Bar Preparation Is Emotional Preparation

The bar exam might be the dryest subject on the planet, but it’s also full of emotions.

Joy when you pass. Sorrow when you fail. Frustration, hopelessness, anxiety, and overwhelm in between.

Naturally, this can be a new and unique life challenge!

The thing is, these feelings are all temporary. 

When you pass, you’ll celebrate for a day or two. You’ll probably forget how much you struggled and despaired. You’ll start to worry about other problems like how to get sworn in, or finding and keeping a job, keeping clients happy, and so on, as life goes on.

You might even excitedly thank me and say you’ll do anything to repay me, you’ll give me feedback, you’ll donate essays… then never respond again when I ask for a simple writeup. The high will wear off very quickly.

If you haven’t noticed by now, I live to cackle at people for their inconsistent behaviors LOL (don’t think I forget because I’m definitely judging you if you’ve ever pulled this shit).

That doesn’t mean these powerful emotions you’re feeling now are useless while they’re happening.

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“Bar Exam Literacy”: How to Cure Uncertainty in Bar Preparation

Hello? Can you read this? You’re all good if you’re literate with the written word—my favorite way to communicate and same with the bar examiners.

You may be literate in many other ways: digital literacy, media literacy, critical literacy, financial literacy…

Yeah, I’m proud of us, too. But I want to talk about “bar exam literacy.”

You’re capable of graduating from law school, you survived all those exams, you may be up to date on developments in case law, etc.

But you’ve noticed by now that the bar exam is a different beast altogether.

You may have had moments of panic… that sinking feeling in your chest that you might be spinning your wheels… a feeling of dread you haven’t felt since you sent the wrong text to the wrong person.

First of all, it’s normal to feel uncertain about the bar. Second, that uncertainty can be cured.

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How Do You Even Know You’re Practicing Correctly for Bar Prep?

Of course bar takers get lost when there are so many different ways to go about preparing.

You could try everything yourself, or you could find a few people you trust and ignore the rest.

I would rather pay someone I trusted literally 10x (or more) for insights I could apply, than information from 10 random people cobbled together. Just tell me what I need to know and the steps I need to take, dude!

Reason 1: Too much conflicting information actually STOPS you from doing anything.

Reason 2: I want the right insights, not just information. The information doesn’t even have to be perfect, as long as it makes sense to me and gets me to take action.

Reason 3: The more I respect the material (the more I pay), the more likely I am to do something with it.

How do you know whether to trust someone? Trust yourself to know.

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