You Made It!

By the time you read this post, if you took a bar exam this week, you will be done. Wow. I know most of you are just heaving a sigh of relief that it’s over. Now begins the long wait for results, which don’t come out until the fall: in Georgia, the end of October. What can you do in the meantime?

Well, you can’t do anything more about the bar exam for now. You’ve given it your very best shot, and you have earned a break. Here is some excellent guidance from the Law School Academic Support blog: Congratulations To You (and a few tips while waiting for results). As Prof. Johns writes, many well-meaning people will tell you to relax, you’ve passed. And it may not feel that way to you. I suggest that you take the first part of their advice: relax. Don’t ruminate. Get LOTS of sleep and lots of time with friends, family, loved ones. Do some of those summer things you’ve been putting off, whatever they are: vacation, staycation, new book, old hobby, etc.

We’re proud of all the hard work you did to get to this point. Have a GREAT weekend!

Alert re Windows 10 Creator on the Bar Exam; Other Restrictions

If you plan to use a PC running Microsoft when you take the bar exam, there is important information about the recent update to Windows 10 Creator. IT IS NOT CURRENTLY SUPPORTED BY THE EXAMSOFT SOFTWARE you will use on the bar exam and does not meet ExamSoft’s minimum system requirements for the Georgia bar exam. Other states may have a different position on it. From the ExamSoft website  for the Georgia bar exam, together with other reminders:


    • Windows Devices such as Surface Pro, IPAD, and any other Tablet Devices ARE NOT ALLOWED. 
    • Microsoft Windows 10 Creator does not meet ExamSoft’s minimum system requirements and is not supported by ExamSoft.  DO NOT upgrade to Windows 10 Creator if you intend to use your laptop for the Bar Examination.
  • MacBook Pro with Touch Bar computers ARE NOT ALLOWED. 
  • External keyboards (wired or wireless), Mouse devices (wired or wireless), USB keys, CDs, or any other storage devices ARE NOT ALLOWED.

Bar officials in Georgia may require you to handwrite the bar exam if you bring a laptop with Windows 10 Creator on it, so please take care of this ahead of time. If you will take the bar exam in another state, check directly with that state for their instructions for laptop use.

Please make sure to check back on your state’s bar examination website and the appropriate ExamSoft website for any updated information, such as the Georgia Bar webpage on laptop use  and minimum system requirements.  And while you are on your bar’s website, make sure to review ALL rules, restrictions and requirements. If you breach one of those, even accidentally, you risk not being allowed to sit for the exam. That problem is easy to avoid if you double-check the requirements!

Countdown Game Plan for the Bar!

The end is in sight! Most of you are done with your course lectures by now and are working on completing assignments, reviewing, etc. This week, the Law School Academic Support blog posted this helpful advice for the last two weeks of bar preparation: A Game Plan: Last Minute Bar Preparation.

The book “Pass The Bar!” also has a great checklist for these last two weeks, on page 14. We will put copies of that page outside the Office of Academic Engagement and Student Success offices, with the other handouts, so you can help yourselves.

It can be hard to stay motivated and focused now, and you’re probably tired, so just stick to a daily schedule and take good care of yourselves. When you walk into that exam, you want to know that you’ve done everything you could to succeed — that will give you a great sense of prepared confidence, and that too will help you. If you’re taking the Georgia bar in Atlanta, we’ll see you there when we offer you lunch on both days of the exam.