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passing the bar game

by Caryn Pincus
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  • the story


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.


- 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
Made from
100% recycled paper label stock, cardboard
10.5" L x 10.5" W x 3.5" H
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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