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Bar Exam Tips: Passing the Exam in Multiple States

Earning your J.D. is a major accomplishment, but it’s only the first step toward launching a successful career as a lawyer. Once you’ve walked across the commencement stage, you’ve got two things left to do: pass the bar and find a job.

It’s a competitive job market for people seeking lawyer jobs, so one of the best things you can do is increase your chances of landing a job by expanding the areas in which you’re qualified to work. And that means passing the bar in multiple states.

Here are five tips to help you do just that:

Hedge your bets. 
Make no mistake about it, the bar exam is hard in any state. But some exams are more difficult than others. New York’s bar exam, for example, has a reputation of being extremely difficult, while New Jersey’s is believed to be just a little bit easier.

If you’re going to take the bar in two states, hedge your bets by taking it in one state with a difficult test and in one with a relatively easier test. That way you can focus your attention on preparing for the more difficult test and be confident you’ll pass both.

Take two tests at once. 
Preparing for, traveling to and taking the bar exam in one state is a lot of work. Imagine how much preparation it would take to do it in two states. That’s right: a lot.

So don’t take it in two states—take two tests concurrently instead. Many states will allow you to do this, but it takes some logistical planning, so get started on it early.

Do your homework.
Remember, your two top goals (now that you’ve earned your J.D.) are to pass the bar in two states and find a job. So increase your chances by researching the states in which there are jobs to be had.

Once you find those states, choose two with relatively easy bar exams and take their tests. When you pass, you’ll be that much closer to reaching your goal.

Hire a law tutor.
We’ve already established that taking the bar exam is difficult. It takes preparation. It takes desire. And it can take a law tutor to put you over the top—especially if you’re taking the bar in two states. There are others who’ve done it and succeeded. Hire them. Pick their brains. And enhance your chances of succeeding at passing the bar in both.  


About the Author
Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connects law students with law tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.

One thought on “Bar Exam Tips: Passing the Exam in Multiple States
  • Amit Kumar Roy says:

    For excelling as a law professional, one has to get him/herself well acquainted with areas of work thereby increasing the chances of getting through the opportunities

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