The One Non-negotiable Study Strategy (2018 July Bar)

It’s that time of the year again.

Law grads all over the nation have gathered together to take on this mythical beast known as the bar exam. Now that everyone’s here, maybe we stand a chance against the final boss.

What were the sobering statistics for the previous cohort? And what can you learn from them?

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

It’s finally here. Implementing, practicing, and doing. I hope, by doing those things, you’ve made solid progress!

You probably don’t feel ready anyway. The good news is that the more prepared you actually are, the less you feel prepared. The bad news is that the other way isn’t necessarily true.

Not all hope is lost, ye weary traveler. For now, go in with a “might as well, even if I’m screwed” or a “you never know until you try” attitude. You’ll be able to say, “I’m glad I tried.”

You'll never know unless you try

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Passing Is Inevitable

As the exam gets closer, just remember that you are capable of passing the bar.

You may pass this time, or you may not. Let’s be honest and expect whatever your state’s pass rate is so that you can do your best anyway. But if you can graduate law school, you have it in you to make this your last time.

Like Kathleen who was a mother in her late 40s who graduated from a barely accredited law school.
Like Steph who was in prison for 32 years (who told me that checking for bar results was more stressful than checking on parole status).
Like Naoki and Ferdinand who never even went to an American law school.

Even if you fail the bar, it’s not going anywhere. It’s going to stay in the same spot, while you keep getting closer and closer like a predator moving in on a prey. Therefore, passing is inevitable.

It doesn’t matter where you start. This is an acquirable skill. You can always get better. It’s always a work in progress.

This will be over by this time next week. On the upside, it won’t be as bad as the months of waiting in anxiety and ennui you’ll have to go through. You can worry about that later.