Preparing for the Bar

Miami Law Bar Readiness

Every year, Miami Law’s Academic Achievement Program (AAP) organizes seminars and workshops for students. In the fall is a Pass the Bar Seminar focusing on critical essay skills and practical multiple choice strategies. The AAP also hosts a week of workshops and panels on planning for the bar – Bar Week. Topics in the past have included:

  • Bar Orientation for 1Ls
  • Crash Course in Florida Family Law
  • Financial Planning for the Bar Exam
  • Conquering the Multistate Bar Exam Workshop: Critical Skills and a Refresher on Evidence
  • Bar Exam Logistics
  • Mastering the Essay Portion of the Florida Bar Exam
  • Character and Fitness Panel: How to Handle Applications and Hearings

For details on the above, contact Alex Schimel, Academic Achievement Program Associate Director, at aschmiel@law.miami.edu.

Bar Review Courses

It is imperative that students take a commercial bar review course in order to properly prepare for successful completion of the Bar Exam. This includes not merely signing up for the course, but diligently attending and preparing for the daily classes and doing the recommended practice questions and exams. The School of Law does not recommend any particular commercial bar review, but those possibilities are readily available for all test-takers, and individual questions on this matter may be addressed to Associate Dean of Students William P. VanderWyden in the Office of the Dean of Students, Room 212. You may also contact him by e-mail at wvander@law.miami.edu.

Know What's on the Bar Examination 

 (Multistate)

The Multistate Bar Examination, given on the last Wednesday in February and in July, tests the following subjects:

  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Evidence
  • Federal Civil Procedure
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • U.S. Constitutional Law

 (Florida)

The Florida portion, given on the last Tuesday in February and in July, has questions taken from the following areas of Law:

  • Florida Constitutional Law
  • Florida Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure
  • Florida Rules of Judicial Administration (Rules 2.051, 2.060 and 2.160)
  • U.S. Constitutional Law
  • Chapters 4 & 5 of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar (Professional Conduct)
  • Business Entities (Corporations and Partnerships)
  • Contracts
  • Criminal Law
  • Evidence
  • Family Law
  • Real Property
  • Torts
  • Trusts
  • Wills & Administration of Estates
  • Article 3 of the Uniform Commercial Code (Negotiable Instruments)
  • Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code (Secured Transactions)
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Juvenile Dependency

Subjects tested vary in other jurisdictions. Consult the websites of the various jurisdictions in order to know what areas may be tested. See Guide to Bar Admissions in the 50 States.

Miami Law Library Bar Exam Prep Resources

Previous Bar Exams
Study Guides
General Guides
Websites
Subjects Tested