The Performance Test 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 indicating which tasks should be performed. Graders are assessing 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 case that you have read before. You will have 90 minutes to read all of the materials and write your answer.
Your answer will be graded on the responsiveness to the instructions provided, as well as the content, thoroughness, and organization.
The State Bar provides online access to performance tests and selected answers from past examinations. For your convenience, links to PDF files for the performance tests and selected answers for recent years are provided below.
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