Let’s take a moment to reflect on law school (which most of you have successfully just completed – yay!).
In law school, you learned a lot of law for exams. But what other skills did you hone while you were in law school? Test-taking skills!
That’s right, every semester you were not just tested on your legal knowledge, but your ability to take tests.
So the bar exam is just one big law school test (or a variation of it). You issue spot a fact pattern and do legal analysis. You do multiple-choice questions to test your knowledge and application of the law. In some jurisdictions (like CA and those that offer the MPT) you complete a practical writing assignment as part of the exam. This exam is building on skills that you already have!
To be able to answer the question posed by this blog post, you must think about how you prepared for classes you did the best on in law school. Typically, were you able to study off of another person’s study materials or commercial outlines? Well the answer for most of us is no, including myself. I needed to develop my own outlines, checklists and attack plans while studying for the bar exam. I have many friends who preferred studying from flow charts or mind maps. And although they personally don’t work for me, many folks find flashcards really helpful.
Whatever you do, just remember, your commercial bar review provider knows nothing about how you best study. So own the studying process. You know how to learn law and practice exam answers. Apply those skills. And get the most out of your bar preparation period.
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