Book Review: Strategies and Tactics, Emanuel and Finz editions

Strategies and Tactics for the MBE

This is a great book that should be a part of any bar review student's arsenal. The Strategies and Tactics sections should be read very closely - take notes if you have to. The advice is very solid. I am very fond of multiple choice practice questions that explain all four answers, as this book does. It is inexpressibly helpful to read why the question you chose is wrong and why the correct answer is correct. The book uses actual past MBE questions.

My only quibble with this book is that, as Strategies & Tactics for Finz Multistate Method does, this book should have had the questions indexed by subtopic. Studying in this manner would help a student really focus his study in a way that yields big results.

Also, this edition (2006) uses questions provided in a format that has since been slightly altered by the NCBE. However, the questions are still good enough to study from. If you can only get your hands on this book and not the updated 2010 edition, that should not be a significant problem.

Despite the book's imperfections I recommend it very highly as a supplement to any bar review course.

Strategies and Tactics for the Finz Multistate Method

I recommend this book as a supplement for MBE preparation. This book works well as a supplement to the associated text, Strategies & Tactics for the MBE (Emanuel, reviewed above). The best feature of this book: problems are indexed by topic and subtopic allowing the student to focus her study. The questions in this edition match the current style of MBE questions.

The section on the Finz method appears to be appropriate for those who need tips on answering multiple choice questions; as my issues with the bar exam are about memorizing law and not with test taking, I cannot say that section did much for me.

The book did not receive five stars for two reasons. First, the answer explanations are not as deep or comprehensive as the ones in Strategies & Tactics for the MBE (Multistate Bar Exam). Second reason is that the questions in this volume are not released questions by the test creator, NCBE, but are written by the author (Steven Finz) who is a law professor. However, when used in conjunction with Strategies & Tactics for the MBE (Multistate Bar Exam), which does use released MBE questions, I believe this book will yield good results.

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