The State Bar Exam Model Answers: To Review or Not to Review During Your Prep

by Dustin on

Hi everyone, Dustin here from and author of number one Amazon bestseller The Seven Steps to Bar Exam Success. I have a question for you: Did you just review a state model answer and are freaking out because your answer was nothing like the State model answer?

Well, good news, you’re in the right place, because that has happened to a lot of people, myself included, and reality is this. When you are typing up your essays the best advice is not to compare them to the state model answers.

Usually those are pristine prime top of the top like 90% – 95% maybe 100% passing and you don’t need that to pass your Bar Exam, you need around a 60 -65% range, it depends on your jurisdiction. So, comparing your answers to those answers, it’s going to give you a false sense of what it takes to pass the Bar Exam and it can really decrease your confidence and hurt your chances of passing because hardly anyone ever writes something of that caliber and that high– I certainly never wrote anything close to that and I was still able to pass, you know, on my first try.

So, when comparing your answers, don’t compare the model answers, second options to get like a Bar/Bri book, maybe The Bar/Bri Sample Answers and you compare to those. Again, that’s not the best option because Bar/Bri Answers are not real answers, they are manufactured answers, it often takes a week or a couple of weeks and several people studying down and looking at them and writing those answers out, they will probably score maybe a 80-85 on an actual Exam.

So again, those aren’t actual great competitors , they are little better than the model answers, but they’re not the best option. The best option that I really really recommend especially if you are in California is to check out

And on as done they’ve gone on collecting thousands of actual graded essays from past Bar Exam takers. And they compiled a big database of these essays and the essays are graded in score so you might see essays that actually got a 45 or a 55 , you’ll see some essays that got a 75 or a 70 and you can actually compare your essay with those essays and see how you did.

See what issues you got, see how the wording was, what the rule was, what the facts were. So that’s a much more realistic, you’ve got a much more realistic sense of what it takes to pass the Bar Exam as opposed to comparing it to the model answer or a Bar/Bri manufactured answer. So, what I recommend you do is to head on over to and you can download– , you can sign up for their program and get a list, get a host –, get access to all the thousands of essays that they have, all the way back, I think from the year 2000 through to 2014.

Their essays are powerfully specific so in other jurisdictions other than California, it may not help out; at the same time it could help to see again on what the real passing answers look like I mean in your jurisdiction and maybe the same kind of wording, the same type of material that’s in the—obviously, the contents might be different, but the same, you know, structure I wonder how that could be the same.

So if you head on over to you can get that program today, that is an affiliate link, so I do get a small commission if you sign up for that which I do appreciate. I can also give you a $15 discount code if you head on over to, again BE, B as in boy and E as in Edgar, it will send you something so you can actually just type in your email and automatically shoot you the discount code.

The founder Bar Essays doesn’t want me advertising what the code is out on cyberspace, so you send me an email or you go to, I’ll automatically send that code to you so you can use that when signing up for Bar essays. So, that’s my recommendation for what to compare yourself to when you’re taking Bar Exam Essays and how to, you know, increase the score of your Bar Exam Essay. So, that’s my advice for today.

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