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Hot Topics for July 2019 California Bar Exam

The California bar exam covers a vast majority of legal rules within each subject. The realm of information contained within each essay subject is one of the reasons the California bar exam is difficult to pass. However, the bar examiners love retesting issues and focusing their attention to specific legal rules that are tested over and over again. Based on this pattern and drawing from past exams administered since 2002, we have compiled a list of hot topics per subject.


MBE Subjects:

Contracts


Contracts formation/breach of contract, anticipatory repudiation/material vs. minor breach, contract modifications, statute of frauds, damages, remedies crossover

Civil Procedure


Subject matter jurisdiction, personal jurisdiction, erie doctrine, discovery obligations

Evidence


Relevance, hearsay, impeachment, privileges

Real Property


Landlord property law, easements

Constitutional Law


Standing, first amendment, fourteenth amendment, takings clause

Crimes


Fourth amendment, fifth amendment, crimes against property/persons, defenses

Torts


Negligence, products liability, defenses, torts remedies crossover


Non-MBE Subjects

Business Associations


Corps: fiduciary duties, derivative action, shareholder rights, conflicts, director duties. Agency/Partnership: LLPs, general partnerships/authority, fiduciary duties, dissolution

Remedies


TROs, Preliminary Injunction, specific performance, defenses, equitable remedies: reformation, rescission, conversion, misrepresentation remedies, restitution.

Community Property


CP vs. SP, commingling funds, quasi CP, gifts, stock options & child support, transmutation, putative spouse, debts, torts.

Professional Responsibility


Duty of loyalty, duty of confidentiality, fee agreements/fee sharing, withdrawal, safeguard clients property, malpractice, duties to court.

Trusts


Types of trusts, termination, duties of trustee, abatement,

Wills


Creation of will, formalities, validity of will, revocation, omitted spouse/child, codicils, ademption, lapse/anti lapse.




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