Congratulations! You have completed the bar exam, a legal form of torture that you volunteered yourself for! Jokes aside, you have accomplished what many have attempted but few have successfully achieved– you have survived the bar exam. Years of hard work, tears, and determination have led to this moment. You have every reason to celebrate, relax, and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment. But now that you have taken the bar exam, what happens next? Unfortunately, you do not magically become an attorney after you finish your exam. You have to wait for results, confirm bar passage, and complete the additional steps that your jurisdiction requires to become a licensed attorney. So how do you survive this waiting period? And how can you keep yourself sane? Fortunately, I have survived the bar exam and the waiting period and will help you get through it! [Read more…] about Bar Exam Perspective – How to Get Through the Waiting Period
The bar exam may seem like a battle that is far in the distance, however it will be here before you know it! I know that is a scary thought, but time has a way of getting away from you when you are busy preparing for one of the hardest tests you will ever take. When I took the bar exam, the testing days were some of the most stressful, tiring, and exhilarating days of my life. There was so much that was riding on me passing the bar, so I tried to be as prepared as possible. That meant doing a LOT of prep before the month of the exam came. However my efforts were rewarded, and I successfully passed. The good news for you is that I have plenty of helpful tips so you can be successful too. Here are some of the things I did in order to set myself up for success on game day! [Read more…] about Bar Exam Perspective – What You Can Do Right Now to Set Yourself Up for Success On Game Day
You are about to embark on a journey like no other: the bar exam. You will spend countless hours studying and preparing for the hardest exam of your life. During the bar prep period, your life will change dramatically as you shift to studying full-time. However, although you will be focused on studying, your loved ones’ lives will continue around you and will still want to see and interact with you as normal. Your loved ones have the best intentions, they care about you and want to support you! Personally, my family and fiance were my biggest cheerleaders throughout my bar exam experience. However, I had to set some boundaries during my bar study. You will want to explain to your loved ones that you appreciate all of the love and support but your main focus has to be on studying for the bar exam. No one is saying that you cannot have fun or see your loved ones during the bar prep period.
However, your time will be limited and your main focus is passing the bar exam. Thus, you will want to explain to them (lovingly) what they can expect during each phase of the bar exam and set some ground rules.
I know what you are thinking: you have been studying for the bar for what seems like forever now, and you don’t want to hear more about it! I get it, bar prep is one of the most stressful times of your life. For me, it was too. I was overwhelmed, stressed, and felt like I was going insane. I have since taken, survived, and passed the bar exam. However, I wanted to reflect back to the last few days before I took the bar exam and remember how I survived that week (remembering the most stressful time in my life may be a form of insanity, but I digress). Here is my perspective on the last week before the bar exam to help you navigate your way through this very trying time. [Read more…] about Final Countdown to the Bar: Bar Prep, Bar Stress, and the Last Moments of My Sane Life
It is difficult to actually envision what the test day(s) will be like when you go and sit for the bar exam (unless you have already taken it, of course). Personally, I had so many questions and thoughts about what it would be like when I sat for the Michigan bar exam. I didn’t know how meals would work, where I would be mentally, or even how I would sleep the nights before the exam. I was a nervous wreck to be honest. Personally, studying and taking the bar were the most stressful times of my life. Thankfully, I am on the other side of that difficult experience and am now a licensed attorney. However, there are several things I would have done differently if I had to go back in time and take the bar exam again. However, one thing that I would not change is having my fiancé come with me to where the bar exam was being held. [Read more…] about Bar Exam Perspective – The Perks of Having a Loved One Go With You
Are you a 3L and getting ready to start thinking about the the bar exam? Are you planning on taking that exam in Michigan? Well great news, you’re in luck!! I had the (dis)pleasure of taking the Michigan bar exam in July and survived the two day ordeal! Meaning, I can tell you everything I know to help you get yourself psyched up for the bar exam!! Personally, bar prep and the bar exam were the most stressful times of my life. I hate to be such a debbie downer but that is the reality of such an important and difficult test. I would study all day at my desk while the world was spinning around me. And if I took time to do something other than practice tests, lectures, and obsessively highlighting my outlines, I felt like I wasn’t doing enough or that I was going to fail. But, like I just said, I SURVIVED IT! [Read more…] about Breaking Down the Michigan Bar Exam