For many, caffeine becomes a not-so-optional part of law school survival. Whether it is coffee or some other energy drink, law students frequently turn to caffeine for a physiological or psychological boost. But, come bar prep time, with increased schedule flexibility, should you carry your caffeine habit into your bar prep or try to cut it out of your routine? I will limit the discussion here to coffee, but the discussion likely also covers your caffeinated beverage of choice. Of course, check with your doctor for caffeine consumption advice, but as a coffee-loving layman, here are some pros and cons to regular coffee consumption during bar prep: [Read more…] about Coffee Time? Caffeine Pros & Cons During Bar Prep
There are plenty of reasons to not enjoy (or even dread) bar prep. You likely already have a list of these reasons, and your list is probably longer than five. But there are more than a few good reasons to stay motivated. Although it is tempting to be negative during bar prep, try to focus on the positives. Maintaining a healthy, positive mindset during bar prep can directly impact your effectiveness and your anxiety levels. When the hours get long, the material gets dry, and the stress gets overwhelming, keep these five reasons to embrace bar prep in mind and stay in the fight! [Read more…] about 5 Reasons To Embrace Bar Prep
In the binary world of bar exam results, the day the pass list is posted will either be a day of jubilation or a day of dread. If you get the bad news, the prospect of starting your bar prep process over again can be demoralizing. After the reality sets in, you will have to confront the question of when to restart your studying. How and when to reboot your studies can play an important role in improving your fortunes on the exam the next time around. Your goal should be to return to studying in a position of mental strength, rather than limping back to your bar prep materials defeated and anxious. The exact timeline will inevitably vary from person-to-person, but consider these steps as benchmarks along the way back to healthy, productive preparation for round two: [Read more…] about Coming Back Strong: How and When to Start Studying After Failing
The registration and application process for the MPRE and the bar exam can be stressful for any applicant, but if you are seeking ADA accommodations, the process can be even more daunting. This post will provide some information that can help you to start thinking about exam accommodations.
Reading bar passage rate news coverage tends to be depressing for prospective bar examinees. At least recently, these stories predictably report that bar exam scores and passage rates are down once again, bringing them to historically bad levels. For a few examples of the headlines – California Bar Exam Pass Rate Continues to Slump (CA), February Bar Exam Passage Rate Lowest Since 1971 (MD), These Bar Exam Results Are Horrendous (AZ), February Bar Exam Results May Indicate ‘New Normal’ (IN). If you are preparing or thinking about preparing for a bar exam, these articles can easily fill you with a foreboding sense that the system is broken and that you are doomed. This can quickly trigger a parade of horribles in your mind, co-opting your healthy, positive bar prep mindset. The best idea would probably be to avoid these articles altogether. But if you cannot resist or your “friends” cannot help but send them to you, here are some approaches to staying positive amidst negative bar exam news. [Read more…] about How to Read Bar Passage Rate News (and Stay Positive)
Passing your bar exam will be exponentially more challenging than passing your Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE), but there is one aspect of MPRE prep that could be considered more challenging. While bar prep is all consuming and the subject of your singular focus, MPRE prep is generally done mid-law school semester when time is at a premium, and you cannot afford to expend more time, stress, and effort than necessary on MPRE prep. But you also don’t want to fail it and take it twice. [Read more…] about Preparing for the MPRE