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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2010
Flash "cards" were exactly what I wanted. But that's not what's in the box.

Flash cards are supposed to be on 3x5 heavy stock so you can take about a dozen or 20, put a rubber band around them, and stick them in your pocket so you can study them whenever you have a moment.

What's in the box are 1/2 sheets of paper. Yep - sheets of paper, about 8.5 x 5.5 inches. They're huge and flimsy and glossy, with paragraphs and paragraphs of complex answers. Yes, you have to write paragraphs and paragraphs for your ESSAY answers on the bar exam. But not for the MBE. For the MBE you have to identify the correct answer from 4 choices. For the MBE you need the condensed Readers' Digest version of the rule.

I sent them back the next day. I'll find something else.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on April 22, 2010
Congratulations to the first reviewer. I'm happy that you passed the bar your first try, but --if you used these flashcards--I can't understand how. I purchased these with high hopes and was sorely disappointed. These are flashcards in name only. The front of each card presents you with a simple question, but when you flip the card over you find way to much information. For this reason, these are not handy for committing to memory points of law. Many of them have three and four large paragraphs, in small print, containing tons of info; rules, exceptions, exceptions to those exceptions. Occasionally, the cards will waste even more space explaining old rules that (they eventually point out) no longer apply. Two of the cards were misprinted: the answer to the front question was on the back of the next card in line.
Other complaints: the explanations are poorly worded, and I often found myself having to restate the rule or write it out in a way that was less convoluted, punctuation is sometimes lacking, the examples are cheesy and use only letters like X and Y for character names. This is needlessly confusing when the example involves 3 or more characters.
Botton Line: I took the TN bar exam in July '09 and scored a 131 (in TN anything above 135 doesn't help you since you still must pass 7 of 12 essays) using BarBri. So, I tried these cards for the February '10 exam. MY MBE SCORE DROPPED 11 POINTS to a 120! I don't recommend these cards.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on November 15, 2009
These are mainly for reviewing topics on the MBE. Not 'flash cards' like you would expect with problems, but rather topics like "What is mens rea?"

I passed the GA Bar exam and used these cards as my main method of topic review.

Definately would recommend to all.
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on May 21, 2011
I graduated from law school two weeks ago, and I ordered these flash cards as a good prep for learning basic rules about a week before graduation. I have been reading these over about 4 hours a day for 8 days, and I have scored over a 140 on the first two simulated exams I have completed. I have not done any other prep beyond glancing over a few BarBri outlines I bought off ebay, and I can honestly say these flash cards cover most of the important information and rules I found in those outlines. I am very pleased with my decision to skip the $2000 barbri course, as many of the MBE topics can be learned at home with your own study plan and materials (I would still recommend tracking down the individual BarBri state outlines for the MEE, I haven't found an adequate substitute). The "exam tips" at the bottom of each card are also very helpful, but because of the large amount of text on each card, I ended up writing my own secondary set of cards with just the exam tips I found beneficial.

I should note that this set isn't perfect. As other reviewers have stated, there is some form of typo on about 1/5 cards (mostly minor and inconsequential to the substantive rule), and about 1/20 cards has an answer which is either way too wordy or not really on topic. The examples they give don't have much value, as they basically just reword the substantive rule and throw in X,Y,Z as parties, which doesn't give much insight. Finally, many of the flash cards are basically the same question prompt reworded. There are 52 Constitutional Law cards, but in reality, there are only approximately 18 different questions worded 3 different ways. You can easily condense this 400 card box to about 200-250 cards. If you need the repetition to fully grasp a concept, more power to you. I ended up removing a good chunk of the box when it was clear I had mastered the basic elements.

I should reference that my grades in law school weren't the best, but I was top half in my class and received a "B" or higher in 6 out of the 7 subjects covered in this set (I never took criminal procedure due to my desire to go into lobbying/political work rather than litigation/criminal law).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2014
The best tool I have used for the bar exam. You can read it on metro and bus, very clear rules and very convenient. The cards include a lot of examples for every rule and I did practice exam very well after reviewing every topic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2010
I took BarBri and the systems must be different. For learning the law, these are great, if a bit unwieldy. For practicing MBE questions, not so much. If they were helpful, I'll let you know in novmber when I get my results.
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on May 29, 2012
I am in the crunch for the bar exam like so many other people but I get sick at looking at outlines and lectures all day. When you stare at these outlines over and over, it sometimes gets muddled or you start only half paying attention to what your reading.

Enter the PMBR flashcards. What I love is that I can just grab a subject (currently con law), and just sit on the couch and read the questions and try to guess. The black letter law is on the back and it helps me memorize the nuances in a fun way (as fun as studying for the hardest test of your life can get LOL).

One thing I also like is that it is also really nice to be able to grab a friend and quiz them because whether you are being quizzed or doing the quizzing, it helps both of you.

Finally the other important part besides being very helpful is the that the package came in a very convenient box and in perfect condition. It still was vacuum sealed and the flash cards smelled like a new book (though I have grown to not be particularly fond of that smell anymore for obvious reasons).

There is no substitution for doing practice essays and PMBR questions, but this makes the time between outlines much more enjoyable and still learn a ton.
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on June 21, 2012
I loved these cards and although they aren't very small, they helped a lot with MBE review. The back of the card has some extra info in addition to the answer, which are caveats and other issues dealing with the rule asked. So not only do you get the basic question, but it helps you to learn the other exceptions and extras. These really helped with the more complicated issues. I used these after getting a basic grasp of the MBE subjects. I passed, and after reading the model answers, I think it had a lot to do with my MBE score!
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on April 6, 2014
Lugging around this box was not fun, so I couldn't just take it to Starbucks like you should be able to with flashcards. They are bigger than my kitchen recipe cards too. They were glossy and color coded and had some great info, but if you like flashcards not review sheets, this may not be for you. That said, I did pass the bar the first time (with Kaplan live lectures/online stuff too).
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 8, 2012
I used these cards to pass the bar on the first take and ended up with a very good MBE score. What I liked most about these cards seems to be what other reviewers didn't like - all the information on the back. To prep for the MBE I did about 60% practice exams, and 40% practice with these cards. I only used my bar review books, for the MBE portion at least, to do the practice exams out of them. I used these cards to learn and memorize points of law and did not make any outlines for MBE topics at all. I just reviewed these cards repeatedly until I could visualize what was on the backs. These cards really helped me with the questions that had two similar answers that I was having trouble differentiating between. I also agree with other reviewers that these are not really flashcards. They're about the size of half of a standard piece of paper, and they're quite heavy. I did haul my box of giant cards around with me to study, but others may prefer smaller cards. Everyone has their own bar prep strategies. If you find that bar review class is overwhelming you or you're tired of outlining, I recommend these cards and practice exams for the MBE, and then just make outlines for the essay topics. Good luck!
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