Shoshana Karpeles

Founder of CA Bar Style & Expert CA Bar Exam Tutor

Ms. Shana Karpeles, Esq. has been a Licensed California Attorney and California Bar Exam Tutor since 2010. To date, while running her company CA Bar Style, LLC, she has tutored thousands of CA Bar Exam Applicants and helped guide them to putting the exam behind them.

Ms. Karpeles’s main specialty is teaching for The Essay and Performance Test parts of the CA Bar Exam. Over the years, she has developed over 50 Essay Approaches that teach applicants how to attack every possible way the law is tested on the Essay Portion of the exam. Her unique strategy has helped Applicants learn how to get passing scores on essays and maximize their issue spotting and analytical points. In addition, several of CA Bar Style Applicants have had their submitted exam essays chosen as the CA State Bar Model Answers. Ms. Karpeles is excited to bring her popular essay.

Further, Ms. Karpeles’s Performance Test Approach has proven a winning formula to attacking the 90-minute CA PT. She cannot stress enough the need to pass the PT Section to pass the exam and has helped applicants turn around their weaknesses on the PT Portion and go into the exam with a strong approach, time management, persuasive and objective analytical skills.

After graduating from college, Ms. Karpeles moved to New York City to pursue a law career and worked in the prestigious law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as a legal assistant in the hedge fund department. Ms. Karpeles continued to teach college level students how to write and even considered a career in teaching. However, the call of the courtroom was too great and she headed to law school. During law school, Ms. Karpeles participated in moot court and won several academic accolades for her appellate brief and oral argument.

Ms. Karpeles saw a need for tutors that actually taught students how to approach all three areas of the exam instead of the cookie-cutter corporate type courses she saw not working for so many applicants. Thus, she developed essay approaches on the major areas of each subject and began to rigorously interview past bar graders in order to unlock the secrets to passing the exam. 

What Ms. Karpeles found was the most repeat and first-time bar takers have a very good grasp on the law, but are lacking in their application and organization of the law and facts in their essays and performance tests. Thus, Ms. Karpeles continued to develop CA Bar Style, and with her hard work, passion and dedication, devotes most of her days to teaching and tutoring CA Bar Exam Applicants.

Ms. Karpeles also takes a few new cases per year in the areas of employment and civil rights litigation. She also hosts motivational lectures and is in the middle of writing her first book about relationships and communication.

Shana has an extreme passion for teaching students the ins and outs of CA Bar Preparation and is always available for any needs her students may have.

"There has never been an Applicant I have met that could not pass the CA Bar Exam. Every single CA Bar Exam Applicant has the potential and capability to pass the exam. What is lacking is a keen understanding of what the Examiners are looking for, approach of how the law is tested and an understanding of an Applicant's own individual areas that need improvement."

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