I’ve talked before about how to develop a study schedule. This is one of my favorite (and simultaneously most frustrating) tasks here at the Bar Exam Toolbox. I love looking at the time that our students make available to me and providing checklists for how to optimize their study time. But even the best schedule is useless if the student doesn’t follow it. Obviously, this happens to everyone, but sometimes when people fall behind on their study schedules, they get too overwhelmed to realize that they can make things work. [Read more…] about Bar Schedules: How Can I Catch Up if I Fall Behind?
When I graduated from law school, there were maybe three known options for bar prep. I went for the easiest one. The most obvious. The one that probably 75% of my classmates were using. When it was time to study, I went to the lectures, I did the writing assignments, I followed the schedule. I passed, so I suppose it did its job. Given the choice, however, I think I’d take a different route. The thing is, I’m really not a social studier. Do I like to have a person to bounce ideas off of? Certainly. Do I benefit from sitting in a giant lecture hall with tons of people listening to even more law lectures? Not so much. [Read more…] about Is Independent Bar Study Worth It?
As we wrap up our series on starting early with your bar exam prep, we’re taking a look at one of the most important aspects of your study – your study schedule. This will be your guide as you work through your weeks (or months) of prep, and it’s going to be important to stay on track, so this is an area where starting early is crucial! [Read more…] about Start Early, Practice Often: Developing a Study Schedule
As we continue our series on starting your bar prep early, we’ve already talked about choosing a tutor early, and now we’re talking about the substance of what you will be working on with the tutor – choosing the right course (or courses) to work with during your study time. It’s important, again, to find the right fit, so let’s take a look at some options. [Read more…] about Start Early, Practice Often: Selecting a Course
As we near any bar exam, we always notice a substantial uptick in the popularity of this post. It’s an appealing thought, right? Being able to pass the bar exam after studying for only 10 days? Here’s the thing. Even the tutor who wrote it warns against using it as your primary plan. This post is a fallback position. And, really, it’s one to be avoided if at all possible.
Think of it this way. Have you ever watched a movie where the character has to jump off a roof for some reason? They aim for an awning or a conveniently-placed mattress delivery truck, and they get up and walk away with only a few bruises. That doesn’t mean that jumping off the roof is a good idea, just that aiming for the awning was the best chance for survival under the circumstances. The ten-day plan is the equivalent of an awning for bar exam study. If you want to get off a roof, you should take the stairs. It takes longer, but it’s safer (unless you’re in an action movie scenario). If you want to pass the bar exam, you should start studying early. Even more than that, you should start preparing to study early.
In these posts, I’m going to talk about three areas where you can improve your chances by starting early: selecting a tutor, selecting a course, and developing a study schedule. Let’s start with selecting a tutor.
I took the Maryland bar exam in 2010, and I’ll be honest. It’s mostly a blur. I don’t remember the questions that were asked or the level of difficulty. I do remember certain people who were in the room, and how much easier it would have been for the rest of us if they weren’t. [Read more…] about Don’t Be That Bar Taker