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
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No matter when you take the bar exam, studying for the exam can feel hectic and stressful. This feeling is only compounded when you’re attempting to study while already working in the fast-paced and deadline-driven environment of a law firm. The need to study and work at the same time can come up for any number of reasons, including because you’ve already started at a firm in a new state and need to take the bar in that jurisdiction, or because you’re studying while contemplating a jump to a new state. Whatever the case may be, there are some strategies to get through, and succeed, while juggling work and study. [Read more…] about Tips on Studying for the Bar Exam While Working at a Law Firm
As my last year of law school is coming to an end, I am looking forward to transitioning out of being a law student. I am so excited to start working and not have to worry about studying for class after I get home. However, I have not reached freedom yet, and I still have some studying to do. Yes, unfortunately I am talking about the bar exam. Life has been crazy with getting ready for the end of the semester and exams, but I am entering a new phase in my legal journey: bar prep. I hate to admit it, but I don’t have that much time left before I need to start studying for the most important exam in my life. [Read more…] about Why I will be Working During Bar Prep – 3L Perspective
Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox Podcast. Today we’re sharing our top 10 tips to handle working and studying for the bar exam.
In this episode we discuss:
- How to fit studying into your life when you’re also working
- Why you should try to study full-time for at least a few weeks
- Why being realistic is the key to being successful
- Studying smart: what it is and how to do it
- Why you need to practice, practice, practice
- Why building a support network at work and at home is crucial
Thanks for listening!
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The bar exam can intimidate anyone. The law is challenging, the scope is daunting, the prep time is short, and the stakes are high. If you are working while studying, it can be easy to feel sorry for yourself and to feel like you are trying to do the impossible. You have taken a tougher road to bar success than others to be sure, but you can’t let those feelings take too much of a psychological toll. You have to be confident going into the bar or you will not be at your best. Here are five reasons to be confident as you work and study and study and work and study some more — [Read more…] about Working and Studying for the Bar? 5 Reasons to Be Confident
When it comes to the MBE, most anyone will tell you that practice is the key. But what do you do when your scores plateau or even start getting worse during your bar prep? First, know that you are not alone. In the weeks leading up to my bar exam my MBE practice scores took a dive, which induced more than a bit of panic. It can be stressful, but remember that you are not graded based on your practice exam average. Take your practice results for what they are worth—nothing (whether they are good or bad). That said, it is fair for the alarm bells to ring when your MBE practice begins going poorly all of the sudden. Here are five questions to ask when you feel like nothing is working: [Read more…] about Fighting Through MBE Prep Struggles: 5 Questions to Ask When Nothing is Working