What do you do if you have been studying diligently but still don’t know the law? This is such a common feeling among bar students. In my opinion, this happens when you haven’t been studying correctly or spending time actually learning the law. Let’s discuss what most students spend their time doing while studying for the bar exam:
They listen to hours upon hours of lectures, read outlines for hours upon hours, make flash cards for hours upon hours, and then do a practice essay here and there, some MBE questions, and maybe one or two performance tests.
What is wrong with this picture? You likely aren’t spending any time learning the law. You are just a hamster on the bar exam study wheel, checking things off your list, putting in the hours, but not really learning anything! So what do you do?
Shake it up!
You need to try to study the material in different ways. Here are a few suggestions.
- You can make your own study materials (even make handwritten materials) taking into consideration how to simplify the material so you can understand it (and actually memorize it).
- You can get together with someone else and take turns “teaching” the law to each other. Remember if you can explain it to someone else, you likely understand it yourself.
- You can create fun mnemonics (or even songs) to help you remember certain law and learn it.
- And you can practice essay questions to work on applying the law and writing out your analysis. Then test yourself as to whether you could change the facts in the fact pattern to change the outcome. To do this, you need to understand the law and how it is applied to the facts.
These are just a few suggestions. Do you have any suggestions on how to shake up your study routine to help you learn the law?
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