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vatsaleisha

Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar—Final Stretch

2 weeks before the February bar. In my last post, I spoke about finding motivation. If anyone found any, can you maybe share? Kidding, though there are days when I could definitely use an extra dose. It seems like my life revolves around this exam. By the end of the day, I’m always exhausted. I've been studying for almost four months, but it's almost over.  Before I began studying back in November, I worked out my new study plan. I had all the outlines, so I didn’t need to spend time watching the lectures. I knew the MBE was my…

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Sappho

The Bar Exam: How Will That Look Like?

The past month has been a period of transition. As I continue adjusting to life as a mother of three children, I balance a (mostly) flexible schedule. My partner returned to work full time two weeks ago. While there have been occasional challenges, especially when dealing with the needs of an infant and toddler, it has been an amazing experience. In early January, I registered for the March MPRE. I registered for it before, but did not take the exam due to being sick with pneumonia. One of the joys of living where I do is I am often ill…

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vatsaleisha

Take Two: The Journey to Retaking the Bar—Results and Thoughts

October 14: Day of Results. It is one of those “where were you” moments. I was in India, of all places, as sleep deprived as I could possibly be. As I waited for the results to load, I made jokes to lighten up the mood, saying that the suspense was literally killing me (side note: my dad and I hate the improper use of the word “literally”). Finally the page loaded and I scrolled to the bottom of the list to find my seat number. It wasn’t there. At first I didn’t believe it, I thought it was a mistake. I…

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Heather Asher

Bar Exam- You’re Almost There!

Around this time every year, our website hits for bar related article spike! To make your search for bar advice easier, below are articles that will helpfully ease your anxiety and allow you to take a productive break from studying. You're almost there! Advice on Passing the Bar Exam Advice on Passing the Bar Exam Part IV A Year Later: Reflections on Studying for the Bar Exam Beeatitudes About the Bar Exam: My Longest Post Ever Dealing with Bar Exam Stress and Anxiety How to Deal with Anxiety While Studying for the Bar Exam Take a Chance at a Future

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lawyergirl

SUPERWOMEN TIPS FOR TAKING THE BAR EXAM

As a second generation lawyer whose father jumped the legendary hurdle of passing the New York Bar the first try, the Bar was quite high for me when taking my Bar exam, even though I was in a land far away, the Commonwealth of Virginia. I did and I did, but I recall that it was as much a question of stamina and personal discipline as much as it was about legal information and knowledge of law. The old adage that Law School has nothing to do with practicing law has, years later, proven to be untrue. Staying awake and using my…

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davidslepkow

Study for the bar like it is your job!

When I studied for the bar, I treated it as if I was working at a very involved job. I would start "work" at 8am and work until 7pm every day six days a week. I made sure that there was no cramming or last minute memorization. I took the PMBR class because the questions were generally harder than BARBRI. At Slepkow Slepkow & Associates, Inc. we support law school students in all of their endeavors. I tried to make it as interesting as I could by challenging myself with flashcards. It is also crucial that a law student spends some time…

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julzstufz

Soldier On: Boot Camp to Law School—Aced the exams. Thanks, Checklist! Thanks, Captain America!

Flying across the Alabama countryside, just above the treetops, balmy breezes blow into the helicopter cockpit. Puffy white clouds adorn the blue sky. Gently rolling hills and tree-lined river valleys crisscross the landscape. The afternoon is beautiful, the mood peaceful. Suddenly a shrill warning bell screams into my ears. Painful butterflies alight in my stomach. “Simulated engine failure!” calls the instructor pilot as he rolls off the throttle, cutting the power needed to maintain rotor speed and remain aloft. I would like to panic, but there is no time. I try to take a deep breath, but barely manage a…

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leefone

Dealing with Bar Exam Stress and Anxiety

I know that taking the bar exam is incredibly stressful. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Everyone feels a lot of pressure and anxiety leading up to test day. The problem is that stress and anxiety can affect your bar exam studying, and ultimately, your performance on test day. There is good news. I’ve put together 4 simple steps to help you manage your bar exam stress, power through your practice, and ace the bar exam! STEP 1: Talk to yourself. Yes, I know that sounds crazy, but we all talk to ourselves at some point or another, and…

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leefone

Tips for the Performance Test

The performance test is my favorite part of the bar exam. Why? Because you don’t need to know any law! Great, isn’t it? But I still frequently see students struggle with this part of the bar exam. In this post, I’ve put together a list of my top tips for students who are studying for the performance test. If you have a great study tip I haven’t mentioned, let me know in the comments! Familiarize yourself with the performance test. Read the instructions for the test and make sure you’re comfortable with them. It will help you save time in…

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leefone

The Importance of Bar Exam Practice

The biggest question on every bar taker’s mind: how do I pass this exam? Whether they’re first-time examinees or repeat takers, the answer boils down to many of the same essentials. The central underpinnings of these is practice. In order to do well on the bar exam, you have to practice the tasks you’ll be doing on exam day! Now, I’m not talking about just “issue spotting” essays and outlining them but never really getting around to writing them out in full, under timed conditions. Doing lots of MBEs on your computer at your leisure also won’t prepare you as…

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