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  • Perfect Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: BarWrite® Press; First Edition edition (December 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970608837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970608833
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Resource for Students Studying for the MPT "In Perform Your Best on the Bar Exam Performance Test (MPT), Mary Campbell Gallagher sets out a 'Four-Part Perform You Best MPT System' .  These timing guides are right on the mark . . . .

Professor Lisa Young, Law School Academic Support Blog


A book like this is long overdue. As far as I can tell, the large commercial bar review courses have yet to fully master how to train students to take the MPT. Mary Campbell Gallagher provides students with a detailed, well-constructed method for succeeding on the MPT and similar exams.

Louis J. Sirico, Jr., Professor of Law, Director of Legal Writing, Villanova University School of Law, Member, Board of Directors, Legal Writing Institute (former), Member, Editorial Board, Legal Writing: The Journal of the Legal Writing Institute

--Perform Your Best on the Bar Exam Performance Test (MPT)

Mary Campbell Gallagher has set a new standard in bar exam preparation materials. One of the reasons so many people have trouble with bar exams is that they don't want to spend time practicing to take the exam by actually taking practice exams under exam conditions. The tone of the instructions here is calm, straightforward, and authoritative. The effect is to instill confidence in the applicant and persuade the applicant that with practice, success is very much possible. I like the way the instructions are given more than once in different ways. Providing so much hands-on practical information is also helpful, like tips about using subject headings and about exactly what a passing answer should contain and how it should look, including length. The instruction in this book is simply priceless.

Prince C. Chambliss, Jr., President, Board of Law Examiners, Tennessee (former), Member, Evans Petree, Memphis, Tennessee (former), Author, Prince of Peace: A Memoir of an African-American Attorney Who Came of Age in Birmingham During the Civil Rights Movement (2010), Author, Creating Compelling Defense Arguments and Strategies in Personal Injury Litigation, in Representing Defendants in Personal Injury Cases: Leading Lawyers on Developing a Defense Strategy, Navigating the Discovery Process, and Litigating Disputes (2011)

--Perform Your Best on the Bar Exam Performance Test (MPT)

This book is excellent practice and guidance for the California Performance Test (PT), as well as the MPT.

-- Travis Wise, Practicing attorney and California Bar Exam Expert, Author, The California Bar Exam Primer

--Perform Your Best on the Bar Exam Performance Test (MPT)

About the Author

Trained as a lawyer at Harvard and as a theoretical linguist at the University of Illinois, Dr. Mary Campbell Gallagher is a nationally-recognized authority on the bar examination. She is the author of the book and CDs Scoring High on Bar Exam Essays, originally published by Simon & Schuster in 1991, and now out from BarWrite® Press in a Third Edition. She is president of BarWrite®, which offers Continuing Legal Education and large courses and coaching in New York City preparing law school graduates for the bar examination, and of BarWrite® Press. She originally introduced her Under-Here-Therefore(TM) legal writing system in Scoring High in 1991. Teachers of bar-preparation courses have adopted Scoring High as a textbook.

Dr. Gallagher's ongoing research aims to make a major contribution to lawyers' proficiency through work at the intersection of logic, linguistics, and law. She quotes Peter Drucker: You cannot improve what you cannot measure. In addition to devising the Under-Here-Therefore(TM) legal writing system, she has developed new methodologies for raising bar candidates' scores on the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) and for increasing efficiency in accomplishing common law-office tasks, including those measured by the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).

Dr. Gallagher is a widely-published professional writer. Her essays and reviews have appeared in The Weekly Standard, The New York Observer, The Nation, Legal Times, Newsday, The Brooklyn Papers, Commonweal, and Metro New York. Her articles on legal writing and the bar exam have appeared in National Jurist and Student Lawyer.

A graduate of Barnard College, which awarded her the Montague Prize for distinction in philosophy, Dr. Gallagher also attended St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, on whose Board of Visitors and Governors she has served. She has received many awards and honors and four fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Dr. Gallagher is a professional speaker. She has served on the Board of Directors of the National Speakers Association, New York City Chapter, which has awarded her the Alan Cimberg Award for her dedicated service and honored her with a special Award of Merit.

Dr. Gallagher passed the New York bar examination in July of 1989. She is a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia Bars. She is a member of the Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Legal Profession of the New York State Bar Association. She is a member of the Federalist Society, the National Association of Scholars, the Authors Guild, the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the New York City Bar Association, the Harvard Club of New York City, the National Arts Club, and numerous other professional, civic, architectural and planning organizations in the United States. She is also a member of the Council of European Urbanism and of SOS Paris.


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Mary Campbell Gallagher, J.D. (Harvard), Ph.D., president of BarWrite and BarWrite Press, is a nationally-recognized expert on the bar examination and a widely-published writer whose essays and reviews have appeared in The Nation, The Weekly Standard, Legal Times and elsewhere. She is a graduate of Barnard College (philosophy) and Harvard Law School. She holds the Ph.D. in theoretical linguistics from the University of Illinois. Her articles on legal writing have appeared in Student Lawyer and National Jurist. She is the author of the highly-acclaimed Scoring High on Bar Exam Essays, which has just come out in a Third Edition, the CD Companion to Scoring High on Bar Exam Essays, and the recently-launched Perform Your Best on the Bar Exam Performance Test (MPT). She has published many essays and technical papers. Her awards include a Fulbright Professorship (linguistics) to the University of Tampere, Finland, which she declined in order to enter Harvard Law School. She has passed the Bar Examinations of Massachusetts, California and New York. She is a member of the Massachusetts and District of Columbia Bars. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association, the Harvard Club of New York City, and the New York City chapter of the National Speakers Association, whose highest honor she has received, and on whose board she served for nine years.

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The method taught, together with 12 tasks to do, prepared me well for the MPT.
AuntieB
So, if you are taking a bar exam with The MPT, I would highly recommend that you buy this book and read it cover to cover.
DeAnna
Dr. Mary Campbell Gallagher's book along with her PT Boot-camp in New York was a totally eye-opening experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob on August 24, 2012
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As a former bar examiner and instructor of MPT workshops, I found this book to provide a welcome approach to preparing for and taking the Multistate Performance Exam. Because success on the MPT depends on analytical skills, time management, attention to organization, and good writing skills, it tests different abilities than the rest of the bar exam tests. The key to success on the MPT is (1) understanding what the exam tests and what the graders are looking for and (2) practice and more practice of the skills needed to pass the exam.

Dr. Gallagher's book provides everything an examinee needs to succeed on the MPT. I have heard, anecdotally, that the commercial bar prep courses do not spend sufficient time on MPT preparation, so it behooves examinees to make an additional effort to prepare for the MPT. This book is an excellent way to do that. It is hard to imagine that an examinee who read the entire book and did all of the exercises would not pass the MPT portion of a bar exam.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alissa on January 16, 2012
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I was fortunate enough to take Dr. Gallagher's class live. This system provides a systematic, methodical approach to the MPT. The system is incredibly clear and adaptable to any bar exam condition, whether you're taking the bar by hand or on the computer. I broke my arm five days before the bar and was unable to hand-write the matrix on the provided scrap paper. I was limited to using a computer only and was able to adapt the matrix system, using it straight on the laptop and fleshing out the MPT from there. It wasn't the ideal situation, but this system is so user-friendly and fool-proof that even a broken arm couldn't stop me from passing the bar!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Seung Kim on October 31, 2013
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I really like the grid sheet method this book teaches. I am sure that I'll use that same method for real life law practice as well. This book tells you exactly how much time you should spend on reading each section in the MPT booklet, organizing the materials, and writing. I did not do as many MPT practices as Mary recommends in this book. But doing a few practice questions while strictly adhering to the method taught in this book gave me a tremendous confidence. I felt ready. I saw MPT as extra bonus section for me to pass the NY bar. Results? I passed the July 2013 NY bar. Get this book, summarize the key points, and strictly follow them when practicing. You will do well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jane E. Scott on July 8, 2012
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Perform Your Best is a thoughtful and well-crafted guide to doing well on the Multistate Performance Test. The author has devised a pragmatic system for handling the analysis and outlining tasks that are critical to success on this part of the bar exam. The system is painstakingly explained, thoroughly illustrated, and woven into an overall approach that emphasizes time management and rigorous organization. The tone is candid and encouraging, and the message is consistent and clear. A dozen sample tests give readers a thorough sense of what the test entails and excellent opportunities for practice. Perform Your Best will steady the nerves of any candidate facing a 90-minute performance test as part of the bar examination marathon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on May 15, 2012
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What a great book! This study guide will help test takers maximize their potential as they prepare for the most difficult test they have ever taken. As a Professor of Legal Writing, I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Campbell Gallagher at a recent conference in NYC. I was so impressed with her background and credentials that I immediately jumped at the opportunity to snag a copy of this book. So glad I did. It's well-written, informative, and acts as a fantastic supplement to the review courses offered for the bar exam. Job well done!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Docia Rudley on February 4, 2012
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In her new book, "Perform Your Best on the Bar Exam Performance Test (MPT), Dr. Mary Gallagher presents a practical, step-by-step process for helping bar applicants deliver their best performance on the MPT. The key to her approach is a very straight-forward (but unique) schema that helps the applicant organize voluminous, and often complex materials into a manageable format, making it much easier to address the task in the allotted time. Dr. Gallagher very accurately diagnoses the problems that most bar candidates experience with the test: time management, following directions, properly analyzing the question, among others. She provides excellent solutions for each of these issues. The book is divided into sections based on the most common MPT tasks (objective memos, persuasive briefs, etc...). For each MPT task she uses a sample MPT examination to walk the applicant through her unique process for reading, organizing, analyzing, and writing answers to the questions. To augment these strategies, she includes a generous compilation of released MPT questions that can be used for further practice.

Dr. Gallagher's years of experience as a teacher and coach come through in the book. As you read it, you have the feeling she is right there with you - giving advice, making suggestions, and building confidence. Her book is a welcome addition to the landscape of bar review materials, and will undoubtedly help many bar candidates pass the MPT. I highly recommend it.

D.L. Rudley
Houston, Texas
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