During the third and fourth years of law school, academic support transitions into preparing students for the bar exam and the program switches to BAR+PLUS to reflect the goal.
BAR+PLUS consists of voluntary workshops throughout the year. The BAR+PLUS workshops introduce students to the bar review process and the bar exam. The workshops address general information about the bar exam, different testing formats, the goals of the drafters, how to study for the bar exam, and challenges encountered by graduates preparing for the exam, including time and stress management, maintaining stamina and confidence, and reducing the effect of stereotype threat. By starting early, students can prepare academically by reviewing the law and strengthening study and test taking techniques. Students can also begin to organize their lives so that they can devote their complete attention to bar preparation. BAR+PLUS continues past graduation and through the bar exam.
BAR+PLUS continues past graduation and through the bar exam. In the summer of 2013, USF began offering BAR+PLUS as a program designed to supplement bar review courses to recent graduates by providing additional materials, insights, opportunities to write essays and performance exams, and meetings with experienced bar faculty. The program offers sessions on MBE techniques and strategies, essay exam introduction and practice, and a performance test overview and practices. In addition, a session with former bar graders and the former Director of Examinations for the State Bar of California provided insight into the design of the bar exam, and the evaluation process of essays and performance tests. Program directors and faculty review essays and performance tests submitted by USF graduates. Graduates studying for the bar exam can also arrange individual meetings with the program directors.