Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Studying Strategies

There are some message boards entirely dedicated to students preparing for the bar exam. Occasionally I'll answer questions on these boards and I thought it might be helpful to post some of those questions here.  Here is one that just popped up, along with my response:

Question: 
Is it a mistake to be annotating and reviewing flashcards, in addition to a full bar review course?

Answer:
It's not overkill unless it is preventing you from doing other things that would help you to pass the exam. In other words, I've never heard anyone complain after passing that they knew too much law that wasn't required!

But keep in mind that essay writing for a bar exam is as much about skill as it is about knowledge. Nobody would get very good at Chess (for example) by simply memorizing the rules of the game.

Understand the skill of legal analysis either by writing essays that your bar prep company can grade, or simply by reading the essays that have been released and paying close attention to the way that the model answers analyzed the questions!

Skill+Knowledge=Pass.


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