You’ve got two weeks until the bar exam. It’s time to make an action plan so you get the most of your time.

    • Make sure you know where the exam site is, how you’ll get there and how long it will take.
    • Assemble what you need to take with you to the exam:
      • laptop and cord
      • Ziploc bag with: photo id, admission ticket, pens, approved water bottle
      • cash for lunch (if you choose to purchase)
    • Double-check the list of permitted and prohibited items and make sure you adhere to it.
    • Decide what you’ll eat at the bar exam (bring lunch or buy it).
    • Think about what you’ll wear and make sure it includes layers of clothing so you can adjust if the room is warm or cool.
    • Test your memory of every subject as often as possible. Suggestions include:
      • Read through outlines or flashcards and identify confusing areas of law.
      • For each rule you need to learn: paraphrase it, write an example and a non-example.
      • Create a one page summary outline and test to see if you can write it from memory.
      • Practice for performance: test conditions: no outlines, in time permitted.
    • Take care of yourself so you won’t be exhausted: take a short break every 3-4 hours, get some exercise (even if it’s just a walk around the block), eat a vegetable or two, go to bed at a reasonable hour.
    • Develop a “panic plan” for how you will manage stress during the exam (e.g., take a deep breath and count to 10, recite your confidence mantra, get a drink of water).
    • Plan how you will celebrate the end of all your hard work after the exam is over.
    • Write down at least three reasons why you believe you’ll pass the bar exam.
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Hang this up on the fridge and look at it every day- remind yourself you can do this.

Champions do not become champions when they win an event, but in the hours, weeks, and months, and years they spend preparing for it.  The victorious performance itself is merely a demonstration of their championship character.
Michael Jordan

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