The only thing I remember from law school is my negotiations professor saying this in class randomly:
“Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.”
It’s so true. Is bar preparation worth doing? Then it’s worth doing right.
Just as what’s enjoyable is personal, bar prep is also personal. Your study plan and schedule are personal.
Here’s an example of what that could look like, based on the sample 4-week study schedule from Passer’s Playbook (taken from sample study schedules that span 1-10 weeks, also has example student schedules that go up to 17 weeks).
Samples and examples can be used as a template, but YOUR schedule should fit you like a handmade glove and be flexible to YOUR needs and without strict hour-by-hour timing. You can’t predict what will happen, but you can account for it.
A personalized schedule helps you plan what you need to address each day. You’re ultimately responsible for knowing what YOU need to learn the material and learn the skills to apply the material.
There are many reasons your schedule will look different from everyone else’s:
- You might be working while studying for the bar exam.
- Maybe you have every day free for bar prep and don’t want to blow this opportunity.
- Or maybe you only have the first 6 hours of your day free while the kids are at school.
There are a million ways you could approach this which can’t (and shouldn’t) be captured with a unified master calendar. There is no one-size-fits-all bar prep study schedule. This alone is reason to abandon the cookie-cutter plan and create one that works for your situation.
Great, but where do you begin?
You may be lost and not sure where to start heading from here. Like you ran into an unfamiliar part of town and your phone dies (which is why I finally got a car charger after months of denial about how good my phone’s battery actually was).
Like the Titanic, going in the right direction is more important than how fast you go.
So here’s a first reminder that will narrow down your routes and simplify the sudoku of choices…Continue reading “You Need a Study Plan: Why You Should Make Your Own Bar Prep Study Schedule”