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Law School and Careers

My Study Plan for the California Bar Exam

In the hopes that it is helpful for future examinees, I am sharing screenshots from my California Bar Exam study plan and schedule spreadsheet. It’s an integrated calendar, essay tracker, and MBE question tracker. You can purchase this template from me as either a GoogleDoc, or an Excel sheet for $25 USD or £20 GBP via paypal: just contact me. I also include instructions and comments on how to use the formulas.

Law School and Careers

On taking the “scenic route” to becoming a lawyer

According to the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society of England & Wales, the average age of a qualifying solicitor now is 29. However, despite the fact that more and more lawyers are joining the profession in their late 20s or even early 30s, it’s still common for many prospective lawyers to feel like outliers – or even outsiders – if they take a “scenic route” to qualification. I know I certainly did! Inspired by the recent #TimeToTalk day, here is some advice and perspective on being one of those slightly older junior lawyers. For readers who are not familiar…

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The MPRE: my experience sitting the American legal ethics exam as an English lawyer

The Multi-state Professional Responsibility Exam, or “ethics exam” (MRPE) is one of three exams required in order to practice law in an American state (more on that here). Having just taken the exam, here are my thoughts as an English-trained solicitor currently practicing in London.  🌟 UPDATE: I passed the exam! I exceeded the score I needed for California. For more information on how the United States and English legal systems compare, read my post “Lawyering in America and England”.  Introduction to the MPRE The MPRE tests a prospective lawyer’s understanding of professional ethics regulation in the United States. The questions are based…

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California Bar Exam; introduction

I’ve decided to sit the California bar next year! I thought it might be a good idea to keep a written record of my experiences, thoughts, predictions, and study strategy: these posts will be marked by the “California Bar Exam” category tag. Why become dual-qualified? And why California? Although I’ve lived in London for nearly seven years and am licensed to practice law in England, I’m still an American citizen. I earned my Bachelors’ degree in the USA, and after studying law and politics fully intended to go to law school in the States. My original plans to spend one year in…

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Lawyering in America and England

George Bernard Shaw once wrote, “England and America are two countries divided by a common language.” As an American who chose to pursue my legal career in London, I really enjoy considering legal issues from both an American and an English perspective, as I’ve done with Taylor Swift and defamation lawsuits, or the concept of celebrity “publicity rights”. But what about the differences in the legal system itself, or the education and training needed to become a lawyer? I’ve answered a few common questions below… England and the United States are both “common law” jurisdictions. What does that mean and why does it…