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passing the bar game

by Caryn Pincus
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  • the story

Legal-Ease

Did you ever hear the one about the lawyer who was so tired of studying for the bar exam that she invented a board game to make it more fun?

It's no joke. Caryn Pincus, who passed the Florida bar exam in 2008, created this game as an engaging way to study law and legal reasoning. Using questions modeled after the multi-state portion of the bar exam, this game makes a great supplement for law students, or an entertaining review for legal professionals.

Contents:

- 1 die
- 1 game board
- 6 pawns
- 1 two-minute timer
- 350 Multi-State Bar Exam question cards - 100 legal trivia cards

A pro bono sample of what's inside:

Audrey was hosting a board game convention when one of the inventors ran up to her, out of breath, and said, "Oh my god, you will never believe what just happened! I was walking down the trivia boardgame aisle when Simon ran up to me with blood all over his shirt. He said, 'I just killed the inventor of '80s trivia. I hated the era and he was mocking my boardgame.' He then ran out of the convention center." The prosecution puts Audrey on the stand to testify as to Simon's statement. Simon's attorney objects. What is the result?

Printed and assembled in USA. Some parts made in China.



Click here to see card 1, card 2, and card 3.

  • details
Item ID
18853
Made from
100% recycled paper label stock, cardboard
Measurements
10.5" L x 10.5" W x 3.5" H
Notes
2-10 players. For adults.
  • the maker

Caryn Pincus

Caryn Pincus is an Attorney at Law, licensed to practice in the states of New York, New Jersey and Florida. She graduated cum laude, in 2006. She received the CALI Award for Academic Excellence in Contracts II and Disability Law. She also interned at the New York Appellate Division, First Department, the Suffolk County Attorney's Office and Nassau-Suffolk Law Services. She started her career at a matrimonial and criminal law firm and subsequently worked as a commercial litigation attorney.

She came up with the idea of Passing the Bar Game after leaving the New York bar exam and heading to the New Jersey bar exam. "I thought of other ways that I could have studied for the bar exam with my friends, aside from drinking and reading questions out of a prep book," Caryn said.

It really clicked with her that certain types of questions are asked over and over again in the same format. For example, every time you answer a Constitutional Law question, the student should always start by asking the question, "Who is acting?" The answer on the bar will always be: a private person, Congress, the President, etc.

When she created the game, Caryn tried to use the most common types of questions and added in tips. She also added fun trivia questions so that students can take a mental break from studying meanwhile they play.

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PASSING THE BAR GAME
 
4.5

(based on 11 reviews)

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100%

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Pros

  • Educational (9)
  • Thought provoking (8)
  • Fun (7)
  • Entertaining (6)
  • Interactive (6)

Cons

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  • Adults (10)
  • Family (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Parent (4), Educator (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (12)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Child (4)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other (4), Christmas or hanukkah (3)

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5.0

Bar Prep, Bar Fun!

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from Atlanta , Georgia

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Pros

  • Easy To Play
  • Educational
  • Entertaining
  • Fun
  • Interactive
  • Thought Provoking

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Adults

    Comments about PASSING THE BAR GAME:

    NCBE MBE questions used in previous years. It's a fun way to study.

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    • No, No
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    • Self
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    5.0

    Great gift!

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    from TN

    About Me Parent

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    Pros

    • Easy To Play
    • Educational
    • Thought Provoking

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Adults
      • Children
      • Family

      Comments about PASSING THE BAR GAME:

      Given as a gift to my son In his third year of law school. He loved it! Perfect gift.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes, Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Child
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      • Christmas or Hanukkah

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      4.0

      A Game For Lawyers

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      from Rio Grande Valley

      About Me Educator

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      Pros

      • Educational
      • Thought Provoking

      Cons

      • Boring

      Best Uses

      • Adults

      Comments about PASSING THE BAR GAME:

      Nice looking, lots of good questions but not for people w/o legal training. You find yourself guessing among choices that are hard to distinguish from each other. As an older adult I was interested, but my law student even got tired of it and my other daughter, an Ivy league studnet gave up on it.

      I think a group of law students would like the game and benefit from it.

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      • Yes, Yes
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      • Child
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      4.0

      md/phd fail gloriously

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      from new york

      About Me Educator, Parent, Thrifty

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      Pros

      • Can Withstand Use
      • Easy To Play
      • Educational
      • Entertaining
      • Fun
      • Interactive
      • Thought Provoking

      Cons

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        • Adults
        • Family

        Comments about PASSING THE BAR GAME:

        great way for us non-lawyers to have our comeuppance at the hands of the new grads. woooa are we dumb

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        • Yes
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        5.0

        Excellent game

        By 

        from Berkeley, CA

        About Me Stuent

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        Pros

        • Educational
        • Entertaining
        • Fun
        • Interactive
        • Thought Provoking

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Adults

          Comments about PASSING THE BAR GAME:

          Great game for someone who wants to take a break from traditional studying for the BAR.

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          • Yes
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          • Other
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          5.0

          Wow, this is real.......

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          from cleveland marshal

          About Me Avid Gamer, Educator, Thrifty

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          Pros

          • Educational
          • Fun
          • Interactive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Adults
            • Family

            Comments about PASSING THE BAR GAME:

            Solid game, great way to study. Gives a break from the endless reading

            Service and delivery comments:

            Expedited very prompt.

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            • Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Other
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            • Christmas or Hanukkah

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            4.0

            Can't wait to give as present!

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            from Van, TX

            About Me Parent

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            Pros

            • Can Withstand Use
            • Educational
            • Entertaining
            • Fun
            • Interactive
            • Thought Provoking

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Adults
              • Children
              • Family

              Comments about PASSING THE BAR GAME:

              My fifteen yr old wants to go to law school and has had law vocabulary on her computer since 5th grade and she will love learning more about what she wants to do in a game form :)

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              • Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Child
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              • Christmas or Hanukkah

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              4.0

              Great game for law students

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              from Nine Mile Falls, WA

              About Me Avid Gamer, Parent

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              Pros

              • Educational
              • Entertaining
              • Fun
              • Thought Provoking

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Adults
              • Family

              Comments about PASSING THE BAR GAME:

              Great game for family reunion. Thought provoking even for the none attorneys in the group. Not good for younger children

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              • Yes

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Challenging Game

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              from San Francisco, CA

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              Pros

              • Educational
              • Entertaining
              • Fun
              • Interactive
              • Thought Provoking

              Cons

              • Challenging

              Best Uses

              • Adults
              • Law Students

              Comments about PASSING THE BAR GAME:

              I bought it for my boyfriend who's about to finish up his second year of law school, thinking that this would help him study for finals. He said it was VERY challenging, but fun to play with his law school buddies and realize how much they don't know yet.

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              • Yes

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              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Made a great gift

              By 

              from Ohio

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                  Comments about PASSING THE BAR GAME:

                  This was a gift.. And they loved it!

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