How often do you update the material?
We review the material on a continuous basis.  Utilizing online databases, printed material, and references to current changes in the law, we
make revisions to the material as we become aware of changes in the law.  Each section is reviewed at least once, sometimes more, in a twelve
to eighteen month cycle.  On average, we make changes to about four or five sections every six months.

We understand you are nervous about taking the exam.  

1.  The bar exam does not reflect the most current changes in the law.  The bar exam is written well in advance of the exam date.  Sometimes
changes to the bar exam are not made until after two years changes to the statute have been made.  So, even though a legislative session may
revise a statute in May, 2013, the statute may not take effect until September, 2013.  Even then, it may be 2015 before that particular issue is
tested in the bar exam.

2.  The bar exam covers material that simply doesn't change that much from year to year.  Basic procedural and evidence standards have
remained the same for years.  Hearsay is hearsay is hearsay and has remained so for quite some time.  

3.  Your goal is to PASS THE BAR EXAM.  Your goal should NOT be to get 100% or even 90% of the questions correct.  If you miss one
small element, for example, if a filing dates have changes, you will still PASS THE BAR EXAM.

We review each section of the TBF at least once every twelve months.  In some cycles, there are more changes made than in others,
e.g. the
changes made to the book when the business organizations code changed. In most cycles, statutory changes are relatively few.

We've been doing this now for almost ten years.  We'll be honest though: on average, we receive maybe one complaint per year that a point of
law is presented incorrectly.  That is,
every other exam cycle, somebody will point out a minor error.  BUT, overall, we are very proud of our
success rate and the vast majority of our customers are satisfied too.  See our return rate below.

What Will I Receive?
You will receive an eighty page book.
Each page of which looks a great deal like the
sample pages.
Click on the video to the right and see exactly what the book looks like.
The book is designed to be carried with you and used.  Use TBF to review.
Use TBF in every spare moment that you have to study.
This is how people who have written us have told us
the TBF was successful in helping them pass the bar exam.
Read their letters

Passing the bar exam demands you spend the time needed commit basic rules to memory and this book is designed to be used, one time, for
about two months.  Break it apart, highlight it, mark it up and use it to build memory muscle.

Is an electronic version available?
In part.  We are starting to roll out Kindle versions of selected sections.
We are working on providing an electronic version soon.  In the meantime, remember that the book is meant to be taken with you.  Take it with
you into the coffee shop, take it to the restaurant, take it to the restroom.  The real value of TBF comes from using it to reinforce--ALL THE
TIME--the drills and practice questions you will encounter with traditional study materials. When you review your answers, consider how your
answer could have been enhanced with contra-considerations, alternatives, and issues that can only be addressed by reviewing the elements of
the contention before you.

What is the return policy?
We've never had a formal return policy because out of nearly 3,000 books shipped in the last seven years, fewer than ten customers have asked
for a refund; that's less than one-half of one-percent who have asked for a refund.  You can't please everybody.

Nonetheless, some people seem to feel better if there is a return policy; so, here it is:  
If you are dissatisfied, return the book and we will
refund your money
.  Now, we do have to protect ourself a little bit because, after all, we are lawyers.

FIRST.  You must ship the book back to us within three days of your receiving it.  The postmark on the return envelope must be
postmarked within three days of the day the post office indicates it delivered the book to you.    The book really does look like the sample
pages; there are no surprises.  So, your return package must be postmarked no later than the third day after your receipt of the book.  Receive
the book on January 15; you must ship the book back to us, based on postmark, by January 18. Yes, one person did try to return a book after a
month and about a day or two before the exam.  That won't work.

SECOND.  The book must be in a condition such that it could be resold as new.  In other words, don't try to tear it apart or crease the
cover, copy it, and THEN try to return the book.  That wouldn't be fair.  Once again, yes, a person sent us a book the cover of which had
obviously been creased as it lay under a copying machine cover.

THIRD. Shipping and handling charges are non-refundable.  We don't get our money back from the post office and you don't either.

Otherwise, we want you to be satisfied.  At the end of the day, it's not worth it to us to have any hassles.
Put yourself in the position of being a grader.  You are
faced with a stack of exams and not much time to grade
each one.  You don't want a bunch of fluff.  You want to
ensure the test taker understands the basic concepts.  
Does the test taker know what law is applicable to the facts
given.  You are looking for a demonstration of knowledge,
of highlights, of concepts, key points.

HERE for Texas Board of Law Examiners discussion
of Examination Information and Selected Answers.

Some questions limit you to FIVE LINES to answer the
question.  Click
HERE to see February, 2014 questions
relating to Civil Procedure and Evidence.  This does not
require a great deal of discussion.  The BLE is simply
trying to determine if you know the relevant pleadings
and/or elements.

In previous discussions, examiners have indicated that the
"the most common problem" was one of not stretching to
include that final point of law.  That extra little bit of law that
completely answers the question.  The other issue was the
examiner's notation that the question "called upon
examinees to demonstrate knowledge" of requisites
applicable to the facts given.  "A common problem for most
examinees was not knowing the time limit within which a
search warrant must be executed."  


The first sentence in the BLE's General Recommendations tells
you to "carefully read the question and the 'call of the
question.'"  The last sentence instructs you to "avoid lengthy or
unnecessary discussion of general or extraneous matters."  In
other words, "demonstrate knowledge" of the law; nothing else.   
Less successful answers recognized the facts presented as being
violations of a particular aspect of a statute but cannot explain
WHY the actions or inactions are violations.  That is, the
examinee cannot list the elements of a violation.  This is what
TBF does: succinctly provide you a reference for the elements
supporting a claim.

TBF is one more tool in your belt.  One more way to build
memory.  Don't lose points because your are one of the
examinees who "did not recognize the rule concerning the
disposal of community property when intestate spouses die
within 120  hours of each other.

We don't use more recent examples of comments because the
Board of Legal Examiners doesn't provide them.

"Starting with the February 2009 exam, the Texas Board of Law
Examiners began publishing selected examinee answers for essay
questions 1 through 12 (
in lieu of commenting on common
problems or errors for these items
)."  Successful answers are
cogent, concise, and answer the questions.  It's just that simple.  
Not really, The Bar Exam is Hard!  
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