The California Bar: it’s nasty, brutish, and long. The entire exam is approximately 18 hours and spans over the course of three consecutive days. It consists of 200 multiple-choice questions, six essays questions, and two performance exams, which are designed to test your native intelligence and real-world lawyering skills in a closed universe of fictional law and facts. On average, no more than 60% of examinees pass the July Bar, and the pass rate for the February Bar is even lower.

With that said, you should know that the Bar is, in fact, very “do-able.” Below are a few tips to help you navigate your way through all stages of the Bar and, ultimately, conquer it. …


I must preface this article by challenging a common misperception about law school. Law school is fun. While you will work hard, you will learn practical knowledge and continuously test the boundaries of your intellect, all in an environment full of countless engaged, like-minded students and profound faculty.

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As you can imagine, law school is not easy; however, with a positive outlook and motivation, law school can be one of the best educational — and social — experiences of your life. …

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