The Bar Exam Starts Tomorrow

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.

The bar exam is finally here. Do not study today.  You have been studying for months. Today is better used for re-charging and resting (or pacing around). It’s time to power up for tomorrow. As you start to wrap things up, here are a few last-minute reminders:
Follow the #1 rule of Fight Club: Don’t Talk about Fight Club. I cannot say this enough. It is the cardinal rule for the bar exam. No matter how tempted you are to rush out of the testing center and double-check every detail of your answers with your friends, don’t do it! It’s like asking a woman how much she weighs: rude, awkward, and no good will come of it.
Believe in yourself and your abilities. This is the one thing that I can’t do for you. I know you can do it but you must know you can do it. Believe in your abilities and keep answering each question with confidence, even if you have to fake it. When you encounter a tough question (it will happen), do not panic. All panicking does is waste time. Instead, activate your panic plan, work your way through it, and move on to the next question. Get comfortable being uncomfortable. You’ve got this.
Don’t quit. The quote at the top is from Eleanor Roosevelt. My mom used to say this to my brother, sisters, and me all the time. Any time I have wanted to give up, quit, or run away from something, I hear my mom saying those words and keep going. I am not about to give anyone (or thing) permission to tell me I’m not good enough or that I can’t accomplish my goals. So take this attitude with you into the bar exam and no matter what happens, don’t quit.

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Don’t consent.

(ksk)

Bar Exam Bard: Good Luck!

It’s been a blast being the bar exam bard
and frankly I know you’ve studied hard!

I consider it a break from my billable time
to engage in joyous and humorous time!

I’m actually Sarah Pomeroy’s maw
and most of the time I practice law!

I’ve had some fun trying to give you some cheer
during what is part of a very stressful year!

This rite of passage is a pain in the a- –
But honestly I know you all will pass!

When it’s over you can think,
it is time to watch a movie, get dinner and a drink!
I must admit as I pray to God above
it’s hard to watch this process with people you love.

Maybe I’ll see you in the court house or CBA
I hope you’ll stop me and tell me about your day!

I’ve said this often over peanut butter and jelly!
no one cares for your success like Professor Katherine Kelly.

The practice of law is also hard,
and quite frankly there isn’t a law practice bard.

Good luck I’m praying for your success!
Like your mom says “just do your best!”

Take a deep breath, bite your lip and repeat til you win, “no bar examiner is going to tell me I can’t get in!!!!

 

Rosemary Ebner Pomeroy
ebnerpom@gmail.com

The Weekend Before the Bar Exam: Time to Taper

Law school has conditioned you to study hard right up until it’s time to take the exam. However, this is not a law school exam. This is no 3 hour test where you’re allowed to use highlighters, wear watches, drink coffee, eat snacks. Those were the good old days. This is the bar exam. Endurance is important. You’ve been studying for 10 weeks and you are tired. You’ve probably had trouble focusing this week, each day getting worse than the one before. This is totally normal. Your body and brain are sending you a signal so listen and get some rest between now and Tuesday so you can be focused and energized for the exam.
This weekend try to have a “normal” couple of days. Put in a little study time, but also sleep, rest, watch tv, go out to dinner, interact with other human beings. Eat something healthy: carrots, apples, broccoli, anything that comes directly from nature. Go easy on the alcohol, soda, coffee, and energy drinks. Instead, re-hydrate with water.

  • Stop cramming. You can’t learn all the law and you don’t need to.
  • Stop obsessing over your MBE scores. It won’t help and you’ll be fine.
  • Stop trying to get a perfect score on every essay. It won’t happen and it’s not necessary.
  • Stop doubting yourself and your abilities. You are ready for this.

Trust me but more importantly, trust yourself- you’ve worked hard, you know the material, you know what to do and how to do it. (KSK)
Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bar Exam Bard: The Loo

If you leave the exam
and go to the loo!
you can’t come back in
what will you do?

I guess the bar exam
ain’t for old women and men
because if you leave for the potty
you can’t come in again.

I thought of a woman in my class
who graduated at 65!
with today’s bar exam security
she wouldn’t survive.

So much for the senior citizen gent
who on his J.D. his pension spent!
His bladder problems would kill his dream
with today’s security bar exam scheme!

Yes the bar exam is truly for the young at heart
and not for old guys who dribble and fart!
it’s not for women who wear their Poise
it’s for smart young girls and young intelligent boys!

You take a break to go one or two
you might as well flush yourself down the loo
so much for the Themis or Kaplan fee
stay in the crapper and cry poor me.

Again, some things are better left for the young
so as you spew law from your youthful tongue.
Don’t go out to use the loo.
Wear Depends or hold it…that’s what you must do!

Bar Exam Bard: Bar Exam Fear

On July 28
check bar fear at the door.
You know this crap
and a whole lot more!!

You’ll look at the first essay.
Okay, you’re gonna dig deep.
You need to grit your teeth, bite your lip
3 more days til you sleep

Dig deed into your
bar review soul!
pull out whatever you’ve got.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised when you get to the test…
yep, you actually know a lot!!!

Your bar flash cards and study lists
you’ll see them as you write.
Resolve:  that no matter what – you won’t
go down without an incredible fight.

Each question and essay is just a peak.
Passing by the lowest possible score
is the plan of attack to seek!!

If the first question throws you off course
don’t curse the bar review class—
with buyer’s remorse!

Think of lawyers you know who
have already passed.
some who are smart and
some with no class.

If they found a way to pass the test
YOU know you can do
your personal best.

So take your bar exam fear and
leave it in the car or bus
In a few years you’ll be one of us.

You’re smart
you’re ready
you’re going to stay steady

You have parents,  or a spouse and friends
rooting for you!!!
They know your courage and
what you can do!!

You don’t need to pass with a
Big A +
just do enough to be
like the rest of us!

So take the anxiety and
check it at the door!!
Because you are winning
the BAR EXAM WAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(REP)

The Bar Exam Zone

Tips on Getting Into (and Staying) the Bar Zone:

  • Follow the Bar Exam Pace: Follow the bar exam schedule. Get up and study by 8-9am, take a break at noon, study until 5-6. 8-10 hours, max. That’s it. No 12+ hour days. No studying until 3am and crashing until noon. It’s time to get your brain and your body on the bar exam schedule.
  • Balance Review and Practice: This is not a law school exam where you are expected to know absolutely everything and get points simply for discussing it. This is the bar exam and although substance matters, so does style. Your response has to be thorough, organized and concise. If all you do is memorize then you won’t be able to actually write a response. If all you do is answer questions without self-assessing you won’t know if you made a mistake that needs addressing.
  • Don’t Fight the System: Every time you read a question remember that it’s not about what you want to say, it’s about what the bar examiners want you to say. Use this week to get comfortable with answering questions and developing a rhythm so on exam day you can let the routine take over. By the end of the week (if it hasn’t happened already) the process will become second nature as your thinking and writing come together.
  • Control Anxiety: Pre-exam jitters are absolutely normal and very necessary. It’s called adrenaline and it is actually useful because the adrenaline rush ensures that you’ll operate at peak performance. The problem occurs when it interferes with performance. It will subside once you start working because you know how to get comfortable being uncomfortable. Take a moment to think about all the work you’ve done to prepare. Look at the list you wrote last week- the reasons you will pass. Be confident in your abilities to have prepared as best you could for the exam. Begin the exam and work your way through, one question after another. As you move forward, your exam preparation will take over and you’ll soon be thinking of the questions and nothing else.

(KSK)