So you’ve found yourself having to study for the bar exam while holding down a full-time 9 to 5 job? Just the thought of having to do this inspires fear in the minds of most examinees. Most examinees, however, spend way too much time reviewing concepts that they already know or just plain procrastinating. With a few tips on how to organize your time and what material to focus on, you should be able to successfully study for the bar and keep your boss happy. Take it from me, I passed the February Oregon exam while working full-time and even finding a few opportunities to unwind. [Read more…] about How to Study for the Bar Exam While Working
Bar Exam Toolbox Blog
Over the past few administrations of the bar exam, we here at the Bar Exam Toolbox have heard about our fair share of, shall we say, “interesting” behaviors from students studying for the bar exam. Whether it’s diving headlong into a program that you already suspect isn’t the best fit based on your personal learning style, or piling up obstacles in your own way, bar students can tend to take some less-than-ideal courses of action when it comes to tackling this exam.
If you’re currently in your last year of law school, you’re probably taking the bar exam in just a few short months. As you finish up finals and wait for whichever bar review program you’ve chosen to begin, you may find yourself unfamiliar with the mechanics of the exam itself and unsure of the terminology that’s being thrown around (MBE, PT … what are those?). In this post, we will do a brief walk-through of the California bar exam for all of you newcomers and answer student questions that may sound familiar to you. [Read more…] about What is the California Bar Exam, Anyway?
Many 3Ls who are about to graduate from law school don’t actually put much time into researching their options when it comes to preparing for the bar exam. Of course not! You have your finals to get through, you might still be filing your moral character application or other state requirements, and your schedule is probably jam-packed — and that’s without any summer or holiday vacations. [Read more…] about Warning Signs You May Need Extra Help as a First-Time Bar Exam Taker
This post contains affiliate links, meaning we may be (minimally!) compensated if you purchase after clicking the link.
One question we are often asked by students is which bar exam programs yield success. More specifically, they want to know how if it’s possible to study for (and pass) the bar exam with programs other than BARBRI. While it’s true BARBRI is thought of as the leader in the bar prep field, many students are looking for a different type of program that is not so expensive, or that allows for studying differently. We’ve found there are several other programs that are just as good as BARBRI and produce great results. Let’s look at a few we recommend. [Read more…] about Bar Exam Study Resources Other Than BARBRI
As we get closer to the bar exam, many bar takers are setting aside time to take three-hour MBE practice exams. (Note, if you have not done this, I would recommend scheduling one as soon as possible.) There are many reasons to do this. First, it gives you a gage of how you are doing on a long set of MBE questions. Second, it allows you to review the law you may have missed on MBE questions. Lastly, it also lets you discover if fatigue is an issue for you.