Welcome, if you landed on this article, it gets better! The snow is the perfect excuse to stay inside and study, right? Unless you don’t know what snow is, then maybe just give me a ring, and we can come up with another excuse to study. If you have landed here, I would like to say you are way ahead of the holiday slump because you recognize the double hurdle you may have to jump to successfully pass the February bar exam – the Holiday Hurdle. [Read more…] about How to Study for the Bar Exam, with a Side of Holiday Cheer
In my first few days as a 1L in law school, I think I heard the work “networking” more than I heard the word “law.” Public Relations may want to consider rebranding law school “Networking or Bust.” If you are reading this, you are aware that the bulk of job hunting is during law school. The networking events, the bar association happy hours. Remember? We went out bright-eyed to get coffees with overworked lawyers who are probably wondering when they lost that same bright-eyed wonder.
There are generally two options for jobs out of law school. Either you landed an offer before graduation and have the stress of making sure you pass. Or, you haven’t landed an offer, and also have the stress of making sure you pass. So, you are looking for that official license as your ticket into a firm. The bar exam comes, but that ticket doesn’t. What now? The rumor is no one will hire you if you’re not a licensed attorney, right? How does one network for a law firm position without being a licensed attorney? Well buckle up for the next two main considerations.
Does something ever strike you as so simple yet such a To Do™? I’m talking about the situation where a parent asks you to defrost a food item before they return from work and you think, “of course,” then the next thing you know, you forgot?
This is the analogy I think about when I think of how I was told over and over to do “real life examples” of the Bar exam essays (aka MEEs) and multiple choice questions (aka MBEs). It sounds great in theory, and then I started to panic – Well I don’t know everything! I can’t do real practice if I don’t know everything! Where do I find the easiest essays! I can’t do this!
It’s time to channel your inner Rocky and jump in front of a mirror. It’s time to go crazy with the post-it notes on your bathroom mirror. Light some candles. Hit the treadmill. Crack open that brand new agenda you spent way too much money on but, “it’s worth it because it has a kitten on the front!” Go ahead, do all of these things and more because the season you are about to embark on is not for the unprepared. Welcome to the weeks before your bar examination studying begins. And if you’re like me, welcome to the 24 hours between graduation and Day 1. May the odds be ever in your favor. [Read more…] about Clearing Your Mental ‘Palate’ – It’s Bar Exam Time
As I write this I keep hearing that lyric “mo’ money, mo’ problems.” Yet, during bar preparation I had nearly no money and a bar study problem. At the outset, I would like the record to reflect I am in no way an expert on how to manage money. This article comes simply from my finger tips to your eyes as someone who penny and dimed it during bar prep.
There are many different approaches to managing your budget during the time you are without a steady income. Even if you do hold down a part time job (kudos to you), it can still be a bumpy road until you are fully employed. Either way, I hand over my tidbits on a platter. [Read more…] about Managing Your Budget During Bar Preparation
There are probably a million ways I could start this post. But if you are reading this, the only appropriate opening is a congratulations! You finished the bar exam.
While a congratulations is a nice thing to hear, the words may fall flat in the weeks after completing the bar exam. But why? The world is full of congratulations, and I can’t remember the last time it wasn’t music to my ears after completing something I had spent countless hours working towards – a sporting event, a musical performance, even just at graduation after completing my law school career. So why does it feel like one of the biggest feats in your (or my) life not worthy of such recognition? [Read more…] about Post Bar Exam Depression – Join the Club