The following is a guest post by Roberto "R.C." Rondero de Mosier:
Hey, 3Ls! Who’s excited about the Bar Exam?...Anyone?
With finals just around the corner at every Texas law school, and July just a couple of months past that, it’s easy to hit that point in your law-school career when you just want to curl up into a ball. Let’s be honest, it’s a daunting time.
The bar exam is the final hurdle in your law student career, as it represents the big payoff from 3-5 years of continuous effort. It is no wonder that people put enormous amounts of pressure on themselves leading up to those big three days—July 29-31.
When confronted with this pressure, and for the month of April, I notice people deal with the pressure in on one of two ways:
Fight – They get on the ball, pick a review course, and get hardcore about studying for the bar.
Flight – They avoid talking about it, hang out at the bar, and put off choosing a review course.
Let’s be frank, regardless of which category you are in, until your first day of a bar review course, it’s a zero-sum game for everyone. While the bar exam is certainly overwhelming, and not easy, it can be beaten with a steady diet of consistent preparation. Give the bar exam two months of your respect and you are in a great place to succeed.
So let’s talk about what you really have coming at you. What is really worth thinking about before the exam: