I was talking to one of the attorneys in my office last week about the bar exam and he kept emphasizing something that I feel compelled to discuss at this point leading up to the bar exam. The key to your success on the bar exam is how neat you organize your essay answers, By this, I mean using headers and key words to properly communicate your understanding of the fact pattern.
You see, my co-worker is a bar tutor for a major bar review company and he reads hundreds of essays every testing period, In other words, he's the kind of overworked attorney who is going to have the pleasure of grading your essays,
As you probably have heard before, these graders spend a very limited amount of time reviewing your work. To some, it might seem shocking that something you spent an hour or more typing can be read and graded in a matter of minutes. The truth is, most of your grade is decided in how you lay out that first page or so of your answer.
Therefore, you want to make a strong impression on your first page. Use headings to identify issues and to also break down the elements of rules.