Here’s a list of 101 quick bullets on preparing for the bar exam.
Your answer is probably somewhere in here if you ever feel like asking the worst questions in the world:
- “Do you have any advice?” (only if there’s enough context)
- “Can you help?” (can you help?)
- “Thoughts?” (a minimalist reply seems rude but tempting)
- “HELP!” “Let’s connect” (?)
- Anything with more than one question mark in a row unironically
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I tried something even more straight to the point.
Why 101? I wanted to do something contrived like 100 and ended up with 1 more (say hi to your OCD for me). I’ll probably update this in the future. This is an amorphous and evolving draft. Nothing is set in stone. Things change. Things get better. Same with your bar prep.
Feel free to disagree with any point. Advice is autobiography. Advice is never one-size-fits-all. Take what you like and leave the rest.
If some rules seem contradictory, that’s where interesting things happen.
Let me know which parts you agree with, parts you disagree with, or contradictions you thought about on your own and resolved.
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When writing essays on the bar exam, it’s important to use good presentation to make it as easy as possible for the graders to consume.
It’s a test of empathy.
In fact, you should treat the graders as your “clients.”
I received an email from Max, a reader who took this perspective at least a step further. I particularly love that Max phrased it as preparing someone else for a presentation, because in the “real world,” your job is indeed to make your boss (a “client”) look good to their boss (whether their own superior or client).
Max mentions that he started doing better on the essays when thinking about essays in this “preparing” manner, rather than a more self-centric approach where you’re showing off your knowledge. He categorizes three different levels of preparing your client.
I felt that his insights were wasted to be archived in my inbox, so here it is (edited only to generalize for non-California readers).
I hope this gives you a helpful perspective on how to treat essay writing:
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They say knowledge is power.
But why is that with all the information out there, we don’t always get to where we want to go? Why do 80 percent of New Year resolutions fail by February?
“If more information was the answer, then we’d all be billionaires with perfect abs.”
Knowledge applied correctly is power. Knowledge is potential energy. It’s what we DO with the knowledge and the desire, not the fact that we have them, not the fact that we simply declare our desire.
But the #1 hurdle that I’ve encountered with people taking the bar isn’t skills, technology, or knowledge itself.
It’s, uh, mindset. I lowkey cringe at this term because it’s sometimes associated with impractical woo-woo and things like visualization.
But the point remains: The hurdle is often internal. If you can’t turn that potential energy in your mind into kinetic energy, what’s the point?
It’s getting harder to pass the bar exam…and that’s exactly why you should go for it.
It’s not going to get easier. When the bar is set high, it’s actually an opportunity to stand out more.
Some common traits of bar exam passers I see:
If you take the time to observe people who have passed the bar exam, you can kind of tell why. There’s something about their behavior:
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