Jimmy Cliff said it best

Below are Jimmy Cliff’s amazing lyrics, from his amazing song, “You can get it if you really want.” I sang this with students for years -before finals, before bar exams, before all of the great changes they faced. Consider singing it yourself!

You can get it if you really want
You can get it if you really want
You can get it if you really want
But you must try, try and try
Try and try, you’ll succeed at last

Look here

Persecution you must bear
Win or lose you’ve got to get your share
Got your mind set on a dream
You can get it, though harder they seem now

You can get it if you really want
You can get it if you really want
You can get it if you really want
But you must try, try and try
Try and try, you’ll succeed at last
I know it, listen

Rome was not built in a day
Opposition will come your way
But the hotter the battle you see
It’s the sweeter the victory, now

You can get it if you really want
You can get it if you really want
You can get it if you really want
But you must try, try and try
Try and try, you’ll succeed at last

You can get it if you really want
You can get it if you really want
You can get it if you really want
But you must try, try and try
Try and try, you’ll succeed at last

I know it
Don’t I show it?
So don’t give up now
But keep on trying

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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.

Distractions

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

Struggling with Criminal Law?

Berman and Bracci's Step-by-Step Guide to Criminal Law

Berman and Bracci’s Step-by-Step Guide to Criminal Law

The Step-by-Step Guide to Criminal Law is an interactive workbook designed to effectively prepare students to pass exams. The most heavily tested legal rules are presented in a format that mirrors the way they arise as issues in typical testing fact patterns. Rule statements are set out in …Read More

eBook & Digital

ISBN: 9781647088026

Publication Date: 11/2/2021

Page Count: 200

Struggling with Torts?

Berman and Bracci's Step-by-Step Guide to Torts

Berman and Bracci’s Step-by-Step Guide to Torts

The Step-by-Step Guide to Torts is an interactive workbook designed to effectively prepare students to pass exams. The most heavily tested legal rules are presented in a format that mirrors the way they arise as issues in typical testing fact patterns. Rule statements are set out in …Read More

eBook & Digital

ISBN: 9781636590974

Publication Date: 11/2/2021

Page Count: 200

Struggling with Contracts?

Berman and Bracci's Step-by-Step Guide to Contracts

Berman and Bracci’s Step-by-Step Guide to Contracts

The Step-by-Step Guide to Contracts is an interactive workbook designed to effectively prepare students to pass exams. The most heavily tested legal rules are presented in a format that mirrors the way they arise as issues in typical testing fact patterns. Rule statements are set out in …Read More

eBook & Digital

ISBN: 9781647088019

Publication Date: 11/2/2021

Page Count: 200

Missed MBE questions?

  • Read the call of the question first. Then read the facts. Then re-read the call.
  • Practice reading more slowly and carefully. 
  • Diagram the facts if it helps you to understand the questions.
  • Passively listening to outlines is not the best way to learn. Make sure your reviews of the law are active. And, know that you continue to learn the the law by practicing questions and studying explanatory answers.
  • Keep logs of missed questions to determine why you missed every question you missed.

More strategy tips in Bar Exam Success: A Comprehensive Guide

Bar Takers: Review the Rules from Your Jurisdiction

This is a good time to sit quietly and review all the logistical rules. For example, make sure you know answers to these top five questions –in addition to everything else you want to know:

-Where exactly the location is and how you will get there,

-Details about where you will be staying during the exam,

-What you may and what you may not bring in with you to the testing location,

-What you must have with you, and

-What food options there are at/near the location (especially if you have dietary restrictions.

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Tomorrow is Bar Month. Get Ready!!

For many, the Bar Exam scheduled for February 22–23, 2022 is an event they have been planning for, for years. When the words, “I’m taking the February 2022 bar exam” were uttered, it felt like that date was years in the future –a million miles away. But here it is, January 31 and February 2022 is tomorrow.

Expect tomorrow to be anxiety-producing, and then by February 2 (happy Groundhog Day) to be back on track, making the most of the remaining weeks. And, do not underestimate just how much you can and will learn this month, if you stick to your schedule and keep at it, giving 8-12 hours of daily focused study -including completing many practice tests and studying sample answers. And, every wrong answer before the actual exam is the opportunity to learn something or correct a mistake before the real deal!

So, Happy January 31!