We welcome back to the blog Dustin Saiidi. Dustin specializes in helping students take the bar exam with success and less stress. He is also the author of The 7 Steps to Bar Exam Success. This is Dustin’s second in a series of three posts about the advantages and disadvantages of studying early for the bar exam. Welcome, Dustin!
In my last post, I talked about why you should not study early for the bar exam. But as with any bar exam rule, there are always exceptions! Here are four exceptions to studying early.
1. You are a foreign law student. If you don’t have a full grasp of the American legal language or a basic understanding of the law, then spend early prep time learning how American lawyers are expected to write and the basics of American law.
I met a foreign student, taking the New York bar exam, who dove into Con Law bar prep course without really knowing the basic functions of the three branches of our government. Ouch! She had a huge learning curve to overcome.
If you’re not familiar with the basic legal understanding American-born legal students have had since age 5, then definitely spend early bar prep learning that information. Also, look at some sample exam answers to understand the format bar graders want to see on your exam.
2. You will be tested on a course you didn’t learn in law school. If you didn’t take Wills and Trusts during law school, but that topic has been known to appear on the bar exam, then it could be a good idea to spend some time learning the fundamentals so you know what’s going on when bar prep begins.
I’m not talking about spending an entire semester learning the material; however, getting your hands on a supplement and going through practice problems can be very beneficial.
3. You have a learning disability. If you have a learning disability, like ADD, then it’s best you understand how you best prepare for exams. Instead of 6 or 8 hour days, maybe you do 4 hour days and begin earlier.
The best advice I give students with learning disabilities is to Know Thyself. You best know your needs and how you study. Apply that on your bar exam prep.
4. You are working. Although, there are plenty of people who have worked during prep and passed, if you feel like you want extra time to prep, then by all means go for it. However, again, be a pro at managing your energy to avoid burnout.
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