Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Thoughts on Barbri's First Few MBE Subject Lectures

MBE Real Property (Franzese) (Grade: C+)

The Multistate Real Property lecture with Frazese is. . . . not as helpful as you would think. The lecture does a good job of refreshing your memory on (or, for some people, teaching you) first-year law you probably haven't thought about since first-year. That, however, doesn't necessarily translate to a good lecture that will prepare you for the MBE.

First, the lecture is too long, something like 100 pages. That's too much content for the bar, even MBE subjects. I also found Franzese's jokes tedious and, even worse, her little tricks to remember requirements for adverse possession, real covenants, etc. If you find yourself spending more time trying to remember acronyms to remember something else, you need to reevaluate your strategy.

Instead, use Emanuel S&T's (see my post here) brief Property outline, and then start working the practice questions. Additionally, listen to the PMBR lecture CDs at least once, preferably two or three times. Make index cards from the outline and from the practice questions that you get incorrect or had to guess on. That's how you should learn property for the bar. Again, what Barbri outlines don't tell you is that what matters for passing the bar is not knowing everything, but knowing the right things. Barbri outlines include everything but the kitchen sink. If you try to learn everything, you're likely to overwhelm yourself.

MBE Evidence (Alexander) (Grade: C+)

This lecture is shorter (something like 60 pages), and the jokes and unhelpful tricks are mostly absent, but I reiterate many of the same sentiments above. PMBR's Evidence lecture on CD is a fantastic alternative - use that as your foundation for learning the material. No note-taking, just listening. The rest of your focus should be on learning from Emanuel's Evidence outline and working the practice questions. Again, index cards are your friend.

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