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Criminal Law – Factual Impossibility On The Bar Exam

On June 1, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Michael Elson
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One area of law that often causes confusion on the Bar Exam is factual impossibility.  The general rule is that factual impossibility is not a defense to a crime.  The classic example is a defendant charged with attempting to sell or distribute a controlled substance when in fact the actual substance they possess is not [...]

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Contracts – Measuring A Volume Seller’s Damages

On May 31, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Michael Elson
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Each year, a number of questions on the MBE portion of the Bar Exam will ask you to determine the correct amount of damages a party is entitled to in a contract action.  One scenario frequently questioned involves the damages a volume seller is entitled to as a result of a lost sale.  A recent [...]

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Criminal Law – Making Sure All Criminal Elements Are Present

On May 30, 2012, in Uncategorized, by Michael Elson
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Anytime that a question on the MBE portion of the Bar Exam asks you to determine whether or not a defendant is guilty of a particular crime, you must be able to recall all the elements of the particular crime.   Unfortunately, the only way to do this is to memorize the elements of all the [...]

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Picking the Answer With the Right Reasoning: Constitutional Standards of Review

On June 1, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Michael Elson
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The questions on the MBE  often ask a yes or no question, and then provide two yes and two no answers.  The key is to not just get the right yes or no answer, but to know why the answer is yes or no.  With Con Law questions, the key is often in identifying the [...]

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Reading the Question The Right Way: Sufficiency of Evidence Questions

On May 31, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Michael Elson
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This may sound elementary, but the most important thing you will do at the Bar Exam is read each question.  It does not matter whether you know the law or not – if you skim questions, or don’t pay attention to what the question is asking, you will not score well on the Bar Exam.   [...]

Welcome To Dominate The Bar’s Blog

On May 31, 2011, in Uncategorized, by Michael Elson
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As the bar exam gets closer I’ll be posting helpful MBE test taking tips on this blog, focusing on released questions and common mistakes made by test takers.  I’ll also be including some substantive discussions of some of the harder topics on the MBE, and include descriptions of recent Supreme Court cases which relate to [...]