It has only been two years since I took the bar exam, but I am fairly confident it is an experience one does not easily forget. It seems every lawyer, whether seasoned or freshly admitted, has an arsenal of war stories from the bar exam based on their own experience, or that of their friends. Even before I took my exam, I was armed with horror stories of students whose phone rang during the exam because they forgot to take it out of their pocket on break, or whose laptop went flying across the exam room because the person in front of them accidentally pulled the power cord when getting up to use the restroom. [Read more…] about My Bar Exam Story: Make a Plan and Be Ready for Things to Not Go According to Plan
By the time you reach the last seven days of your bar exam preparation, you will have covered all of the material, regardless of the program you follow. If you are studying on your own and are going to try to learn everything last minute, this article is not for you. Check out tips from experts if you elected to be a daredevil and make the most of your time.
If you are following a traditional study plan, your last week will be focused on mentally preparing for the big day. The reality of the impending bar exam day will try to get into your head. Don’t allow yourself to panic. Here’s what you should do:
If you were a non-traditional/part-time/evening night student, after four years of law school you are now an expert at balancing life and your studies. Think about it. Look back at the few months before law school started and remember all of the nay-sayers. You proved them wrong. You graduated law school (or are just about to), you have kept your job, your family and your sanity intact. That is an amazing accomplishment. What comes next is nothing more and nothing less than a rite of passage for every your lawyer – the bar exam. If you want and need to maintain your job, family, and yes, your sanity intact this time too, follow these few tips:
Studying for the bar exam is probably nothing like what you’ve ever done before. It may be hard for you to figure out at first how to approach it. For me, the start of my bar exam prep course felt like a great unknown. All I knew was that I had a little over two months to cram everything into my brain that would allow me to be “minimally competent” to practice law in my jurisdictions. I had no idea how I would achieve it in such a short time, but what I knew is that many have done it before me and were successful. Here are a few tips I learned along the way: [Read more…] about Making a Bar Exam Study Schedule – One Size Doesn’t Fit All
The next few weeks or months, while you’re waiting for the results, can be a bit challenging. Most of us are type A control freaks, and it’s difficult for us to sit back and relax while we await the results of our summer or winter toil. Nonetheless, waiting for bar exam results, just like the exam itself, is somewhat of a rite of passage. You will get through it! Here are the tips on how to do it and maintain a healthy attitude: [Read more…] about How to Stay Sane While Waiting for Bar Exam Results
The big day is almost here! You’ve studied, you’ve sweated, you’ve even cried a little – now you’re ready to take the bar exam head on. As it gets closer to the first day of the exam, start planning out the practical details of your two or three day adventure. This is not the time for you to open the fridge on Tuesday morning and realize the milk is sour and you forgot to restock the coffee. Here are your game day tips. [Read more…] about Practical Tips for the Day of the Bar Exam