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May 2016

Ask The Professor: 7 Myths About Preparing For The Bar Exam — Will They Cause You To Fail?

Anyone who has ever passed the bar exam feels like they can give expert advice to anyone else preparing for the exam. We all have that drunk uncle who also happens to be an attorney who wants nothing more than to share with you their secret for passing, however, the reality is that most people, [...]

Ask The Professor: The #1 Reason Why You Failed The Bar Exam

I should have studied harder. I did not know enough law. Maybe I am not cut out to be a lawyer? Friends who spent less time studying than me, passed.  How is that possible? What’s wrong with me? These are but a few of the comments I have heard over the last 40 years preparing [...]

April 2016

Ask The Professor: Retaking The New York Bar Exam This Summer? 5 Things You Need To Know About The New Uniform Bar Exam

If you failed the New York Bar Exam and are planning to retake it this summer (and you should!), you are going to be sitting for a completely different exam. New York has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) and it will be administered for the first time starting in July 2016. So… does this [...]

Ask The Professor: What Happens If You Fail The Bar Exam?

It’s 12:01 a.m. Your phone pings as an email arrives from the Board of Law Examiners. The bar exam results are here. You nervously open the email and quickly scan through until you see, “We regret to inform you …” Why bother reading any further, you know what it says. A rush of emotions pour [...]

Ask The Professor: Why Are Bar Exam Retakers Failing At Such A High Rate?

As the February 2016 bar exam results continue to be released, we are seeing a very troubling trend: bar pass rates are still dropping across the country. The mean scaled score on the February administration of the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) fell to 135, down 1.2 points from the previous year, and the lowest average [...]

December 2015

Retaking The Bar Exam This February? Read This!

For July 2015, all first time New York bar exam takers had a 70% pass rate. All test takers (first time plus repeat takers) combined for just a 61% pass rate. So clearly repeat takers had a much lower pass rate than did their peers taking the exam for the first time. What this does [...]

November 2015

Ask The Professor: I Am Not Privileged Enough To Be Tutored For The Bar Exam

The privileged do not look at tutoring as remedial. They see it as part of their general education. To get a leg up on their competition, they get tutored. If you have ever attended a private school, you know what I am talking about. Whether you have some issues that need fixing or just want [...]

Ask The Professor: If You Failed The NY Bar Exam, You Have A Problem!

The upcoming February bar exam will be the last New York Bar Exam in its current format. Starting July 2016, the New York Bar Exam will no longer test New York law. New York has adopted the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) and if you do not pass in February, you will be taking and studying for [...]

Message from Professor Marino: If you failed the bar exam and need to retake it this February, I can help you

I have been preparing students for the bar exam since 1975. My Marino Bar Course had a 94% pass rate on the July 2015 bar exam. The reason my students are successful is because I train them to pass the bar exam, not just teach them the law. Pass rates around the country have been [...]

Why Are Bar Exam Retakers Failing At Such A High Rate?

As the July 2015 bar exam results continue to be released, we are seeing a very troubling trend: bar pass rates are dropping across the country. The average score on the MBE portion of the July test fell 1.6 points from the previous year, reaching its lowest level since Ronald Reagan was President. This number [...]