Archive for July, 2011

The Bar Exam is Over

Posted in Uncategorized on July 29, 2011 by barprofs

A job well done to all. 

Now it’s time to relax and have fun!!  Take some time off.  You deserve it.

Continued Good Luck to Those Who Are Still Taking the Bar Exam

Posted in Uncategorized on July 28, 2011 by barprofs

Keep your spirits up.  You are almost to the finish line.  Good luck on your final day of the bar exam.  You can do this.  Good luck on this last day of the bar exam.

Today is the MBE Exam

Posted in Uncategorized on July 27, 2011 by barprofs

Today is the MBE for everyone taking the bar, no matter where you are taking the bar exam.  Everyone has to take it so relax and be confident.  Pace yourself.  Remember, 1.6 minutes a question.  Keep your time.  Your must answer every question.  You have studied hard for this day and you will perform to the best of your ability.  Good luck to everyone.  Keep believing in yourself.

Florida Bar Exam Subjects for July 2011

Posted in Uncategorized on July 26, 2011 by barprofs

We called it. 

Family Law and Professional Responsibility, Contacts/Property and  Professional Responsibility, Torts and Professional Responsibility

Today Is the Bar Exam and You Will Begin the Rest of Your Life

Posted in Uncategorized on July 26, 2011 by barprofs

Today is the bar exam.  Relax, be confident and do your thng.  You have studied hard for this day and you will perform to the best of your ability.  Tonight, go back to your home or to your hotel  and rest.  Don’t do anymore studying for the MBE.  Eat, watch a little television and then go to sleep.  You will be so tired, you will be asleep before your head hits your pillow.  But it will be a well earned rest.  Good luck to everyone.  Keep believing in yourself.  This is the first day of your life as an attorney.

Monday, The Day Before the Bar Exam: Relax and Get Your Mind on the Prize

Posted in Uncategorized on July 24, 2011 by barprofs

Take Monday off so you can rest and be alert during the exam.  Keep the final day low key and try not to think about the exam.  If you are staying at a hotel, get to your hotel early, check in and relax.   Keep your anxiety under control and you’ll be fine.

The Night Before the Exam

The night before the exam is the one time you may want to read a little material or study because you probably will have trouble sleeping on Monday night.   Try reading a bar outline or your one pagers.  If you can’t fall asleep, just lie there.  Don’t try to do extra studying, just rest.  If you can’t fall asleep, don’t get out of bed, pace, watch television or do anything to keep your mind active.  You want to keep your mind at rest, even if your body can’t rest.

The Exam is Now

Make sure you have a positive outlook.  You’ve done hundreds of practice questions by now.  You can do this

Food and Drinks

The night before the exam, eat something that gives you some strength but nothing that you know can make you feel sick.  You know your own body, so play it smart.  Avoid anything that makes you feel queasy.

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and for those in California, Thursday, eat a solid breakfast that will get your mind working, but don’t eat so much it makes you sleepy.  Don’t drink too much that it causes frequent restroom visits.

Also important is your lunch.  Once again, avoid heavy foods that will make you sleepy.  Avoid food that makes you sleepy.  Again, limit your drinks to avoid frequent restroom breaks.

Leave your cellphone at the hotel or in the car.  Do not bring it in to the site.  You can be kicked out of the bar if your phone rings.  If your cellphone rings, you will be back in the same place, taking the bar again in 6 months if you get kicked out of the bar.

During Your Breaks

Do not talk to anyone about the exam during your breaks. Inevitably someone will want to talk about the bar and inevitably that person put down something different from what you did.  Do not second guess yourself by rehashing the exam.

Powering Down This Weekend

Posted in Uncategorized on July 22, 2011 by barprofs

Like most law students, you’re probably conditioned to study hard even the day before the exam.  In fact, you may think it’s wise to study right up to the last minute.  With the bar exam, that’s a serious mistake.  This isn’t a two or three hour exam.  The test’s duration is nearly eight hours, including your lunch break.

One of the most important factors in your performance is going to be your endurance.  You need to remain focused and energized throughout the bar exam and this is difficult.  Most students find themselves hitting a brick wall somewhere during the exam day.  There are some ways to try and minimize this detrimental impact. 

First, you need to catch up on your rest and start powering down on your studying.  This weekend try to have a “normal” couple of days.  Put in study time, but also sleep, rest, watch tv, go out to dinner and relax.  Do your sleeping this weekend.  Why?  Because you probably will not be able to sleep soundly on Monday night. Tuesday night you will sleep like a rock because you will be exhausted from a good day of focusing.  Sleeping longer on the weekend prior to the exam will enable you to get rest and not be too groggy on Tuesday.

Second, eat well this weekend since you probably have had a lot of fast food these past 6 weeks.  You may not be able to eat much on Monday if your nerves start showing.  Do not drink any alcohol.  You do not want that in your system.  Obviously, no drugs are needed now or any other time.  Try not to eat rich food or foods you know have adverse effects on your stomach. Monday, eat solid but light foods to keep you alert.   Just think boring foods because you stomach may be upset due to nerves.  Try to relax a bit because you have done your preparation and now its time to get in the game.

1 Week Until the Bar Exam: Stay the Course

Posted in Uncategorized on July 19, 2011 by barprofs

Your goal for this last week is to stay the course while you solidify your knowledge of the black letter law and improve your timing. The week before the exam is a time when you should stay the course personally and professionally.

Take care of your body and mind.  This means eating well, getting some sleep and working on self-confidence.  .

As to practical things, make sure you have confirmed your hotel reservation, that you have packed what you need to take with you, including your admission ticket, your identification, your watch, etc.

Whatever it is you’ve been doing the past couple of weeks, keep it up.  Stick with what you know, confirm you knowledge and reinstall your confidence in the material.  As to the bar exam itself, make sure you have taken at least one or two simulated exams.

  • Make sure your timing was within range for the MBE, MPT and the essay questions.
  • Make sure your scores are within range to pass

 

You need to keep your mind focused on bar material.   Your focus is critical.

2 Weeks to the Bar Exam: Practice Makes a Passing Score

Posted in Uncategorized on July 12, 2011 by barprofs

You have 2 weeks until the bar examination.  Instead of spending the day getting nervous about the time, concentrate on what you have left to do.

By this time, you should have pretty much memorized as much black letter law as you can cram into your brain.  It is now time to put away the books and stop studying the law. 

What you now need to do in these final  2 weeks  to prepare yourself for the bar exam is to practice, practice, practice and  do more practice tests.  You want to become some familiar with your state test and the MBE that you can almost do it in your sleep. 

Try to do an essay or two every day, testing yourself on a variety of subjects that you know your state tests.  Do the essays under test conditions.  If your state is Florida, do a series of 1 hour essays, including subjects like property, torts, constitutional law, family law, trusts and the other subjects Florida likes to test.  If you are from a state that does 30 minute tests, do 3 or 4 a day.  Once you finish your essay under time constraints, an equal amount of time reading your essay and comparing it to the model answer.  Read for comprehension, also.  There might be a point of law that you did not know that you can learn from reading the model answer.

For those states like California who have performance tests, you also must include taking the time to do the performance test also.  In California, your performance tests take 3 hours, so your practice sessions will be much time intensive.  Try doing 1 performance test every other day.  This way you can probably get 7 or 8 performance tests in practice prior to the bar exam.  On the days you do not do a performance test, practice your essays.

In between the essays and performance tests, you also need to prepare for the Multistate.  Try to get in at least 50-100 MBE questions per day, if you can.   This way you can really be sharp when exam time comes.

Don’t take the time to panic, but do take the time to practice.  You will be more prepared than you think possible if you follow this schedule.

The 4th of July Weekend: Incorporating Your Family and Loved Ones in Studying for the Bar Exam

Posted in Uncategorized on July 1, 2011 by barprofs

Those that really love you want to see you pass the bar.  Know that with certainty.  Those who are pulling and picking at you, saying you don’t have to study that long or want you to go to the clubs and party are not your true friends and do not want you to be successful.  Hopefully, you have ejected them from your life for these 2 months that you are studying.

Sometimes those loved ones see you study and see your struggle and wish they could help you, but don’t know how.  Bar applicants who have children find it hard to be both a parent and have a full time study plan.  Don’t ignore them.  Try to incorporate them into your “experience”.

I’ve known students who bring their mom to the test site.  What mom does is to make sure their kid has food during the breaks, go over study material or just give their kid a shoulder to rely on during this trying event.

During this 4th of July weekend, look at those that are supporting you in ways you may not even realize.  Maybe your mom makes you breakfast every morning before you leave for your bar course.  Maybe your spouse is doing the heavy lifting as you study.  Almost 3 weeks before the bar, let them know you appreciate their support, even if they are just getting out of your way during this stressful period.

If you have family that would like to attend a cookout this weekend, go and take a few hours off to relax your mind and have quality time with those that love you.  At this point in your studies, you deserve an afternoon off.  Go see the fireworks.  Take the time off with no guilt attached.

For those who still want to study and for other times beyond this weekend, have your family help you.  They will be glad to help and they will be proud of the little part they played in your success.  Give your family members or your children one of your study books and have them test you.  This is particularly good for the elements of a cause of action.  By now you should be close to having them mostly memorized, but especially with those subjects that are difficult for you, have your family help you recite those causes of action.  See if you can make a game out of it, with your children or family members each calling out an element of a cause of action. 

You may be surprised on game day when you are calling up the exceptions to the hearsay rule and you remember the face of your loved ones yelling it out to you.

Have a wonderful 4th of July.  If you worked hard, you deserve it.