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Bar Examination Preparation Begins

With the MPRE behind them, third and fourth-year students are turning their attention to the Bar Examination by studying the information contained in the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements published by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, available as a download at http://www.ncbex.org/comprehensive-guide-to-bar-admissions/. The Comprehensive Guide contains information concerning application deadlines, character and fitness determinations, grading and scoring, fees and other requirements for all jurisdictions that administer the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE), Multistate Essay Examination (MEE) and/or Multistate Performance Test (MPT).

Students are also researching the specific requirements for admission in the jurisdiction where they intend to take the Bar Examination. For example, students intending to take the Bar Examination in Pennsylvania are researching the particular requirements for admission to the Pennsylvania Bar at http://www.pabarexam.org/. Students intending to take the Bar Examination in other jurisdictions are finding the web sites of other bar admission agencies listed on pages 55 - 58 of the Comprehensive Guide.

Students are already attending the Law School's spring semester Bar Preparation Course (on Saturday mornings in Mellon Hall) and Professor Astorino's Bar Review Course (on Tuesday evenings and Sunday mornings in the Moot Courtroom) and most students have already registered for a commercial summer Bar Preparation course (e.g. , BAR/BRI, PMBR or Micromash).

This year's graduating class already knows that the key to success on the Bar Examination is diligent preparation. Their motto is: "Hard Work. No Shortcuts."

ABA Labor and Employment Trial Competition

A team of Duquesne Law students ended a remarkable run in the prestigious ABA Labor and Employment Law Trial Moot Court Competition by finishing as a National Semi-Finalist in the tournament held January 24-25, 2009, in Chicago, Illinois.

The team of third-year students (Megan Arrington, Tara Fertlemes, Emily Fullerton and Michael Watson) entered the National Tournament after winning the difficult Chicago Regional Competition in November, 2008, where they bested 15 other teams. The National Tournament featured winning teams from eight regions in which a total of 65 teams had competed.

Duquesne advanced to the National Semi-finals after facing two schools (Southern Methodist University and the University of Richmond) which also advanced to the semi-final round. Duquesne met the top-seeded University of Oregon in the semi-finals but lost in a split decision (2-1).

Professor Bruce Antkowiak, who coached the team along with Professor Marla Presley and Attorney Peter McClenahan, commented:

What this group of students accomplished is truly remarkable. Their poise, professionalism, dedication and countless hours of effort not only brought them recognition as one of the top four teams in the nation, but is a source of great pride for everyone at the Law School. Our coaches were honored to work with them. They have proven themselves ready to begin outstanding careers as trial lawyers.

The Trial Moot Court Program at Duquesne is under the direction of Professor Michael Streib.

New Civil Rules in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas

Two revised Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 212.2 Pre-Trial Statement and Rule 220.1

Voir Dire are now in effect, being thirty days after their publication in the 38 Pennsylvania Bulletin 5947-50 (November 1, 2008).

City of Pittsburgh Legislative Information Center

http://legistar.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/mattersearch/home.aspx

The City of Pittsburgh has revised its Legislative Information Center web site. It provides access to agendas and minutes of meetings. It also includes access to the various publications of the City Council, the most important being the ordinances and resolutions along with the legislative history of the ordinance. There is a basic search using keyword or an advanced search feature that provides access to a variety of publications when you click in the drop down box under Matter Type.

Potential Changes to Traditional Bar Exam on the Horizon

Civil Procedure, that dreaded first-year topic, could become the seventh topic tested on the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE). Currently, the MBE is a multiple choice test on torts, evidence, constitutional law, criminal law, contracts, and real property. Erica Moeser, the president of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, reported that the idea to add Civil Procedure to the 200 question test has been met with enthusiasm among bar exam professionals.

In related news, the ABA section on legal education is collaborating with states' chief justices to create and administer a uniform bar exam - one test given in all jurisdictions.

Source: The National Law Journal

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