Here’s a list of 101 quick bullets on how to prepare for the bar exam.
Your answer is probably in here if you ever feel like asking vague questions like:
- “Do you have any advice?” without any context
- “Can you help?”
- “HELP!” “Let’s connect” (?)
- Anything with more than three question marks or exclamation marks in a row unironically
If you have the Magicsheets & Approsheets bundle, you already have access to the exclusive pocket guide “17 Strategies to Get Un-stuck and Un-frustrated by the Bar Exam.”
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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Everyone says “just IRAC” when it comes to writing essays on the bar exam.
That drives me crazy too. I’ve heard that since I was a 1L. And it kinda makes sense until you ACTUALLY TRY TO DO IT.
It’s supposed to be one of the most basic skills in law school (and on the bar exam), but it’s frustrating when you have no idea what you’re writing.
Coming up with things to write is hard! Know the pain of creation. But you don’t have to suffer.
Let’s break down “IRAC” so it finally becomes simple and the least of your concerns. We’re going for the win!
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A question about what to do in the final month of bar prep after sitting through Barbri:
“I have fallen in the trap of relying on what Barbri tells me to do. I am 200 hours in and have watched all the videos for the 7 main MBE sections. I know basics, but I feel vastly unprepared to tackle this exam and kind of hopeless. Now that I have your materials, do you have any advice on what I can do to master all this material will four weeks left? Sitting through hours of lectures did nothing for me. Thank you so much for preparing all these materials.”
The Plan isn’t working. Panic sets in, and cold sweat oozes down your unkempt hair.
First off, this understandable and common. Still, in years past, many people have made it out in the final month and even in the final two weeks.
So right off the bat, know that you can do this (as cliché as it sounds). You are capable. And you will make it out, even if you don’t believe so right now. You have to make it out, to be exact.
No pressure, right? The thing to do right now to regain your sanity is to take stock of what you need to do and have at least a rough idea of what to do from here. Create a plan of attack if you don’t have one yet.
Here are some areas to prioritize and some pointers on how to spend the remaining few weeks (and when to stop relying on notes for closed-book practice):
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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…
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There are a LOT of study supplements, resources, and outlines for bar prep. As time passes, more and more get added to your potential repertoire.
Sometimes, the sheer overwhelm causes bar takers to load up on all sorts of materials, attend every workshop, DM everyone offering something — spreading themselves so thin that they end up not using any of it!
The materials collect digital dust, and bar takers end up restarting at square one, exhausted. But “the great aim of education is not knowledge but action.” (Herbert Spencer)
I, too, offer study materials for the California Bar Exam and the Uniform Bar Exam. Here’s my answer to questions about them, including HOW to use them. This will be useful whether or not you use my material.
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