Before every exam, a handful of people come out of the woodwork and shamelessly ask about subject predictions for the bar exam.
“What do you think will be tested?”
“I don’t think ____ will be tested.”
“Anyone think ____ will be tested?”
“Does anyone know the predictions?”
“What are ____’s predictions?”
“Here are MY predictions!”
If you’re like many bar takers, or if you’re a repeater, you say:
“Haha of course I’m not going to rely on the predictions. I shall adequately study all the subjects. You should too!”
And then you look at the predictions anyway.
BTW, I’m calling out California mostly because it’s almost entirely California bar takers who do this shit and (as a resident myself) Californians think the world revolves around them.
Did you expect me to tell you, “Aww poor baby, don’t worry. It’s normal and happens to the best of us 🥺”?
You SHOULD worry if you’re secretly tempted about relying on predictions… because this kind of thinking is entirely predictable and avoidable. Sweating about predictions is not a good place to be in and requires intervention.
Also, remember when subjects actually leaked for the CA exam in 2019 and people got mad over it? Maybe you’re too young to remember. Good times.
Make up your minds! Do you want to know the subjects ahead of time or not? Jesus
Here’s why you should only look toward subject predictions for entertainment value (and 3 things you can focus on instead):
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Not really sure what’s working in the weeks leading up to the bar exam? Or what you should be doing?
If you’re taking a bar review course like Barbri, Themis, or Kaplan, then first make sure that you’ve been using it correctly (and that it hasn’t been using you to fill up its completion meter). Sometimes they don’t make clear what you should be doing to be prepared by the end of it all, other than the endless lectures and review sessions they make you sit through.
It’s like you aren’t feeling as confident or ready as you feel you should be after all that time spent. Studying for the bar exam can be a grueling process, so it’s important to have strategies in place to help you stay focused and motivated — and most important — make progress.
What should you be doing to make sure you’re really preparing enough for the big day? Here’s a framework to help you in the weeks leading up to the test:
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“I need to know all the law first!”
What were those three years of law school for? Never mind.
There’s this strange concern in the atmosphere floating around.
A concern that if you don’t know it all, then you won’t be prepared to solve the problems… The thought that all you need to do well in practice or even the bar exam itself (!) is to know it all…
So you sit there, fold your arms, and wait for osmosis. A passive approach. Maybe your soulmate will fall out of the sky, too.
And then when you finally flip open that essay after weeks of becoming a know-it-all…
You stare at the blank page.
In front of you, a blank canvas ready to be filled but only reflecting a harsh stillness.
The cursor blinks at you, urging you for your next order.
Cold sweat squeezes out of pores you didn’t even realize you had on your body. 😓
You decide to hit the books and videos again. Maybe you just need to know more… Maybe you’ll get ’em next time…
You’re mostly grasping the material, but then when you take a practice exam it’s like everything you know is out the window.
WTF? Why didn’t it work?
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You’ve seen all the euphoria from people who passed the bar exam.
You’re probably “inspired” and “motivated” when you look at success stories, case studies, and accounts of people who excitedly announce they passed the bar exam.
When that happens, we say things like “if they can do it, so can I” (true). Or “I needed this today.”
That’s some “new year, new me” type energy. I’m not letting you off the hook like that.
Anyone can desire to pass the bar. Anyone can fixate on the goal and SAY they want it. Do you know how many people come to me desperate and emotional…and then go radio silent returning to the same old cycle?
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I went to a succulents gardening workshop the other day because I figured succulents wouldn’t wither into potpourri like the flowers I had arranged a few weeks ago. There’s a limit to how much talent one person can have, I guess.
There’s no limit to how much I think about bar prep because that’s what I started thinking about when I was listening to the instructor 🤦🏻♂️
I want to share 4 lessons and also photos of my bald-looking succulent bowl:
(First lesson: “You have to kill a lot of plants to be an expert.” 🤯)
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