The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (or COVID-19) led many law schools to temporarily close their campuses in recent weeks. For some law students, this meant an abrupt loss of on-campus student housing. This unprecedented scenario has forced many law students to reconsider their plans for the summer, including where they will study for the bar exam. [Read more…] about Change of Plans? How to Study for the Bar Exam at Home
In most states, the essay portion of the bar exam makes up a significant portion of your overall score. It’s also one of the most-feared parts of the exam, and one that many people tend to struggle with while studying.
In order to successfully prepare for and pass the bar exam, you must have a strategy for practicing essay questions. It’s especially important to maximize your efforts on practice essays in the final weeks before the bar exam. This post outlines some tactics you can implement to make the most out of the practice essays you do in the three weeks leading up to the bar exam. [Read more…] about How to Practice Essays in the Final Weeks Before the Bar Exam
Once you’ve registered for the bar exam, it’s important to pause for self-assessment before you start studying. Taking time to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses before bar prep begins will help you develop a study plan that works for you so that you can study strategically (which is much different than studying hard).
Whether you’re a first-time taker, repeat-taker, or an admitted attorney sitting for the exam in a different state, checking in with yourself about your academic background, previous bar exam experience, study habits, learning style, and plan for studying is a crucial step to passing the bar exam. Here’s how a self-assessment can help you succeed and some questions for you to consider when evaluating yourself.
Preparing for the bar exam is a significant undertaking, and a detailed study schedule is an important factor in your success on the exam. The “big box” bar prep companies often try to get students to follow a rigid, one-size-fits-all study schedule that leaves many students feeling overwhelmed and underprepared for the bar exam. Do not fall into this trap!
Whether you’re studying full-time or part-time, you can create your own study schedule and pass the bar exam. Here are five steps to take to create a bar exam study schedule that works for you. [Read more…] about How to Create a Bar Exam Study Schedule
The key to passing the bar exam is timed practice, but it can be hard to know exactly when to start doing partial or full practice exams. Although no two students are exactly alike and everyone has a different study schedule, we tell most of our bar exam students to start practicing under timed conditions as early as possible. If you’re working on developing a schedule for completing partial or full practice exams, here a few strategies to consider. [Read more…] about When You Should Start Doing Partial or Full Practice Exams
In the days leading up to the bar exam, you may feel increased anxiety. This is no surprise — by the time the bar exam approaches, you’ve spent months studying and preparing for one of the most challenging academic experiences of your life. It’s important to have a plan in place to manage your anxiety in the days before the bar exam. Being proactive about this can help you minimize stress and reduce your fears about the test and achieve a passing score. [Read more…] about How to Manage Your Anxiety in the Days Before the Bar Exam