Having retired from a 36-year legal and business career, I now tutor students in law, the American legal system, or English, or all three, as well as basic Russian language. Having authored widely used textbooks on legal writing and oral advocacy, business law, and insurance regulation, and having founded and edited a weekly legal newspaper for lawyers in Pennsylvania, I have a breadth of knowledge about law and the American legal system, generally, and business, insurance, and intellectual p...
I passed the PA Bar exam in 1975. During my first year of law school (covering most of the bar exam subjects), I read aloud all first-year materials to a blind Vietnam veteran law student. I have not tutored anyone recently (recently retired, just beginning tutoring), but I have authored 3 books: One on business law (The Legal Environment of Insurance), one on insurance regulation (Insurance Regulation), and one on legal writing and oral advocacy (Legal Writing and Oral Advocacy). Additionally, for the past 20 years, I worked not only writing these books, but also drafting, literally, thousands of multiple-choice and essay questions on legal and insurance subjects - so I have an excellent feel for examination questions. I also took a graduate course on educational testing. I would advise my student to (1) follow instructions to the letter (we would go over them very carefully), (2) economize on time, not wasting time on things he/she is not sure about, (3) stay somewhere near the testing site so he/she can "fall out of bed" to get to the test (as I did, staying at a comfortable hotel), (4) not talk about the exam with others either before or after the test (too stressful), (5) rest, rest, rest, (6) choose the BEST answer right off the bat and not spend too much time worrying about each one - the initial impulse is probably the correct answer, and spending too much time on conditions, etc. is wasteful. If the student didn't take a particular course at all, he/she should memorize certain aspects of major points. For example, I did not take Sales and Negotiable Instruments - but a wise lawyer told me, "If you do nothing else, memorize the 9-point definition of a holder in due course and be ready to know that, if nothing else!"