Introduction to the Guide: How to Pass the Bar Exam the First Time
In this guide, we tell you how to pass the bar exam the first time you take it! This is a step-by-step approach on how to study and prepare for the bar exam. This includes what classes you should take in law school, our recommendation on picking a commercial course, and tips and tricks to utilize as you go along. If you are in your first, second, or beginning your third year of law school, start from step one. If you are in your last semester of law school (or out of law school), have already chosen a bar review course, and know which state you are taking the bar exam in, start with step four.
We also tell you how to avoid some of the common mistakes first-time takers make. All instructors at JD Advising have scored in the 99th percentile on the bar exam and we specialize in courses and tutoring for first-time and repeat takers. So, we know firsthand how to score high on the bar exam! If you would like a free PDF of the guide, simply enter your name and email below!
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Here are a list of topics and quick links in our guide:
- Step One: Start in Law School: we tell you what classes to take and other steps you can take to prepare for the bar exam in law school.
- Step Two: Sign up for a Bar Review Course: we tell you how to make an educated and informed decision when choosing a commercial bar review course, and why it is important to sign up for a bar review course.
- Step Three: Decide Which Bar Exam to Take: if you are unsure which jurisdiction’s bar exam to take, we give you guidance here!
- Step Four: Get to Know the Format of the Bar Exam: here, we tell you how the bar exam is formatted so you know what to expect on exam day.
- Step Five: Make a Daily Bar Exam Study Schedule: many first-time takers wonder how to create an effective daily bar exam study schedule and here we tell you how, utilizing a step-by-step process; plus, we also give you a sample study schedule.
- Step Six: Study Smart for the Bar Exam: we give you great tips and tricks for studying smart for the bar exam, so you only have to take it once!
- Step Seven: Take Bar Exam Practice Tests: we cover how to take bar exam practice tests effectively so you can walk into the real exam confidently and sure of your timing.
- Step Eight: Prepare Yourself Mentally and Physically for the Bar Exam: the bar exam is not just a test of how much you know, it is also mentally and physically taxing; here, we tell you how to prepare yourself for this challenge.
- Step Nine: Get Ready for Bar Exam Day: here, we tell you how to prepare for bar exam day ahead of time, including arranging your hotel, transportation, and making sure you have everything packed using our bar exam packing list.
- FAQ: Common Questions First-Time Bar Exam Takers Have: we answer common questions that first-time bar exam takers frequently ask us like: how many hours a day should I study? should I join a study group? do I need to complete 100% of my commercial course?
- Bar Exam Resources: Popular JD Advising Resources for First-Time Bar Exam Takers: we have a short list of our most popular courses, services, and free bar exam guides!
- Download the Guide: download a free PDF of the Guide, here or above!
The Goal of the Guide:
We have several goals in writing this guide:
- To help you make informed and educated decisions on which law school classes to take, which bar review course will suit you best, and which state bar exam to take.
- To help you study for the bar exam in the most effective manner so you pass the first time you take it.
- To assist in creating a bar exam experience that is as stress-free as possible by providing you with resources to help you study smart and prepare mentally and physically.
- To help you avoid common—and very avoidable—mistakes that first-time takers make.
- To answer all of the bar exam-related questions you may have in law school or as you approach the bar exam.
If you have any questions, we are happy to answer them. You can contact us here at your convenience. We love to hear from our readers.