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Bar Exam Downtime

Spend your extra time caused by COVID-19 to prepare for the bar exam

June 01, 2020

Measures taken to combat the spread of COVID-19 have forced most of us to stay indoors, leaving law students with a lot more time on their hands. The coronavirus has introduced more uncertainty into our lives, but at least bar exam takers can use that extra time to

Supervision

Guide to supervising 2020 bar applicants

June 01, 2020

The following contains purely informational, educational, or technical material. The views expressed herein represent the opinions of the author and have not been approved by the ABA House of Delegates or the Board of Governors and, accordingly, should not be construed as representing the position of the association

Get 30 tips for your bar prep in 30 minutes

May 14, 2020

Studying for the bar exam is a marathon, not a sprint. Start your conditioning now so you can achieve your best performance. To help, the Law Student Division brings you "30 Tips in 30 Minutes: Bar Prep," a webinar featuring two young lawyers who

Bar Exam Information

COVID-19 Bar Examination and Admission Changes

May 12, 2020

It's an uncertain time for recent law graduates and other prospective bar exam takers. Which states will be administering the bar exam in July as planned? Which states have postponed the bar exam until the fall? Which states are admitting law school graduates with supervision from an attorney?

Why a delayed bar exam is a financial and legal disaster

April 10, 2020

These concerns are the observations of what many law students across the country are facing and why a delayed bar exam is terrible for several graduates.  First and foremost, several states continue to face issues concerning access to justice, and each jurisdiction relies on

Chrysalis

The chrysalis year: What to do during your time as a 3L

April 01, 2020

Here we are, another school year winding down. 3Ls are gearing up for the big day they’ve long awaited— graduation—while simultaneously thinking about how fast the bar exam is coming. 2Ls are trying to avoid senioritis as their final year awaits. And 1Ls are breathing sighs of relief

Distractions

Student Success 101: Reduce distractions and increase focus

April 01, 2020

To thrive academically, and pass the bar exam the first time around, you must combat distractions with enormous discipline. You must be on—mind, body, and spirit. To do this, you need to ruthlessly protect your time and put up walls around everything that steals time and focus from your studies.

Bar Exam Stress

How to alleviate bar exam stress

January 30, 2020

You have completed law school and are ready to take on the world and start helping people. However, before you hang up a shingle of your own, you will need to undergo even more studying in order to pass the bar. This is incredibly stressful, as no one is a lawyer until

Indiana Bar Exam

Who's your next UBE adopter? Possibly the Hoosier State

January 08, 2020

As the calendar turns to 2020, the ABA Law Student Division was waiting for a sign, any sign, that indicated one of the remaining 16 holdout states would consider adopting the Uniform Bar Exam. It's been 8 months since last we heard from a jurisdiction

Your GPS to summer bar success

January 01, 2020

Intensive bar preparation is a “long, strange trip” (apologies to the Grateful Dead). You need your Bar Success GPS—something you don’t want to be frantically pulling together in June and July. Start early. Start now.

New York

Albany vs. Buffalo: How to choose a site for the NY bar exam

July 02, 2019

Should you take the bar exam in Albany or in Buffalo? The answer to this question depends on a number of factors. Because costs for ride-share companies and meals do not differ substantially from one location to another, we will focus here on the differences in travel, housing, and testing rooms each

Bar Exam

Empire Prep: Tips for choosing between handwriting and typing the bar exam

June 06, 2019

Should you handwrite or type the Multistate Performance Tests (MPTs) and Multistate Essay Exams (MEEs) portions of the bar exam? Do the bar examiners grade the handwritten essays differently from typed essays? Maybe I can’t answer that second question for you, since grading can be

Uniform Bar Exam

It's official—Texas adopts the Uniform Bar Exam

February 05, 2019

A short time ago, we provisionally put Texas on the map of Uniform Bar Exam states after their supreme court accepted the recommendations of their UBE task force. Today, we can say for sure that Texas will administer the Uniform Bar Exam beginning in 2021.

Uniform Bar Exam Michigan

The Uniform Bar Exam: Is it coming to Michigan anytime soon?

January 23, 2019

Before the Bar has done a great job keeping the law student universe aware of progress among states in adopting the Uniform Bar Examination.  An August 15, 2018 post reporting Ohio’s adoption, “What’s round on the end and high in the middle? The UBE in Ohio

Fight or Flight

The fight-or-flight plight: Staying calm during bar exam prep (podcast)

June 22, 2018

Take 15 minutes to learn how to suppress your fight-or-flight response in times of extreme stress – like the bar exam. The ABA Section of Litigation podcast, as part of its Sound Advice series, talked with Matt McCusker, an expert in witness preparation with a background in industrial-organizational psychology, offers essential test-taking and stress-management strategies for bar-takers.

Bar Exam

Need help with bar exam prep? Give us 30 Minutes.

May 31, 2018

Studying for the bar exam is a marathon, not a sprint. To get you into condition to achieve your best performance, new lawyers who successfully prepared for and passed their bar exams will share tips on: • Study Schedule • Mindset and Attitude • Practice Tests • Exam Week • Exam Day https://youtu.be/ibON7QpQfoc   Note for

Study Break

Prepping for the bar exam: It's more than just learning the law

May 30, 2018

Many recent law school graduates have just started studying for the bar exam. As someone who was in your shoes last year, I thought I’d share what I wish I’d done differently when studying for the bar exam and a couple things that I think I did well that I think everyone could benefit from knowing.