Bar Review Requires Full Attention: No weddings, no parties, limited social media. Get serious now.


Excerpt from Bar Exam Success: A Comprehensive Guide. By Sara J. Berman, Copyright ABA/West Publishing 2022

Do not forward or distribute without permission of the publisher.

Need to tell your family and friends to leave you alone until August? Send them a letter.


Dear _________________________,

As you know, I am taking the bar exam next month. Studying is a huge challenge. My professor calls it “the law student’s Mount Everest.” I cannot go in knowing I have not done my best. You would not want that for me either.

So, please, expect me to be gone for all of June and July. Even if you see me, I may not really be present. If you ask me something, I may not hear you. Even if I respond, I may not know or remember what I said.

Even if you want to just to say hello, that might have to wait. Unless you can deal with bringing food over and testing me with flash cards while we quickly eat, then leaving, we’ll have to put off everything until August. 

I’m officially RSVP’ing “No” to all social commitments this summer.

If there is anything you want me for —please wait to even ask me about it until after the bar unless it is truly a life-or-death matter.

I likely won’t even look at, let alone respond to DMs or other messages. I am not trying to be rude. Please just consider me offline until August.

If I happen to see or speak with you, please do not take personally any sort of moodiness or tension. It’s the exam. It has nothing to do with you.

Thank you so much for your unequivocal support.  And, thank you for your support and for taking time to read this!

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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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