My Schedule for Bar Exam Prep

Hump day!!! All I can think about is the camel commercial whenever I say or hear hump day.

Back to actual blogging though, today I am sharing my schedule for bar exam prep. Now that I have graduated from law school, my next hurdle is the dreaded bar exam. For those who don't know, the bar exam is a state-specific test that must be passed in order to be licensed to practice law in that particular state. It tests you on relevant law in that state as well as a combined group of legal subjects that you likely took in law school. So basically it is a 2-3 day test on everything you learned in law school plus some more. Shoot me now...

To prepare for the bar exam, a majority of people utilize a bar prep course. These are commercial resources which layout what you need to learn, how you need to learn it and everything else you need to know to have the best shot at passing the bar exam.

Personally, I am taking the Ohio bar exam at the end of July. I am prepping for the bar exam with the Themis Bar Review Course. For the next 2.5 months, I am basically studying all day every day.

In order to form a routine and to try to keep some normality in my life, I have formulated a study schedule for my bar prep time.

As you can see, most of my time is allotted to bar exam prep and studying. Additionally, I have allotted time for study group with friends also studying for the bar. I thrive in study group situations so I know this is something I need to do to be successful.

Further, I have allotted a lot of time to running and yoga- sitting in a chair all day drives me crazy and I need to be active. Running in the morning helps me to be more still throughout the day and doing yoga helps ease my tight muscles and stress. It is always good to be active for both physical and mental health.

I also left time for blogging and relaxing because it is important to take time to yourself and to do things you enjoy. Studying for the bar exam is a marathon, not a sprint. If I go to hard in the beginning, I will burn out before the exam. Slow, steady and diligent will win this race.

Some other things I am keeping in mind during bar prep is eating well, sleeping well and staying positive. I am stocking the house with only healthy snacks (ok and a little chocolate because that is a requirement) and keeping a water bottle next to me at all times! My husband has been cooking a lot of healthy dinners and making enough so I can have leftovers for lunch the next day. I have been going to bed at a reasonable time (ok, most of the time) and trying to get up relatively early so I have a normal schedule.

I am a week and a half into bar prep and so far it isn't horrible. BUT, if anyone has ANY tips for bar prep, I am happy to get them all! Thank you!

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