It’s July! The very idea that the bar exam is in the same month that appears on your calendar is enough to create serious anxiety. Plus, those of you who have (incorrectly) been told by attorneys that June is low key and bar study really ramps up in July, are probably trying to figure out what that ramp up looks like.
The truth is, many of you do not have room to ramp up. If you’ve been putting in 10 hour days watching lectures, making study materials, and doing practice, you’re in excellent shape and you should continue to do what you’ve been doing. Once your bar review lectures end, you’ll have the opportunity to memorize and practice, instead of learning new material. But, you don’t need to radically increase the time you have been studying.
If you haven’t put in the time, however, you really have no time to lose. You need to step up your game immediately. Make sure that you are doing some form of practice every single day – MBEs, MEEs, or MPTs. Ideally, you’ll do more than one type of practice every day because you don’t have as solid of a foundation of practice as you would like to have.
You also want to make sure you have a solid plan for what you will use to memorize. If you haven’t been making study materials, make sure that what you have from your bar review company, or the materials that were passed down from a friend, will actually work for you. You won’t have time to make and effectively use study materials now. You’re going to have to figure out how to make the best use out of what you’ve got.
Make no mistake, July is intense. Whether you’ve been on top of your game or not, it is natural to feel more pressure in July. But remember that you are only human and there is only so much that is humanly possible to do. You still need to take breaks. You still need to eat well, exercise, sleep, and have some fun. Rest needs to be part of your study plan.
You’re almost at the finish line! The light at the end of this tunnel should provide you with the motivation you need to get through the final weeks.