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Prepare for the Bar Exam During Your First Year of Law School

The bar exam. At the end of three years of intense legal education, it is all that stands between you and your dream of becoming a lawyer.

You can get excellent grades, work in clinics and join law review, but none of it will matter if you don’t pass the bar exam. It is, ultimately, the one and only thing that will determine whether or not you are qualified to practice the law.

That’s why it’s important to start preparing for the bar exam during your first year of law school. Here’s how:

Map your courses

Sure, it’s important to have an idea of what type of lawyer you want to be when you graduate–family law, criminal defense or business, for example–and choose classes that will prepare you to hit the ground running. But it’s equally important to choose courses that will prepare you to pass the bar.

Every law school offers them; courses that address specific bar exam sections. Look for those courses. Talk to a career and professional development professional about which ones are essential. Then mix those courses into your schedule. It will make a big difference.

Get early help

A lot of law school students wait until their final year school to seek help with their bar exam preparation. They cram a lot of studying into a short amount of time, and they often pay the price for doing so.

Instead, get help right away. Hire a law tutor who can work with you on a regular basis to help you understand how to apply the theories you’re studying in class to the bar exam. You’ll probably do better in class (and have a better shot at finishing in the top 10 percent of your class) and you’ll certainly do better on the bar exam.

Read everything

There are a lot of resources available in print and on the web that can help you prepare for the bar. Start reading them early and often. Treat the bar exam like a battle–the more you know about your opponent, the more likely you will be to defeat it.


About The Author

Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connect 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.

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