The Performance Test question is designed to test your ability to understand and apply a select number of legal authorities in the context of a given factual problem involving a client. Each performance test question consists of a "file" and a "library" with instructions advising you what task(s) should be performed. With this element of the CA Bar Exam, graders look for your ability to:
Bar Exam instructions advise that cases that appear in a performance test "library" may be real, modified, or written solely for the purpose of the performance test. As a result, you should read each case in the "library" as if it were new to you. To the extent that a case resembles a case that you have read before, do not assume that it is precisely the same as what you have read before. You wil have 90 minutes to read all the materials and write your answer.
Your Performance Test answers will be graded on the responsiveness to the instructions provided, as well as the content, thoroughness, and organization.
The California State Bar provides online access to performance tests and selected answers from examinations. For your convenience, links to PDF files for the performance tests and selected answers for the last three years are provided below.
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