- Did you budget your time well? If not, watch the clock more carefully and limit your time per question.
- Were you tired after lunch? Perhaps you can eat a bit less and take some of that lunch hour to walk a bit and burn off some stress or listen to some motivating music.
- Did you “blank out” on any questions? If so, get a plan ready to work through a temporary “brain freeze” should one occur during the exam!
- Most important, do not get psyched out. Simulated exams help you by providing an opportunity to make necessary adjustments before the real thing. Simulated exams are not necessarily a referendum on how you will actually perform next week. They are, however, an opportunity to get lots of useful information. Use that data wisely, and use these two weeks to improve!
It’s here. This month that you looked forward to from the first day of law school is finally here. You may be feeling dread or fear or fatigue. Likely you are not yet excited.
Notice the word “yet.” Trust that you will be. Give bar prep your full attention, focus fully for the next three weeks, and you will most likely come to the point when you feel if not downright excited then certainly empowered by all the knowledge in your head.
Picture yourself as a runner finishing those final laps. You will be ready to cross that “finish line.”
You will be ready to write intelligently on any topic they throw at you. You will be ready to say, “Bring it on, Examiners. Bring any topic and I have something to say. I can break the issues down, recite the main rules, and, based on a careful reading of the facts determine a logical outcome to each issue presented.”
You will be ready to read each multiple choice question carefully, with curiosity, delving in to the call to figure out precisely what the question is, then seeking the facts to match up to law that is in your head so that you can rule out the wrong answers and bubble in the best one.
You will have more law memorized than at any other time in your life. And, if you let it, that feels good. Threads of legal rules that seemed to be picky irrational details finally make sense. You see how it all fits together. You see parallels between legal rules and policies in numerous areas of law that previously had been “siloed” in your brain in only own course, associated with only one professor.
Stay focused these next three weeks, though. This is not the time to let up. Today is. Take today, July 4th, off. Recharge your batteries. Then, get in and soak up every bit of knowledge you are now ready to learn. You are primed. The rules have context now, so they will stick. Memorize. Know key rules just as well as you know your favorite passwords. (Say them out loud, sing them, write them out 20 or 50 times.)
Think of how much you learned in three days before certain final exams. These three weeks are the bar exam parallel to those three days. Embrace them and enjoy this process. You are strong and getting stronger. You will go in there and be prepared to do your best. And, that is a great feeling.