Advice from a New BSL Attorney

There is no “magic bullet” to pass the Bar, but I believe that preparing to pass the Bar starts on Day 1 of law school. The most crucial advice I can give for all new students is four simple steps. First, go to class. Second, listen in class. Third, do the assignment. Fourth, repeat steps 1 through 3. It’s these building blocks that help build the foundation that gives students the edge to pass the Bar. Study skills must be practiced and “study stamina” must be built up over the course of ones time in law school. This way studying for the Bar doesn’t seem like such a challenge. Once a student starts studying for the Bar, that studying should be a review. One cannot learn everything that must be learned for the first time in a bar review course. It will quickly overwhelm the student.

Also, some specific hints: First, I suggest typing the essays if at all possible. I type between 23 – 25 words/minute (very slow speed) and I was able to finish all essays. Typing makes it easier to move sentences and sometimes entire arguments. Second, I suggest practicing both timing and format. If a student can get a solid format down it will help with speed. Third, I suggest taking as many timed “MBE” tests as possible. This helps with timing and with stress management. Fourth, I suggest viewing this as your job. A student does not want to have to do this more than once. It is not a fun exam, but it is manageable if you are prepared. As previously stated, there is no “magic bullet” but being as prepared as possible is the key to success. Chance favors the prepared mind. This means that the better prepared one is, the better the chance of passing.

David W. Lewis
Closing Attorney
Reli Title and Settlement Solutions, Pelham