Congratulations! Law school is over and the academic part of your life is behind you. Well, not so fast. There is still the small matter of the bar exam. Make no mistake, the bar is in some ways an extension of law school. You need to study, and you have to take the most important Pass/Fail exam of your life.
But, unlike your graduation party, the bar exam is not all about you. There is someone else involved. After you finish the exam you don’t get to learn the lawyer’s secret handshake until a nameless bar examiner reads your essays and determines if you’re ready to be admitted. They may be nameless, but they are real people with deadlines, responsibilities and the need to relax. With your immediate future in that person’s hands, it’s worth looking at the process from his/her point of view and do what you can to make their life easier so they want to give you a high grade. You were taught in legal writing that you need to know your audience (client, judge, adversary, law professor) and conform your writing to their needs and expectations. The bar exam is no different.