Congratulations — you graduated and you earned a law degree! BUT … you don’t get to practice law until you pass the bar. Sooooo … it’s time to really focus on getting ready for success on the bar. Even before you start your bar review course (and start listening to Professor Freer again!), here are some suggested actions to take right now, from the excellent book “Pass the Bar”, by Riebe and Schwartz:
- Develop a written bar preparation schedule for yourself that includes:
- Time to review bar review outlines
- Time to attend bar review classes.
- Time to master or recall the substantive law.
- TIME TO DO PRACTICE QUESTIONS.
- Time for sleep, exercise and relaxation.
- Make sure you have sent all bar-related paperwork in by your state’s deadline: check here: National Conference of Bar Examiners. E.g., in Georgia you must file separately to take the exam, with separate paperwork, once you have been certified as eligible through the Character and Fitness process. Deadline to do so for the July bar is June 1!
- Contact all the people who are important to you, explain how crucial it is that you pass the bar exam and how much time it will take you to get ready, meaning you will be less available to them — i.e., at least fifty hours/week.
- Do at least one thing you enjoy that you won’t have time to do once your bar review course starts, until the end of the bar exam.
- Remind yourself frequently of your strengths and how they will help you pass the bar exam.
- Any other planning ahead you need to do for things like housing, meals, childcare, pet care, other obligations.
Stay in touch and let us know how it’s going! And congratulations again on your achievement in earning your law degree!
Photo: Frank Chen, 2016.