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Unhappy With Your Midterms? Tips To Regroup For Finals

Unhappy with your Midterms? Tips To Regroup For Finals

It is not uncommon for any law student, especially first-year law students, to struggle with midterm exams. For first-year law students, the new environment and increased, frenetic academic pace may affect performance on a midterm. And then, of course, there is the fact that law exams are formidably challenging and downright difficult for almost any student. If you received a disappointing grade on a midterm, it is possible to recover and regroup for finals. Positive thinking and hard work will go a long way toward reversing and improving an unsatisfactory grade. The following tips may provide some guidance: *Think positively Midterms...

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CDTA: Reshaping Legal Education For The Modern Era

CDTA: Reshaping Legal Education For The Modern Era

Education is one of the greatest privileges that we have as human beings. The opportunity to learn in any setting, especially a formal one, is special. It should be cherished since not everyone has this opportunity. There is no excuse for not working as hard as possible in any environment of higher learning. The possibilities are endless. In 2019, legal education is transforming. It’s a transition to a new era. The change is far from complete and, hopefully, ongoing and consistent. Education, especially legal education, is seeking ways to serve the needs of law students better, even if it means discarding traditions...

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CDTA’s Unique Curriculum

CDTA: Going Beyond The Basic Curriculum

The California Desert Trial Academy is at the forefront of modern legal education. Our unique Juris doctorate program provides a manageable four-year program that allows many older students the opportunity to pursue a law degree. CDTA’s Curriculum is based on a four-year period of legal study designed not only to teach students the substantive law but to train and develop them to be attorneys who are also capable and effective advocates. In addition to typical core requirements, CDTA offers students courses on subjects that will especially aid them in the practice of law in the Coachella Valley and surrounding areas. 20th...

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Bar Exam Basics: The MPRE

Bar Exam Basics: The MPRE

Professional Responsibility is perhaps not every law student’s favorite subject. It does not add anything to a lawyer’s substantive toolbox. No lawyer practices the “Law of Professional Responsibility.” As law students know, it has to with ethics and doing what is proper in the course of practicing law. To ensure that everyone who obtains a license to practice law is more than a little familiar with these ethics, every bar examinee and bar applicant must take and pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE) for admission to a state bar. The MPRE is required for admission to the bars of all but...

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No More Games, Logic Games

No More Games, Logic Games

Many people who took the LSAT would say that their least favorite part was the section of “Logic Games,” which assessed examinees’ analytical reasoning skills. At least that is what the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), better known as the folks who administer the LSAT, would say is the purpose of these enjoyable word problems from beyond the darkest realms of Mordor. How much better would my score have been on the LSAT if the “logic games section” wasn’t on the exam? I’ll never find out, but in just a few years, prospective law students will. In the next four years, the...

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A Primer On The California Baby Bar

A Primer On The California Baby Bar

CDTA students are required to take the California First-Year Law Students (FYLSX), also known as the California “Baby Bar” Exam. The examination includes both essay and multiple-choice questions and is administered in one day. All law students who have successfully completed one year of legal studies are eligible to apply for the First-Year Law Students' Examination. The California Baby Bar is administered in Los Angeles and San Francisco metropolitan areas in June and October annually. Examinees have four hours to complete four essay questions and three hours to complete one hundred multiple-choice questions. Credit for law study completed after passing the First-Year...

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Planning Ahead For The California Bar Exam As A First Year Law Student

Planning Ahead For The California Bar Exam As A First Year Law Student

Taking the California Bar Exam, or any bar exam is an intimidating proposition. The California Bar Exam is one of the toughest bar exams to pass in the United States. Most CDTA graduates take the California Bar Exam and practice law in our state. No amount of preparation may seem enough. Nonetheless, law students can and should start preparing for the bar exam soon after receiving a letter of congratulations on their admittance to law school. After all, this is the ultimate goal that actually supersedes graduation from law school. It’s just that one is impossible without the other. The California Desert...

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Older Students Improve Everyone’s Law School Experience

Older Students Improve Everyone’s Law School Experience

Not every law student was concluding undergraduate studies the year before starting law school. Granted, recent undergrads make up about half of a law school’s first-year student body. But roughly two out of five law students are between the ages of 25 and 39. One in ten is 40 or older. About one in five law school applications are from applicants over the age of 30. If one in two law students is a recent undergrad, then do the math. Typically, it takes a considerable amount of time for lawyers to reach a certain level of comfort and confidence in practicing...

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Soft Skills Are Universal

Soft Skills Are Universal

Soft skills complement the hard skills that law students learn as the substantive law. Hard skills are those skills directly relevant to a job, field, or profession. Hard skills may be more quantifiable and easier to learn than soft skills. Soft skills are universal and necessary in circumstances that do not involve employment. Soft skills complement hard skills. They are a combination of the following attributes, enabling people to operate in their environment, work well with co-workers, perform their best, and successfully achieve their goals. attitudes; career attributes; character or personality traits; communication skills; people skills; social skills; social intelligence quotients; and emotional intelligence quotients.   The Collins English...

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About CDTA’s Student Portal

About CDTA’s Student Portal

The Student Portal of the California Desert Trial Academy (CDTA) website is a primary example of how CDTA is at the forefront of contemporary legal education. The institution of the American law school has been stagnant for over 100 years. It has implemented little change in the way it prepares students to be lawyers. It has employed seemingly antiquated methods of teaching the law. Methods that seemed inconsiderate of the practical considerations of law students and the practice of law. The CDTA Student Portal provides access to Fleming’s Fundamentals, Adaptibar Online, and the CDTA Online Class Archives. All are available 24...

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