2020 was an unprecedented time for bar exam takers.
They were given extra time to study (until October for the California exam). Everything went remote/online, including the exam itself. There were only 100 MBE questions, making each one count that much more.
We all had to adapt and push through the fog and uncertainty.
I got a couple of success stories from readers who passed the 2020 October California Bar Exam and cut through the uncertainty using a simple, minimalist approach…
Jeff emailed me to let me know how he passed on his FIRST try, despite his initial unrest and reservations about the preparation process.
💬 “This whole experience has been a total mindfuck.”—Jeff
Stephen let me know that he had been out of law school for 10 years… and how he passed on his FIRST attempt since then (three attempts total).
💬 “It’s damn hard to be a decade out from school and take the bar.”—Stephen
The 2022 February California Bar Exam was a tough one.
The typical average raw written score needed to be on track to pass hovered around 60-62 points in past California exams that required a 1390 scaled score.
The raw written score needed to be on track to pass in 2022 February was an average of 62.78 points!
But Doreen managed to pass the 2022 February California Bar Exam…
Unexpected to her (“I don’t think I passed this bar … just [being] realistic” “I will probably take it again in July, and I will be using your methods and materials again” “I was completely prepared to treat it like a practice exam, learn from my mistakes, etc.”)
Even though essays were the bane of her existence, and
Even though she only had 6 weeks of preparation.
How did she do it? Her full story and takeaways below…
Once in a while, I get a reflection that I want to feature front and center.
Drew passed the 2021 February California Bar Exam (Attorneys’ Exam with essays and PT only) on his second attempt while working full time and as a father to young children.
He really hit the nail on the head about the experience of a repeater—and what first timers should heed—from the initial underestimation of the exam, the uncomfortable resistance to actually trying to solve the problems, to his essay answers evolving into a more organized format.
I didn’t want to waste Drew’s very organized thoughts (and lessons for new bar takers) by letting them archive in my inbox like the many other reflections I get. His message had a lot of parallels to what I and many other repeaters have gone through, and what I encourage my readers to do.