(Closed) Any other legal bees: studying for the bar

posted 7 years ago in College
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m studying for the bar right now too–and in Atlanta! Are you taking barbri? It’s really just so awful.  And I’m trying to plan my wedding (which is in 2 1/2 months!) and plan a move (we’re moving to a new city one day after I take the bar).  So I’m going crazy. I feel like there’s no way I’m going to have enough time to really prepare.    

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

i studied like it was a job – including breaks and time off when i needed it – dont lock down totally – you still need to remember that youre a real person lol 

it also helped me to look at past exams and figure out what was more important to study for – like, in PA, they have 20-some random topics on the bar, but youre still going to pick up the most points with the 6 main ones (crim, civ pro, etc.)

i also suggest doing as many multiple choice questions as you can get your hands on.  are you doing barbri to study?  the online multiple choice questions were a life-saver for me, they helped focus me in on the style of questions

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I also studied like it was a job (for NY & NJ)  At around 6pm, I’d call it a day and watch tv and relax. 

One piece of advice I have is NOT to take a full length practice test.  A lot of times you might fail it, and it will just psych you out.  Doing 20 or 40 multiple choice questions a day will be much better practice.   I don’t think a whole test is necessary.

One other thing I did that really helped me was making flashcards and other written outlines.  I found that writing stuff down really allowed me to remember it better.

Good luck!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@jackndiane: I’m almost there, but not quite!  I’m feeling like you, burned out and no potential jobs lol.  🙁  I know I’m not really answering your question I just wanted to share in the misery lol.  I’m leaning towards barbri, what do you think?

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@jackndiane: ha yeah, it’s ridiculous.  Plus, my wedding is in Ohio, so everytime I need to meet with someone for the wedding I have to fly back to Ohio!  We can’t even get our marriage license until 60 days before the wedding, and in August my fiance and I can’t both get off work at the same time to go get the license so we’re literally going to Ohio two weeks before the bar.  I feel like I’m going to fail because of the wedding!

On another note, I hear Kaplan actually has better practice MBE questions than Barbri does, so that’s good for you!  Barbri’s pretty miserable.  I don’t know anyone who’s actually been keeping up with their “paced program”.  I’m excited though, because I just discovered that the next lecture I have to listen to is only 2 hours instead of 3 or 3 1/2 hours.  So I should have extra time today to study and catch up! (what a sad thing to be excited about btw…).  

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@MrsTVLover: ohhh i second the flash cards, they helped me so much more than my outlines did

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@jackndiane: Hmm..that does sound better!!! I have had at least 3 people as me if I like law/law school and my gut answer is no.  Sad, but true.  I think there’s some niche out there for me, I just haven’t found it yet.  I think it’s good to tell younger folks something like that.  I wish someone had filled me in.  

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m current studying for the bar, using Barbri, my fiance is studying for his boards, and we are trying to find a place to live. Thankfully, we have sometime before the wedding, it’s not till spring. @whiteorchid, I don’t know how you are doing it, but best of luck.

My school’s bar prep person recently sent out an e-mail stating that we should be studying 6 hrs a day in addition to watching lectures. I guess if you were spending 10 hrs a day on Barbri you might be able to keep up with the paced program. But there is no way I can handle that, so I am far behind.

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@MrsCoachBtoBee:

I’ve also heard that Kaplan has better MBE ques. And if the online version is cheaper is probably worth it since most places the in class versions are just watching streamed vids.

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