At this point in your career you are experienced at studying the law — and at taking law school exams. You have taken countless exams of all kinds, including essays and multiple choice.
So, thinking about your past academic history, is this part of getting ready for the bar? You bet! Take this example:
What if you are a student who just “got through” your first-year classes with low B’s and some C’s? You thought, “Huh, essay classes are just not for me.” So you sort of stopped taking essay exam classes and started taking classes with take-home exams and papers. And your GPA went up, so you were feeling good about things. Great! You are getting better at law school, right? Well, perhaps not.
When you stopped taking those exam classes, you stopped working on your test- taking skills. And those are the skills that are critical to bar exam success.
If this sounds like you, what do you do?
Ask for help. If you are still in school, seek out your academic support program if your school has one. Or hire a tutor (like myself). Or consult test-taking resources to help you learn how to outline law and write exam answers. But don’t just think those issues will go away.
Let your academic history be your guide to preparing for the bar exam in a way that is best for you.