Writing for the Bar

Law 538



Writing Experience (WE)



Writing for the Bar builds on the practical skills introduced in RRWA I and II to prepare students to write for the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) or any bar exam with a performance test. The course will particularly emphasize the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), which in UBE jurisdictions like North Carolina is worth 20% of the total test score. The MPT consists of two 90-minute writing tasks. Per the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the MPT “is designed to test an examinee’s ability to use fundamental lawyering skills in a realistic situation and complete a task that a beginning lawyer should be able to accomplish.”

Students will (1) review commonly tested document types (such as memos, briefs, and client letters) and foundational research skills for assessing legal authorities and litigation documents, (2) gain familiarity with the MPT and the way it is assessed, and (3) write multiple MPTs throughout the semester. In addition, students will study the genre of UBE essays and practice writing UBE essays. Students will receive from the professor individual, formative feedback—learning-focused comments, not just scores or grades—on practice MPTs and bar essays. Students will also learn how to self-assess their practice MPTs and essays.

The course will complement Applied Legal Concepts I and II.  However, it can be taken independently from Applied Legal Concepts.

Successful completion of all required first-year courses, including RRWA I and II or it equivalent in the case of transfer students.

M. Lapetina (Adjunct)

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