7 Pieces of Advice For New York Bar Exam Takers
Every bar exam has its own ins and outs. New York’s is no different! In this post, a repeat bar exam taker gives their best advice for New York bar exam takers!
7 Pieces of Advice For New York Bar Exam Takers
Here are seven pieces of very helpful advice that one of our readers has offered for New York bar exam takers. If you have any advice to add, please feel free to contact us at your convenience!
1. Book a room at the same hotel where the exam is administered.
“I wish that I had booked a room in the hotel where the exam was taken. It would’ve been nice to just be able to go to my room to eat, be away from people, and use the bathroom without wasting time on the enormous line. Mine was held at the Times Square Marriott. The hotel rooms would have cost more than a grand, but I think it would’ve helped.”
2. Get your review and prep material as early as possible.
The second piece of advice for New York bar exam takers is to try to track down any prep material you need as soon as possible. In this recent takers opinion: “I also wish I bought your MEE one-sheets sooner, and started memorizing and making mnemonics sooner. While I thought I was prepared enough, I had some trouble recalling information during the heat of the exam. I am trying to really have the law down cold this time around!”
3. Order your lunch for exam day ahead of time!
This tip can really save you time and stress on exam day.
“Order your lunch a day ahead! I use Seamless a lot because I am a terrible cook. I ordered a few sandwiches (peanut butter and jelly with Nutella and banana!). It wasn’t gourmet, but it was the right level of comfort food to help calm me down. It was also mild enough not to give me an upset stomach.”
4. Start prepping for the bar exam time early.
This bar exam taker found it very helpful to adjust their daily study schedule to simulate the times when the bar exam would actually happen. They had to study early in the morning and at night due to working, but found that, by studying early in the morning, “when it was time to take the exam, being alert and ready was not a problem!”
5. Take a cab to the bar exam site!
Relying on public transportation or a ride share on bar exam day is not the way to go. If you are unable to stay at the exam site, then “try to stay somewhere close enough to the exam site so you can walk. Always allocate an hour to get anywhere in NYC! The traffic and transportation is so unpredictable.”
6. Use these handy tips about the exam site!
Another good piece of advice for New York bar exam takers is to scout your exam site. “You can save time knowing you don’t have to wait in line to put your coat and bags away. you can run up to your room during your lunch break (obviously you cannot leave the exam area during the exams though!) to eat and get ready for the second half of the day. Also, the public bathrooms will inevitably be dirty. But just go to the bathroom before each morning and afternoon session – even if you think you don’t have to! A few extra minutes could mean a few more sentences on the essays which could be the difference between passing and failing! Unfortunately, I learned the hard way!”
7. Keep a positive attitude!
Finally, this bar exam taker found it help to focus on this advice. “I am a repeater and have days where I am really discouraged. However, one piece of advice that my dad gave me is ‘You didn’t come this far, to come this far.’ This helps me keep my eye on the prize – passing! I wrote a note to myself that I put above my study desk – it spells out a few reasons on why I want to pass.”
If you have any tips for New York bar exam takers or for bar exam takers in other states, please contact us. We would love to publish them!
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