Two. More. Weeks. You’re tired, excited, scared, cautiously optimistic, not ready, ready to get it over with. You have all of the feelings. This is not the time to ramp it up. This is where we put all of your training into practice. Although you might make a few adjustments or focus on a few problem areas, you are not making major changes.
What should you do right now?
First, take care of important details now to avoid stress (and forgetting) later:
- Know where the exam site is, how you’ll get there, and how long it takes to get there
- Make a list of what you need to take to the exam and make sure you have them:
- 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
Next, devise a study plan that is comprehensive yet balanced:
- 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 one page outlines and test to see if you can write it from memory.
- Practice for performance (test conditions):
- mixed MBE questions, randomized essays, no notes
- follow time limits, stay within character limits
- self-assess and adjust practice according to needs
Finally, address the all-important intangibles that often make a huge difference:
- 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.).
- 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.