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DRIVEN TO QUALIFY AS A U.S. ATTORNEY, FROM A TINY IRISH VILLAGE TO THE BIG APPLE

Captivated by American lifestyle and opportunities, Dublin law graduate Aoife Moore Kavanagh made sure to do whatever it took – with the help of BARBRI – to pass the New York Bar Exam.

MY NAME IS AOIFE MOORE KAVANAGH and my desire to qualify as a U.S. attorney actually began in San Francisco during summer work travel through the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor program. I loved the adventure and realized there were far more opportunities in America than back home in my tiny Irish village, which also happens to be in the smallest county in Ireland. As a Dublin City University law graduate, I knew if I wanted to qualify abroad, I would have to learn the U.S. legal system with the right U.S. law course provider.

After some research, I came across the BARBRI International 6-month Home Study Program. I attended twice a week while working a retail position, packing what American students learn in three years into that 6-month timeframe. When the BARBRI course finished, I left my job to concentrate full-time on studying for the New York Bar Exam prior to returning to the United States to sit the exam.

The people, the crowds, the lights. Everything about New York City captivated me. After taking the bar exam, I decided to extend my stay. I spent three months relishing every opportunity New York had to offer, making meaningful connections along the way. I even met the love of my life. I fit in perfectly.

Then I got the news that I hadn’t passed the New York Bar Exam.

I was absolutely devastated but I knew I had no choice, I had to try again. I owed it to myself to give it my very best shot and now that I knew New York was where I wanted to be, I had a new-found drive and longing.

I took advantage of the BARBRI Guarantee and, for the next two months, I focused solely on the exam using BARBRI. There were times when I couldn’t even remember the last time I got dressed. I lived and breathed American law materials. I recorded myself reciting rules and fell asleep listening to them. I studied 9-plus hours a day, six days a week. And slowly but surely, the time came around for me to fly back and retake the exam. I knew I had done everything conceivably possible to make sure I would pass. That’s what it takes to ensure success.

An email is how I received my results. No set date or time. Just an email that suddenly arrives in your inbox to inform you of your future. It took me a full day to pluck up the courage to open that email. The passing score in New York is 266. I got 289. I kept checking it over and over, I thought I wasn’t seeing straight! And now I’m preparing my application for admission to practice as an attorney in the greatest place in the world, from my tiny little village in the smallest county in Ireland.

I encountered negative reactions on my journey from people who didn’t think it was worth my while to do a course to learn the laws of another jurisdiction. They told me it was extremely difficult for foreign examinees and I would have to accept that it was unlikely my dreams would become reality, but I am proof that it can be done. I would love for my story to inspire others who may be thinking about doing a U.S. Bar Exam and let them know it is 100% possible.

FRENCH ATTORNEY ACHIEVES GLOBAL LEGAL CAREER

Parisien, Nelson Dijoux Coquillas, uses his New York qualification to practice in international arbitration – the international setting of his dreams.

My name is Nelson Dijoux Coquillas and I am an Associate in International Arbitration at White & Case LLP.

I have always imagined myself working in an international legal setting interacting with colleagues and clients from all around the world. After earning my bachelor and master’s degree from Paris Dauphine, I went on to obtain a second master’s degree and an LL.M. from U.C. Berkeley.

I knew I would take the New York Bar Exam because, in my desired field of practice, it was a go-to, especially for big law firms at which I was applying at the time. Additionally, the bar exam itself provided me with some useful exposure to federal and state subjects that I did not take in law school, but which proved useful at the beginning of my career (conflicts of laws for example).

Today, I get the pleasure of working in a truly international setting. The clients I help on a daily basis come from all around the world. The wonderful team with which I work is truly a global team as only 5 or 6 of my 45+ colleagues are 100% French. My international arbitration practice is truly a global career and I could not be happier.

When it comes to preparing for a U.S. state bar exam, BARBRI was and still is the #1 course. The vast majority of my friends, American or foreigners, relied on BARBRI to help them through the bar exam. The BARBRI Personal Study Plan was tailored to my particular needs: I wanted to go at my own pace yet still be assisted if necessary, and I also needed a lot of practice. BARBRI ticked all the boxes: Reliability, tailor-made program, individual assistance, and substantial practice.

The Personal Study Plan constantly directed me toward the specific areas and subjects on which I needed more practice, which did a lot to make me feel comfortable about the actual exam. The Simulated MBE made a huge difference as well as I arrived at the real exam completely familiar with the exam format and structure. I just had to focus on my answers.

If you’re wondering which bar preparation course is for you, wonder no more. Chances are that BARBRI will be a perfect fit for your study habits and needs.

Foundations in U.S. Law

Alia DeBellotte,
BARBRI International Marketing Assistant

NEW “FOUNDATIONS IN U.S. LAW” COURSE INTRODUCED TO PREPARE INTERNATIONAL LAW GRADUATES TO PASS U.S BAR EXAMS

BARBRI International has introduced a new Foundations in U.S. Law Course: your first step in preparing to sit a U.S. Bar Exam. This program is specially designed to prepare you, a foreign educated law graduate or lawyer, to pass the Bar Exam.

A little history first – BARBRI has been preparing students for Bar Exams for over 40 years. In recent years, the number of foreign educated students taking the Bar Exam has increased. It is those students who told us what they needed:

A longer period to study for the Bar Exam

  • Basic understanding for the Multistate subjects
  • A method to help memorise large amounts of information
  • A framework for how to read and understand Multistate (MBE) questions
  • Essay writing instruction that addresses what the bar examiners look for in student essays
  • Insight in the performance test
  • And all in a manageable time frame.

That is what BARBRI International will provide you, and it all starts with the Foundations in U.S. Law Course designed to help you lay a foundation in the substantive law tested on the Bar Exam, introduce you to how you tackle each part of the exam, and give you some practice in each subject area.

With the Foundations in U.S. Law course, students will (1) work on starting to develop the skills needed for all parts of the Bar Exam, (2) get a broad understanding of each Multistate subject, and (3) dive more deeply into the heavily tested topics of each subject so you can build confidence in your abilities. The course is self-directed, so students can dip in and out of it in your own time.

With the Foundations in U.S. Law Course you can get started on honing your foundational skills now.

  • Systematic Problem Solving: teaches you how to read questions critically and efficiently.
  • Essay Writing Workshop: teaches you how to organise relevant law and facts.
  • Essay Architect: tests your reading skills, reviews essay answer organisations and gives you the opportunity to build a lawyer-like answer from component parts. You will also receive immediate feedback on your personal performance.
  • Performance Test Skills Workshops: gives you an overview of the exam and how to tackle one of the most important parts of the exam.

For each Multistate subject, you’ll get an overview of the subject explaining what the subject broadly covers as well as areas that are tested and/or how one should approach each subject.

The next step looks deeper into each of the MBE subjects. We have selected highly tested or particularly difficult sub-topics for you to focus on during your studies.

MBEYou will get an alphabetically ordered subject-based syllabus as part of the online Foundations course. The format is as follows:

  • Read an excerpt to become familiar with terminology
  • Listen to a modularised lecture
  • Assess your knowledge with BARBRI AMP to build and test understanding of the black letter law
  • Test your knowledge with a short quiz
  • Work on issue spotting and organisations with essays in each subject.

The BARBRI commitment is to assist you in every way possible to ensure you pass the Bar Exam. The qualifications of New York Attorney-at-Law and California Attorney-at-Law, once obtained will open many doors to you and the effort you put into the course will be repaid many times over throughout your professional career. If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to contact us (www.barbri-international.com).