San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) May 20, 2012
BarEssays.com, a website devoted to the study of the California Bar Examination, has partnered with former bar graders of the California Bar Exam to offer a new program to prepare students for the exam. “I am excited about the prospect of collaborating with former bar graders of the California Bar Exam” said Gil Peles, founder of BarEssays.com. “In conjunction with the multiple law schools that already work with BarEssays.com to prepare students for the Cal Bar, we are now able to offer a special program that will show students exactly how to pass the essay portion of the California Bar Exam.”
The California State Bar Exam is required to become a licensed attorney in California. It is the most notorious standardized examination in the country, with pass rates usually around 40-50%. Many notables have failed the exam, including several California governors, the current mayor of the City of Los Angeles, and the former dean of Stanford Law School.
The essay portion of the California Bar Exam is the most important, counting for 2/3 of the score. Traditionally, nobody had a clue as to what an actual passing versus failing California Bar Exam essay looked like. This is because the Examiners do not release essays to those who pass the exam. Law students were forced to rely on review course “model” answers, which were written by professionals and not graded by the California Bar Examiners. Quite often, these “model” answers were unrealistic or unreliable, as students aim to write a passing essay, not a “model.”
Enter BarEssays.com, a website consisting of a database comprised of nearly 2,000 high and low scoring California Bar Exam essays from past Cal Bar Exams. On BarEssays.com, for a $75 membership, a student can practice any of the last ninety questions tested on the California Bar Exam, and then compare his or her practice essay to actual high and low scoring examples. BarEssays.com provides a service that is unavailable by any California Bar Exam review course – the ability to look at an actual passing essay on the exam, and compare it to low scoring essays, so a student can figure out exactly how to score high on the exam. The website material has proven to be an essential part of preparation for the exam, and nine law schools in California arranged for free or discounted membership accounts for all of their students.
Now, under BarEssays.com’s partnership with former graders of the California Bar Exam, students will be able to receive commentary on essays in the database, along with the ability to submit their own essays, to be graded and reviewed by an official former bar grader. “These new services will constitute a ‘total package’ of Cal Bar essay preparation” said Peles. “I expect them to be as popular as our database, which is considered the ‘gold standard’ of California Bar Exam essay prep by Cal Bar tutors, review courses, and law schools.”