(Closed) Any bar studying bees?

posted 4 years ago in Legal
Post # 3
41 posts
  • Wedding: June 2015

@WyoGirl:  I will be next year!! I’m doing a dual degree program, so I’m more of a non-traditional law student (it’s my fourth year of the grad program). A lot of my friends graduated last year and I watched them go through it so I am NOT looking forward to it. I am taking the MPRE this summer though. 

Let me know how you like Kaplan! I really don’t want to do Barbri because of the cost. I had a few friends do Themis, which I guess is a newer and much cheaper course, but that makes me nervous to try it! Good luck lady!!

Post # 4
547 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@WyoGirl:  I am not studying, but after taking/passing 3 different bar exams in the past 2 years, I can try to offer some advice.

First, freak outs are normal. The amount of material they “expect” you to know for the bar is overwhelming and unrealistic. There is no way in hell anyone can memorize each rule, exception to the rule, exception to the exception, etc. To pass, you don’t need to know everything–but you do need to have a good overview of each subject. That is not to say that you should slack; it’s not easy, but it’s not impossible. As long as you put your nose to the grind for the next two months, you’ll be fine. Practice questions are key–they often teach you the finer distinctions between the rule/exception that is sometimes hard to convey in a lecture/outline.

When I was studying for my first bar, I took the main Barbri course and supplemented it with the Kaplan MBE intro course and Kaplan MBE final review course (I self-studied with friends’ Barbri books and notes for #2 and #3). I studied from 8am-5pm Mon-Sat with at least an hour break for lunch–during which I’d watch TV or do some other mindnumbing, relaxing activity. Sunday I would catch up on any work I missed during the week, but I would try to keep it to just a couple hours max. If I was really tired/starting to feel burnt out, I would take the day off and do something fun (or just relax and turn my brain off for a while haha).

I’m not sure how Kaplan’s main course works, but Barbri had this silly little task bar that would give you to-dos for the day. IMO they only added to the stress because they would give you an insurmountable amount of work for one day, which would lead you to falling behind and that would snowball quickly.

I’d also try to make time for the gym… it helps keep you sane, I’m serious. I listened to Kaplan’s MBE CDs while I did cardio. I found it to be very helpful.

And, you may have heard this already, but don’t study the day before the exam… you aren’t going to be able to absorb any more material, and this often just leads to more anxiety about the possibility of topics they could ask you. My advice is to close the books two days before. Two days before, get all of your materials ready for the day of (pack your little ziplock baggie, review the rules for your test center, etc.), and the day before the exam just take it easy–get a spa treatment or something.

That’s all I can think of for now, but if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! BTW, I took MA, RI, & NY, so I may have some study notes leftover if you’re taking any of those states. And good luck!! =)

Post # 5
5 posts
  • Wedding: June 2014

I am taking the VA bar and I am using Kaplan. I did really well on the MPRE using Kaplan so I am sticking with it! Good luck! 

@princessbride27 thanks! That makes me feel a lot better. 

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