Dear students: below is a guest post from Tanisha Pinkins 16L, who successfully took and passed the bar exam on her first try and who has been working with the Office of Academic Engagement and Student Success to help other students, before starting her fulltime law job next week!
Congratulations, you made it past your first or second year of law school!
Now is a great time for you and your classmates to start thinking ahead to what you can do over this academic year to maximize your probability of success when you take the bar exam for the first time.
One important consideration that students may overlook is the selection of your 2L or 3L class schedule. With the drop/add deadline quickly approaching, on August 28th at 11:59 pm, now is the time to take another look at your course selections. Be sure to double check the final exam schedule to balance the times and number of days between your final exams.
To increase your chances of success and reduce the stress of bar review, I encourage you all to take at least one upper-level course tested on the bar exam each semester. I heard it all the time as well: “You don’t need to take bar classes during law school, you can learn it during bar review.” While that is true for some topics, remember that bar review is a review course, not a learn-it-all-for-the-first-time course. I took a few upper-level bar review courses during law school and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The volume of material you’ll need to cover during bar prep is massive and overwhelming. Having covered topics such as Business Associations and Trust & Estates in law school definitely made covering those topics during bar review a less stressful experience.
Here’s a list of some of the upper-level courses Emory offers that are tested on the bar exam. Be sure to check the website of the State Bar examination you plan to take, to see what subjects can be tested, prior to choosing a course: Business Associations, Trust & Estates, Conflict of Laws, Complex Litigation, Commercial Law, Family Law, Real Estate Finance & Secured Transactions. For more details and information, go to the Office of Academic Engagement and Student Success website and scroll down to the tab for Bar Readiness. For information about choosing specific courses that relate to particular practice areas, go to the Practice Societies webpage and click on the box for Practice-Focused Academic Guidance (use your Emory log-in).
A quick reminder of important deadlines approaching.
Drop/Add deadline– August 28, 2017 at 11:59 pm
Pass/Fail deadline– November 1st & 21st
I wish you all the best of luck this year. Warm regards,
–Tanisha Pinkins, 16L