Make sure all your admission paperwork is together. I have discussed before that you don’t want to leave this to the preparation period. Get everything submitted within plenty of time so this doesn’t delay the admission process.
Work on the performance exam (or performance test) portion of the bar exam. The beauty of the performance exam is that it tests a skill that requires no outside knowledge of the law. So if you are wanting to study for the exam early, I recommend that you spend significant time working on the performance exam portion of the exam, so you can get it out of the way! Students find they can study this part of the test early and with a few practice exams as the test approaches still reap the rewards on exam day. Studying for this part of the exam is time-consuming, so getting in early practice can really help lighten your study load during the preparation period.
Start reviewing substantive outlines. If you are concerned that you haven’t thought about some of the bar exam subjects in years (totally possible for those first-year classes), it may not hurt to break out some substantive outlines. It is possible your bar review provider may allow you access to the outlines about now. If that is not the case, you should contact your provider and ask! (For what you are paying for bar preparation, you have every right to inquire.)
Start using an MBE practice tool. Some students (again, depending on their bar exam preparation plan) want to invest in a supplementary bar prep tool such as AdaptiBar, which focuses on the MBE portion of the bar exam. You can get access to this material for February right now. (If you would like to hear my thoughts on AdaptiBar along with a link for a discount, you can do so here.)
Get life in order. Prior to the preparation period, you want to make sure you have your life in order. So if you need to move before the bar exam, move sooner rather than later. If you are concerned about finances, get those concerns worked out now, so they do not become a distraction later. (Check out these four non-studying things you can do to get ready for the bar exam.)
Get mentally ready. Most of you know that I really believe (in addition to knowing the law and practicing) it is important to be mentally ready for the bar exam. There are great tools to help you with this:
Take care of yourself. The bar exam is a physically and mentally demanding time. You need to be in tip-top shape to get through it. So leading up to the preparation period, take good care of yourself. Exercise, eat right, and do what you can to manage stress.
Utilize all of your resources. Some law schools have faculty or staff dedicated to helping their students pass the bar exam. These faculty will likely meet with you, help you discuss your individual preparation plans, and even review practice exams. You would be foolish not to take these folks up on their offer to help. Extra personalized advice and feedback can really help a student, especially one taking a bar exam course that doesn’t offer much in the way of personalized feedback. But don’t wait until the prep period to contact these faculty/staff. Contact them now!
Interested in more useful information? Check out these links!
- What you should consider when selecting a bar review provider.
- Yikes! I failed the bar exam.
- What you can do NOW to prepare for the bar exam.
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