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Clearing the Last Hurdle: Mapping Success on the Bar Exam, Second Edition

Wanda M. Temm


  • ISBN: 9781454892250

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  • Description
    Clearing the Last Hurdle: Mapping Success on the Bar Exam is designed as a comprehensive textbook for a for-credit bar preparation course.  This all-inclusive textbook includes substantive outlines on all Multistate Bar Exam (MBE) topics and all Multistate Essay Exam (MEE) topics and is also easily adaptable for state-specific jurisdictions.  Clearing the Last Hurdle focuses on guiding a law student in understanding the tasks involved in bar preparation; giving the student specific suggestions in how to study; and providing sufficient practice questions to improve the student’s skills in answering MBE, essay, and performance test questions.  In addition, it emphasizes using mind maps, which allow a student to make the necessary associations between concepts for better memory retention and recall, to order thinking about each topic.  The book includes practice questions in all three formats—multiple choice, essay, and performance tests—with score sheets to more specifically guide students in how to review their practice answers.   
    For-credit bar courses frequently focus on a limited number of topics, rather than all topics tested on the bar exam.  This book will allow professors to choose the topics to focus on during their class while giving the students all topics for their use in later bar study.  The electronic Teacher’s Manual includes detailed mind maps; additional practice questions and score sheets; PowerPoint presentations; and suggested syllabi.  The book could also be used for supplemental bar prep programs and individual study.   
    New to the Second Edition:
    • The Second Edition includes all new, more recent essay questions with score sheets.  
    • The recently released Civil Procedure multiple choice questions are also included. 
    • Many of the substantive outlines have been expanded with more details added. 
    • While the book uses MEE and MPT questions, faculty in other jurisdictions have found the questions suitable for class to teach the necessary skills.

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    Page Count 480
    Published 08/02/2017
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    Summary of Contents

    Preface and Acknowledgments

    Putting the Pieces Together 
    Understanding Memory and Mind Maps
    Developing Your Game Plan
    Building Essay-Writing Skills
    Building Multistate Performance Test Skills
    Building Multistate Bar Examination Skills
    Building Confidence with Strategies
    Not the First Time
    Mapping MBE Topics—Civil Procedure
    CHAPTER 10
    Mapping MBE Topics—Constitutional Law
    CHAPTER 11
    Mapping MBE Topics—Contracts
    CHAPTER 12
    Mapping MBE Topics—Criminal Law and Procedure
    CHAPTER 13
    Mapping MBE Topics—Evidence
    CHAPTER 14
    Mapping MBE Topics—Real Property
    CHAPTER 15
    Mapping MBE Topics—Torts
    CHAPTER 16
    Mapping Business Topics
    CHAPTER 17
    Mapping Trusts and Estates
    CHAPTER 18
    Mapping Family Law
    CHAPTER 19
    Mapping Secured Transactions
    CHAPTER 20
    Mapping Conflict of Laws

    Essay Score Sheets and MBE Practice Analyses

  • Author Information

    Wanda M. Temm

    Wanda Temm received her bachelor of arts in 1977, graduating summa cum laude from Ottawa University. After receiving her master of science from Purdue University in 1979, Professor Temm was a social worker for six years until she entered the University of Kansas School of Law. She received her J.D. in 1988 after serving as note and comment editor of the Kansas Law Review.

    Professor Temm was admitted to the Kansas Bar in 1988 and the Missouri Bar in 1989. Prior to joining the faculty in 1991, she practiced with the firm of Shook, Hardy and Bacon specializing in business litigation and appellate practice.

    Professor Temm received the 2012 Women’s Justice Legal Scholar Award from Missouri Publishers Media, which recognizes women faculty members who demonstrate leadership, integrity, service, sacrifice and accomplishment in improving the quality of justice and exemplifying the highest ideals of the legal profession. She also received the 2006 Tiera Farrow Faculty Award for her leadership, dedication, and commitment to improving the position of women in the law.

    Professor Temm is the director of the Legal Writing Program and the founder of the UMKC Bar Pass Program. She teaches the courses Introduction to Law and Lawyering Processes, Advanced Lawyering Processes, Advanced Legal Writing: Litigation Drafting, Advanced Legal Writing: Practical Skills, Legal Analysis and Methods, Family Law and Civil Procedure.

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