Bar Exam Action Plan

  • Make sure you know where the exam site is, how you’ll get there and commute time.
  • 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
    • Lunch money (if you choose to purchase)
  • Double-check list of permitted and prohibited items and make sure you adhere to it.
  • Plan what you’ll wear:
    • Pro tip: dress in comfortable layers so you can adjust for warm/cool.
  • Continue to review subjects:
    • Read through outlines or flashcards and identify confusing areas of law.
    • Paraphrase rules from memory, write an example and a non-example.
    • Create a one page outlines and test to see if you can write it from memory.
  • Practice for performance (test conditions):
    • no outlines
    • mixed MBE, randomized essays
    • follow time limits
    • stay within character limits
  • Get your body and brain on bar exam time:
    • Go to bed at a reasonable hour (before midnight) and get up at 7 or 8am.
    • Be at your study place by 9am and work for a solid 3-4 hours, take a 1 hour lunch break, then get back to studying for another 3-4 hours.
    • Take 30 minutes each evening to review your daily progress and plan what you’ll do the next day.
  • Develop a “panic plan” for how you will manage stress during the exam (e.g., take deep breaths, count to 10, recite your confidence mantra, get a drink of water, etc.).
  • 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. Hang it up on the fridge and look at it every day- remind yourself you can do this.



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