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Victoria Cromwell Appointed to Law Society’s Education and Training Committee

By BARBRI

Victoria Cromwell, Head of SQE, BARBRI InternationalBARBRI Head of SQE, Victoria Cromwell, has been appointed to the Law Society’s Education and Training Committee.

Victoria is an English qualified solicitor with over 12 years’ experience in practice at Addleshaw Goddard and Linklaters, and as a professional support lawyer at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. After private practice, Victoria taught postgraduate law for Kaplan and BPP, and is course designer and subject matter expert for the contract law and business law modules of BARBRI’s QLTS Prep course as well as being Head of SQE. Victoria is also an officer of the International Bar Association’s Academic and Professional Development Committee and a member of the SRA SQE Reference Group.

Victoria’s appointment is timely, with the introduction of the SQE exam in 2021, which any aspiring solicitor will need to pass in the future in order to qualify. Commenting on her appointment Victoria said:

“I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to be involved in the important work carried out by the Law Society’s Education and Training Committee at such a crucial time for the solicitors’ profession. As a solicitor and legal educator, I am passionate about education and training for solicitors. I welcome the chance to contribute to decisions that will shape the future of legal education.”

Sarah Hutchinson, Managing Director of BARBRI, added:

“Victoria’s appointment to such an important and influential committee is a reflection on her commitment to the legal profession, and to legal education in particular. As Head of SQE at BARBRI, Victoria is at the forefront of thinking around the development of the next generation of innovative, adaptable and diverse lawyers and will bring a wealth of experience to the committee.”

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.

Inspired To Become U.S. Qualified, South African Lawyer Achieves Impact

Inspired to Become U.S. Qualified,
South African Lawyer Achieves Impact

Francisca Pretorius looked abroad to the United States to continue her studies, then applied to sit for the Colorado bar exam and passed it on the first try – with the help of BARBRI.

MY NAME IS FRANCISCA PRETORIUS and my yardstick for success is impact. I am a qualified South African lawyer, having practiced as a senior associate for a corporate law firm in Johannesburg, South Africa, and successfully worked towards passing the Colorado bar exam in July 2016. Being qualified in another country, especially the United States, exponentially increases the positive impact I can make in the world.

I have always wanted to continue my higher education studies in the United States and was accepted to a Master of Business Administration program (Global, Social and Sustainable Enterprise focus) at a university in Colorado. I decided to make my legal skills transferable, as well, and applied to sit for the Colorado bar exam.

Based on its outstanding reputation as the best U.S. bar review course, I chose BARBRI to prepare. Furthermore, BARBRI was the only bar review company to offer the flexibility and convenience of a separate, tailored home study option for international students like me.

THE QUANTITY OF BARBRI BAR REVIEW CONTENT was equally matched by the course’s high quality lectures, homework and practice exams. The substantive law did prove particularly challenging as the foundations of South African law and U.S. law are vastly different – South Africa’s mixed legal system incorporates Roman-Dutch law and the U.S. employs a common-law jurisdiction. Despite this rather significant hurdle, I progressed steadily through the BARBRI personalized study schedule and assignments. Continuous assessments and immeasurable support from BARBRI support attorneys and staff was another big advantage.

By following the BARBRI Bar Review study schedule – knowing it was specifically designed to prepare international students – I passed the Colorado bar exam the first time. Taking and passing a U.S. bar exam was a challenging yet fulfilling experience that would not have been possible without the help of BARBRI.

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).