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California Bar Exam Prep

This guide provides resources to assist JD students in taking the California Bar Exam.

Performance Test Information

Performance Test

Performance test questions are designed to test an applicant's ability to understand and apply a select number of legal authorities in the context of a factual problem. Performance test answers are graded on the applicant's responsiveness to instructions and on the content, thoroughness, organization and persuasiveness of written tasks.

In addition to measuring an applicant's ability to analyze legal issues, performance test questions require applicants to:

  1. Sift through detailed factual material and separate relevant from irrelevant facts, assess the consistency and reliability of facts, and determine the need for and source of additional facts;
  2. Analyze the legal rules and principles applicable to a problem and formulate legal theories from facts that may be only partly known and are being developed;
  3. Recognize and resolve ethical issues arising in practical situations;
  4. Apply problem solving skills to diagnose a problem, generate alternative solutions, and develop a plan of action; and,
  5. Communicate effectively, whether advocating, advising a client, eliciting information, or effectuating a legal transaction.

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