An Introduction to Bar Prep

Over the past few months, I’ve noticed a recurring trend amongst family members and close friends. There appears to be a lack of understanding about what Bar Prep entails.

So, I would like to give a brief primer on what the average bar examinee is about to go through.

“A two-day marathon…”

First off, the bar exam is hard. Incredibly hard. It’s testing us on a vast amount of material. And it’s doing this over a two-day marathon that starts after we’ve already gone through weeks of cramming material in our heads.

I say “we” and “our” because I, the writer of this blog, am about to go through the process of studying and taking the bar. And I want to help family and friends understand what is going on in their Bar Examinee’s mind and the struggles they’re going through.

“How hard can it be?”

Now, I know some people that will say “Okay. How hard can it be?” Almost every attorney I’ve ever talked to has agreed that the bar exam, and the preparation before, is one of the most stressful points of their lives. These same people deal with drafting massive contracts, forming corporations, and representing murderers! I’d say these people are qualified to know what is and is not stressful.

In the coming weeks, we will grow detached from all those we love. It sucks. But it is part of the process. Our summer is filled with lectures, multiple-choice questions, and practice essays. Keep in mind, most of these days are covering a separate body of law that is normally taught over the course of a full semester.

We won’t be saying we’re busy to just avoid you. (Sometimes we will. But cut us some slack.) There’s a lot of shit that we need to cover in a short amount of time.

“Wing it.”

Most of us will not be willing to just “wing it.” A group of certified experts designed this exam to weed this kind of mentality out. Looking to the Multi-State Bar Exam (1 out of 2 portions of the bar exam), across the United States, only 58% of people pass the test. 58! With that in mind, we’re going to be working our asses off to make sure we’re not on the other side of that statistic.

Also, if we’re really that dedicated, we will not be deviating much from the Bar Prep schedule. I know on my birthday this year, I am scheduled to still have a lecture and still have homework. And in all honesty, I intend to do all that work.

Because of all this work, don’t be surprised if there is quite a bit of burnout. There will likely be a breakdown or two along the way. A majority of the reason why I’m even writing this blog is to have an outlet for the stress I know I’m about to face head on. So please… cut us some slack.

  • Support Us
  • Love Us
  • Put up with our shit

We’re going through hell. Plain and simple. And if you can not add to our stress, or even help us out with our stress, we will love you back and appreciate you more than you can ever imagine. We might not have the time or energy to show it, but we do still care. We’re just going through:

  • 7+ weeks of studying a wide assortment of material;
  • Studying all day, every day, because we have to, to keep up with the schedule;
  • Preparing for the hardest test of our lives; and
  • Trying to cope with the fear of failure To all you fellow Bar Examinees out there, I wish you the best of luck.

To all the family and friends of Bar Examinees, you’ll need even more luck dealing with the bundle of stress that will grow worse over the coming months.

Yours truly, 
 The Bar-Tender


Originally published at tendingthebar.blog on May 12, 2017.

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