Many bar takers are obsessed with the idea of memorization.
Understandably, a lot of students naturally panic and have concerns with it. I think it comes from a place of insecurity. There’s a LOT to remember after all.
Panic mutates into paralysis. They rely on theory. They say, “As long as I memorize this perfectly, I will be set for the exam.”
Maybe. That approach isn’t going to work for most people. It’s not the point. But this is a common thought process, especially for those starting out.
That may be why people are excited for the open-book bar exam (like in Nevada). I eagerly await the test takers’ realization that it’s not just about having access to knowledge but whether they can use it properly. Removing the memorization requirement doesn’t really change the exam. In fact, it will probably hurt if you’re wasting time looking things up.
It’s not that I’m ragging on memorization. You should memorize. It’s table stakes. Everyone’s doing it. It’s a minimum requirement. Just a cost of entry. So you do want to start memorizing as early as you can.
I want to point out what bar students miss when they get tunnel vision around memorization. Don’t miss the forest for the trees:Continue reading “Myth of Memorization on the Bar Exam”