I am an attorney in the state of New York. After passing the NY bar exam on my first-attempt in 2005 with an MBE of 162, I created a website explaining how I passed the exam and shared my materials (these materials are still free, although out-dated). I began a supplemental bar review subscription site in 2008 based on a MASTER essay outline that prioritized bar exam essay topics using statistical analysis. I have now been accurately prioritizing bar exam essay topics for over eight years (17 exam administrations) – you can read more about the accuracy of these MASTER essay prioritizations here.
My approach to the exam is purely data-driven and is based on score, essay and examinee outcome analyses. Over the past thirteen years, I have spent more time analyzing the bar exam than any single person in the world – I have statistically analyzed the scores from over 5,000 candidates, personally and statistically reviewed over 3,000 graded essays/MPTs and created what is likely the largest searchable bar-exam database in existence (if you are curious, you can read more about this here). I provide online tools for examinees to use such as bar exam score calculators and a UBE score estimator. I also provide examinees with free score and essay reports that are very insightful for re-takers seeking help understanding where they went wrong. I regard these free tools and services as a quid pro quo – examinees better understand their mistakes while I better understand the exam.
I work on the subscription site full-time year-round. When I give advice, it is based on actual examinees, real data, and up-to-date information. Everything I tell examinees to do, I fully explain the rationale/data behind it, because I feel it is important for examinees to understand why I am telling them to do something. Put simply, examinees who don’t make an effort to understand the methodologies behind the bar exam are only hurting themselves. I practice what I preach by constantly improving on what I do – I read anything I can find on bar examinations, I talk to anyone I can talk to about bar exams, and I collect as much information and data on the bar exam as I possibly can. Everything I do is geared towards improving outcomes by reducing mistakes, which is what every bar examinee’s mindset needs to be.
“Experts often possess more data than judgment.” Colin Powell