For most students taking a commercial bar review course, your lectures just finished up and you are now looking at how to handle the next few weeks of study. This is the critical part of bar prep because now you are committing the law to memory, creating attack plans, and doing the all-important practice that is required to be successful on exam day.
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I am the first to admit that the bar is mentally and emotionally challenging even beyond the amount of law that you need to know. But I have seen a disturbing pattern with some of my students this week (in light of the July bar exam freak-out) and I am hearing a phrase that can be disastrous to your bar prep—“I can’t.”
This phrase comes in many forms. Here are some of the more common ones:
Today it is our pleasure to welcome Kobelah Bennah, the Managing Director of Smarter Review LLC (they offer bar prep materials for New York and the MBEs). You may have read about Smarter Review on the Bar Exam Toolbox before (check out this review of Smarter Review).
Without further ado …
1. What’s Smarter Review and how is it different from other bar review courses?
Well, when I was studying for the bar, I definitely found the 4th of July to be a milestone of sorts. The bar exam was no longer “weeks” away; it was, well, “days” away. I was starting to realize that I needed to commit these binders or books of law to memory. This was completely overwhelming—overwhelming almost to the point that I had moments when I was sure I was going to fail. Sound familiar to anyone?
Today we’re excited to have bar exam expert Alfred M. Zappala here to answer some questions about preparing for the bar exam. Beyond writing The Multistate Digest (see my review here), Alfred is an experienced law professor, bar lecturer, bar tutor and coach. He also practices law, focusing on assisting clients with business matters abroad. He splits his time between America and Sicily (in fact, this interview was done while he was in Sicily!).
Without further ado…
Studying for the bar exam is among the hardest things you will have to do in your legal career. It is a test of character, to be sure. It is a test also of your endurance and dedication. Until I launched my own business, I had not gone through anything else that was quite so personal, so intensive. And now, upon reflection, I can see that many of the lessons I have learned in building my business are useful in the context of studying for the bar exam.