With the bar exam being next week, many students are (understandably!) very nervous! Here are a few important things to keep in mind and to do the week before the bar exam:
Focus on the highly tested areas of law to maximize your score.
You cannot learn EVERYTHING the week before the bar exam. Nor do you have to know everything! You only have to know what is tested. So, focus on the highly tested areas of law including negligence, hearsay, relevancy, contract formation….To see the most highly tested topics on the MBE, see this post.
If you are in a Uniform Bar Exam or Multistate Essay Exam jurisdiction, check out this link on highly tested MEE topics if you want a free overview. (We also have fantastic MEE one-sheets for sale and a super highly regarded Multistate Essay Exam seminar which may just be the best three hours you ever spend before the bar exam!) If you have not started practicing essays, now is the time to make sure you have your format and structure down. We recommend bullet pointing several before the exam.
Focus on the “MBE Favorites”
We have a FREE Civil Procedure MBE Favorites lecture and PDF which you can download here. We also highly recommend our MBE Favorites series, where you download a PDF and watch a review on five MBE “favorites” from each portion of the MBE. You can do this for all seven subjects (35 question total) or for the subjects you struggle with. These are made from REAL bar exam questions rather than course-invented questions. (If you want other sources for real MBE questions check out this page.)
If you have not already, start studying for the MPT!
We have an MPT guide which is a fantastic resource if you have not yet started studying for the MPT! We also have a fantastic, free MPT one-sheet which will teach you the “attack” formats for each type of MPT.
One of the best things you can do the week before the bar exam is heck out our bar exam packing list to make sure you are prepared for the bar exam. Confirm your hotel reservation and transportation method. Plan out what you will wear to the bar exam. This will make the bar exam experience less stressful!
Practice visualization and positive thinking.
We have some bar exam visualization tips here and positive bar exam affirmations here. Practicing visualization and positive thinking the week before the bar exam will get you in the right mindset and prepare you for the bar exam. It can truly make a difference between passing and failing.
Be smart about your study schedule.
If you have been waking up at noon every day, it is time to change your sleep schedule now. Get up earlier and study during exam times. This will help you reduce fatigue on exam day (as well as any sleep issues or anxiety!).
Don’t schedule a full exam the weekend before the bar exam.
That will only end up making you anxious and nervous, especially if you happen not to score as high. You can still review practice problems but don’t do a six-hour (or even a three-hour) exam right before the actual exam. It can backfire.
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