I know bar prep isn’t something any law school grad likes thinking about much less any law school entrant overwhelmed with the start of their 1L year. But let me ask you this: how many of you would feel comfortable going into surgery with a doctor who has virtually no experience despite their credentials? Also, how many of you would sign up to run a marathon in a few days when you barely survived a one-mile jog just last week? My guess is not very many. As human beings, we recognize the positive correlation between experience, long term preparation and excellent results. Although there exists the possibility to yield excellent results with limited experience and preparation, why take the chance if you don’t have to? Preparing early for the bar exam gives you the confidence that you will excel. Confidence which is key to maintaining focus and ultimately passing. So take the practical step and begin preparing early. [Read more…] about Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day and Neither is A Passing Bar Exam Score
As you get closer and closer to the bar exam, it’s important to prioritize a solid game plan for essentially everything. At this point, if you haven’t already done so, I recommend instituting a solid plan for how you will tackle timing on the MBE, MPT and Essays and as it gets even closer to the day, I suggest putting a full rehearsal into action. A rehearsal could include: running through a drive to the test center, getting together your wardrobe for each day and even testing everything you plan to consume on both days. Being better prepared means less surprises and having less surprises is truly a gift of security that’s undoubtedly essential in this highly stressful period. [Read more…] about Five Do’s and Don’ts Night One After the Bar Exam
If you’re scrolling through Instagram or pretty much any social media outlet, you’re likely guaranteed to come upon some variation of self-care activity being promoted by the bevy of social media influencers hired to promote the latest self-care craze. Whether it be taking an exotic vacation to clear your mind and decompress, attending a baby goat yoga class, downloading an app to speak with your own personal therapist in the palm of your hand or my personal favorite, trying out the latest K-Beauty product, the opportunities for self-care are endless, and I love every minute of it! Self-care was essentially the millennial mantra of 2018 and I eagerly hope that this craze will bleed into 2019 and become a permanent lifestyle facet for all generations alike.
So what do you do when you’ve perfected your favorite self-care routine, but you’re unable to squeeze it into your bar prep study schedule? In the alternative, what do you do when you have no idea what self-care is but your bar prep mentor tells you this thing should be an essential part of your preparation? In theory, the answer is pretty simple, you adjust your self-care routine to meet the demands of your bar prep schedule or you Google the definition of self-care and piece together a practical routine that works for your hectic lifestyle. However, in reality, this answer is easier said than done considering that during bar prep, a 24-hour period feels like an hour and 30 minutes at best. Furthermore, if we’re keeping it all the way real, a self-care trip to ride elephants in Thailand or a weekly massage appointment, is not typically within the average bar prep budget. But no need to worry because I’ve already done the heavy lifting for you. Below I’ve pinpointed 10 self-care activities that are efficient, uplifting and necessary for the soul, but most importantly, cheap!
If you plan on sitting for the bar exam in the near future or if you simply enjoy keeping up to date on the latest bar exam news, you’re probably well aware of the revelation that bar exam scores are at a historic all-time low. This isn’t the first year that scores have taken a plummet. In July 2017, the national mean MBE scaled score was 141.7. However, everyone hoping that this average was a one-time fluke may have faced some serious disappointment when the NCBE released the national mean scaled score for July 2018. A shocking 139.5, a surprisingly low result, especially considering that the national mean score has not been that low since 1984. So what exactly is happening? Why do scores appear to be on a down turn and is there anything we can do to fix it? Well, to provide the shortest answer, it’s unclear why scores have plummeted. Some people have attributed this to law schools accepting students with low LSAT scores. While I can concede that there is perhaps a slight correlation between an examinee’s poor standardized testing on the LSAT and then later on the bar exam, I cannot attribute this as the sole factor for this issue. Instead, I contend that a variety of factors may have contributed to this plummet. Everything from the number of examinees to the difficulty of the exam should definitely be taken into consideration. However, regardless of the true underlying cause, you probably have one major concern as you read this post, “how can I avoid ending up on the lower end of the score spectrum?” I suggest giving the below options a try. [Read more…] about How Do I Survive the Bar Exam with MBE Scores at a Historic Low?
It’s probably safe to say that bar prep and bad habits go hand in hand. These bad habits may develop based on the limited time within the average ten-week preparation schedule. Limited timing which may sometimes push you to cut corners by seeking out alternative ways to cover more material as a justification for your use of time. Alternatively, these bad habits may stem from the voice in your head which tries to work against your productivity, by suggesting failure. As a result, you may respond to this voice by instituting behaviors such as extreme study hours which in effect causes burn out and works against the very goal you’re trying to achieve. Regardless of the source from which these habits develop, they by no means benefit you and all serve as definite pitfalls which should be avoided at all costs during your bar preparation.
What are these pitfalls you ask? Although I can’t delve into each and every pitfall within this article, I do want to cover five very common pitfalls which you can nip in the bud today.
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My initial gut response to this question would be, “it surely wouldn’t hurt to.” However, after assessing this a little further, I recognize that preparing to sit for any bar exam can in fact be a truly hurtful process. This process can hurt even more if your heart isn’t in it. The bar exam is a major commitment! Adequate preparation for this exam could take about two months at a minimum. That means, two months of consistent study, sleepless nights and 24/7 dedication. If you know for sure that you want to become a licensed attorney, it goes without saying that taking the bar exam will be an absolute necessity. However, if you’re a little unsure as to what career path you want to take on after achieving your JD, you have some flexibility. Graduating and then jumping into bar prep does not need to be the dedicated path for you. You have the opportunity to take the road less traveled, and I want you to embrace this as a viable option, as opposed to feeling like you have to follow your peers in sitting for this exam early on after law school. Therefore, if you’re experiencing the predicament of whether you should take the bar exam or not you could perhaps take the below into consideration. [Read more…] about To Bar or Not to Bar? Should I Bother Taking the Bar Exam If I’m Not Certain That I Want to Be an Attorney?