Not having posted since the February exam, I feel like It's time I wrote something, even if it is just my thoughts and impressions which, I suppose, is what this blog thing's all about, eh?
First, I think I have a reasonable chance of getting good news this May.
I know the above statement seems a bit ludicrous, given my history with this thing but, based on my past experiences, and given how I feel that I did this time around, I finally (for once) would not be surprised to see at 6:05 p.m. on May 18th whatever message it is that people see when they've scored 1440 or higher.
And if it turns out that I did actually pass, I know the reason why. That reason is Jason Tolerico.
I have had a lot of experience with the many and varied "bar prep" courses out there and Jason's program is the first one that gave me the knowledge and confidence to pass. Again, however, there's a reasonable chance that I didn't pass it this time, or that I'll never pass it, but I can say with complete confidence that if I did pass, it was because of Jason.
The biggest difference between his course and the other courses is that Jason tells you how to pass the test; he doesn't simply read you an outline and then count on your own motivation to pass. After having read the outlines on my own countless times, I felt like I had the rules down pretty well (and I did/do.) What Jason showed me was how to determine what the graders were looking for so I could not only analyze the issues I spotted, but also to focus on the main thrust of the essay so I wouldn't waste time on the less important facts.
I've consistently lamented here that I needed someone to show me what I was doing wrong and to show me what the graders were looking for in a properly constructed answer. And if my feelings are not completely off base, I believe I learned that in Jason's class.
Also, his MBE program is, hands down, the best one out there. I've always felt confident about my ability to score well on the MBEs, and I thought there wasn't much I could learn to improve that score, but I was very pleasantly surprised (shocked, actually) to find how much better I understood the MBEs after going through his program.
And not to leave anything out, his performance exam method is also excellent.
I'm not going to go into detail about his method or materials, mostly because I couldn't explain it nearly as well as he can, but I will say that I learned more about the bar exam from him than I learned in all the other programs combined. Part of that is due to the sheer amount of time that has passed since I left law school, but most of it is due to Jason's method of teaching. Anyone who has read this blog knows that I am reluctant to recommend any specific tutor, and I don't believe I've actually endorsed anyone before this, but I've broken that rule now because Jason's program is that good.
Regardless of whether I passed this time, I believe Jason's program is the best one out there, and I'll be in his class again if it turns out that I didn't pass, because I believe his program is the key to my eventual success on the bar exam.
You can find Jason Tolerico's program at: one-timers.com