Congratulations! You have completed the bar exam, a legal form of torture that you volunteered yourself for! Jokes aside, you have accomplished what many have attempted but few have successfully achieved– you have survived the bar exam. Years of hard work, tears, and determination have led to this moment. You have every reason to celebrate, relax, and enjoy the feeling of accomplishment. But now that you have taken the bar exam, what happens next? Unfortunately, you do not magically become an attorney after you finish your exam. You have to wait for results, confirm bar passage, and complete the additional steps that your jurisdiction requires to become a licensed attorney. So how do you survive this waiting period? And how can you keep yourself sane? Fortunately, I have survived the bar exam and the waiting period and will help you get through it! [Read more…] about Bar Exam Perspective – How to Get Through the Waiting Period
Due to the new online exam format, you are now free to stop worrying about things like where to plug in your laptop, where you will be seated in the testing center, and how to deal with all the sounds and distractions around you on exam day. Yay! Good times.
However, there are, of course, new areas of concern: Is the test even going forward as planned? What if my laptop or the testing software or my wifi crashes?
No matter what ends up going down on test day, here are five tips to help you stay relaxed and focused in the week leading up to your bar exam. [Read more…] about 5 Tips for the Week Before the Bar Exam
Where does one find motivation after enduring several months of a global pandemic?
How does one maintain the ability to focus when the upcoming exam required for their future career, has been in flux from one proposed date to the next?
The answer isn’t quite straightforward. Pandemic or not, the last few weeks and days leading up to the bar exam is difficult to navigate. At this point, you may see your practice scores hitting a wall or even getting worse than they were at the midway point. At this point, you may feel like you have so much more information to cover, especially if your study schedule has been impacted by the quarantine limitations of working from home.
Finding motivation isn’t easy, but if you can land on intrinsic and even extrinsic factors that stimulate your individual interests, the next few weeks before your bar exam date, could be more manageable.
Here are 10 motivation tips to help you get through the bar prep home-stretch!
I google everything, and during my first weeks of law school, I consistently googled, “getting through law school with my sanity intact.” I desperately searched for others who had made it through law school without losing their minds. My obsession with clarifying with Google that there were others who had survived, followed me into bar exam prep, where I googled “Will I pass the bar?” and “Will I die if I don’t?” incessantly. And as I’m sure you are already aware, Google could not decide these answers for me. [Read more…] about Searching for Answers to Passing the Bar Exam
On exam day, whether it’s the bar or a law school exam, we end up trying to control every aspect. For instance, if you were like me in law school, you had your time itemized: wake up at 6 a.m., shower for 7 minutes, put on clothes, make coffee and be in front of my desk by 7 a.m. Study for 25 minutes, 5-minute bathroom break.
If you want to call me a little neurotic, that would be okay. I had my time down to a science and if anything interrupted that schedule, I panicked. [Read more…] about Visualization on Exam Day
We’ve recently heard from several bar students and their partners about how stressful the current situation is. You’ve got the Coronavirus pandemic to worry about, the uncertainty of future bar exam dates and formats, social and political unrest, plus, social distancing is stripping everyone of their normal go-to measures for self-preservation, such as getting outside and socializing. [Read more…] about Bar Study During Coronavirus with a Cohabiting Partner