Writing Skills = 50% Of Your Bar Exam Score


Fleming’s bar review courses provide detailed strategies for test taking. Fleming's provides exam approaches and checklists that enhance issue spotting, organization, and writing presentation, together with personal feedback from our team of attorney readers who grade and orally critique every assigned exam answer submitted to Fleming's.

The bar exam results show that students typically fall short on the Bar Exam, not because they do not know the law, but because they miss issues, fail to organize their answers, and run out of time before finishing the answer. Fleming’s recommends that all bar candidates consistently take simulated bar exams under timed conditions to develop proper test-taking strategies.

To avoid pitfalls in exam writing that result in low scores, it is crucial to develop effective test-taking skills under timed conditions. This training is the cornerstone to write an exam answer that demonstrates an appreciation for how to use time within the parameters given by the Bar Examiners.

Law School Exam Writing Guide

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Remember that effective legal writing is a learned skill. It is impossible to learn to write unless you write. The formula for writing a legal issue iin the bar exam is IREAC.

(I) State the precise issue first by identifying it in a headnote.

(R) Follow the issue statement with the rule. Make sure the rule contains the legal elements.

(E) Depending on time, explain the meaning of the rule elements. This is optional.

(A) Apply each rule element to the relevant facts, element-by-element. This is the most important part of legal exam writing.

(C) Conclude to the issue.

Repeat this formula for every issue raised in the exam. Do not deviate from this formula, because it is the writing structure the Bar Exam Examiners expect to see in your answer.