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 Trial Academy’s (CDTA) California State Bar tested courses are taught in a real courtroom environment by real lawyers and judges. Through simulating how the law works in the courtroom, we better instill the substantive law into students and help to build their array of tools for practicing law. Our 4-year law school program uniquely prepares students to take and pass the California Bar Examination.
It is recommended that students submit their registration with the California State Bar, or any state bar, as soon as possible.
It is also recommended that those students who intend to sit for the California Bar Examination file their registrations to take the exam before submitting an Application for Determination of Moral Character.
Since each state has its own requirements for admission to the Bar, students should determine what these rules are for the state in which they intend to practice. The ABA’s Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements provides information about each state’s bar exam.
A registration application is a different document than the bar exam application. Once registration is successful, student-applicants will be assigned a registration number to be used on all subsequent applications and correspondence with the State Bar.
A first-year law student will take six (6) of the 12 bar exam subjects as first-year requirements. These subjects are Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Criminal Law, Real Property, and Torts. 1Ls should note that they will be tested on these six subjects no less than three times – for the class itself, on the MBE, and on the essay portion of the bar exam. If students plan on taking a commercial bar review course, they should consider purchasing it during their first year to lock-in a lower price.
A bar exam is like no other test. For first-time bar examinees, no past undergraduate test will compare to taking the bar exam. Therefore, at a progressive school like CDTA, the bar exam preparation window begins immediately. We assist first-year law students from the first day of law school by providing training, guidance, and development for their future challenges as a bar examinee and as a lawyer advocate.
The California Desert Trial Academy (CDTA) is a 21st Century law school that moves students toward a successful legal career on the first day of class. We train and prepare students to develop the necessary test-taking skills for successfully passing any, not just the California, bar exam. CDTA is tailored to meet the needs of working people. We believe that practical experience in tandem with legal knowledge is the best road to a successful, rewarding, and prosperous legal career. Call us today at (760) 342-0900 or find out more online here.