Studying for the bar exam can be one of the most stressful periods of your life, so strategizing and prioritizing self-care is important. If you find yourself stressed about not getting stressed, don’t be! Just implement these extremely do-able strategies to stay healthy during bar exam prep and beyond. [Read more…] about Seven Do-able Strategies for Staying Healthy During Bar Exam Prep
From day one of law school, the discussion about passing the bar exam (hopefully, the first time) begins. As you progress through the law-school gauntlet, it is important to start planning for the bar exam. As you draw ever nearer to that fateful experience at the end of either February or July, it is important that you recognize, and start to mitigate for, the myriad aggravating factors that can lead to bar-exam failure. No one wants to take the test twice any more than anyone wants to have a root canal twice. Take a look at this list, engage in a little self-confrontation, and start mitigating now! [Read more…] about Top Aggravators For Bar Passage And How To Avoid Them
With so many rules to memorize and so much time accounted for while studying for the bar exam, self-care can easily fall by the wayside. But by allowing yourself the time to exercise, sleep, eat (and breathe!) during the long months of bar exam study, you will be setting yourself up for a greater chance of success on the exam. And the demands on your time will not go away once you become a practicing lawyer, so developing good habits for a healthy and well-balanced life while studying will help you to prepare for the future as well. [Read more…] about How to Prepare Meals While Studying for the Bar – Mindset Matters
If you’ve recently sat for the bar exam, Congratulations! As you begin the process of suppressing the experience you just survived, we can finally move on to discussing the important stuff. Yeah you know what I’m talking about, the coveted, “post bar trip!” If you already have one planned, then you’re ahead of the game. I hope you enjoy the adventure ahead of you! However, if you’ve procrastinated in putting a plan in place or just avoided planning one altogether due to high cost, lack of time or fear of your unknown post bar state of mind, this post is for you! In this post I will cover how you can quickly plan a post bar trip on a budget and also how a post bar trip can in fact be beneficial in soothing your post-bar state of mind. [Read more…] about Post Bar Trips on a Budget
Hey everyone! Welcome to part 3 of our mental health and the bar series. This posting marks the end of this series and, if you’re reading this following the bar exam, congratulations! You have tackled an enormous feat, and you have now begun the transition into your legal career. This transition, however likely, begins with the dreaded “results waiting period” and follows with a legal career which may possibly involve some sort of stress inducement. Unfortunately, these factors can certainly bring up some mental health issues, regardless of a predisposition or an overall stable state of mind. Therefore, developing and maintaining good mental health practices is crucial, especially during this starting point of your career. [Read more…] about Mental Health and the Bar: Tips to Maintain Good Mental Health Post Bar Exam and Beyond
Welcome back to the Bar Exam Toolbox Podcast. Today, our guest is Megan Canty, the Director of Academic Success and Bar Exam Preparation at Wayne State University Law School and a Bar Exam Toolbox tutor. We’re talking about something that is incredibly important for the bar exam: handling stress, so you can perform your best! Remember – don’t forget to BREATHE!
In this episode, we discuss:
- How bar exam stress is creeping into law students’ lives earlier than ever before
- Why it is so important to develop coping mechanisms as early as possible to deal with the stress before you turn into another lawyer statistic
- That self-care doesn’t have to be all or nothing – we’ll tell you how to set and maintain easy-to-reach goals
- Our top self-care, stress-busting activities, including yoga, meditation, laughing, and even drinking water – and how to make these things simpler to incorporate into your routine
Thanks for listening!