Worried about passing the California Baby Bar Exam and moving on with your law school career? Feeling overwhelmed by all the information needed to pass this test?
Also known as the First-Year Law Students’ Exam (FYLSX or FYLSE) to stuffy law students, the baby bar can feel like a huge roadblock on your way to graduating from law school.
You might even be wondering, “How am I facing this much resistance this early into my law career?!”
Worry no more. Breathe a sigh of relief. There’s a way out to put this behind you.
The baby bar (and indeed the full bar exam) is also about knowing the exam, not just the covered material.
You can strategize for the exam once you discover how the baby bar works, how to properly answer essays, and how to prepare for multiple-choice questions.
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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
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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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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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Daniel Garrett writes in with a guest article on how to start studying early for the bar exam. Daniel provides expert tutoring for the California Bar Exam and the Uniform Bar Exam at BarWinners. Stay until the end for a special offer to work with Daniel.
If you plan on taking the bar exam several months out and want to get a jump start on your studying, there are a few key areas to focus on as you begin your studies in earnest.
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Here’s a pop quiz:
Can you tell which of these essays scored higher than the other? Take a look at these excerpts, and take a guess. Why did you pick your answer?
(Here’s the essay question for context)
Before I reveal the winner, can I just say how this shows how subjective essay grading is?
Graders are people. They have biases like we do. They get tired. They’re not consistent. (Yeah, they’re actually not reptilian robots 😲)
The winner is…
Continue reading “Good Essays Are the Easiest to Grade: How to Get the Big Points on Your Bar Exam Essays”