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New Year, New You, New Bar Exam

Alright LK fans and Examinees. The time has come for another Bar Exam and even more opportunities for our team to help you achieve greatness. If you haven’t already, check out our Bar Study Materials.

We have essay templates, MBE study guides, and tons of tips to help you pass the first time.

Over the next few weeks, we will be revisiting some of our materials to go over how to best utilize them and make the most out of your study time. Today, I wanted to help get our minds ready for the HUGE task ahead – crushing the Texas Bar Exam. On that note, here are THREE new year (new bar exam) resolutions:

  1. Be kind.

You are in the process of taking on one of the most difficult challenges of your life. You are going to be stressed out, tired, probably a little hangry sometimes. Remember that the people around you are there to support you. Your significant other who has been pulling their hair out over your attitude? Maybe it would be nice to grab them a Starbucks or send them a funny meme (it IS a love language!!). Your BFF who is blowing up your phone because they have never been to law school? Perhaps not ignoring them a few times a week would be better for your sanity and their theirs. Being kind to the people who have been and continue to be in your corner will not only keep them there, but studies have shown that being nice actually helps your mental health. Help your friends, help yourself, be kind every once in awhile.

2. Take a break.

It’s also important to point out that the people around you aren’t the only ones who may need a little extra grace over the next two months. The Bar Exam is something that very few people even qualify to sit for and even fewer people actually pass. You are going to be one of those people, but it’s going to take a ton of work. Buy yourself that extra face mask, check out some trashy TV (may I suggest Lindsay Lohan’s Beach club??), and just breathe every once in awhile. I know a lot of people will pretend they are totally killing it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the next 7 weeks but let LK be the first to tell you… they are lying so much their pants are nonexistent. 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️Never feel guilty to take time for yourself or your mental health.

3. Ask for help.

If you find yourself stuck, confused, or feel like your brain is going to fall straight outta your head, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are so many resources and programs out there (a ton of them at reduced costs!) that will meet you where you are and help you out of the rut. Even if you aren’t feeling stuck, it’s always helpful to have another set of eyes looking over your work. If you need someone to review your essays, MPTs, or P&E questions, check out our essay grading for personalized tips and notes. You can also schedule tutoring sessions (in person around Houston, remote elsewhere) for even more guidance. Oftentimes it seems like there is a stigma against asking for help in law. The Bar Exam is not one of these activities you should or probably even could do alone. Utilize your school’s resources, reach out to other attorneys, or even shoot me an email or tweet. Create a support system not only for your health but for your academics as well.

If you work on implementing these three resolutions early on, you will feel SO much better come February.

Keep checking in with Legally Katie as we post new blogs, tips, and even new materials to make your Bar Exam experience as successful as possible.

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