The bar exam in any state in the United States is an extremely long and challenging test that many people fail the first time they take it. Many others fail a few more times after that. John T. Yeska Jr. wants to pass the bar exam in the state of Florida, where he lives so that he can help people with their legal troubles in his community. He hopes to set up a legal practice one day. Yeska has taken these three bar exam tips for success to heart:
- Don’t over-study. Preparing for the bar exam is a marathon, not a sprint. If you try to study for twelve hours a day, five days a week, you’ll burn out and you won’t absorb all the information that you should have. Stick to a normal workday—eight hours—per day as the maximum daily study time, and you’ll learn everything you need to without hitting a wall.
- Use outlines. The study material you will have to learn to pass the bar exam is massive. Find outlines other test takers have done on the study materials and learn from the condensed version of the material. You can find these outlines online.
- Know when you studied sufficiently. Studying for the bar exam should be like a job. You come in, study hard for eight hours, then go home and do something else. If you stick to a regular schedule, you’ll learn everything you need to learn to be successful in the exam. Know when it’s time to go home, and when it’s time to move on to the next subject.
- Practice. Most bar study guides come with many pages of practice tests. Use these practice tests to not only test your knowledge of the material, but also to practice taking multiple choice tests, writing effective essays, and succeeding in performance tests.