Bar Exam Preparation

The Bar Exam Preparation Class is a three-credit course offered in the final year of law school to all third year students. This course provides students with a substantive review of Maine law routinely tested on the essay portion of the Maine Bar Exam. The course will include a focused review of the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure, the Maine Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Maine Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Maine Rules of Evidence and the Maine Rules of Professional Conduct, as well as Maine case law interpreting and clarifying those rules. The goal of the course is to enhance student ability to prepare for the essay portion of the bar exam, as well as for the practice of law in Maine. The course is intended to supplement, not replace, commercial bar preparation courses.


Brian Willing is a member of the Trial Services Group at Drummond Woodsum & MacMahon. Mr. Willing focuses his practice in the areas of school law and municipal law, real estate litigation, estate and probate litigation, and construction and commercial disputes. Mr. Willing is a contributing author of Maine School Law (Fourth Edition) and the author of the School Law Advisory article, “State Law Authorizes Blood Test” and “Student on Student Harassment: Are Schools Responsible for Enforcing a Court’s Restraining Order?”. He is admitted to practice before the Courts of Maine, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Passamaquoddy Tribal Court. Mr. Willing earned his J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law in 2000, and his B.A. from Middlebury College in 1992. .