"It's a way to essentially follow a checklist," says Moeser.
People studying for the bar often complain that their law school professors didn't teach them anything, says Peter Sell, director of law school counseling at Advantage Testing, a test preparation company. They note the many differences between what they need to know to perform well in school and what they need to know to pass the bar.
Sell admits professors cover general concepts while the exam tests knowledge of specific details, but he also assures his clients that their hard work in school will pay off.
"Doing well in your first year of law school is going to help on the bar, because you do get this big picture understanding," he says. "Later when you study for the bar you're filling in a lot of the blanks."
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Corrected 5/23/13: A previous version of this article misstated the name of Advantage Testing.