Monday, April 30, 2012

Purpose of this Blog

The purpose of this blog is to provide bar examinees with a how-to guide for preparing efficiently and confidently for the bar exam. Special emphasis will be given to the Virginia bar, including its extensive subjects and distinctions.

I recently passed the Virginia Bar Exam and now practice as an attorney. When I was preparing for the bar, I was amazed by the seemingly endless supply of resources and information available at bar examinees' fingertips, but even more surprised by how much of it was unhelpful, particularly for those examinees taking the Virginia bar. As for Barbri. . . well, it's for a mass-audience, not the individual. Remember when your mother told you, "Don't put your eggs in one basket." The same advice should apply to preparing for the bar.

I know now where one's efforts are best applied, which activities are a waste of time, how best to organize and maximize one's time and resources, and which books/practice questions are gold and which aren't. If there comes a time during your bar preparation where you hit a wall that makes you question your confidence or ability to overcome the bar, or if you just feel overwhelmed, email me. I am also available for tutoring anytime, for first timers or re-takers. But the exam is as much about your knowledge of the law as it is in managing anxiety and pressure, and in knowing how to take an exam. You can do this, seriously. Your ability to pass is already there; I promise you. All you need to know is how to unlock it.