What Is Bar Prep Really Like?
Bar prep is an interesting and paradoxical time in a soon-to-be lawyer’s life. You’ve graduated from law school, but you still have a monumental task ahead of you. Even though you’re not in law school anymore, but you might feel like you’re in school given the workload bar prep demands. You’ve taken the classes for each subject on the bar exam but somehow seem to have forgotten some material. Oh, the contradictions of it all! If you’re a 3L approaching graduation and wondering what the bar prep process is like – you’re in the right place. We’re here to give you the lowdown on the bar prep process.
What Is Bar Prep Really Like?
It’s Like A Full-Time Job
If you’re reading this, chances are that you’ve already selected your bar prep provider and may have even received your coursework already. Regardless of what bar prep provider you’ve chosen, there’s a very good chance they will provide you with a syllabus or some sort of study schedule. The syllabus will list out the structure of the bar prep program and provide a daily breakdown of tasks. For most, bar prep after graduation is a two-three month process completely dedicated to studying and preparation. Preparing for the bar exam can feel like a full-time job. You’ll have a daily routine to adhere to, goals to accomplish, and no shortage of work to complete!
It’s Like Law School…Sort Of
Bar prep is similar to law school in several ways. For one, after graduation has ended you might be thinking that’s the last time you’ll see your classmates. Wrong! Few students move away from law school immediately following graduation. This is for several reasons. First, bar prep begins almost immediately after most law school graduations. Moving can be a big hassle that can delay the start of bar prep. Another reason is that many bar prep courses are hosted at nearby law schools, which may include yours. Lastly, most recent graduates take full advantage of their law school’s law library during the bar prep process.
So, chances are you’re going to be seeing quite a bit of your law school classmates during the bar prep process. It’s almost guaranteed that you’re going to be enrolled in the same bar prep course at least one of your classmates. While most bar prep courses are offered remotely, many students opt for hybrid options. This means the option to watch lectures remotely or in-person depending on whether that option is available.
It’s A Marathon, Not A Sprint
Almost every law school graduate exclusively dedicates the two months following graduation to bar prep. The goal of a bar prep course is to condense most of the law school curriculum into a two-month period. That means studying and preparing almost every day during those two months. All of that studying requires stamina and structure. Preparing for the bar exam is truly a marathon and not a sprint. Go into the bar prep process with this mindset already planted in your head and be mentally prepared.
Of course, you’re not studying and preparing during every waking minute of every day. That’s a surefire way to burn yourself out. Like we mentioned above, you’ll likely have a routine you follow every day and become accustomed to. Wake up, breakfast, lectures, lunch, outline review, practice MBEs, dinner, practice essays, etc…However, at the end of each day after your preparation is complete, you’re free to do as you please. Netflix, video games, meeting up with classmates, and so on.
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