Category Archives: Final Prep

Admire the Buttcrack (and 9 Other Last Minute Tips for the Bar)

Did you ever get sick the day of your interview, receive a rejection letter postmarked the day after, and be ignored by your attempt to get humble feedback? Or get wrecked by mauve dinosaurs on the 2009 July LSAT only to find out it really wasn’t an experimental section and you could have gone to a law school you would have despised less if you’d retaken it?

“I can’t relate to these rhetorical questions because they are oddly specific and your website is ugly!” These are no hypotheticals, my friend.

Sometimes you spend weeks and weeks being all excited by yourself…and then something regretful happens at the very end, undoing everything in a “failure of the last mile.” Let’s make sure this doesn’t happen to you on bar week.

Wait…bar week?! Yeah, that thing you delayed for the last X years. Soon the fated day will arrive, and you’re going to be sitting at your assigned seat with no escape, maybe behind someone whose jeans are too small. But it’ll eventually be over. Like there will be a state of existence at some point in the future where you don’t need to study for the bar.

Before that, logistics have a tendency to creep up on you when you’d rather worry about other things. The exam lasts the entire week, not just the hours you sit behind the person with pants that are too small.

Usually, I talk about long-term strategies to create a foundational framework. Now here comes the fun part: tactical tricks that can accompany your weeks of hard work. Here are some reminders to clear your mental space ahead of time.

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Answering the Call of Nature (Listening to Yourself When Studying for the Bar)

What? Not potty humor again!

Lol no, this is different, although I can probably try to come up with something if you want… or you can just log out if you don’t want to hear it.

It’s already the end of January and you’re pacing around the bathroom avoiding eye contact with yourself and thinking “wouldn’t it be crazy if the bar is coming up in just 4 weeks, but I’m just drained physically, emotionally and spiritually and I don’t want to think about this anymore?”

Or maybe you got into a routine by now and are feeling complacent with how things are going. Either way, your body is trying to tell you something—nature is calling! We weren’t meant to slave over shitty exams for months.

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What Should Your Final Preparation Look Like?

Oh you terrify me. But you also delight me. Can’t that be said for at least one person in your life?

True story. Last Friday, I was invited by a guitarist to play the keyboard for his band. Oh my! Exhibitionism was just what I needed to enflame a terror-delight in a heart that has been devoid of emotions since I started attending my alma mater (which dipped in ranking ever since, go figure).

Since I knew nothing about what they were playing, nor had I improvised anything in years, I had to regretfully decline. I got to watch them play for free, though.

Regret. Self-doubt. Insufficient preparation.

If last July is any indication, more than 50% of those attempting the CA Bar Exam will feel something like that come November.

I don’t want to tell you “I know for a fact u will pass if u believe in urself !!” because I’m afraid it will overinflate your optimism and also because I have no empathy. That’s what your friends are for, if you haven’t totally estranged yourself from them yet.

It may seem like a ridiculous coin flip at this point, but perhaps it isn’t too bad if you load the coin in your favor (some optimism is good):

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