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Passer’s Playbook — tools and techniques for effective bar prep

Maximize your score by learning how to learn (not just what to study) with blueprints, study schedules, and strategies to prepare efficiently and effectively

How would it feel to never have to see another hypo again?

“I’ve been basking in the glory of finally passing the bar! . . . The more I simply did what you recommend in the playbook, my confidence steadily grew.

I just took the Feb CA bar and you and all of your products were a tremendous help to me, ESPECIALLY the Passer’s Playbook, your study schedules, and other methods.”

I . . . implemented it into my study routine. Basically, all of it. . . . I raised my [Arkansas UBE] score 20+ points using your study guidance, reminders, and schedules.”

Don’t put your life, relationships, and career in limbo for 6 more months

(or drop more $$$ on the next round of bar prep)

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Get clear on how to spend your limited time for bar prep

(instead of doing random things without direction)

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Move the needle” and stop spinning your wheels on the most important exam of your life

Learn what Barbri and Themis won’t teach you

(before it’s too late)

If you’re like many bar takers, you see your neat package of shiny new course materials and shrug:

How hard could it be? Everything I need to know is in that pile of giant books.

But does it make sense to you that…

  • You go through hours of lectures, diligent note taking, and “studying” only to be EXHAUSTED and forget 99% of it anyway?
  • “Big box” bar prep courses tell you WHAT to study, but they don’t teach you HOW to prepare for the bar exam?
  • Someone balancing a job or family has the exact same cookie-cutter one-size-fits-all study schedule as someone whose full-time job is to study for the bar?

Not to me.

You’re the dean of your own studies, not anyone else. Not Barbri, not your professors, not even me.

You don’t have to follow “The Plan.” No matter what you use, bar prep at its core is still a self-learning endeavor. Courses and supplements are merely there to support your learning. Like a buffet, or your social media feed, what’s laid out for you are just suggestions.

On my first attempt at the bar exam, I did the things that you’re probably doing...

  • Meticulously watching exhausting 4-hour-long videos (pausing them to fill in the blanks), and reading outlines religiously (sending myself thoughts and prayers)
  • Fixating on checking off all the assignment boxes and filling in the completion % meter
  • Grasping at any sense of security knowing that they had it all planned out for me. “Just follow The Plan, and you’ll pass!”—The National Association of Barbri (probably)


The truth is, these things usually don’t move the needle. You’ve probably thought about doing some of them...maybe redid them multiple times!

It wasn’t FUN or MOTIVATING because I wasn’t seeing any PROGRESS. Enjoying the process is key! The more you enjoy this process, the more energy you will have to absorb the material and sharpen that intuition. Your brain will reject what you don’t like.

I was being a tryhard but not an overachiever. I was going through the motions without doing the mental work.

Ultimately, it was a failure of myself because of arrogance, underestimation of the bar exam, and mindless tactical hell. It was caused by a failure to focus on the right things that moved the needle.

More importantly, I was allowing someone else to dictate my pace, my studies, and ultimately my fate. It was college and law school all over again, just going with the flow.

Well, could you blame me—or yourself? It’s extremely daunting and overwhelming to even think about juggling over a dozen subjects. It’s soothing to do what feels productive (like reading outlines and trying to memorize rules). You feel like you’re still in control. It becomes hard to see that a course is simply a reference tool, not a duty you must fulfill.

What I realized since was that it was up to me to prevent forest fires. No one can teach you. You can only learn.

That’s why someone who collects all the “best” tools, pays for a huge course, and studies for 12 hours a day can still end up spinning their wheels getting nowhere — while someone who knows how to study can pass without the exhaustion or frustration (seemingly effortlessly).

That’s why you don’t NEED a huge course that just eats up your precious time and energy. It provides structure (especially for first-timers and bar takers who have a lot of lead time) but can be inefficient.

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Everyon said,

You don’t NEED to spend 1,000s of dollars on tutors. They’re great — if you can find the right one for you and afford them. (To be fair, a good tutor can be very helpful.)

Treat the bar review courses as luxury options with bells and whistles, not the default or the only option (even if they tried to convince you otherwise since your first day of law school). You wouldn’t book first-class flights by default, right?

Courses and tutors CAN and DO work. Supplements DO help. (I’ll show you which ones to use out of the smorgasbord of options depending on your budget, and how to get discounts to offset the cost of Passer’s Playbook.)

But you don’t get an “A” for how hard you work or how much time or money you spend. You earn it for mastery.

You don’t get in shape by hiring a personal trainer or just completing the movements. You push your body consistently and make that mind-muscle connection by actively engaging the target muscle.

Again: No one can teach you. It’s up to you to learn. In the end, you’re the one who has to do it. All the tools out there can work for you as long as you realize that, no matter what you use, bar prep at its core is a self-learning endeavor.

But, as the exam gets harder and more expensive over time, you can’t afford to fall into the same mistakes I did on my first attempt.

It boils down to THREE things for proper bar exam preparation and to succeed on the bar exam:


Good source materials: outlines (like Magicsheets), past exam questions, sample answers


Will to act. Do you have the ability to self-motivate?


Knowing HOW to study (not just WHAT to study)

So it’s time to stop “studying” what to learn.

Let me show you how to learn.


Passer’s Playbook

Passer’s Playbook is a set of step-by-step blueprints, study schedules, cheat sheets, recordings, checklists, and strategies designed to help you learn HOW to learn, improve your scores, and post an award speech (humble)brag about passing the bar exam.

They’re packaged as guides of varying lengths (a few pages to a comprehensive 380 pages), schedule examples and templates, audio, and video.

What’s included with Passer’s Playbook?

Accelerator Kit (Quick Wins)

Moving the needle begins today. Kickstart your bar prep with keys to success packed in a digestible format. Just internalizing ONE insight here could make a difference to your approach to bar exam preparation.

What you’ll discover:

Bar Prep Dos and Don’ts | Audit your current habits

Mistakes to Avoid for MBE, Essays, and Performance Tests | Common, low-hanging mistakes that bar takers make

Systematic Study Blueprint | A high-level roadmap for your preparation process

Cheat Sheets | Quick reference for key reminders and learning techniques

Weekly Action Plan | Suggested action steps and checkpoints from a weekly perspective

Shortnotes | Concentrated 30-page guide that distills key insights

IRAC/CRAC Examples Vault | Annotations and analyses of this all-important essay format

Supplement Shopping List | Narrow down your search, and save time and money with resources based on your budget

Pocket Guide for Your Bar Prep | 17 cut-to-the-chase strategies to get un-stuck and un-frustrated by the bar exam

101 “Rules” for Bar Prep | Bullet point advice, straight to the point

Bar Exam Week Checklist | Don’t suffer a “failure of the last mile” before, during, and after the exam

Study Scheduling Resources

You are the dean of your own studies. There’s no need to follow someone else’s general one-size-fits-all cookie-cutter schedule. Get CLEAR on what to do every day by crafting your own flexible curriculum, tailored to fit you like a handmade glove according to your needs, no matter when the exam is.

What you’ll discover:

Scheduling Guidance | Consider your unique situation with these guidelines

Sample Study Schedules | 8 different sample schedules, whether you're 10 weeks or 1 week out

Example Study Plans (CA) | Real study plans I developed for clients (who paid several times the cost of the Playbook)

Example Study Schedules | Over a dozen schedules (up to 20 weeks) by real CA and UBE takers to inspire you

Template Schedule | Editable Word document you can use to start planning your own path

Comprehensive Guide

Learn how to learn. If you have a question about bar prep, chances are, it’s in this 380-page comprehensive guide called the “Big Playbook.” I regret my naming sense.

What you’ll discover (among other things):

Priming Your Mind and Emotions | How to maintain motivation (and more importantly, momentum)

Fundamental Study Strategies | Address the 2 biggest fears of a bar taker. Be an active learner via deliberate practice

Pacing and Scheduling | Why you should make your own “macro-schedule” (use with Study Scheduling Resources)

MBE | Strategies to improve your MBE score, advanced tactics, and multiple-choice tips to maximize points

Essays | Techniques to IRAC properly, practice essays efficiently, and get the BIG POINTS on your essays

Performance Tests | Why you should practice PTs (see the Performance Test Toolkit for strategies)

Putting It Together & “Getting Better” | Apply what you learned, get over your ego, and use this underrated strategy

Critical 1% of Strategies | 5 things I did differently to pass the bar exam on my second attempt

Final Preparation | Green-light benchmarks, last-minute tactics, and reminders when you’re weary and want to give up

Exercises & Checklists | Stay on track with the how-to insights

Q&A | Real answers to real questions relating to the above topics

After the Bar | What to do with the void in your life after taking the exam (and options if you fail...)

Interview Recordings

Feel like watching or listening instead of reading? I’ve included video and audio recordings of conversations with a bar exam expert and real bar takers. Timestamps, handout, and notes included.

What you’ll discover:

“The Three Things” | How to take the guesswork out of bar preparation and get a better sense of direction

“Be Arrogant” | Mindset to have now vs. on the exam

“The Barbri Regret” | What’s useful and not about bar review courses, and what to do instead

MBE Tools

The multiple-choice portion of the bar exam takes up to 50% of your score. Try these extra tools to sharpen your focus on the subjects and topics you want to tackle.

What you’ll discover:

MBE Subject Matter Breakdowns and Charts | See which topics to prioritize based on their frequency

MBE Practice Sheet | Fillable/printable answer sheet template for a convenient way to keep track of your answers

MBE Analytics Spreadsheet | Track your score by subject and topic to surgically target your weak areas

Performance Test Toolkit

Many bar takers neglect the performance test...until it’s too late and they regret it when they get their score reports. The PT/MPT is a hidden source of big points which doesn’t require memorization like the essays and the MBE. Figure out how to solve PTs once, and you’ll be ready for it even as you focus most of your time studying for essays and the MBE.

What you’ll discover:

Performance Test Toolkit | Get your PT prep under control with a specific approach to solve PTs and stay on time

Legacy California PT Collection | Three-hour practice PTs for hardcore students (totally optional to use)

Ongoing Support