Preparing for the bar exam forces you to cycle through various emotions over weeks and months.
One moment calm, feeling like you’ve done all you could. Panic and anxiety the next moment. Frustration. Utter confusion. Overwhelm. Back to relief. Rinse and repeat.
Your heart is beating uncontrollably, your thoughts are becoming irrational, and your palms are sweaty! 🥵 You’re feeling HOT!
Go from hot ⤵
When you’re in trouble, breathe and go back to the fundamentals.
Reality can betray the most reasonable of your expectations and daydreams at whim, coloring the past with regrets and the future with despair.
But it can also present us with gifts if you look carefully. Some days you have to look much harder than other days.
If life only gives you lemons, you weren’t looking out for the oranges.
Here are five philosophies you can apply right now to mentally reframe how you feel about the bar exam:
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How often do you see motivationals like this?
I wanted to pass the bar exam.
So instead of actually preparing for it, I made an image of a bar license card with my name on it using Microsoft Paint. You know, for visualization and manifestation like random people suggested online.
I’m not even kidding. Look and cringe:
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Camille passed the California Bar Exam on her second try as a foreign-trained LLM student.
Like the other passers, she did it her way, despite being foreign-trained, having no idea how the U.S. legal system worked, and studying from scratch with a full-time job on the line.
There are many ways you can pass the exam. You are the dean of your own studies, and pass rates have no bearing on your own chance of success.
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Your hair feels gross, the fridge is empty, and you’ve been scraping together whatever free time you can.
Words in front of you are jumbling together into a blurry mess, passing by like a dream and also slipping away like one.
I’ve been where you are. In a way, I’m still there.
Bar prep steeps you in this undercurrent of anxiety because there’s so much to study with so little time and you’re feeling the pressure from the exam getting closer and closer. The worst combination.
But it’s not just time. Time isn’t your scapegoat. “Life is short” is propaganda by people who wasted their time.
“Yeah, maybe when I have more time. I’m going to feel motivated someday. Everything happens for a reason.” Oh, okay.
We like to tell people we “don’t have time” or that “time is the most valuable resource” or that “life is short” (even though we love to procrastinate).
Time is not your most valuable resource.
You ALSO need ENERGY and ATTENTION. You need CLARITY so you can be productive. Even if you “had the time,” it wouldn’t mean jack unless you did something with it.
Here are 6 ways to take back your time and energy while studying for the bar exam (even if you’re working full time):
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“S” (who wanted her name private) passed the 2023 February California Bar Exam.
What else is new? No, I’m not tired of seeing my readers pass tough exams yet.
This featured passer:
- Passed an exam with a 32.5% pass rate
- (Makes for a good headline but do pass rates really matter? See point 5 below)
- Not a fan of her big bar prep company
- Studied while working
- Was an MTYLT reader (of course)
(Like this other 2023 Feb passer)
I love her story because it has several parallels to my own experience as a second-time passer. Both of us made the same classic mistakes that first-timers make.
Do you recognize them in your own preparation?
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