Overview of the Bowen Bar PASS Program
What is it?
A 6-week program to provide students with: Practice, Accountability, Simulations, and Support during their bar prep period.
In the PASS program, students will have an opportunity for weekly practice of the MPT, MEE and MBE under timed conditions. In each session, students complete practice questions/essays under exam conditions and will submit their answers to the Director of BSS for feedback. In addition to this practice, they get tips and strategies for bar prep, workshops, and a proctored simulated bar exam about two weeks before the real thing. Throughout the entire preparation process, the Director of Bar Success Services will be providing support, encouragement, and helping students stay accountable for their bar success.
Does it cost anything?
This isn’t another program on top of students’ commercial bar prep program – it’s more of a way to ensure they are getting the most of their commercial bar prep program. It gives them opportunities to practice under exam conditions, and get feedback and support during the process. They have the option of using practice questions/prompts provided by Bowen or using practice questions/prompts from their own commercial program (so basically, they could use the time in the PASS program to accomplish the syllabus assignments/tasks for their commercial program under exam conditions).
May a student participate even if they are not taking the bar exam in Arkansas?
Sure! Just note that the program doesn’t cover anything specific to the jurisdiction in which the student is taking the bar exam. Generally, though, the instruction/feedback should translate into any jurisdiction
Do they have to show up in person?
No. Although it’s extremely beneficial to attend in person so they can practice answering questions and writing essays under exam conditions, they can participate via the Distance Program (essentially e-mail and TWEN). And it’s not all or nothing – students should show up as much as they can and participate via TWEN when they can’t make it.
When and where is it?
The program begins about eight weeks before the bar exam and ends about two weeks before the bar exam. It meets twice days a week at Bowen, for 1.5 hours. Students will practice either MBEs, MPTs, or MEEs depending on their preferences and available resources.
Benefits of the program
- Practice Under Exam Conditions/Structure. There’s tremendous value in practicing under exam conditions – being timed by a proctor and completing exam questions around a lot of other people. In the PASS program, we make it easy by providing questions (if you want them) and a proctored room to answer practice questions/write essays.
- Accountability/Feedback. In addition to any feedback the students get from their commercial bar prep program, the Director of BSS provides feedback/comments on students’ writing and will work with them to improve.
- Simulated Bar Exam. At the end of the six weeks, students have the opportunity to participate in a day-long simulated bar exam (the writing day – MPT/MEE) at Bowen and have faculty members provide scoring and feedback. This simulation gives students a taste of what the real bar exam will be like, so they can adjust accordingly in advance of the bar exam.
- Support. Students will be around many of their peers who are in the same boat and who can provide support and encouragement during the process. Additionally, the Director of BSS will be around to check in with the students and help them with anything they need during the bar prep period.
If you are taking the bar exam in a state other than Arkansas or cannot attend all of the sessions, please contact the Director of Bar Success Services or call 501.683.4893 to discuss alternatives that may be available.