Meet Stephen
Stephen Iannacone is Director of Academic Success at Cardozo School of Law and a Bar Exam Coach at Vinco. Prior to joining Cardozo School of Law, Stephen was a trial attorney at the law firm of Spiegel & Barbato, LLP. He specialized in civil litigation in all New York venues and argued several appeals in the First Department. He was also an adjunct professor at Pace Law School where he taught classes to third-year students preparing for the Bar Exam as well as classes to second-year students focusing on legal writing and analysis. Stephen graduated magna cum laude from Pace Law School in 2011. While a student at Pace, he received his certificate in environmental law, was a member of the Animal Law Moot Court team, served as an articles editor for the Pace Law Review, and worked as a Dean's Scholar. Stephen took part in the Federal Judicial Honors Program in which he spent a semester clerking for the Honorable Lisa Margaret Smith at the United States District Court, Southern District of New York. Stephen is admitted to practice law in New York. Publications: Felony Animal Cruelty Laws in New York, Pace Law Review, Volume 3, Issue 2, Spring 2011. Discovery of Medical Records in the Age of HIPAA Protections, New York Law Journal, May 27, 2015.
Posts by Stephen
Chapter 07: The Socratic Method, Part 1 – Friend or Foe? Or Just Something to Scare You? Or Maybe All Of It

Time to talk about the thing that all law students fear before they even step foot in their first class: the dreaded Socratic method. You may have heard about it from a friend that went to law school. You may have been told it’s the worst part of your 1L year. But to overcome our fears of this, the first thing we have to do is understand what it is and why law students despise it so much. Sooooooo…what is it and why use it?

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How is Studying for the Bar Exam Different from Law School Exams?

Now that you know the basics of the Bar Exam format, it’s time to start thinking about how to study for this exam. Many of you may be thinking, “I am just going to do exactly what I did in law school because that seemed to work.” But that is not the best approach. The Bar Exam is a very different exam than the exams you took in law school, so it is going to require different preparation. Let’s first consider how the Bar Exam is different from your previous three years of law school exams.

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What is the MPT?

Well this is it! You have made it to the third and final section of the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE). After today you will have a complete understanding of the basics of each section and we can go a little further into study strategies for each. So without further ado, I present to you the Multistate Performance Test (MPT).

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Chapter 05: The Power of Mindset in Law School – Part 4

This month we continue our focus on maintaining a positive mindset in your first year of law school. More specifically, we get into your first year mindset and how easy that can turn negative if you let it. These are some ways to refocus your mindset, even when your first year is getting to you.

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What is the MEE?

In our last post we began to explore the specifics of the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), starting with the multiple-choice section of the UBE, the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE). In this post we will move on to the essay portion of the UBE, the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE).

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