Just as what’s enjoyable is personal, bar prep is also personal. Your study plan and schedule are personal.
Here’s an example of what that could look like, based on the sample 4-week study schedule from Passer’s Playbook (taken from sample study schedules that span 1-10 weeks, also has example student schedules that go up to 17 weeks).
Samples and examples can be used as a template, but YOUR schedule should fit you like a handmade glove and be flexible to YOUR needs and without strict hour-by-hour timing. You can’t predict what will happen, but you can account for it.
A personalized schedule helps you plan what you need to address each day. You’re ultimately responsible for knowing what YOU need to learn the material and learn the skills to apply the material.
Here’s a list of 101 quick bullets on how to prepare for the bar exam.
Your answer is probably in here if you ever feel like asking vague questions like:
“Do you have any advice?” without any context
“Can you help?”
“HELP!” “Let’s connect” (?)
Anything with more than three question marks or exclamation marks in a row unironically
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I tried something even more straight to the point.
Why 101? I wanted to do something contrived like 100 and ended up with 1 more (say hi to your OCD for me). I’ll probably update this in the future. This is an amorphous and evolving draft. Nothing is set in stone. Things change. Things get better. Same with your bar prep.
Feel free to disagree with any point. Advice is autobiography. Advice is never one-size-fits-all. Take what you like and leave the rest.
If some rules seem contradictory, that’s where interesting things happen.
Let me know which parts you agree with, parts you disagree with, or contradictions you thought about on your own and resolved.
You sit still during lectures and try to stay awake. You take notes. You read outlines.
Then nothing works. Has this happened to you?
Back in college, I gave a copy of my cheat sheet for our engineering midterm to a girl. How do you say no to a girl? Answer: You can’t.
And then she got the lowest score in the class.
It had all the equations needed, but she didn’t know how and when those equations applied. She hadn’t seen those rules applied to similar problems. She assumed that just having the rules there would be enough. (Same reason open-book bar exams would change very little.)
It’s like when someone says, “b urself” or “learn to love yourself.” Okay… what’s that mean? Could you explain that a bit more, bro? Any specifics?
Same with your “black letter law”… What does “related” mean in your rule statement? You get a better sense of what that means by looking at examples of how that rule is used until you gain an intuition.
You’d think these rules would be plug and play, but they’re not always. Context matters. Knowing when and how to use them matters.
She was my gf at the time btw. Awkward! Oh well, live and learn.