About Valerie Keene

Valerie Keene is an experienced lawyer and legal writer. Valerie’s litigation successes have included wins for cases involving contract disputes, real property disputes, and consumer issues. She has also assisted countless families with estate planning, guardianship issues, divorce and other family law matters. She provides clients with solid legal advice and representation.

Entries by Valerie Keene

Best Bar Review Courses

If becoming a lawyer was easy, everyone would do it. There are some serious hurdles every legal professional has to overcome— but if you’re preparing to take the bar exam, the good news is that you’ve almost reached the end. But don’t take that as an excuse to slack off. After all, you’ll need to […]

How to Tackle Essay Writing on the Bar Exam

One skill that is expected to be cultivated and refined during law school is the ability to write well. This makes sense, since good writing will be essential for many legal careers. You will likely need to write memos, client letters, motions, petitions, briefs and other legal documents— so good writing is important! Consequently, the […]

How to Study for the Bar Exam While Working Full-Time

Nope. It’s not ideal.  The bar exam is arguably the most difficult test that a person can take, but you’ve also got financial considerations to think about.  Unfortunately, not everyone has the luxury of taking time off work to study for the bar exam. And as a single mother, non-traditional student who worked her way […]

Smart Bar Prep

RATING: Studying for the bar exam is a serious time commitment, but there are ways to maximize your study time. There are lots of different course and study material providers, such as Kaplan, Themis, Adaptibar, or Barbri. But not every law student has the luxury of 8 to 10 weeks of uninterrupted time to prepare […]

Bar Exam Writing Styles

IRAC, CRAC, CREAC, CRRACC – Why So Many Acronyms and What do They All Mean?  Comparing Different Writing Strategies for Your Bar Exam Essays IRAC method, CRAC, CREAC and CRRACC are all popular writing styles in law schools. However, you don’t necessarily need to know all of them to do well on your bar exam […]

21 Sanity Savers After The Bar Exam

After months of non-stop studying, reading outlines, and listening to lectures, you’re finally at the end of your journey. Now that you’ve taken the bar examination, you probably feel out of sorts. You might not know what to do with all of your spare time now that you’re out of study mode. However, just sitting […]

BarPrepHero Course Review

RATING: According to research from the American Bar Association, only about 75% of first-time examinees pass the bar. In the last few years, the rate has dropped drastically. Essentially, people are finding it more challenging to pass the exam than ever before. Can this trend be reversed? How can you avoid falling into the same […]

How To Become A Lawyer

Lawyers serve as advisors, advocates, and representatives for their clients, which may include individuals, corporations, or government agencies. Their job often includes preparing and filing legal documents, interpreting laws and regulations, and researching and analyzing legal issues. The most common path to becoming a lawyer in the United States is to graduate from law school […]

CPA Exam vs. Bar Exam: Which One is Harder?

Comparing apples and oranges is the oft-used expression when two things of different qualities and characteristics are evaluated side by side. Sometimes, however, it’s necessary to make such comparisons, as life-altering decisions are made after these assessments. For professionals who are looking to take the next step in their careers, a big choice is often […]