Aspen Publishing

The Ultimate Guide to the UBE Redesigned

Melissa Hale, Antonia Miceli, Tania Shah


  • ISBN: 9781543856378

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  • Description

    Addressing the relative newness of the UBE, The Ultimate Guide to the UBE provides a detailed approach to the exam, utilizes real students’ past bar exam answers (including real bar exam scores), and includes commentary from expert contributors for added insight and perspective on how students can improve their own exam writing scores.

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  • Additional Product Details

    Publication Date: 2/28/2022
    Copyright: 2022
    Pages: 864
    Print: 9781543856378
    eBook: 9781543856385
    Online Appendices: Click on Student Resources or Professor Resources, below


    "The moment I learned that Pennsylvania was adopting the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) I reached out to these authors because their depth and breadth of knowledge about bar studies and legal pedagogy is well known and widely respected in legal academia. What distinguishes this book from others on the market is that Hale, Miceli, and Shah put a premium on the process of student learning. It isn’t just about rote memorization. By providing students, graduates, and law faculty with strategic self-assessment tools such as tracking sheets, indexes of real sample answers for comparison, and content to help takers analyze strengths and weaknesses, this book positions itself above others currently on the market. I will use this tool again and again as I begin to prepare my students to sit for, and pass, the UBE."

             Ashley M. London
             Director of Bar Studies and Assistant Professor of Legal Skills

    "A fabulous resource for any law student making the transition from law school to bar prep. Proven strategies from experts in the field of academic support."

             Marsha Griggs
             Associate Professor
             Washburn School of Law

    "I love its tone – like it’s written by your best friends in law school, the ones who helped you figure it all out and stay sane. But now, they’ve traveled to the future to learn and come back with everything you need to know about studying for the bar exam, and they are going to stick with you and talk you through it, every step of the way. They get what you are going through, and they are here to help."

             Rebekah Cudé
             Director of Student Affairs and Bar Exam Success Coordinator 
             University of Idaho College of Law 


    "The Ultimate Guide to the Uniform Bar Exam is a practical and inspirational guide, serving as a one-stop reference book, a how-to-manual, a toolchest, a navigational aid, and a confidence booster. Throughout the book, the authors not only share the secrets that they’ve learned through years of working with students to successfully pass bar exams but they also converse with their readers - side-by-side so to speak -  tackling, challenging, guiding, and encouraging students to turn fear into success.  Without a doubt, this book will help students from all walks of life take positive action and powerful steps to achieve success on their bar exams.  It’s the book that I wished I had when I took the bar exam."

             Scott Johns
             Professor of the Practice of Law and Director of the Bar Passage Program
             University of Denver Sturm College of Law
  • Author Information

    Melissa Hale

    Melissa Hale is a Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she has served as the Director of Academic Success and Bar Programs since 2018, having previously taught at the University of the District of Columbia. In these roles, Prof. Hale has developed the Academic Success program at Loyola University, teaching Bar Exam Fundamentals and Bar Exam Writing, as well as running the Academic Enhancement Program for first year students.

    Prof. Hale is a regular presenter on the topics of law school academic support and bar exam preparation, especially as it relates to the Uniform Bar Exam. Her research focuses on student success and teaching and learning pedagogy. Professor Hale is considered a national leader in academic support practice and pedagogy, and her guidance is routinely sought by her colleagues. She presents nationally on issues related to first generation student success, promoting equity in learning, and best practices for both instruction and learning.

    In 2018, Professor Hale (along with Megan Kreminski at UIC John Marshall) founded the Midwest Consortium on Academic Success, bringing together academic support educators from across Illinois, and neighboring states. She is also a regular contributor to the Academic Support Blog, and is a member of the CALI Law School Success Fellowship. In 2020, Professor Hale became the President-Elect of the Association of American Support Educators, and, in 2021, served as Chair of the AALS section on Academic Support.


    BS (Political Science and Psychology) Central Michigan University, 2002
    JD, New England Law, 2006

    Tania Shah

    Tania N. Shah was born and raised in Southern California. Tania is a published author, a practicing corporate attorney, serial entrepreneur, professor of law, and rescue-dog lover.

    Tania is currently a full-time law professor at Western State College of Law as part of Westcliff University in Irvine, California and is a legal instructor at Washington University School of Law in their Master of Legal Studies Program. Tania also teaches for the Law Division of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing supplemental educational and career support to incoming Ivy League law students from underserved communities.

    Tania owns LawTutors, LLC (a legal education company), Shah Law, LLC (a business law firm) and is co-owner of In The Know Legal (a legal template company).

    Tania was recently featured in Boston Voyager Magazine for her unique approach to legal education, was the winner of Boston University’s 2010 Young Lawyer’s Chair award in 2010, and was featured as one of the Top 100 Attorneys for 2020.

    Tania has taught as an adjunct professor for Bar Preparation at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth School of Law (where she also taught full time), Boston University School of Law, and Suffolk University School of Law.

    Tania graduated from U.C. Berkeley, where she was a commencement speaker, and Boston University School of Law, where she was Executive Editor of the Science and Technology Law Review and a Moot Court finalist, going on to compete at Nationals.


    B.A., B.S., U.C. Berkeley

    J.D. Boston University School of Law

    Antonia Miceli

    Antonia Miceli is a Professor at Saint Louis University, where she has served as the Director of Academic Support and Bar Exam Preparation since 2016, having previously served as the Director of Bar Exam Preparation from 2011 to 2016. In these roles, Prof. Miceli has developed and taught Introduction to Legal Studies, Legal Methods, Advanced Legal Methodology, and Advanced Legal Analysis and Strategies. She also developed and conducts SLU LAW’s Early Bird Bar Prep Workshop Series for graduating 3Ls and SLU LAW’s Bar Prep Essay Workshop Series for alumni preparing for the February and July bar exams.

    Prof. Miceli is a regular presenter on the topics of law school academic support and bar exam preparation. Having prepared students for the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) since Missouri’s early adoption of the UBE in 2011, Prof. Miceli has gained a national reputation for her UBE expertise. She was an invited speaker at the Midwestern Academic Success and Bar Preparation Conference in 2018 and at St. Mary’s School of Law UBE Transition Boot Camp in 2019, where she spoke to how law schools can successfully transition their programs to support students taking the newly adopted UBE. She has also presented at multiple conferences on how to integrate the Multistate Performance Test (MPT), the legal skills portion of the UBE, throughout the law school curriculum.

    Prof. Miceli served as the President of the Association of Academic Support Educators from 2019 to 2020 and currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI). She was awarded the Legal Scholar Award at the Missouri Lawyers Weekly Women’s Justice Awards in April 2017 for her work supporting students in their journey to pass the bar exam. Prof. Miceli passed the California, Missouri, and Illinois bar exams on her first sitting, and is a member of the California, Missouri, Illinois, and District of Columbia Bars, as well as admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Eastern District of Missouri.


    B.A., Johns Hopkins University (2003)

    J.D., University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law (2006)

    M.P.H., Saint Louis University (2019)

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