For many, caffeine becomes a not-so-optional part of law school survival. Whether it is coffee or some other energy drink, law students frequently turn to caffeine for a physiological or psychological boost. But, come bar prep time, with increased schedule flexibility, should you carry your caffeine habit into your bar prep or try to cut it out of your routine? I will limit the discussion here to coffee, but the discussion likely also covers your caffeinated beverage of choice. Of course, check with your doctor for caffeine consumption advice, but as a coffee-loving layman, here are some pros and cons to regular coffee consumption during bar prep: [Read more…] about Coffee Time? Caffeine Pros & Cons During Bar Prep
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Due to the new online exam format, you are now free to stop worrying about things like where to plug in your laptop, where you will be seated in the testing center, and how to deal with all the sounds and distractions around you on exam day. Yay! Good times.
However, there are, of course, new areas of concern: Is the test even going forward as planned? What if my laptop or the testing software or my wifi crashes?
No matter what ends up going down on test day, here are five tips to help you stay relaxed and focused in the week leading up to your bar exam. [Read more…] about 5 Tips for the Week Before the Bar Exam
You walk out of your last law school final exam and you stretch your fists far above your head. You cheer, blissfully thinking about the grand plans you have for the summer: sandy beaches, afternoon cocktails on the water, spending time with your loved ones, and the glorious feeling of the summer air as you take a nap in the sun. What a wonderful dream to have. Unfortunately, for a law school graduate, the only sandy beach you will experience is the “pink sands” candle from Yankee Candle that you lit next to you with your nose in a prep book. Yep, the worst summer of all of law school: the post 3L summer. Following law school, the July bar exam is right around the corner, much to any law school graduate’s dismay. Hours of studying, reviewing, and practicing in front of a computer every single day. How can you make matters worse? Add work into the mix. In a new form of self-torture, I decided to work during a majority of my bar prep period. Meaning, I had to cram studying in any chance I got without any fun or breaks in between. Are you working and trying to prepare for the bar like me? Well here is a look into my life during the (arguably) worst part of becoming a lawyer: bar prep. [Read more…] about Working + Bar Prep: A Post-Grad Perspective
You’ve made it to the night before the bar exam! You’ve studied hard, taken care of yourself, downloaded the bar exam software, and packed for exam day. You’re ready right? So what do you do with yourself, on this last night, to set yourself up for success over the next two days? [Read more…] about What to do the Day Before the Bar Exam
There’s no question that during your bar exam preparation you’ve given some thought to the 101 ways that the exam could go all the way wrong. You’ve heard the horror stories right? The computer crashes during the essay portion of the exam or perhaps the infamous software crash that has already reared its ugly head a few times. Maybe you’ve heard about the GA examinees who suffered food poisoning (myself included), the California exam takers who witnessed a fatal car accident during their lunch break or the GA examinees who were incorrectly told that they failed the exam.
If these stories have kept you up at night, you’re not alone. Experiencing a bar exam disaster is horrendous and in some cases such disasters have had a direct correlation to a failing score. I wish I could tell you that there’s a way to ultimately prevent every disaster, but that just wouldn’t be true. Some of these disasters are inevitable and entirely out of your control. However, there are safeguards that you could institute to help diminish the likelihood of a disaster happening to you. In fact, I’ve outlined five different safeguards that may be of some help. Now these safeguards aren’t bulletproof, but if they don’t quite work, I’ve also assessed two ways in which you could possibly overcome these disasters and ultimately make it to a passing score.
So let’s jump in!
If you’ve ever failed at anything in life you’re probably already aware that there’s no shortage of motivational songs and quotes created to get you back on the bandwagon and ready to take on the world. We’ve all heard them right? “If at first you don’t succeed, dust yourself off and try again,” or perhaps you’ve heard, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” However, if you’ve ever failed at anything in life, you probably already know that these words of inspiration do very little to actually make a difference.
Oftentimes we view failure as a state of permanence from which we can never escape. As a result, we frequently miss the opportunity to use failure as a learning mechanism. If you’ve failed the bar exam once, twice or even three times before, I can probably assume that your gut reaction was not that these failures could actually serve to prepare you for the next time you sit for the exam, but probably something along the lines of shock and sadness. While the latter reaction is perhaps the most natural reaction, what do you do after the shock has worn off and the sadness has tapered? What you do at this point can be crucial to your performance on the next bar exam. While I won’t touch on all the ways that you can adequately prepare for the bar exam after a failure, I do want to touch on one excellent method that frequently gets overlooked. Today I will cover three ways that a bar exam failure can make you more prepared for the next time you sit for the exam.