With the Florida bar exam a mere 30 days away, now is the time to really memorize law. Every year I receive e-mails asking me what subjects do I think are going to be tested on the Florida bar exam. There is no responsible way for me to respond because my prognostications are never 100% accurate. I always tell students to study like EVERYTHING is going to be tested on the Florida bar exam. That way, you won't be disappointed with me when the test is over.
However, there is one area of law that I can guarantee will appear on the Florida bar exam essays. I am referring to ethics or as the 2016 Florida Bar Review refers to this topic - Florida Professional Responsibility and Florida Professionalism. In other words, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners wants to see from your essay answers if you possess the ability to not only think like a lawyer but behave like one as well.
If you review recent essay questions from Florida bar exams, you will see how frequently ethics is tested. The February 2016 bar exam asked you to discuss ethical considerations in essay questions 1 and 3. The July 2015 Florida bar exam had an attorney ethics component in all 3 essay questions.
I know that the last month of studying for an important exam such as the Florida bar exam can be stressful and overwhelming. There is so much information being thrown at you by commercial bar courses. It can be daunting to reach a point where you feel prepared for this test. This is a natural emotion to have.
Attorneys must self regulate their behavior and the Florida Board of Bar Examiners expects you to know when an action is ethical or unethical. Understanding your responsibilities as a lawyer to your client, court, and society is imperative. Take the time to focus on professional ethics in your bar studies and that work will pay off for you on the exam.