Remember in your first year of law school when they told you that they were going to teach you to think like a lawyer?
And maybe you were wondering what that meant exactly. Now, years later, after conquering everything from the interstate commerce clause to the rule against perpetuities, you are ready to sit for the California bar exam. And, most importantly, you can think like a lawyer, and on your feet, the true measure of your hard work.
Now you have the perfect, and very lawyerly, plan and you’ve studied everything, aced the MBE practice exams and re-written every essay to perfection. You have a clear strategy and are solid on all your checklists. You’ve exercised and meditated. You love your plan, and you are ready to pass this exam.
Studying hard and building an attack plan is a great strategy, but be ready to let go of concrete plans. Maybe everything will be smooth sailing for you, and you will stick to your plan and pass this exam without a hitch. But maybe you will be one of many who experiences an unexpected disruption, like a terrible head cold, a family emergency or even an unexpected subject on your exam. Your perfect plan may no longer be a perfect fit.