usually is, for July but was postponed until October because of the COVID-19 quarantine. Now that the exam is over, exam takers are more than ready to unwind having survived taking the exam under, especially unusual and unexpected circumstances. Typically, law students graduate in late spring or early summer and prepare for the bar exam in...

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Last-Minute Information On The Online November Baby Bar

Last-Minute Information On The Online November Baby Bar

The State Bar California continues to conduct the California Bar Examination and the First-Year Law Students Examination (the “Baby Bar”) under special circumstances caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Baby Bar will next be offered to examinees on November 17, 2020. The test will be offered remotely Applicants required to pass the First-Year Law Students’ Exam will not receive credit for any law study until the applicant passes the exam. Passage of this test must be achieved within the first three consecutive administrations after the applicant becomes eligible to take the exam. If the applicant passes subsequent to this occurring, credit will...

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Important California Laws To Know – Stalking

Important California Laws To Know – Stalking

In the latter half of the 20th Century, most, if not all, states, including California, criminalized conduct where an individual engages in a continuous, incessant pattern of conduct such as following, badgering, and annoying another person or sending them unsought and unwanted messages. More commonly referred to as “stalking,” this conduct has become much more common in California. Penal Code § 646.9 Stalking Stalking may be charged as a criminal offense when someone willfully, maliciously, or repeatedly follows another person, or when someone willfully and maliciously harasses another person and makes a credible threat placing that person in reasonable fear of his...

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