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Marshall Davis Brown Jr: What it Takes to Pass the Texas Bar

Friday, May 3, 2013

What it Takes to Pass the Texas Bar

Passing the Texas Bar Exam is most certainly a noteworthy feat. It's a way to show that you're a distinguished practice of Texas law, and is something that many prospective clients look for when hiring a lawyer. Texas lawyers like Marshall Davis Brown, Jr. and his partner John C. Pavlas have both passed this bar, but any lawyer will tell you it's an extremely long and taxing process. Here's a brief overview.

On Day One… you'll have to take the Texas Procedure and Evidence exam and the Multistate Practice Test. The Procedure and Evidence exam will cover both civil and criminal procedure and evidence. The MPT will provide realistic courtroom situations and is meant to determine your skills as a beginning lawyer by asking you to do several things: deciding relevant from irrelevant materials and facts; analyzing cases, statutes, and materials for the purpose of law; apply the law to resolve an issue; professionally resolve ethical issues if necessary; demonstrate writing skills as a means of communication. These are two ninety-minute exams to be taken back-to-back, and comprise 20% of your final grade.

On Day Two... you'll take the actual Multistate Bar Exam. This is a significant part of the test, and is worth 40% of your total grade. Taking this test, you'll start in the early morning and answer 100 questions over the course of three hours. You'll then be given a 90 minute break, after which you'll resume test-taking for another three hours and 100 questions.

And day three… many consider this the most stressful day, but, of course, it's entirely dependent on your test-taking and essay writing skills. The third day is set aside entirely for the Texas law essays, which are another 40% of your total grade. It's a similar schedule to day two, but rather than 100 questions in each three-hour session, you'll write 6 essays prior to lunch and 6 essays after for a total of 12.


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