In an effort to make preparing for the Bar Exam easier for third and fourth year law students, the Office of Academic Success has created a list to kickstart your planning. Below, you’ll find an outline of what you need to create the planner along with scenarios you should start considering now. Every month we’ll tackle a different part of your bar plan, going into more detail with tips, tricks and information from our resident Bar Exam expert Professor Kimberly D’Haene.
BAR EXAM OUTLINE
- MPRE and Character & Fitness. When will you be taking the MPRE? Have you started gathering information for your Character & Fitness application? Do you have unmanaged debt you need to address?
Commercial Bar Review. Have you chosen a course yet? Do you know what you are looking for from your
- Bar Prep course? Do you have a budget you need to stick to? Have you used any of the Bar Prep courses’ free MPRE materials in order to determine which platform works for you?
- Wellness. Do you have healthy stress management habits already formed? Do you exercise regularly? Do you know what kind of support you will need to stay physically and emotionally healthy while studying? Have you identified your resources: counseling services, friends, family, the athletic center, a gym?
- Financial Planning – BAR. Have you budgeted for exam fees? Do you need to purchase a new laptop prior to the exam? Have you created alerts for yourself so you’re not paying unnecessary late fees?
- Financial Planning – LIFE. Will you be working full or part time while preparing? Is your employer supportive and do you have an advance strategy for managing your workload? Do you have a plan for working and studying? Do you have a plan to pay bills, rent, transportation, etc.?
- Study Calendar. Do you know how much time you will allot per day towards studying? Do you know when you will be studying by yourself vs with other people? What times of day do you study best?
- Study Space. Have you found a place outside of your home to study? Do you know what works best for you in terms of retaining information? Do you know what temperature helps you stay alert? Do you wear headphones or earplugs?
- Child Care. What is your childcare plan for day and evening? Do you have a budget for child care? Will there be overlap between study time and child care?
- Family & Friends. Have you set expectations for your time and availability for family and friends? Have you carved out limited time for nurturing your friend and family relations? Do you have times you know you will need to be available for socializing or special events?
- Substantive prep/Inventory of classes. Do you know which subjects are tested on the bar in your jurisdiction? Do you know if you’ve taken them all? Do you know how best to learn any material you haven’t taken as a class?