I went to a succulents gardening workshop the other day 🌱
(This is relevant to you, promise.)
I figured succulents wouldn’t wither under my care like the flowers I tried arranging before. 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 🤦🏻♂️
4 relevant 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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Here’s something that people who pass the bar never say:
“All I had to do was listen to all those bar course lectures. They were so helpful!”
Can you imagine?
Sometimes we think “doing whatever it takes” to pass the bar exam means exhausting yourself and throwing 1000 hours and even more dollars into a black hole. (But it doesn’t have to be expensive.)
Or following some unsustainable cookie-cutter schedule (that doesn’t care if you have other responsibilities like work or family). Good luck if you fall behind by one day.
Or letting a perfectly fine morning slip
through by religiously sitting through 4 hours of droning lectures. Worse,
pausing lectures to fill in all the notes. Then not even remembering 99% of it.
tfw you think the lectures are making sense
I remember those days. All of these are things I didn’t do my second time. Here’s what I would do instead:
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“What should I know when I’m starting bar prep?”
I did a live stream with Jennifer Duclair to talk about how to take the guesswork out of bar preparation and get a better sense of direction as you start studying for your next bar exam.
It was fun! Japes and nuggets of insights were dropped, and I’m pleased with how this turned out. (Maybe I’ll do another one next year…)
Here’s me throwing Kaplan under the bus:
Here’s the recording (go to 8:12 where I talk about the study schedule shown above), along with timestamps so you can jump to the parts you’re most interested in:
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Some bar takers wonder if they should study early for the bar exam (ahead of the traditional 10-week schedule), whether…
- They want to get a head start on studying
- They deferred the exam (e.g., February to July)
- They’re waiting for bar results (or got their bar results months ahead of the next exam they want to retake)
- They have a full-time job to juggle at the same time and won’t be able to take much time off
- It’s been a minute (or years) since they’ve graduated from law school or have taken the exam
While there are benefits to studying early, there are many traps to doing so. There are also benefits to simply waiting (if your neurotic anxiety can handle it) until study season is in full swing before deciding whether or not to study for the bar exam.
But bar prep is personal. You’re the dean of your own studies.
To help you decide when to start studying, let’s discuss all of this—who early bar prep is right for and the best way to study early and effectively—so that you’re making the most of your time and energy.
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Is it possible to enjoy bar prep?
It’s one of the dryest things a person can do on this planet. But we retain more and pay more attention when things are enjoyable.
I’ve talked about enjoying the process to maintain motivation when it comes to bar prep. How you do that is personal.
Ultimately, you can have fun with anything. It’s a mindset. If something isn’t fun, you can just enjoy not having fun!
You can have fun with bar prep too. Bar prep can be enjoyable if you go at your own pace and get better at it.
The default (typical, boring) approach of bar prep involves sitting still like a statue watching people in a suit drone on as you fantasize about throwing your computer or self out the window. If you’re especially masochistic, you’ll pause the video and make sure to fill in all the lecture notes.
This is surprisingly exhausting. As a bonus, you’ll also forget 99% of what you listened to. I’d rather watch water boil because at least I’d have something to show for it, like edible pasta. (Did you know the singular form of spaghetti is spaghetto?)
Something people forget to tell you is that you don’t actually have to follow the default.
“Just complete the course! Play it safe!”—The National Association of Barbri (probably)
No, instead of playing defense, it’s time to go on offense.
Follow this visual guide of 6 things that can help you make steady progress and enjoy bar prep—without the frustration and exhaustion that come with how bar takers typically approach studying for the bar exam.
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