Scoring High on Criminal Law Exams by Hugh Reed

good day my name is you read I’m the CEO and founder of real or we prepare people for the bar exam under pasture bar comm and also help them throughout law school at Law School tutoring comm you can go to both websites and find out exactly what we do now I’ve been in the bar of you and the test preparation business for approximately 30 years having worked with the largest bar review company for some 16 17 years and then started our own company which has been very successful tutoring individuals such as members of Congress judges I got sworn into the Guam bar the other day by a member of the Justice of the Supreme Court of Illinois and who might help pass the bar exam in the early 80s so I’ve been doing this for a quite a bit of time the other thing that’s a little bit different about what we do than other bar reviews is that we actually take the examination I take the bar exam every six months somewhere for my multi-jurisdictional law practice helping US service men and women worldwide and the byproduct is of course I get to look at this secure confidential examination I’m legally and ethically bound not to release the questions and to candidates however I make sure that all of our candidates are tested appropriately on what has been tested on recent exams and we follow the National Conference of our examiner’s outlined very very closely so how do you score well in criminal law find out what’s being tested first if you’re still in law school go find out go look at the old exams that have been released by your law professor talk to others who have taken his or her class because we know that criminal law from Professor X could be vastly different the criminal law firm professor Y on the multi-state bar exam however we follow a certain outline published by the National Conference of Bar Examiners and the bar examiners tell us that criminal law is going to be tested in five major categories that is category one Hamas I’d category to other crimes such as theft crimes robbery larceny and the like category three in coid crimes in coid crimes means preliminary crimes preliminary crimes a conspiracy solicitation attempt an accomplice liability that’s when tested in category three category four general principles general principles intent what is his or her state of mind what is the criminal state of mind and category five Criminal Procedure or constitutional protection of the accused now what we do also is we provide certain mnemonics and memory devices if those help you they helped me a lot as a former head of pilot training for the United States Army we used to teach our pilots using checklists memory devices for their emergency procedures much like pilots you’re going to be under anxiety conditions taking examinations and the three things the examiner wants to see from you is number one your law law knowledge and these mnemonics and memory devices really help in that regard number two your law expression how you express yourself and number three your law analysis so those are the three major things that are tested on every examination whether it’s multiple choice or whether it’s an essay examination so the outline of what’s being tested is key if you’re still in law school we can send you a criminal law or crowell procedure outline whatever of course you’re taking and then you annotate your outline in that document and then you talk to your attorney coach about reviewing specific things that are important are bound to be tested if you’re not in law school getting ready for the bar exam I would suggest you get an early start a head start so let’s talk about the way we start as early as five months before the exam and we constantly make you prove up do your work and we guarantee your results we have the highest pass rate of any bar of you in the country and that is because we actually focus on your execution on your constant execution of things that you’re going to be tested on whereas other bar reviews a lot of them have never taken a multi-state exam you know the CEO and president of the largest traditional bar of you for example or the the multi-state lectures many of them have never taken a multi-state bar exam or in some other bar reviews they may have taken the exam but it’s been years ago and so they don’t have the current expertise on the examination and a lot of students are finding out that they’re wasting their time you can go to law school comm law school comm and you can find some of the blogs that have been written about these lecturers because a lot of them aren’t very good they know their subjects because they teach them every day in law school however they have no idea how its tested on recent exams so let me give you some mnemonics and memory devices which hopefully will give you an idea of what we do that’s a little bit different general intent crimes first of all you know we have several types of intent that are tested on the examination and the law or the common law always look at intent first and they said what kind of intent that this person have was it a general intent or was it a specific intent for general intent crimes you can remember all the general intent crimes with rabbit are ABI t Rab ID that is rape arson battery involuntary manslaughter and depraved heart murder second-degree murder so rabbit those are the general intent crimes now why do we differentiate general intent crimes from specific intent crimes is because specific intent crimes we have some defenses that are not available to general intent crimes the tool on the two that are tested often are voluntary intoxication and secondly mistake of fact any mistake whether reasonable or not could be a defense for a specific intent crime so start with the rabbit crimes we also have the model Penal Code a an effort to try to standardize criminal law around the United States not test it very often but generally if you remember the MA Penal Code anything that ends in ly purposely knowingly recklessly plus strict liability could be a model Penal Code kind of a state of mind under in crimes and in torts in American law we have no duty to come to the aid of someone else so they’ll give you a big long fat pattern someone is being held up we have no duty unless it meets the elements of scrap s craap that is s there’s a statute that dictates you have to act C you’re under contract you’re on lifeguard you have to age someone gurgling in the bottom of the pool but if you’re not the lifeguard you have no duty you could be an Olympic swimmer see someone gurgling on the bottom and pool that’s okay are there’s a relationship a closed for male relationship or some other kind of relationship such as a passenger on a bus or a guest in an innkeeper to a guest there’s a special relationship or you’re an invitee you’re an invitee otherwise there is no duty to act a stands for assumed assumption once you assume to act you have to carry and follow through P stands for paral paral once you place someone in peril then you have a duty to act otherwise there is no duty to act in American law a couple of other mnemonics perhaps for Criminal Procedure I personally like the warrant mnemonics under American law we on the fourth amendment we need a warrant right and the the elements of a proper warrant are pimps piti MPs that is probable cause impartial magistrate I am particularities has to be stated with particularities and finally standing in order to have standing it’s got to be state action so pimps there are exceptions to the warrant requirements you may remember them with box pies Fox pies be ACH a pasta PS pies the B stands for border searches a automobile searches C consent H hot pursuit s school searches P Plainview Plainview I incident to arrest e emergency searches and finally stop and frisk well this is the flavor of how we can help you please go to read Law Group calm get your free study aid or call us at