FAQ

Early Bar Program FAQ's

  1. WHAT IS THE EARLY BAR PROGRAM?
  2. AM I ALLOWED TO ATTEND THE EARLY BAR PROGRAM?
  3. WHEN IS THE EARLY BAR PROGRAM FOR THE 2013-2014 ACADEMIC YEAR?
  4. DO THESE WEEKEND SESSIONS RUN THE ENTIRE DAY?
  5. WHAT IF I CAN'T ATTEND ALL OF THE SESSIONS?
  6. CAN I REGISTER FOR THE EARLY BAR PROGRAM ONLINE?
  7. CAN I STILL REGISTER BY MAIL?
  8. WHAT'S THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE?
  9. CAN I REGISTER IN PERSON ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE EARLY BAR PROGRAM?
  10. WHEN DO I GET MY MATERIALS?
  11. CAN I GET MY FEE REFUNDED IF I CHANGE MY MIND AND DECIDE NOT TO TAKE THE PROGRAM?
  12. WHAT SUBJECTS WILL THE EARLY BAR PROGRAM COVER?
  13. WHY ONLY EVIDENCE? SHOULDN'T A BAR PREPARATION PROGRAM COVER A LOT MORE SUBJECTS?
  14. SHOULD I WATCH THE SESSIONS LIVE OR ON VIDEOTAPE?
  15. HOW DO I ACCESS THE VIEWING LINK FOR THE VIDEOTAPED SESSIONS?
  16. IF I VIEW THE SESSIONS ON VIDEOTAPE, CAN I STILL GET MY PRACTICE EXAMS GRADED?

Q: WHAT IS THE EARLY BAR PROGRAM?

A: The Early Bar Preparation Program (“Early Bar Program”) is an overview of the skills needed for taking the California Bar Examination. It is held in the fall and in the winter semester and is open to third-year day students and fourth-year evening students who are attending Loyola Law School.

Q: AM I ALLOWED TO ATTEND THE EARLY BAR PROGRAM?

A: If you are a student at Loyola Law School and you plan to graduate at any time in 2014, you are allowed to take the Early Bar Program.

Q: WHEN IS THE EARLY BAR PROGRAM FOR THE 2013-2014 ACADEMIC YEAR?

A: The Early Bar Program will be held at Loyola Law School on Saturday, September 7, 2013 (Day 1)--9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Friday, January 24, 2014 (Day 2)--9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Saturday, January 25, 2014 (Day 3)--9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.  The precise location and start time will be in your confirmation letter or email.

Q: DO THESE WEEKEND SESSIONS RUN THE ENTIRE DAY?

A: Students should expect to arrive on campus at about 8:30 a.m. on each day of the program. The program will end no later than 5:00 p.m. on each day.

Q: WHAT IF I CAN'T ATTEND ALL OF THE SESSIONS?

A: All of the sessions will be videotaped, and, as a registered participant, you are allowed to view those videotapes. However, the Early Bar Program is a hands-on, participatory experience, and you will get much more out of it if you attend all three sessions in person.

Q: CAN I REGISTER FOR THE EARLY BAR PROGRAM ONLINE?

A: Yes. Click on the link on the Early Bar Program home page, and you will be taken to the Online Registration screen, which will contain instructions and a registration form. If you register online, the $50 materials fee will be debited directly from your student account.

Q: CAN I STILL REGISTER BY MAIL?

A: Yes, you can still register by mail. Print out the registration form from the Online Registration screen, fill it out and mail it to the address at the bottom of the form. Alternatively, you can use the tear-off registration form at the bottom of the Program Syllabus you received in the mail. The $50 materials fee will be debited directly from your student account.

Q: WHAT'S THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE?

A: The deadline for Early Registration is 5:00 p.m. on August 31, 2013. Up until August 31, 2013 at 5:00 P.M., the materials fee is $50. After that date and time, and up until the day of the Early Bar Program, the materials fee is $60. Students who register before August 31, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. will also receive priority seating in the live lecture hall.

Q: CAN I REGISTER IN PERSON ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE EARLY BAR PROGRAM?

A: Yes. However, if you wait to register until the day of the program, the materials fee will be $60. To register in person, go to one of the registration tables on campus and fill out a registration form. The $60 materials fee will be debited directly from your student account. If you register on the day of the course, you will not receive priority seating in the live lecture hall. If you want a seat for the live lecture, you will have to wait until all early registrants have been seated.

Q: WHEN DO I GET MY MATERIALS?

A: You will receive the relevant materials on each day of the Early Bar Program, at the registration tables. Under no circumstances will materials be distributed before the beginning of the program.

Q: CAN I GET MY FEE REFUNDED IF I CHANGE MY MIND AND DECIDE NOT TO TAKE THE PROGRAM?

A: No. Materials fees will not be refunded under any circumstances.

Q: WHAT SUBJECTS WILL THE EARLY BAR PROGRAM COVER?

A: The first day will begin with an introduction to the California Bar Exam, including how the Bar Exam is formatted, and how each section is weighted and graded.  Day One will also include an introduction to the Performance Exam.  Students will have an opportunity to write a Performance Test and have it graded.

The second day is a substantive review of Evidence by Dean Victor Gold.

The third day will cover the Multistate Bar Exam. The students will take a 50-question multiple choice exam covering the law of Evidence.  After the test, Prof. Stan Goldman will review every question on the test, and provide strategies for taking the Multistate.

Q: WHY ONLY EVIDENCE? SHOULDN'T A BAR PREPARATION PROGRAM COVER A LOT MORE SUBJECTS?

A: You will probably take a bar preparation course after graduation. The Early Bar Program is no substitute for a bar preparation course and is not designed to be. Instead, the Early Bar Program is an introduction to the skills you will need to excel in the California Bar Exam, and the level of doctrinal knowledge you will need in each subject. Many students fail to pass the Bar Exam not because they fail to learn the doctrine, but because they fail to practice the skills they will need to successfully sit for the Bar Exam.

For two reasons, we use the law of Evidence to teach these skills. First, the black letter law of Evidence can be taught in one day. Second, Evidence is tested both on the Multistate Exam and the California Essay Exam. This makes Evidence a particularly good vehicle for teaching Bar Exam skills.

Q: SHOULD I WATCH THE SESSIONS LIVE OR ON VIDEOTAPE?

A: The sessions will be available on videotape in February 2013, and if you have paid your registration fee, you can access the viewing link for one or all of the lectures. However, the Early Bar Program is far more valuable if you take the time to attend the sessions in person. First, the earlier you take the program, the more valuable it is. Second, if you attend the live sessions or live feed session, you will be able to take better advantage of the participatory aspects of the program -- such as the practice examinations and related review sessions.

Q: HOW DO I ACCESS THE VIEWING LINK FOR THE VIDEOTAPED SESSIONS?

A: After the lectures are over, you will be sent a password if you have registered for the program. In order to view the lectures, click on the link on the Early Bar Program page. You will be prompted to enter your password. When you enter your password and press Submit, you will see a series of links to view one or more days of the Early Bar Program on video.

Q: IF I VIEW THE SESSIONS ON VIDEOTAPE, CAN I STILL GET MY PRACTICE EXAMS GRADED?

A: Yes. All practice exams not submitted during the lecture session are due at Professor Bakhshian's Office (Burns 327). Deadlines will be announced at the Early Bar Program.   (If you take the exam in the lecture hall, it will be collected at the end of the session). Therefore, if you want to have your exam graded, you must view the videotaped session and complete your practice exam (Performance Exam) by the applicable date.