My initial gut response to this question would be, “it surely wouldn’t hurt to.” However, after assessing this a little further, I recognize that preparing to sit for any bar exam can in fact be a truly hurtful process. This process can hurt even more if your heart isn’t in it. The bar exam is a major commitment! Adequate preparation for this exam could take about two months at a minimum. That means, two months of consistent study, sleepless nights and 24/7 dedication. If you know for sure that you want to become a licensed attorney, it goes without saying that taking the bar exam will be an absolute necessity. However, if you’re a little unsure as to what career path you want to take on after achieving your JD, you have some flexibility. Graduating and then jumping into bar prep does not need to be the dedicated path for you. You have the opportunity to take the road less traveled, and I want you to embrace this as a viable option, as opposed to feeling like you have to follow your peers in sitting for this exam early on after law school. Therefore, if you’re experiencing the predicament of whether you should take the bar exam or not you could perhaps take the below into consideration. [Read more…] about To Bar or Not to Bar? Should I Bother Taking the Bar Exam If I’m Not Certain That I Want to Be an Attorney?
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Twas the summer before third year and all through the law school not a 3L was studying, not even for the bar. The summer before your 3L year is an interesting time in a law student’s life. Many rising 3Ls are busy in their summer positions, typically full-time at a law firm or with a judge. However, it is also the last summer before going out into the real world to be practicing attorneys or studying to for the bar exam in July. So, many law students want to enjoy their 3L summer rather than worrying about school and the dreaded bar exam once the semester begins. [Read more…] about Twas the Summer Before 3L – What To Do To Prepare For the Bar Exam
Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox Podcast! Today we’re talking about a very important topic — planning ahead to get ready for the bar exam. If you’re a 1L or 2L, you should tune in for tips you can start using now! There are lots of important things to think about and prepare for in advance, so listen and learn.
In this episode, we discuss:
- The biggest mistake law students make when thinking about how to study for the bar exam
- Some major things to deal with as early as possible — seeking bar exam accommodations, figuring out what’s required to apply for bar admission (you have to do more than just pass the bar exam!), and taking the MPRE
- Getting a jump start on bar study by taking some bar electives while in law school
- Money — bar study is not included in your financial package for law school, so you have to plan ahead for how you’re going to afford to live while studying
- The importance of building stress management skills BEFORE you begin studying for the bar exam
Thanks for listening!
Beginning in February 2019, North Carolina will join the ranks of jurisdictions administering the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE). Thirty-one jurisdictions now administer the UBE—twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia and Virgin Islands. Late last year, the Board of Law Examiners of the State of North Carolina announced their state’s switchover. The Board explained that new rules will “provide for the adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination in North Carolina, and apply to all applications for admission filed in North Carolina on or after June 30, 2018.” If you are planning to take the North Carolina bar exam down the road or find yourself in another UBE jurisdiction, hopefully the information below can answer some questions and get you started in preparing for your bar exam! [Read more…] about North Carolina to Become a UBE Jurisdiction
If you’ve recently sat for the bar exam, Congratulations! As you begin the process of suppressing the experience you just survived, we can finally move on to discussing the important stuff. Yeah you know what I’m talking about, the coveted, “post bar trip!” If you already have one planned, then you’re ahead of the game. I hope you enjoy the adventure ahead of you! However, if you’ve procrastinated in putting a plan in place or just avoided planning one altogether due to high cost, lack of time or fear of your unknown post bar state of mind, this post is for you! In this post I will cover how you can quickly plan a post bar trip on a budget and also how a post bar trip can in fact be beneficial in soothing your post-bar state of mind. [Read more…] about Post Bar Trips on a Budget
Hey everyone! Welcome to part 3 of our mental health and the bar series. This posting marks the end of this series and, if you’re reading this following the bar exam, congratulations! You have tackled an enormous feat, and you have now begun the transition into your legal career. This transition, however likely, begins with the dreaded “results waiting period” and follows with a legal career which may possibly involve some sort of stress inducement. Unfortunately, these factors can certainly bring up some mental health issues, regardless of a predisposition or an overall stable state of mind. Therefore, developing and maintaining good mental health practices is crucial, especially during this starting point of your career. [Read more…] about Mental Health and the Bar: Tips to Maintain Good Mental Health Post Bar Exam and Beyond