Saturday, December 1, 2012

Tutoring Info for the California Bar Exam (CBX)


I have had multiple requests to tutor some of the visitors to this blog.  Mostly, this has regarded preparation for the California Bar Exam (CBX for short).  

Back when I was taking the bar, I was soooo frustrated that I couldn't find any good, substantive information about how to take the CBX without having to pay $5,000 - $10,000 for a full bar course!  It sucked.

I mean, I knew that I had to know the law, but there is so much more to the "how" of taking the bar than learning the elements of a ton of legal issues.  This fits in with the general theme of this blog in that I like to address the "hows" of law school, the bar, and other things because, frankly, this information is absent (at least, for the most part, and if existent at all, you usually have to pay a premium in the hopes of getting the "how" that should be taught in the first place!).  

I also remember feeling so frustrated as a bar-taker that I couldn't just get an hour or two of tutoring without buying a whole course from god-knows-who for thousands of dollars. I just wanted to pick someone's brain for an hour or two, but this wasn't really available as a service.

Another thing that I wanted that was unavailable as an individual service was for someone to go over an essay that I had written as part of another bar course piece by piece.  I wanted someone to sit down with me personally and give it to me straight: the good, the bad, and the ugly.  For someone to tell me what my bad patterns were and, most importantly, how to change them would have been invaluable.  Again, though, this was just nowhere to be found without committing to much, much more financially.

A couple of years ago, I thought that I could swing tutoring for the California Bar, but it has proven to be simply too time-consuming.  Even taking on one student at a time has required many hours that I simply no longer have.  Plus, I tend to be a no-nonsense kind of person, and that only goes over well with some people.

I truly try to put everything that I know in the posts on my blog, which, as you know, is free.  There are no gimmicks or scams.  There aren't even any ads.  I wanted to create for you some sort of proverbial "pot of gold" at the end of the rainbow for all who have enough gumption to search for it and to land here.  

I can tell you what I don't recommend. I don't recommend some of the flashy, cheesy, commercial-y type of e-books that are out in the world (even ones that I've been told were inspired by me).  The resources that I used are all listed below my How I Passed the California Bar Exam (CBX) post.  I certainly don't recommend certain tutors, but I cannot write their names here because... well, you should know if you're studying for the bar.

I will say, though, that the tutor whom I used the final time that I studied for the CBX was Steve Liosi.  I think that buying courses is not enough for some people (I include myself in that category).  For me, I have always needed some degree of one-on-one attention to address my particular problems, and Steve's tutoring finally got me to see the light.  He is direct, which some people can interpret as harsh, but, personally, I appreciated his straightforwardness; it wastes less time, in my opinion.  ** Please note that Steve Liosi has no idea that I've written this.  In all probability, he doesn't remember me.  I'm merely giving his name out to those who care to know whom I used as a tutor when I passed the California Bar.  Previously, I had used another private tutor, and that person's advice, though sincere, was downright inaccurate and archaic.  Steve's site/blog isn't flashy, but here it is, in case you want to know: https://steveliosi.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/ca-baby-bar-exam-effective-tutoring-free-essay-critique/. 

I wish all of you the best of luck.  If you ever want me to address a particular issue that I haven't already covered, please feel free to leave a comment.  (But I can't be your tutor or grade your exam.  Sadly, I simply do not have adequate time to dedicate what is needed to do that.)

9 comments:

  1. Thanks and best wishes, Jessie!

    ReplyDelete
  2. This may sound ridiculous but...it's the truth.

    I have taken the CBX 3 times and I am going to take it again in 2015. I have been out of law school for some tiime and my employment does not afford me a large enough salary to even consider a formal bar prep program. I have purchased all of the books you have recommended in your videos about how to prepare for the CBX (i.e. Whitney Roberts, Strategies & Tactics for MBE, Nailing the Bar Exam, and the Barbri Convisor 2011. Now, I need a program schedule for attacking these that will give me some structure. What do I start with and put all of this stuff to effective use? Help....please!

    ReplyDelete
  3. BTW - in regard to the post I sent for direction in how to use the books you recommended I might also add, which the site did not give me the option of doing before publishing when I tried to preview it, that I live in Michigan, and therefore, my legal education was presented differently. Once again....Help please !

    ReplyDelete
  4. Study plan....please !

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi. I know that you're anxious to receive a study plan, but you need to realize that I'm in California, and so I'm not up at 4 in the morning when you left your comment. I also run this blog in my free time, which I don't have much of. So, even though you're anxious, you need to have some bit of understanding and patience as it relates to my ability to reply to your comments. Having said that, I am willing to help. I do not have a study plan. The reason why don't have one is because I don't really believe in them. A lot of big companies will have study plans and will expect people to adhere to them, but everybody's different, and that's a fact. I simply cannot pretend that a generic study plan will work for you or anybody else who needs to pass a California Bar. If you would like help, the only thing I can recommend is that you obtain some sort of individualized plan, which we can do. Have you gone to our site yet? Here is a link to our site, where you can receive individualized tutoring. That might help you more than anything else, & I certainly think it will help more than a generalized study plan.

      http://cbxtutor.com/

      Delete
  5. Thank you kindly Jessie for your lengthy comment. I apologize if my comment implied that I needed an expedited reply. Certainly, that was not my intent. I also work full-time, as a Judicial Law Clerk, and understand the time constraints you might have, especially as a new attorney on the block. Hopefully one day we will have an opportunity to work either together on a case, or as sister counsel at opposite ends of the table, when I pass the CBX. Best wishes for your career. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I wish you the same. If you would like an hour or two of tutoring, please let me know. I would be happy to help. Best of luck to you!

      Delete
    2. Short Q: Did you type all of your exams? I'm on the fence here....Thanks for taking a moment for this crazy question. Best wishes :)

      Delete
    3. I'm glad you asked. Yes, I typed all of my exams. For me, it was easier to outline and organize on the screen.

      Delete