When I was studying for the bar, there seemed to be a lot of information floating around- most of it misinformation. After talking with countless bar takers over the years, I’ve put together some solid, effective lessons from those who proved successful on their first bar attempt:
- Do what works best for you–make your own bar review choice. Do not try to conform to what others are doing. That includes where you’re studying, how you are studying what bar review course you take, and when you are studying. You’ve been successful over the last three years- don’t reinvent the wheel. Go with what works for you. If you need live lectures, do not take a class that is all online or by video. If you study best by yourself, study alone. If you need your posse of trusted law school buddies to study with, stay the course but take a live bar review for maximum help and support.
- Schedule, schedule, schedule. Having a solid schedule is important, because bar prep can get overwhelming. Schedule out when you will be studying, and when you will not be studying. Stick to it as much as possible, but also understand that your schedule must be flexible if it start to become non-effective.
- Keep perspective- fake it until you make it. Bar prep is a mental game and it’s important to keep perspective during the bar prep months and months leading up to graduation. This is doable and you will pass. Don’t freak yourself out- fake confidence until the moment the bar exam ends. Then you can exhale.
- Get rid of negativity in your life before you begin bar prep. That includes negative people, negative study habits and negative thoughts. You have to be your biggest cheerleader through this process and if that means eliminating unhealthy distractions, then temporarily allow yourself to do this. You only want to do this once, so you’re going to want to do it right.
- Don’t forget to keep your eye on the prize. You have trained for the last three-four years to become an attorney. The task being asked of you- the bar exam- is something you have been trained to successfully tackle. When things seem overwhelming, remembering WHY you are going through this process can be a calming factor. It’s to become an Esquire.
- Passing the bar on the first time is doable with the right skills and, most importantly, attitude. For more tips and programs to ensure your success on the bar exam on the first attempt, check out www.barwinners.com