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The Courage to Make Mistakes NOW

Our first date ended with her car getting towed.

She was the type of person to schedule her showers by the minute because of her absurd rotation schedule in med school. Yet she had taken three hours out of her life to meet me again.

I wanted to hold her hand so bad. A perfect pretext to see how she felt about me… that I ruined because I lacked three seconds of courage.

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Bar Exam Success Commandment 4: I Will Give You Actual Confidence (to Identify Issues Without Issue Spotting)

The angel on your shoulder whispers to you as you hallucinate from studying…

Don’t cry, you’re going to be a fine lawyer… You’re a good person no matter what… Life is short, just YOLO it…

Screw you, it doesn’t matter even if you never appear again! We’re trying to pass the bar here!


This is the last of a four-part series on what I think are fundamental study strategies, whether you’re a first timer or a repeater. They are fundamental in that they are important concepts that I focused on that made a difference in my second attempt, but you can tailor the concepts to your own needs.

Part 1How to Gain a Superpower for the Bar Exam
Part 2Time to Apologize to Math Now (and Improve Your MBE Score)

As mentioned at the end of Part 3: How to Exploit Scarcity on the Bar (and Improve Your Essays), recall that you can still salvage partial credit for incomplete rules and application. But without identifying the right issues, you get zero credit for those unraised issues.

I mentioned the WHAT (identifying issues) and said I would tell you the HOW (to systematize that mystical process).  We try not to use the s-word (“spotting”) around here. We don’t randomly “spot” issues that we happen to catch in the stream of facts.

This was actually one of the biggest game-changing insights I had for my second time.


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Bar Exam Success Commandment 2: Time to Apologize to Math (and Improve Your MBE Score)

Don’t play coy. I’ve heard the rumors. You went to law school because you’re terrible at math. Hehe, oh you! Too bad I got tired of that “joke” the first time I heard it.

Sure, it was cool to give wedgies to math and science nerds in middle school, until you found out half your class in law school was gunning for IP positions.

But you took the SAT and got into college. You calculated the interest on your student loans (which is billowing up by the day). You can prorate your rent so you can dispute the extra day they charged.

That’s pretty much all the math you need to know in everyday life, so why are you being all “Oh um haha yeah no math for me! Numbers confuse me! Right, fellow lawyers?” God, I hate law students. There’s no room for that tomfoolery here on my watch.

Remember that the classic three Rs—reading, writing and ’rithmetic—include arithmetic. Who the hell came up with that anyway? Are there really three “R” words there?

So I’m going to show you simple math that even elementary schoolers can do that will help you pinpoint your deficiencies at any given time so that you can make leaps in improvement on the MBE.

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