So you want to pass the bar. You’re super serious about it.
You pore over your outlines, trying to make sure you have a grasp of all the rules. There are still other subjects to review. You don’t think practice will be productive unless you “get” the theory.
It’s all so overwhelming.
But you did it. You can focus on practice now that you’ve had a good solid review of the core subjects first. You’ve been doing a few MBE questions and looked at a few essays already, but now it’s time to buckle down and get to writing those essays (you’ll get to the PTs… later).
After all, they said to “practice practice practice.”
But something’s wrong…
No matter how many times you do it, every essay is a
The blank-page syndrome is giving you irregular heartbeats
and making you break out into a cold sweat.
You keep picking the incorrect answer choice on your MBE questions.
The prospect of grading your work makes you want to lie down on your bed instead.
Here’s why you’re stuck and what to do to get unstuck:
Observe the “10-40-40-10 rule” of bar preparation.
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Let’s say you have an overwhelming amount of material to learn for the California Bar Exam with limited time. (Who doesn’t?)
Or when one door opens, another door closes. You’re not consistently scoring well on the essays. You’re getting a 55 on some. You know you can get a 65 or more if you had more time. Or you just need a little push to get to a 1390 scaled score on the MBE, but then you feel like you’re sacrificing the written portion.
There are a couple of approaches focusing on a few key areas (rather than spreading yourself thin) that could bring you over the hump to pass the California Bar Exam…
This is the basis for the Tripod Approach (click to scroll directly there), which is a minimally effective approach to get the largest return for your efforts in preparing for the California Bar Exam.
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They tell you to “study,” but do they ever teach you HOW to study? Are you studying correctly? Of course bar takers get lost when there are so many different ways to go about preparing.
You could try everything yourself, or you could find a few trustworthy sources and ignore the noise. You could pinpoint insights rather than cobble together information from random people with their own views (bar prep is personal).
- Too much conflicting information actually STOPS you from doing anything.
- I want the right insights, not just information. The information doesn’t have to be perfect, as long as it makes sense to me and gets me to do something about it.
- The more I respect the insight, the more likely I am to do something with it.
How do you know whether to trust someone? Trust yourself to know.
Some resources and advice will work for others, and some will work for you. Big bar review courses cater to the lowest common denominator. It’s like Olive Garden’s menu where there’s something for everyone but also the primary ingredient for everything is butter.
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Samantha went to a law school with a 30% pass rate. Despite the sobering statistics of her school, she did bar prep on her OWN terms to pass the Georgia Bar Exam on her FIRST try.
Samantha went into preparation intending to pass the July bar exam in one go.
💬 “I went in thinking I want it one-and-done. I didn’t want to exhaust the resources nor the time to take it twice so that I can manage to pass the first time.”
Not only that, she had a limited amount of time to work with, given other responsibilities she had to attend to, not to mention her children.
💬 “I worked a full-time job and studied at night. I wanted to maximize my study time and be the most efficient in the time that I had in studying.”
What’s more, the statistics and odds of passing the bar were truly stacked against her from the start.
💬 “The law school I went to had a 30% pass rate. I guess it would be considered a second-tier or third-tier school.”
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I have a love-hate relationship with Civil Procedure. Maybe a like-dislike relationship since I did get a B+ in my 1L Civ Pro class (almost A-), and that ain’t half bad for Civ Pro.
It can actually be somewhat straightforward if you get to know it, but it’s a pretty technical subject. Not all of us is a gunner nerd who went on to clerk for some circuit judge.
Here’s the real problem: Civ Pro has been a wild card since it was introduced as a new subject in the MBE. It used to be pretty simple to find practice questions for the other subjects, but…
What are the best places to get Civ Pro MBE questions to practice with now?
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