It’s always in the back of your head. In class. At the gym. In the bar (a more fun type of bar). Your whole 3L year it’s natural to constantly be thinking about the bar exam. And, somewhat surprisingly, it’s not always easy to find answers to some of the questions that burn on our brains the most. In talking with current 3Ls, I’ve tried to come up with six of the most burning questions for which a state’s bar website won’t really have an answer. The answers to these questions are just opinions. At the end of the day, do whatever feels right to you! [Read more…] about Answering 3Ls’ Pre-Graduation Burning Bar Questions
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Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox podcast. Today we are walking through a California bar exam question on property. This is one of our series of podcasts on how to approach California bar questions.
In this episode we discuss:
- How to draft conclusions that support your analysis and why they are important
- Why drawing the “wrong” conclusion isn’t as problematic as not drawing a conclusion at all
- Why you have to commit to an outcome in your conclusion
- How to round out your analysis
- And why you need to seem confident in your conclusion, even if you aren’t
There’s a lot to do on a bar essay. You spend so much energy trying to spot issues. Then you immediately try and reach into the deepest depths of your memory to come up with a rule of law. You can’t forget the conclusion. But all too often writers gloss over what is really the most important part of any essay: the analysis. Within the discussion of each issue, you should include an analysis of how your facts apply to the rule of law you cited. Here are five easy to follow tips to make your analysis section strong. [Read more…] about 5 Easy Tips to Bolster Your Analysis on the Bar
I am in my final semester of law school. And you know what that means… FREEDOM!!! Well… not quite yet. Successfully passing the bar exam and going through the bar application process comes first. I am currently in the midst of this process. Since I am in my last semester and have a lot on my plate, my life is very, very busy. And although I want to believe I have a lot of time left before the bar exam, the reality is that it will be here before I know it!! So I am trying to stay on top of everything, including my bar application. So here are my reflections on my bar application process so you can also anticipate what is to come! [Read more…] about My Bar Application Process – 3L Perspective
Welcome back! Today we’re talking about setting up your daily study schedule while studying for the bar exam, so you can get the most out of your study time, without burning out.
In this episode, we discuss:
- What makes a successful study day for those working with a commercial course, and those studying on their own
- The differences between studying with a commercial course and solo studying
- Why it’s important to prioritize deliberate practice over passive listening
- Why you should personalize your bar exam study plan
- How to build in breaks during your busy study schedule, and why they are important
- And why you need to be focusing on the subject areas that are more difficult for you
Thanks for listening!
[Read more…] about Episode 38: Planning Your Bar Exam Study Day
If you are at a law school that does not require Evidence and if you’re on the fence about whether or not to take an Evidence class, let me set you straight: take it. Start thinking now about when to schedule it, whether or not it’s a required course.
It’s no secret that law school’s standard pedagogical methods don’t translate well to the bar exam or to a law practice, and its emphasis on theory and policy isn’t super helpful on test day. But Evidence is one of the few law school classes that helps you prepare for both the bar exam and for the actual practice of law, whether or not you plan to be a litigator. [Read more…] about Why You Should Take Evidence During Law School and Why It’ll Be Important to Your Bar Study