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Previous Articles in ABA for Law Students

Why it helps to craft a personal mission statement and declare your law school purpose

JANUARY 01, 2022

Having worked remotely during the pandemic, it’s with fresh eyes that I now walk through the law school, pausing to take in its sights and sounds. On the walls, works of art depict social justice and civil rights movements—many with powerful messages and compelling photographs—proof beyond a reasonable

Bar Exam Prep

Bar planning dovetails with career planning

DECEMBER 01, 2021

If you haven’t yet found your place in law, you’re not alone. The process of planning to pass the bar exam can help you get there.

Taking the Bar Exam

Let positive thoughts about the bar exam process and the future keep you on track

SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

Bar exam preparation—successful bar exam preparation—requires months of full-time work after law school graduation. Law school success requires three years of hard work, four years for part-time students. Succeeding at your first law job requires intense focus and incredible effort. But in each of these

Bar Exam

How the bar exam could change

MARCH 01, 2021

There are many unanswered questions when it comes to future plans for the exam.

Growth Mindset

Motivation, growth, and the bar exam

JANUARY 01, 2021

This winter, as 1Ls reflect on their first completed semester, 2Ls—who are halfway done— consider what they want to do in the remaining year and a half, and 3Ls think about finishing up their final semester and passing the bar exam, I encourage all of you to think

Training tools you can use to achieve civility

NOVEMBER 01, 2020

For all the lawyer jokes out there, and despite there obviously being some particularly rude law students, legal educators, and practicing attorneys, many more regularly practice politeness, especially in their professional roles. Think, for example, of courtesies extended in courts, where attorneys must address judges

Bar Exam

Preparing for the bar exam and practice during a pandemic

SEPTEMBER 01, 2020

Don’t let anyone diminish our profession and the limitless potential of this law license you’ll have sweated for, indeed that some of you will have risked your life for.


Student Success 101: Reduce distractions and increase focus

APRIL 01, 2020

To thrive academically, and pass the bar exam the first time around, you must combat distractions with enormous discipline. You must be on—mind, body, and spirit. To do this, you need to ruthlessly protect your time and put up walls around everything that steals time and focus from your studies.

How to track, then budget, your time

APRIL 01, 2020

How can you reduce distractions and make more time for bar prep? Begin by identifying what takes your time. Below, approximate how many hours per week you spend on each item. Remember, there are only 168 possible hours in any given week. _____ Work (keep

Your GPS to summer bar success

JANUARY 01, 2020

Intensive bar preparation is a “long, strange trip” (apologies to the Grateful Dead). You need your Bar Success GPS—something you don’t want to be frantically pulling together in June and July. Start early. Start now.

The above articles by:

Sara J. Berman Berman Sara J. Berman is a professor and assistant dean at Touro Law Center and a legal education thought leader specializing in student success, teaching and learning, and bar exams. Berman’s publications include step-by-step guides to contracts, torts, and criminal law, Bar Exam Success: A Comprehensive Guide, and Bar Exam MPT Preparation & Experiential Learning for Law Students. Linkedin •  @passlawprof

Author: Sara J. Berman

Sara J. Berman, a graduate of the UCLA School of Law, is a Professor of Law and Assistant Dean at the Touro Law Center. She formerly served as a Director at the Washington DC-based Center for Legal Education Excellence.

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