The Bar Code Cheat Sheets in Action, by Whitney Roberts (Fourth Edition)
The Bar Code Cheat Sheets are essay "templates" designed for the larger, more complex issues tested on the California Bar Examination. They are roadmaps or skeleton outlines that lay out in detail the organizational structure applicants should follow for a variety of selected essay topics. The Cheat Sheets offer a ready-set approach designed to minimize "thinking" and "organizing" time at the outset of each essay.
Included with each Cheat Sheet are detailed footnotes that offer tips and tricks for how to analyze each of the legal principles contained therein. The Bar Code Cheat Sheets are designed to be a supplement, not a substitute, for a complete set of substantive review materials.
The fourth edition of The Bar Code Cheat Sheets book contains a copy of each of the Cheat Sheets listed below and a sample answer that illustrates how to incorporate each Cheat Sheet into an essay for the California Bar Examination. Each answer was written by Whitney Roberts, former bar grader and founder of The Bar Code review course, and was specifically designed to show students how to write passing answers in the scoring range of 80-85 within the one-hour time limit.
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Essay topics included in The Bar Code Cheat Sheets in Action publication are:
Torts: Products Liability
Torts: Vicarious Liability
Contracts: General Approach to all Contracts Questions
Contracts: Contracts Formation
Contracts: Monetary Damages
Property: Landlord-Tenant General Approach
Property: Covenants and Servitudes
Constitutional Law: Standing and State Action
Constitutional Law: Speech
Constitutional Law: Religion (Establishment Clause and Free Exercise)
Constitutional Law: Equal Protection
Constitutional Law: Substantive Due Process
Constitutional Law: The Dormant Commerce Clause
Constitutional Law: Supremacy Clause
Criminal Law: Murder
Criminal Procedure: Search and Seizure (4 th & 5 th Amendments)
Criminal Procedure: Incriminating Statements (5 th & 14 th Amendments)
Civil Procedure: Personal Jurisdiction
Civil Procedure: Subject Matter Jurisdiction
Civil Procedure: The Erie Doctrine
Civil Procedure: Joinder
Corporation: Duties of Care and Loyalty
Professional Responsibility: Conflicts of Interest
Remedies: Injunctive Relief
Remedies: Specific Performance
Community Property: General Approach to all Questions
Community Property: Van Camp/Pereira
Wills: Will Formation
Agency: Agency for Contracts
Partnership: Partnership Approach
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